There are several different types of products to choose from when browsing through CBD. Tinctures, capsules, gummies, and topical products are just a few categories to peruse. Another popular option gaining immense popularity is vaping CBD oil. Vape pens are battery-powered smoking devices that turn a substance into a vaporous material for smoother inhalation.
If you’re thinking about using a CBD vape pen, be sure you know all the facts first. Although this is a popular option with some benefits, there are also some notable risks to be aware of.
1. Vaping is Technically Less Harmful Than Smoking
But while it is technically less harmful than smoking, there are still risks associated with inhaling any type of fumes. Most vape pens contain a cocktail of flavorings, aromatic additives, and other chemicals that can be detrimental to your lung health. More on this later.
2. There Are Different Types of CBD Vape Pens
CBD vape pens can take either oil or bud. Both of these versions work to heat up the materials until it vaporizes. CBD bud or flower typically delivers a less concentrated dose hovering around 7-15% CBD. Oil, on the other hand, can deliver around 60-80% CBD.
Vape pens can also be single-use or refillable. Many refillable vape pens will require new cartridges when empty but others have a compartment where the user will have to place the CBD product manually.
None of these options are necessarily “better” than the other. The decision on which a user reaches for comes down to personal preference.
3. Quality CBD Vapes are Lab-Tested
Any reputable CBD company will get all of its products tested by a third-party lab. This gives the customer a sense of security so they know exactly how much CBD, THC, and terpenes are in a given product.
Vape pens that contain CBD should also have a certificate of analysis (COA) available for review before purchase. Since smoking is an inherently risky activity, it’s vital to know exactly what is in the vape pen oil or bud.
If a CBD vape doesn’t have a COA, it’s best to pass on it. You never know what added chemicals could be in it that could cause you serious harm.
4. It’s No Longer Considered the Fastest Delivery Method
Bioavailability is the rate at which a substance absorbs into the bloodstream after consumption. Most oral products, such as tinctures and gummies, have a relatively low bioavailability. These types of delivery methods must get through the digestive tract.
Since CBD is naturally hydrophobic, it doesn’t absorb into the body very easily. Smoking and vaping actually offer the second-highest bioavailability since the CBD can bypass the guts and hitch a ride through the lungs directly into the bloodstream. But, again, this doesn’t come without consequences.
Recently, a new delivery method has emerged that has surpassed vaping’s bioavailability rate. While vaping has a higher bioavailability rate than conventional CBD products, liposomal tinctures are now leading the pack at a 95% bioavailibility rate versus the 40% bioavailability rate vaping.
5. There are Cases of Lung Injury Due to Vaping
Our lungs are not built to withstand smoke and certain vaporized materials. Over time, there are a host of health issues that can occur in frequent vape pen users.
Although some might only experience mild lung irritation, others may encounter issues such as popcorn lung, lipoid pneumonia, collapsed lungs, and more. There are also increasing reports of deaths tied to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 60 deaths associated with lung complications in vape pen users within the first two months of 2020 alone.
6. Vaping isn’t the Safest Way To Take CBD
While vaping does deliver CBD to the system the quickest, it is by far the most hazardous delivery method. Oral and topical CBD products don’t come with the same risks vaping does. It might be frustrating that a lot of product is lost in the digestive tract, but there are plenty of emerging products such as liposomal CBD that aims to increase bioavailability in tincture and capsule products.