Beginner’s Guide To CBD Vaping
You’ve no doubt heard about CBD vaping. CBD is being hailed as a wonder-drug that can cure all kinds of ailments, but what exactly is it, and why does vaping CBD eliquid seem to be so effective in treating several ailments? And how can it be vaped? Don’t worry, in this beginner’s guide we’ll tell you everything you need to know and where to start with vaping CBD.
What Is CBD?
Put simply, CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the many chemical compounds found in marijuana. There are over a hundred of these active cannabinoids, including the most well-known of all, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis, the ingredient that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD does not make the user high but is recognized as having many medicinal properties, which we’ll look at in more detail below.
CBD and THC are the most dominant properties in the cannabis plant, although marijuana grown for recreational purposes usually contains more THC than CBD. However, in recent years some cannabis growers have used selective breeding techniques to create strains of cannabis with high levels of CBD and near-zero levels of THC.
This has led to various CBD products, such as e-liquid, skin balm, capsules and more, which provide the useful properties of CBD without the mind-altering side effects of THC. We will look at these other products in future articles but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on CBD vaping products.
The legal status of CBD varies throughout the world, and is changing all the time. For example, in the UK, CBD’s links with cannabis (an illegal class B drug) mean manufacturers cannot discuss the health benefits and have to state that their CBD products have no medicinal purpose. However, CBD users all over the world have reported dramatic effects on their health and day to day life.
What Health Benefits Does CBD Have?
The range of reported health benefits are vast. Online forums are full of people claiming it cured everything from depression to cancer to skin conditions.
A 2013 study of the effects of CBD on animals, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, found CBD worked successfully in the following ways:
- Combats anxiety and depression disorders
- Combats tumor and cancer cells
- Combats psychosis disorders
- Combats inflammatory disorders
- Combats neurodegenerative disorders
- Suppresses seizure activity
You can see more information about studies into the effects CBD and cannabis have on health here. There are many more ongoing studies and we can expect more comprehensive information in the coming years.
A brief look at CBD message forums on sites such as Reddit and Facebook show people reporting improvements with all manner of ailments and issues after using CBD. This is a list of some of the health problems CBD can help with, but there are many many more:
- Pain management
- Skin irritation
- Treating epileptic seizures
- Crohn’s disease
- Muscle spasms
CBD also seems to offer natural protection against the negative elements of the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia, as well as increasing alertness.
It should also be noted, there is no risk of lethal overdose from CBD.
How Do I Get Started With Vaping CBD?
When it comes to vaping CBD, there are various places to begin. Many people start with a simple cigalike vape pen, such as the Kannavape, Medipen or Má. These can be a useful place to start, if somewhat expensive. There are different varieties, some disposable and some with replaceable cartridges.
Another option is to buy CBD e-juice, such as the ranges offered by Harmony or Cloud9. This juice can be used in a standard vaping set-up. These come in different strengths, and range from low (25mg of CBD per 10ml bottle) to high (500mg of CBD per 10ml bottle). The high strength CBD juice can be very expensive but will obviously prove more effective than the weaker varieties.
You can also make your own CBD e-juice using CBD isolate. We will look into this in more detail in a future article but we would not recommend this for newcomers to CBD. It’s much safer to buy from respected CBD vendors.
Finally, if you live in a country where cannabis is legal it could be worth trying to find a strain that is low in THC and high in CBD. This could come in many forms, such as wax, shatter or dry herb. You will need a special type of vaporizer that works with these substances, such as the Dr Dabber Aurora.
How Should I Vape CBD E-Juice?
Firstly, It’s important to find out the PG/VG ratio of the CBD e-juice to see whether it is suitable for your tank or RTA. For example, if the CBD juice is max VG it might not wick properly in a plus-ohm tank.
Some people may find vaping high CBD ejuice at a high wattage overwhelming – too much can lead to feelings of nausea. It’s best to start at a low wattage and work your way up, or even use a plus-ohm tank if the PG/VG ratio allows
Personally, I’ve found vaping medium strength CBD e-juice at 20w on a 0.8ohm coil to be the best method. This wattage means I can control the amount of CBD I inhale and don’t risk ingesting too much at once, while also meaning I get a substantial hit each time. This will vary from person to person so don’t be afraid to experiment, but always start low.
The MigVapor Bug Mini is an excellent product to start with. Read our review here.
What Should I Expect?
At the very least, you should feel a slight calming effect. If you have any ailments, physical or mental, that CBD can help with then you may notice improvements over time. It’s important to note that with physical problems CBD isn’t an instant hit product. It takes regular monitored use to feel any effects, and in some cases it simply might not do anything. If you’re using CBD to relax or reduce anxiety and depression then the results can be much quicker.
It’s difficult to recommend a specific starting point as people’s needs – not to mention physiology – vary so much. At a rough guide, try vaping around 10mg of CBD on your first day. If you notice positive results then stick with this. If you don’t sense anything, try 20mg the next day. Personally, I find vaping 30mg of CBD per day, once a week is enough for me to feel relaxed and clear-headed
However, some CBD users consume much more than this, with some people requiring at least 200mg to feel anything. This would be a very high dose for a newcomer so don’t be tempted to dive in at the deep end. Too much CBD can cause anxiety or nausea. It’s good practice to start small and increase your daily dosage until you notice any effects.
CBD doesn’t have a notable taste, although at high doses you may be able to sense a subtle herb aroma. The throat hit is slightly different to standard e-juice, providing a more silky mouthfeel. You can find CBD e-liquid in a variety of flavours, much like standard e-juice, and some even contains nicotine as well.
Are There Any Negatives To CBD Vaping?
Some people have reported negative side effects when using CBD, even in small amounts so be careful, especially in the early stages. Like any consumable substance, CBD isn’t for everyone. If you feel it is has having a negative impact, or merely no effect at all, then unfortunately CBD isn’t for you.
It’s important to note that CBD is not a replacement for proper medical help. If you are suffering from any serious conditions you should always speak to your doctor first, before attempting to self-medicate. Many doctors around the world are recognising the benefits of CBD so you may get good advice from them.
What Lies Ahead?
Depending on how often you vape CBD, your tolerance is likely to increase. Some people like to use CBD daily, as a pain management tool, and their tolerance will go up quicker than someone who uses it once a week to relax. But this usually isn’t a dramatic increase – many daily users report that they reach a certain level and can stick with this indefinitely.
Unfortunately, the scientific information about CBD, let alone vaping CBD, is limited so there are no hard and fast rules about how to progress. It’s always worth speaking to people in similar positions so feel free to comment at the bottom of this page and join in discussions on the Spinfuel Facebook page. Let us know what CBD has done for you!
Written by Ian Jones