CBD can provide a number of healthy benefits. Let’s dissect it and explore our preferred method of CBD consumption. Vaping CBD Oil 101: Vaping CBD is one of the easiest methods available to consume CBD. For many people with pain or other conditions treated with CBD, vaping provides convenient and quick relief. However, getting started with vaping can be a daunting task
How to vape CBD for beginners
CBD can provide a number of healthy benefits. Let’s dissect it and explore our preferred method of CBD consumption.
You can take CBD in a number of different ways to relieve pain, wind down, or to support many of your important bodily functions.
What’s the best way to take it? Solutions like CBD oil are the simplest method but contain more than just the natural properties of CBD.
CBD flower is the purest form, but may not be as convenient. Let’s dissect it a little more and find out why we prefer to vaporize CBD flower.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol is one of many non-intoxicating compounds found in the hemp and cannabis plant. It’s legal in most of the 50 states, and has become more and more popular. CBD is one of the most prevalent active ingredients in the hemp plant, but it doesn’t cause a “high” like THC. Instead, it works quietly in the background and works in a variety of different ways.
CBD provides a number of benefits
Many people use CBD products as a natural chronic pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or to relax after a long day of work. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for many of our moment to moment bodily functions, and CBD is one of the core drivers of this network. Your stress and anxiety levels, sleep schedule, immune system, and even appetite are supported and regulated through it.
For example if you experience joint-pain, you can incorporate CBD into your lifestyle to alleviate some of the symptoms. CBD studies are still in their infancy, but according to the National Library of Medicine, CBD topicals have the potential to alleviate pain related to arthritis and inflammation.
If you suffer from anxiety or insomnia, CBD may help you as well. In some early studies, CBD has shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and sleep-related disorders with consistent, regular use.
The Pros & Cons of vaping CBD oil vs CBD flower
Vaping CBD Oils: Pros & Cons
CBD oil pens can be a quick and simple way to bring CBD into your life, though it’s not as clean and comes with its fair share of health risks.
Vaping CBD Flower: Pros & Cons
Vaping CBD flower requires an investment and a little prep to get started, but it’s the purest and cleanest method of CBD consumption.
The entourage effect and why it’s important
The different parts of a plant work better together than alone. When different compounds, like terpenes, mix with each other, their effects combine to create unique results. This is called the entourage effect. CBD flower includes this full spectrum of compounds for a well-rounded, complete experience.
CBD alone is great for good health, but its full potential is unlocked when it’s taken in its full-spectrum plant form, alongside the other natural compounds that boost its overall benefits.
Vaping CBD hemp flower is easy
Exploring the effects of CBD is easy with a vaporizer. Let’s take it step by step.
Most vaporizers work with both whole and ground flower, but ground flower is more consistent. Different heater types require different types of grinds. If you’re unsure, go with a medium, in-between grind.
2. Load the oven
Pack your vaporizer to the top with your ground herbs. For conduction vapes, fill it to the top and pack it down tightly. Repeat this until the oven is full and tight if you want to pack a lot.
For convection and hybrid vapes, fill it loosely to the top and then gently press it into the oven until it’s flush with the rim.
3. Turn it on & select the temperature
Some vaporizers require multiple clicks, a long press, or a simple switch of a dial. Check your vaporizer manual if you’re unsure.
For a potent and flavorful session, set your vaporizer to 385°F/196°C, or to the medium/middle preset temperature setting. When the vapors start to diminish, bump the temperature into the 400s°F / 205+°C to finish it off.
4. Inhale through the mouthpiece
Once it reaches the temperature, hit it! Give it a few slow sips through the mouthpiece to soak the herbs, then enjoy as you please. The first few hits will be light and flavorful, but will thicken up as your session progresses.
If you want to learn more about vaporizing dry herbs, see How To Vape Dry Herbs For Beginners.
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Vaping CBD for beginners: FAQ
Q: Which is better: CBD tinctures or CBD flower?
CBD tinctures are a simple method that comes in a tiny bottle. Just take a few drops and you’re good to go. When the effects roll in, you can feel them for a few hours before they subside. You can find cbd tinctures in a wide assortment of flavors, or without any flavor at all.
Tinctures, however, take time to metabolize so the benefits of CBD take longer to take full effect. If you need immediate results, tinctures may not be the solution for you. Tinctures also contain a lot more than just raw CBD, like added flavors and other solutions. Be sure to check your labels for the full list of ingredients.
Vaping CBD flower is the fastest way to reap the benefits of CBD, and it’s a little cheaper. You’ll feel the results within seconds of inhaling, compared to the minutes it takes with other forms. You’ll also get the most natural form of CBD, with nothing added and nothing removed. This is the purest, most natural form of CBD.
Dry herb vaporizers aren’t as convenient as pens with the prep time required, but it’s smooth sailing when ready to go. The effects are quick, but don’t last as long as oral methods. They’re a little quicker to roll out of your system.
Q: How much CBD to vape?
Everyone is different, so start off small and work your way to a comfortable dose. Test the waters and see what works best for you when using CBD. An easy way to start is to pack the oven full and space out your hits to see if there are any effects. You can stop whenever you’re satisfied.
Q: Is hemp flower the same as CBD?
