As the list of medical ailments aided by marijuana grows, so too does the interest in CBD oil. Specifically, there’s much interest in CBD vape oil due to the rising popularity of vaping.
But what exactly is CBD vape oil and what are some CBD oil benefits? These questions deserve answers, so keep reading to learn more. We’ll also help you understand more about when to vape, how to vape, and how to avoid negatives associated with cannabis intake. As a bonus, we’ve also thrown in some tips on how to make cannabis oil at home.
What is CBD Vape Oil?
Simply put, CBD vape oil is the oil of the cannabis plant which has been extracted to provide the right cannabinoid for certain ailments.
Marijuana contains hundreds of cannabinoids, the two most commonly known being THC and CBD. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most known. It’s the cannabinoid that produces the marijuana high.
CBD or cannabidiol is another component which has been linked to helping people live healthier, more productive lives. CBD does not produce psychoactive effects (aka, the high).
For good reason, many who suffer from medical ailments eased by cannabis seek CBD oil. As a result, vaping is rapidly becoming the delivery system of choice.
What Are Some CBD Oil Benefits?
For decades, users of marijuana have claimed that the plant provides numerous medicinal benefits. Today, CBD oil benefits are widely known and provide relief from:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders
- Effects of traditional cancer treatments
What is Vaping? And How is CBD Oil Vaped?
Vaping is a delivery method for ingesting CBD vape oil. The cannabidiol is placed into a special vape tool and smoked much like a rolled joint.
One key difference between vaping and smoking marijuana oils in more traditional ways is ease-of-use.
The simplest vape pens come with replaceable cartridges and a battery in a ‘starter kit.’ Simply make sure the battery is charged, insert the cartridge containing CBD vape oil, and take a puff. Simple.
Other kits may require the use of a bottle of CBD oil or ‘juice.’ Generally, cannabidiol purchased for smoking is not ideal for use in vape pens. So, manufacturers usually add a thinning agent.
The most common thinning agent used in vape applications is propylene glycol. This is often added to foods and other consumables. So, don’t worry— it’s safe!
Why Vape CBD Oil?
Aside from the health benefits derived from vaping, there are ascetic advantages. CBD vape oil often comes packaged in a variety of flavors like strawberry, lemon, mango, and more. This provides for a more enjoyable experience.
What’s more, with vape pens, the user does not get the harmful tar-containing smoke. In addition to this, the user has the choice of only consuming CBD while avoiding THC.
Finally, there’s the delivery system. Because CBD and THC molecules attach more readily to other oil-based molecules, drinking CBD oil directly is an ineffective delivery system. Some of the active components will pass through the liver. However, most will be absorbed in a way that is ineffective in providing relief.
By inhaling CBD oil, these components are broken down in a way that makes them more readily absorbed and used in the body. As such, vaping CBD oil is simply a more efficient delivery system.
What are the Differences in Vape Equipment?
Vape equipment is generally the same: there is a battery and a heating system. The battery provides the energy needed to heat the oil such that it vaporizes and can be inhaled into the lungs
However, some systems come with cartridges which must be replaced once they become empty. Others allow for the insertion of oils directly into the device. Users should pay attention to these differences. Else, they may obtain vape oil and a vape pen that’s incompatible.
How Much CBD Oil is Safe & Effective to Vape?
You may also be wondering how much CBD vape oil is safe and effective for various ailments. This is a bit tricky to address, however.
Because marijuana remains illegal in most parts of the world, consistent means of production and delivery don’t yet exist. This means that for users seeking medicinal relief, trial-and-error is the only way to know the ‘right’ dose.
The best way is to start with a quantity and be consistent in adding it to the vape pen. For this reason, many choose cartridges because each can be measured by puffs.
Remember too that no one is known to have died from an overdose of marijuana. This includes inhaling THC.
This is not to advise eliminating caution, but to let readers know that the product is generally safe for use.
It’s best to start slow and build up. It’s also important to keep notes of quantities. The average person starts with about 10mg of CBD per day. Many work up to 30mg for chronic ailments.
For those who would like to know how to make cannabis oil at home, consider the following below.
How to Make Cannabis Oil
Although we strongly recommend buying cannabis oil commercially, it can be made at home. Two differences between the home product and the commercially obtained are:
- Commercial concentrations of CBD are more consistent
- Commercial CBD oil is safer to obtain
Although commercial concentrations of CBD vape oil differ from one maker to another, there is still more consistency than making cannabis oil at home. Still, for those who want to try, the key is using the right combination of solvent and heat.
Simple steps on how to make cannabis oil at home:
- Grind the marijuana leaves finely
- Place onto baking sheet and bake at 104 degrees Celsius for 90 minutes to decarb the marijuana
- Put marijuana into sealed container with alcohol or vegetable oil and heat. Note that this is the dangerous part which should give pause to many readers. Heating any mixture containing alcohol is naturally dangerous, especially while doing so in an enclosed container.
- The longer the mixture simmers, the more CBD and THC will be extracted.
- Remove from heat and filter.
The remaining substance will be a thick oil containing both CBD and THC. If for no other reason than this, most who seek CBD oil for medicinal reasons often prefer commercially purchased products.
Getting the right CBD to TCH ratio at home can be most difficult and comes with experimentation among strains. Again, we strongly advise using commercially made equipment and CBD oil.