Isolate or full spectrum?
Isolate is CBD that has been purified to contain no other cannabinoids or plant substances. It often comes in the form of a powder or crystals that can be added to oils or e-liquids.Full spectrum
CBD has been extracted from the plant alongside other cannabinoids and nutrients. These are kept to improve its effectiveness. The way that these substances work together is called the entourage effect
The term was first introduced in 1998 by Dr Raphael Mechoulam and was explored fully in a paper by Dr Ethan Russo in 2011
. He concluded that there were combinations of substances in the cannabis plant that had a greater benefit when taken together.
Full spectrum products contain anything from one or two other compounds to a full range. Products that are labelled ‘whole plant extract’ have a complete range of the substances found in the hemp plant including terpenes.
Benefits of vaping CBD
Vaping is a quick and efficient way to get CBD into your bloodstream. The amount that can be utilised by any given method is called bioavailability.
If you swallow CBD oil, only 4-20% of it will reach your bloodstream. When vaping, 34-56% will reach your bloodstream. This means using a CBD vape juice is a much more efficient method of ingestion than oral consumption.
Vaping CBD will also allow the Cannabidiol to reach your bloodstream in 10-20 minutes compared to 20-30 minutes if you have swallowed it.
This makes vaping CBD one of the quickest acting methods of consumption.
Will vaping CBD make me feel high?
No, vaping CBD e-liquid won’t get you high. It is THC that makes you feel high and all legal CBD products must be produced from hemp containing less than 0.2% THC. However, a majority of e-liquids are made from an isolated form of CBD and don’t contain any other cannabinoids.
Is it safe?
There are no known side-effects
. CBD has been used in human trials to research its effects and discover how it can best be used. These trials have reported few side effects
. As a result, the World Health Organisation
issued a statement to say that they believed CBD to be safe and non-addictive.
According to a recent NHS study
vaping is ‘far safer than smoking’. However, the safety of vaping depends on the e-liquid and the ingredients used to produce it.
How much should I take?
When you first start vaping CBD e-liquid it is important to start slowly and get a good idea of how much is right for you. Vaping allows your body to use more of the CBD due to its high bioavailability. So, you will require a lower concentration for vaping than you would if you were going to take it as drops.
When first using a CBD vape juice take a few steady puffs 3 times a day. After 3 days, begin to increase the number of puffs you take but stick to 3 times a day. If you achieve the desired effect continue to use the same amount.
To help you measure how much you are using this will give you some approximations.
If you use a 15ml e-liquid containing 100mg of CBD:
1 puff is equivalent to 0.07mg of CBD
15 puffs are equivalent to around 1mg of CBD
If using a 15ml e-liquid containing 250mg of CBD:
1 puff is equivalent to 0.17mg of CBD
6 puffs are equivalent to around 1mg of CBD
If using a 10ml e-liquid containing 300mg of CBD:
1 puff is equivalent to 0.3mg of CBD
3 or 4 puffs are equivalent to around 1mg of CBD
If using a 10ml e-liquid containing 500mg of CBD:
1 puff is equivalent to 0.5mg of CBD
2 puffs are equivalent to around 1mg of CBD
If you were to have 1000mg in 10ml (10%) this would increase to 1mg per puff.
Once you’ve used the first bottle you should know what works for you and roughly how many mg per day is required for the desired effect. Remember to always check the bottle for safety information and don’t exceed any maximum dosage recommendations.
What’s in a CBD e-liquid?
The main parts of a CBD vape juice are a mix of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerol (VG). They don’t have a taste or smell and act as a carrier for the CBD when heated and vaporised. The other ingredients are the CBD itself and any flavourings.
The CBD could be from crystal isolate or from full spectrum extract.
What is CBD and where does it come from?
CBD is also known as cannabidiol. It is a natural substance found in cannabis plants and can be extracted and made into oils or other products.Cannabidiol
= The full name for CBD.
It is one of many cannabinoids present in cannabis. Other cannabinoids include THC, CBDA and CBGA. Cannabinoid
= A class of natural chemicals. Some are found in plants and some are found in animals, including humans.
Cannabinoids can create changes in your body, resulting in many different effects. It is their ability to affect your body that makes them useful as a supplement. They work by interacting with a signalling network in your brain called the endocannabinoid system.
THC is well known for its ability to get you high. CBD doesn’t get you high, but some CBD products contain trace amounts of THC.
Can I eat it?
E-liquid is not designed to be eaten. The main ingredients in most e-liquids are CBD, Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol.
CBD and VG are safe to eat and contain some nutritional value. PG is quickly removed from your body as waste and while concerns have been raised about it when used in high doses it is generally considered safe
Can you mix CBD Oil with vape juice?
CBD oil should not be mixed with vape juice. Both are made with different ingredients. CBD oil is made specifically for absorbing under your tongue or swallowing.
If you want to add CBD to an existing vape juice, there are oils made specifically to be added to an e-liquid like the Love Hemp CBD Vape Additive.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are natural substances found in lots of plants and the combination of these give cannabis its distinctive aroma. Each variety contains a different blend of terpenes
that gives it a unique taste and smell. As well as scents and tastes, terpenes can interact with neurotransmitters and receptors in your brains producing a calming and relaxing effect.
When terpenes are taken alongside cannabinoids, they affect how each interacts with the brain and nervous system. Research suggests that the benefits are greater when cannabinoids and terpenes work in synergy.