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My Son's Journey with Autism and CBD Oil

Please let me know if this isn't allowed here. I looked for a subreddit for parents with autistic children and didn't find one. If this post is deemed offensive or out of order, I would accept its removal with my apologies. This is also posted in the CBD subreddit.

A few months ago I read a post here about medical marijuana and autism. I replied about how I was about to start my son on CBD oil and it was suggested that I return with more information once we'd been on it for a while. So here I am.

We are in Canada, where it is illegal to give a child CBD oil, so my son has a prescription for medical marijuana from his psychiatrist.

My son is 11. He has an anxiety disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD and PDA Autism (an anxiety based autism – Pathalogical Demand Avoidance much like ODD) which has caused some extremely bad behaviours. Earlier this year my husband and I were looking at doing a voluntary care agreement with the ministry of children because we were scared of our son. He was out of control and the behaviours ranged from defiance, destruction of property, and daily screaming tantrums to threatening to kill himself and everyone in the house. We had to lock up the knives and the behavioural consultant we were given by the ministry reported both myself and my husband were showing signs of PTSD related to the stress caused by our son's terrifying behaviours.

We started him on medications over a year ago, for anxiety, for ADHD, and they worked somewhat, and the daily tantrums and threats faded into twice weekly, but after 4 trips in a month to the ER because we'd had to call the police on him, my husband and I were at the end of our rope. I had heard about medical marijuana for adults, but not for kids, so for weeks I researched and learned all I could about CBD oil as a treatment for behaviour issues in children with autism.

At the beginning of July we started a 1:20 THC/CBD oil. Within 4 days we saw a calmer child. Unsure if we were really seeing results or if our desperation was seeing it for us, we continued, upping the dose slowly over the weeks. We started at 2 drops per day and made our way to 10, upping the dose by 2 drops a week. We didn't have a single screaming tantrum. Turning his PS4 game off to go to bed no longer resulted in stomping and throwing things, and being told to turn out the light and go to bed did not start 45 minutes of kicking the walls as hard as he could.

3-weeks ago I called the company we order from to discuss dosages and they suggested a 5:20 THC/CBD oil. As it was a new strength I started at 5 drops a day and moved slowly upwards. Last week I upped his dose from 10 drops to 20 drops per day and within 3 days we saw drastic changes. Incredible, drastic changes.

My son started engaging with us. He makes jokes, he laughs with us, he plays beautifully with his sister. When I say no to something, he says 'ok'. When we look at the toy section of the Walmart when we do our grocery shopping, he doesn't beg for a $100 Lego and then sob for an hour when I say no. He's started making his own breakfast (he could not hold the butter knife before to spread his jam on the toast) and lunches. He is thoughtful, kind, and silly. He spends time with us instead of hiding in his room. He wants to try new foods. He engages with others, other adults, other kids.

Since starting CBD oil we haven't had a single tantrum. He had 2 crying episodes the first week of using the oil but instead of howling in his room for an hour, he came out within 5 minutes and tried to offer a suggestion as to how he could get around his frustration. Last week we went to a summer theme park in a nearby city and the next morning my son asked me "Mum, how did you enjoy the park?" – My son has never asked anyone how they've liked something, never.

CBD oil has saved our family. It has saved our son. He is happy, and we are absolutely amazed at the positive effects it has had on him, and I say with absolutely no hyperbole that CBD oil has been a miracle for us. Within 2 months we went from thinking we'd have to put our son into care, to laughing at his jokes while he explains Harry Potter spells to his 5-year-old sister and makes her a wand out of Lego pieces so she can pretend to be a wizard with him.

It's as if someone has lifted back the veil that was keeping our son from being present. We had tried ABA, occupational therapy, you name it we tried it, and nothing worked. My son has gone from an uncontrollable boy into a calm, kind, funny young man. It's almost like all the amazing, beautiful, incredible parts of his autism have been brought forward, while the frustrations he felt at so many things have all faded into the background. He is not 'doped up' or hazy. He is bright and happy and for the first time in his life he is finding pleasure in things without the negative effects of over-stimulation or the inability to control his emotions. The CBD has taken the dark and left only the light. I finally understand what all the parents were talking about when they said they wouldn't change their autistic child for anything. I could not say that before.

I am not here to advocate CBD oil to everyone with autism. I just wanted to offer our story up to anyone who might be interested. Perhaps there is someone out there who has questions, or who plan to speak to their doctor about CBD oil. There is a large study coming out at the end of the year from Israel on CBD oil usage in autistic children, and there are 2 more large scale studies starting at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and also at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

If anyone has any questions they are welcome to PM me or ask here. Thanks for reading.

