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A Guide To CBD Vape Kits
Table of Contents:
- About Vaping CBD
- The Bioavailability of Vaping CBD
- About E-Liquids
- The Types of E-Liquids
- Other Cannabinoids in E-Liquids
- The Benefits of Vaping CBD
- Vaping CBD: Precautions
There’s something about vaping CBD- well, actually, there’s a few things. Aside from looking cool and coming in a variety of different e-liquid flavours, vaping CBD is an efficient and quick way to feel the effects of CBD.
At Alphagreen, our wide selection of vape kits make CBD vaping uncomplicated. Our vape pens have everything you need- from coil, battery, tank and mouthpiece, to make your CBD journey uncomplicated, efficient and cost-effective.
About Vaping CBD
Although vaping has been making a somewhat murky name for itself- it isn’t just for smoking illegal substances. You can get a wide variety of CBD e-liquids to smoke. CBD vapes are a common way for you to get your daily dose of CBD, anywhere you choose. Vapes are portable, simple to assemble, can come in a wide variety of different e-liquid flavours and are cost-effective. This is because vaping is the most efficient and fast-acting way to get CBD into your system.
Our selection of vape kits are affordable, with a versatile selection of e-liquids (infused with different concentrations of CBD to suit your needs) and can hold up to 1 mil of CBD oil.
The Bioavailability of Vaping CBD
Vaping CBD is one of the most efficient ways to absorb cannabidiol quickly and swiftly into the bloodstream- so there’s no waiting around for the CBD to absorb into the system and, unlike oral forms of CBD, no chance of the CBD getting metabolised by the liver.
According to studies, inhaling CBD can have a bioavailability as high as 56%- making CBD vapes the most efficient ways to get CBD into the system. This is because our lungs are an incredibly easy portal of entry for any gaseous substance.
The lungs are incredibly permeable, meaning they let any small (gaseous) molecules in and out of them. This is because, according to a wealth of studies out there, the lungs have an incredible high surface area, very few enzymes to metabolise the products inhaled (as opposed to when a product is digested and has to pass through the liver, where the product is metabolised by a high variety of enzymes before it can pass into the bloodstream) and the CBD vapour undergoes diffusion- also known as movement of a gaseous substance from a high to low concentration gradient. The CBD in the lungs quickly moves into the bloodstream where there’s a lower level of CBD.
When you vape CBD, you’re essentially inhaling a special type of vapourised CBD oil into your lungs. Due to fatty triglycerides, in normal CBD oil, the CBD oil that is turned into e-liquid has its triglycerides removed- making it safer to inhale. When the triglycerides are broken down in the CBD oil, you’re left with a glycerol backbone. This backbone is also known as ‘vegetable glycerine’. To get this, the CBD oil needs to undergo a lot of heat and pressure, so that the triglycerides can break down. This process is known as lipolysis.
Some cheaper options of e-liquids contain propylene glycerine (PG). This acts as a CBD carrier- but we recommend buying e-liquids with vegetable glycerine (VG) since it’s safer to inhale. This comes off the backs of studies which inform us that PG can break down into carcinogens when inhaled as smoke.
Acute research on PG’s effects also tell us that this glycol substance has been the culprit for causing myriad allergic reactions, respiratory problems and potential long-term throat irritation.
The Types of E-Liquids
Much like spectrums of CBD oil, topicals and sublinguals, the CBD vape world has its own categorisation for potency. Here are some E-liquid options available out there:
‘Whole plant’ uses hemp oil or paste as its main ingredient- therefore containing all the major cannabinoids in a hemp plant. Low levels of THC are also present in this type of e-liquid- according to UK law, a CBD e-liquid cannot contain more than 0.05% of THC, making its concentration levels trace at best. Whole plant e-liquids can be intense upon inhaling, mainly due to how dense they can get, but incredibly therapeutic- due to the high bioavailability in vaping and incredibly potent spectrum of cannabinoids in this type of e-liquid, ‘whole plant’ could be seen as one for ‘seasoned’ or ‘veteran’ CBD users.
This is because this type of e-liquid draws on the ‘entourage effect’ present in the hemp plant. The ‘entourage effect’ draws on the idea of a CBD product containing a high ratio of cannabinoids, so that said product is way more effective. The cannabinoids which work together to promote the ‘entourage effect’ usually include CBD, (trace amounts of) THC, terpenes, phytocannabinoids and flavonoids. A whole plant e-liquid will also include natural lipids and waxes, which are safe to inhale, and often help to promote the ‘entourage effect’ further.
Because this type of e-liquid utilises the whole hemp plant it’s the strongest type of e-liquid out there.
Full spectrum e-liquid also draws on the ‘entourage effect’, but it’s weaker than a ‘whole plant’ e-liquid because it doesn’t quite utilise all the cannabinoids in the same way. Nonetheless, full spectrum e-liquid is still incredibly potent.
Full spectrum e-liquids tend to contain CBD and a range of cannabinoids- usually terpenes, flavonoids and phytocannabinoids. This type of e-liquid will also contain under 0.05% THC. However, there tend not to be wax, lipid or oils in this type of e-liquid.
Broad spectrum e-liquids will have all the cannabinoids, from CBD to terpenes, flavonoids and phytocannabinoids- but no THC.
