Astronomer and Author Carl Sagan believed in hemp. He considered the illegality of cannabis to be an outrage. “An impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world,” he once said. When it comes to arguments for the legalization of a narcotic, it’s a little difficult to argue with one of the most innovative and prolific minds of the 20th century. And slowly, the world is catching up with Sagan. Not long ago, Canada legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana. The move created a near instant shortage of weed country-wide, and they’re still having trouble keeping it on the shelves. In the U.S., even conservative states like Utah have at least started to recognize the benefits of medical marijuana (at the very least, it’ll lead to Mitt Romney question the benefits of magic underwear).
For those suffering from chronic pain, seizures, anxiety and in some extreme cases even cancer, medical weed has proven to be a miracle drug. But in some cases, the delay between ingestion and effect may be too long. So CBD (Cannabidoil) vaping stepped in, offering a faster delivery system. Whether it’s necessary to treat a condition or you just want a mellow out, we present you with a handy guide to correct and easy use.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO VAPE CBD?
While vaping devices come in numerous forms – from vape pens to mods – they all consist of four primary elements: the battery, the chamber, the atomizer and the mouthpiece. For a vape pen, a CBD isolate is placed directly on the replaceable heating coil, however this can be problematic. Through repeated use, the coil slowly breaks down and oxidizes, which can potentially lead to nanoparticles of metal being aerosolized and inhaled. The entire purpose of using a CBD isolate is to control precisely what is going into your body – topicals often include additional herbal or botanical ingredients – so this kind of defeats the purpose.
It’s more ideal to use a tank-style vape, which involves a coil wrapped in a cotton, nylon or silica wick. This requires an e-liquid – a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and CBD. But cheaper products, mainly the disposable kind, can be cheaply made. The coil and wick can burn up, rendering the whole system useless. Ideally, you’re going to want a refillable vape using CBD concentrates. This will best allow you control over what chemicals are entering your body.
WHY IS IT BETTER THAN INGESTION?
In short, yes. CBD vaping allows the substance to enter your lungs and bypass your liver and and stomach. This increases the level of CBD up to four times, or nearly fifty per cent. Therefore, the beneficial effects of CBD can be achieved with a much smaller amount of product. If nothing else, that’ll cut the cost of use considerably.
Vaping also cuts the time it takes for the CBD to be active in your system. Essentially, it’s a faster, cheaper delivery system. For those with severe pain or anxiety, some times a half hour is just too long to wait. By vaporizing CBD e-liquid or some concentrate, the effects can be felt in as short a time as 60 seconds.
Once again, the main concern when vaping CBD is related to the metals. With vape pens, the coils are typically made from titanium, stainless steel or some sort of nickel wire. Studies have shown that for smokers switching to vapes from cigarettes, it does not pose a significant health risk. For those who have never smoked, however, it’s an unnecessary source of exposure. The best way to stay safe is, as always, research. There are countless brands and manufacturers in the vape industry, so it’s best to know what materials you’re buying and what companies are the most reputable. The materials in a vape are usually listed right on the box.
For CBD, another concern are allergens. Given that CBD vaping opens the field to users who don’t typically use a vape, e-juices may be unfamilliar territory. Fortunately, this is rare. But users sensitive to propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin may notice some nasal irritation, nasuea or headache. However, since both are used in everyday products, it’s highly unlikely you would be unaware of an allergy or sensitivity prior to vaping.
As much as we promote vaping CBD, there are some obvious drawbacks for some. However, it’s probably the easiest way to use the product in a public setting. It’s a little awkward using a traditional waterpipe or joint without looking like an illicit drug user, so perhaps it’s best to have some privacy.
So is CBD vaping worth the trouble, the health risks or the expense? We’d argue in favour. The health risks may sound alarming, but most studies have shown they’re largely neglectable. So long as you venture into it with a well-researched idea of what you’re doing, chances are you’re not only safe, but the benefits will outweigh the very minor risks. Since vaping is still largely in its infancy, data only has revealed short-term results. So like any new product, its always important to keep abreast of new studies as they are made available. Across the board, however, studies agree that vaping is a safer alternative than smoking.