CBD Helping Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD) or simply Asperger’s, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported. Symptoms include social awkwardness, loud vocalizations, atypical speech, emotional detachment or over-attachment, anger management issues, and narrow interests that may become obsessive. Those with AS usually feel like they don’t “fit in” with society. They’re often smarter, more creative, or more observant than their peers and can excel in life when given a chance.

The syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. The modern conception of Asperger syndrome came into existence in 1981 and went through a period of popularization, becoming standardized as a diagnosis in the early 1990’s. Many questions remain about aspects of the disorder. There is doubt about whether it is distinct from high-functioning autism (HFA), partly because of this, its prevalence is not firmly established. The diagnosis of Asperger’s was eliminated in the 2013 fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and replaced by a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on a severity scale.

The exact cause is unknown. Although research suggests the likelihood of a genetic basis, there is no known genetic cause and brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology. There is no single treatment, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of management is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist. Some researchers and people with Asperger’s have advocated a shift in attitudes toward the view that it is a difference, rather than a disability that must be treated or cured.

As a pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, by stereotyped and restricted patterns of behavior, activities and interests, and by no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or general delay in language.
Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody, and physical clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis. People with Asperger syndrome often display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. They may stick to inflexible routines, move in stereotyped and repetitive ways, or preoccupy themselves with parts of objects.

Pursuit of specific and narrow areas of interest is one of the most striking features of AS. Individuals with AS may collect volumes of detailed information on a relatively narrow topic such as weather data or star names, without necessarily having a genuine understanding of the broader topic. For example, a child might memorize camera model numbers while caring little about photography. This behavior is usually apparent by age 5 or 6. Although these special interests may change from time to time, they typically become more unusual and narrowly focused, and often dominate social interaction so much that the entire family may become immersed. Because narrow topics often capture the interest of children, this symptom may go unrecognized.
Stereotyped and repetitive motor behaviors are a core part of the diagnosis of AS and other ASDs. They include hand movements such as flapping or twisting, and complex whole-body movements. These are typically repeated in longer bursts and look more voluntary or ritualistic than tics, which are usually faster, less rhythmical and less often symmetrical.

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According to the Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA) diagnostic test, a lack of interest in fiction and a positive preference towards non-fiction is common among adults with AS.

A lack of demonstrated empathy has a significant impact on aspects of communal living for persons with Asperger syndrome. Individuals with AS experience difficulties in basic elements of social interaction, which may include a failure to develop friendships or to seek shared enjoyments or achievements with others (for example, showing others objects of interest), a lack of social or emotional reciprocity (social “games” give-and-take mechanic), and impaired nonverbal behaviors in areas such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, and gesture.

People with AS may not be as withdrawn around others compared to those with other, more debilitating, forms of autism; they approach others, even if awkwardly. For example, a person with AS may engage in a one-sided, long-winded speech about a favorite topic, while misunderstanding or not recognizing the listener’s feelings or reactions, such as a wish to change the topic of talk or end the interaction. This social awkwardness has been called “active but odd.” This failure to react appropriately to social interaction may appear as disregard for other people’s feelings, and may come across as insensitive. However, not all individuals with AS will approach others. Some of them may even display selective mutism, speaking not at all to most people and excessively to specific people. Some may choose to talk to only people they like.

The cognitive ability of children with AS often allows them to articulate social norms in a laboratory context, where they may be able to show a theoretical understanding of other people’s emotions; however, they typically have difficulty acting on this knowledge in fluid, real-life situations. People with AS may analyze and distill their observations of social interaction into rigid behavioral guidelines, and apply these rules in awkward ways, such as forced eye contact, resulting in a demeanor that appears rigid or socially naive. Childhood desire for companionship can become numbed through a history of failed social encounters.
The hypothesis that individuals with AS are predisposed to violent or criminal behavior has been investigated, but is not supported by data. More evidence suggests children with AS are victims rather than victimizers. A 2008 review found that an overwhelming number of reported violent criminals with AS had coexisting psychiatric disorders such as schizoaffective disorder.

Individuals with AS often have excellent auditory and visual perception. Children with ASD often demonstrate enhanced perception of small changes in patterns such as arrangements of objects or well-known images; typically this is domain-specific and involves processing of fine-grained features. Conversely, compared to individuals with high-functioning autism, individuals with AS have deficits in some tasks involving visual-spatial perception, auditory perception, or visual memory. Many accounts of individuals with AS and ASD report other unusual sensory and perceptual skills and experiences. They may be unusually sensitive or insensitive to sound, light, and other stimuli; these sensory responses are found in other developmental disorders and are not specific to AS or to ASD. There is little support for increased fight-or-flight response or failure of habituation in autism; there is more evidence of decreased responsiveness to sensory stimuli, although several studies show no differences.
Hans Asperger’s initial accounts and other diagnostic schemes include descriptions of physical clumsiness. Children with AS may be delayed in acquiring skills requiring motor dexterity, such as riding a bicycle or opening a jar, and may seem to move awkwardly or feel “uncomfortable in their own skin”. They may be poorly coordinated, or have an odd or bouncy gait or posture, poor handwriting, or problems with visual-motor integration. They may show problems with proprioception (sensation of body position) on measures of developmental coordination disorder (motor planning disorder), balance, tandem gait, and finger-thumb apposition. There is no evidence that these motor skills problems differentiate AS from other high-functioning ASDs.