Yes and no. CBD comes from the hemp plant, but hemp doesn’t always contain CBD. It can contain a number of other cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, and no more than the legal limit of .03% THC.
Q: Vaping vs smoking CBD flower?
Vaporizing your CBD flower is the way to go. It’s healthier, can save you more money in the long run, and provides varying effects through different temperatures. Take a look at Smoking vs Vaping dry herbs to see why it’s the best way to enjoy your CBD flower.
Q: What is the best vape for CBD?
We don’t believe there’s a best vape device for everyone. The best vape is the one that serves you and your purposes, and that’s different for everyone. To quickly find out which vape could be best for you, check out our guide to the Best Portable Vaporizers of 2022.
How to Vape CBD Oil for Beginners
As mentioned in a previous blog post, vaping CBD is one of the easiest methods available to consume CBD.
For many people with pain or other conditions treated with CBD, vaping provides convenient and quick relief. However, getting started with vaping can be a daunting task for inexperienced users. Trust me, I was one of those inexperienced users!
I can tell you first hand, with so many CBD brands to buy from, don’t just buy any vape pen you see at a gas station or smoke shop. You may purchase counterfeit product (remember in 2019 all those vapers mysteriously getting sick) or over pay.
I’m going to share with you the basic understanding of vaping and what you need to know to make your first purchase.
Why Is Vaping CBD Oil Popular?
Many users describe a more quick effect of CBD than utilizing other methods of CBD oil. If you are using CBD to treat anxiety, chronic pain, migraines, or similar ailments, sometimes waiting is not an option. Vaping works so quickly because it’s one of the best (highest) bioavailable ways to take CBD, which refers to the degree and rate in which a substance is absorbed in to your bloodstream.
What do I Need to Buy to Vape CBD Oil?
Not every vape is the same, but they all have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber to hold the material to be vaped. The heating element vaporizes whatever material it comes in contact with in the chamber and the user inhales the vapor through the mouthpiece.
Check out our video for a deep dive in to the different ways to vape CBD oil:
From here there are three distinct styles of vapes for vaping CBD:
1. Disposable vape pens which typically have CBD isolate and are disposed off when the battery dies or the CBD oil is finished. These are convenient and usually easy to find. For new vapers, this is an easy and mess-free way to get started vaping CBD.
2. “Tank style” vape are those big boxy vape pens, where a battery heats up a refillable container utilizing vape juice. These are the ones that produce those billowing clouds of smoke.
3. Pen-style vape, which is similar to a “tank style” vape, but is slimmer and utilizes disposable vape cartridges or vape carts (versus a vape juice). The vape pen is rechargeable for long-lasting use.
Potential Health Concerns In CBD Vapes
A small percentage of users are allergic or later develop allergies to some of the chemicals and materials used in vapes. Also, s studies found negligible amounts of metal particulate and other dangerous contaminants, such as lead and cadmium, in commercially available vapes. There have also been a handful of reports of serious injuries, and even death from vaping. That’s why it’s important to purchase your CBD from a reputable seller, as well as ask to see the Certificate of Analysis, including pesticide report for the CBD.
We stress, as always, that we’re not doctors or medical experts. You should consult the latest research and, when in doubt, talk to your doctor.
VITAMIN E ACETATE AND REPORTS OF DEATH AND LUNG DAMAGE FROM VAPING
Reports of serious lung damage and even deaths of vape users emerged during the summer of 2019. At the time of this update, it appears a single culprit was responsible for most or all of these issues: vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E is a common ingredient in skin care products and supplements, where it can be used safely. However, it is not safe to vape.
It also appears that all the victims bought black market psychoactive cannabis vape cartridges.
Always make sure you choose brands carefully, reviewing ingredients lists and third-party lab results carefully.
POTENTIAL ALLERGENS IN CBD E-JUICE
The main two chemicals in CBD e-liquid are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Users with sensitivities to either of these chemicals will notice sinus irritation, nausea or a headache upon use. Individuals with more severe allergies can break out in hives, develop swelling or have difficulty breathing. Luckily, both chemicals are so ubiquitous that many people are already aware of allergies.
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common ingredients in smoke machine vapor, cosmetics, hair products, food, drinks, cigarettes, medicine and many more products. Vegetable glycerin allergy is very rare. Most reactions are likely caused by an allergy to the plant oil the vegetable glycerin was derived from. Propylene glycol allergies on the other hand are much more common, but entirely avoidable.
Alternatives to Vaping CBD Oil
While we solely focused on vaping in this blog post, there are many alternatives to consuming CBD.
1. SMOKING HEMP FLOWER
If you need quick relief, you can smoke high-CBD hemp strains. It’s increasingly easy to buy smokable hemp flower. You can find both pre-rolled hemp cigarettes and joints, or loose hemp buds for smoking in a pipe. While hemp flower won’t make you “feel high,” it can be a quick and effective way to ingest a potent dose of CBD and immediately feel its effects. Another way to smoke CBD is CBD Shisha using a hookah.
2. SKIP THE VAPE AND EAT YOUR CBD VIA CBD EDIBLES OR A CBD OIL
If you prefer not to smoke CBD, edibles, capsules and topical creams provide a great alternative. CBD drops or tinctures are also easy to take and relatively fast acting.