Broad spectrum CBD still draws on the potency of the ‘entourage effect’. However, due to its lack of THC, it’s weaker than full spectrum or ‘whole plant’ e-liquids. This is because THC, as the second most abundant cannabinoids in the hemp plant, tends to work a lot better to promote CBD’s effects- even in scarce amounts, such as 0.05%. A product which mimics the naturally occurring cannabinoid ratio of the hemp plant will tend to be a lot stronger.
However, a lot of research does affirm that a broad spectrum product is still very effective and therapeutic for the system.
Other Cannabinoids in E-Liquids
Terpenes, which are naturally occurring, fragrant cannabis compounds, tend to be in a lot of essential oils- they smell amazing, come in a wide variety of compounds and can be incredibly therapeutic in their own right. Studies show that the most common terpenes, usually added to e-liquids, can be limonene, pinene, myrcene and linalool- but you might find an e-liquid with more exclusive terpenes added to it.
Not only are terpenes uplifting, mood-enhancing and relaxing, they can also be antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiinflammatory and great for eliminating free radicals from the system. Not only are terpenes actively used to stimulate the nerves of the olfactory system (what we smell) recent research also tells us that, when inhaled, terpenes can have an active effect in modulating our brain cells- by activating our endocannabinoid system, just as other cannabinoids do.
Phytocannabinoids are essential molecules, high in abundance and brimming with potential. Popular cannabinoids, such as cannabigerol (CBG) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) are currently being looked into for their therapeutic potential- and many e-liquids have been upping the concentrations of these two phytocannabinoids in response. Not only does CBG promote deep relaxation in the body (perfect for in e-liquid, where you can take a hit, allow the CBG to absorb quickly into the system and feel relaxed in minutes), it can promote feelings of bliss and ease depression and anxiety in the system. Likewise, THCV has similar effects in lifting the mood- as well as potentially helping to ease inflammation in the body, lower the risk of obesity and diabetes and even promote the health/growth of our bones.
Flavonoids, while less abundant than other cannabinoids (about 20 different types exist within the hemp plant) are still essential for promoting the ‘entourage effect’ in e-liquids. Not only are they packed with antioxidants, studies also show that they may help to reduce the risk of disease, provide nutrients for the system and might even extend our lifespan.
The Benefits of Vaping CBD
The main reason CBD vapes can be great is because vapes can serve as a safer substitute for people who are trying to quit smoking. Not only can CBD curb the anxiety and mood swings that quitting nicotine can induce, the act of holding and puffing on a vape pen can be reassuring to those who miss the feel of a cigarette.
Likewise, those who want to feel the immediate effects of CBD, have a portable device to carry and who want an efficient, therapeutic means.
CBD vapes also come in a wide range of flavours- making them a fun, creative way to take a daily dose of CBD.
Vaping CBD: Precautions
While vaping is legal, and a pretty efficient way to get that CBD absorbed, quickly and effectively, into your bloodstream, there’s some speculation on whether CBD vapes are ideal for the lungs- especially for CBD newbies.
The potential of CBD absorbing too quickly and overwhelming the system is strong- especially for those who are new to the effects of CBD. Many have reported that vaping CBD has incredibly strong effects on a sensitive system- potentially inducing relaxation too quickly, or promoting a sudden engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system too intensely.
Some studies do link excessive vaping with lung injury, lung infection and, amongst cheaper e-liquids that tend to contain harmful chemicals, such as vitamin E, diacetyl and formaldehyde (not meant for the lungs), the potential for developing lung disease. It seems these can be avoided with purchasing high quality e-liquids.
At Alphagreen, we always recommend buying your e-liquids and vape kits from a reputable source, after checking brand reviews and properly scanning the certificate of analysis.
Whether you want a cost-efficient method of taking CBD, with a high bioavailability and little to no waste, or a portable way to get your CBD hit, a good quality CBD vape kit can be an excellent thing to have on you.
Is Vaping CBD Addictive?
No. CBD isn’t addictive- and CBD e-liquids shouldn’t contain nicotine, especially if you’re using them for therapeutic purposes. Rest assured, you won’t be addicted to your CBD vape!
Can Vaping CBD Get You High?
Even if your CBD e-liquid has traces of THC, you won’t get high (if your e-liquid has been sold to you from a reputable, trustworthy source, that is) because there’s not enough THC to intoxicate you. So rest assured.
Is Vaping Legal?
Yes- e-liquids, and vaping them, are legal in the UK. You can even vape in public, if you choose to. As long as the THC content of the e-liquid is under 0.05% (or 1mg) you’re good to go.
Why Do CBD Vapes Have High Bioavailability?
Our lungs are incredibly permeable, have few metabolic enzymes and cannot really store gaseous substances within them for too long- in other words, they’re great for absorbing small molecules into the blood, with little fuss or wastage.
Often, this means that, when we vape CBD, the CBD takes effect quickly and efficiently. There’s very little that gets wasted or disposed of by the body- and the CBD can get to work on our endocannabinoid systems in no time.
This is great if you want to feel the effects of CBD quickly- but it can also mean that the CBD doesn’t last as long in the body, since the absorption rate is so high and intense from the first hit.
How Long Do The Effects of Vaping CBD Last?
Typically, when we vape CBD, the effects last between 2-3 hours.
How Much CBD Should I Vape?
This depends on how much CBD you want to take. But, the average amount of CBD that we recommend taking is around two to three puffs, spaced out evenly, throughout the day.