Children with AS are more likely to have sleep problems, including difficulty in falling asleep, frequent nocturnal awakenings, and early morning awakenings. AS is also associated with high levels of alexithymia, which is difficulty in identifying and describing one’s emotions. Although AS, lower sleep quality, and alexithymia are associated, their causal relationship is unclear. Although individuals with Asperger syndrome acquire language skills without significant general delay and their speech typically lacks significant abnormalities, language acquisition and use is often atypical. Abnormalities include verbosity, abrupt transitions, literal interpretations and miscomprehension of nuance, use of metaphor meaningful to only the speaker, auditory perception deficits, unusually pedantic, formal or idiosyncratic speech, and oddities in loudness, pitch, intonation, prosody, and rhythm. Echolalia has also been observed in individuals with AS.

Three aspects of communication patterns are of clinical interest: poor prosody, tangential and circumstantial speech, and marked verbosity. Although inflection and intonation may be less rigid or monotonic than in classic autism, people with AS often have a limited range of intonation: speech may be unusually fast, jerky or loud. Speech may convey a sense of incoherence; the conversational style often includes monologues about topics that bore the listener, fails to provide context for comments, or fails to suppress internal thoughts. Individuals with AS may fail to monitor whether the listener is interested or engaged in the conversation. The speaker’s conclusion or point may never be made, and attempts by the listener to elaborate on the speech’s content or logic, or to shift to related topics, are often unsuccessful.

Children with AS may have an unusually sophisticated vocabulary at a young age and have been colloquially called “little professors”, but have difficulty understanding figurative language and tend to use language literally. Children with AS appear to have particular weaknesses in areas of nonliteral language that include humor, irony, teasing, and sarcasm. Although individuals with AS usually understand the cognitive basis of humor, they seem to lack understanding of the intent of humor to share enjoyment with others. Despite strong evidence of impaired humor appreciation, anecdotal reports of humor in individuals with AS seem to challenge some psychological theories of AS and autism.

Asperger syndrome appears to result from developmental factors that affect many or all functional brain systems, as opposed to localized effects. Although the specific underpinnings of AS or factors that distinguish it from other ASDs are unknown, and no clear pathology common to individuals with AS has emerged, it is still possible that AS’s mechanism is separate from other ASDs. Neuroanatomical studies and the associations with teratogens strongly suggest that the mechanism includes alteration of brain development soon after conception. Abnormal migration of embryonic cells during fetal development may affect the final structure and connectivity of the brain, resulting in alterations in the neural circuits that control thought and behavior. Several theories of mechanism are available; none are likely to provide a complete explanation.

Diagnosis is most commonly made between the ages of four and eleven. A comprehensive assessment involves a multidisciplinary team that observes across multiple settings, and includes neurological and genetic assessment as well as tests for cognition, psychomotor function, verbal and nonverbal strengths and weaknesses, style of learning, and skills for independent living. The “gold standard” in diagnosing ASDs combines clinical judgment with the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)—a semistructured parent interview—and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)—a conversation and play-based interview with the child. Delayed or mistaken diagnosis can be traumatic for individuals and families; for example, misdiagnosis can lead to medications that worsen behavior. Many children with AS are initially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Diagnosing adults is more challenging, as standard diagnostic criteria are designed for children and the expression of AS changes with age; adult diagnosis requires painstaking clinical examination and thorough medical history gained from both the individual and other people who know the person, focusing on childhood behavior. Conditions that must be considered in a differential diagnosis include other ASDs, the schizophrenia spectrum, ADHD, obsessive–compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, semantic pragmatic disorder, nonverbal learning disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, stereotypic movement disorder, bipolar disorder, and social-cognitive deficits due to brain damage from alcohol abuse.

Hans Asperger described common symptoms among his patients’ family members, especially fathers, and research supports this observation and suggests a genetic contribution to Asperger syndrome. Although no specific gene has yet been identified, multiple factors are believed to play a role in the expression of autism, given the phenotypic variability seen in children with AS. Evidence for a genetic link is the tendency for AS to run in families and an observed higher incidence of family members who have behavioral symptoms similar to AS but in a more limited form (for example, slight difficulties with social interaction, language, or reading). Most research suggests that all autism spectrum disorders have shared genetic mechanisms, but AS may have a stronger genetic component than autism. There is probably a common group of genes where particular alleles render an individual vulnerable to developing AS; if this is the case, the particular combination of alleles would determine the severity and symptoms for each individual with AS.

A few ASD cases have been linked to exposure to teratogens (agents that cause birth defects) during the first eight weeks from conception. Although this does not exclude the possibility that ASD can be initiated or affected later, it is strong evidence that it arises very early in development. Many environmental factors have been hypothesized to act after birth, but none has been confirmed by scientific investigation.

Asperger syndrome treatment attempts to manage distressing symptoms and to teach age-appropriate social, communication and vocational skills that are not naturally acquired during development, with intervention tailored to the needs of the individual based on multidisciplinary assessment. Although progress has been made, data supporting the efficacy of particular interventions are limited

No medications directly treat the core symptoms of AS. Although research into the efficacy of pharmaceutical intervention for AS is limited, it is essential to diagnose and treat comorbid conditions. Deficits in self-identifying emotions or in observing effects of one’s behavior on others can make it difficult for individuals with AS to see why medication may be appropriate. Medication can be effective in combination with behavioral interventions and environmental accommodations in treating comorbid symptoms such as anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, inattention and aggression. The atypical antipsychotic medications Risperidone and Olanzapine have been shown to reduce the associated symptoms of AS; Risperidone can reduce repetitive and self-injurious behaviors, aggressive outbursts and impulsivity, and improve stereotypical patterns of behavior and social relatedness. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, and Sertraline have been effective in treating restricted and repetitive interests and behaviors.

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Care must be taken with medications, as side effects may be more common and harder to evaluate in individuals with AS, and tests of drugs’ effectiveness against comorbid conditions routinely exclude individuals from the autism spectrum. Abnormalities in metabolism, cardiac conduction times, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes have been raised as concerns with these medications, along with serious long-term neurological side effects. SSRIs can lead to manifestations of behavioral activation such as increased impulsivity, aggression, and sleep disturbance. Weight gain and fatigue are commonly reported side effects of risperidone, which may also lead to increased risk for extrapyramidal symptoms such as restlessness and dystonia and increased serum prolactin levels. Sedation and weight gain are more common with Olanzapine which has also been linked with diabetes. Sedative side-effects in school-age children have ramifications for classroom learning. Individuals with AS may be unable to identify and communicate their internal moods and emotions or to tolerate side effects that for most people would not be problematic.

The ideal treatment for AS coordinates therapies that address core symptoms of the disorder, including poor communication skills and obsessive or repetitive routines. While most professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better, there is no single best treatment package. AS treatment resembles that of other high-functioning ASDs, except that it takes into account the linguistic capabilities, verbal strengths, and nonverbal vulnerabilities of individuals with AS. A typical program generally includes:
1. Social skills training for more effective interpersonal interactions;
2. Cognitive behavioral therapy to improve stress management relating to anxiety or explosive emotions and to cut back on obsessive interests and repetitive routines;
3. Medication, for coexisting conditions such as major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder;
4. Occupational or physical therapy to assist with poor sensory integration and motor coordination;
5. Social communication intervention, which is specialized speech therapy to help with the pragmatics of the give and take of normal conversation;
6. Training and support of parents, particularly in behavioral techniques to use in the home.

Of the many studies on behavior-based early intervention programs, most are case reports of up to five participants and typically examine a few problem behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, noncompliance, stereotypes, or spontaneous language; unintended side effects are largely ignored. Despite the popularity of social skills training, its effectiveness is not firmly established. A randomized controlled study of a model for training parents in problem behaviors in their children with AS showed that parents attending a one-day workshop or six individual lessons reported fewer behavioral problems, while parents receiving the individual lessons reported less intense behavioral problems in their AS children. Vocational training is important to teach job interview etiquette and workplace behavior to older children and adults with AS, and organization software and personal data assistants can improve the work and life management of people with AS.

Some researchers have argued that AS can be viewed as a different cognitive style, not a disorder or a disability.
There is some evidence that children with AS may see a lessening of symptoms; up to 20% of children may no longer meet the diagnostic criteria as adults, although social and communication difficulties may persist. As of 2006, no studies addressing the long-term outcome of individuals with Asperger syndrome are available and there are no systematic long-term follow-up studies of children with AS. Individuals with AS appear to have normal life expectancy, but have an increased prevalence of comorbid psychiatric conditions, such as major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder that may significantly affect prognosis. Although social impairment is lifelong, the outcome is generally more positive than with individuals with lower functioning autism spectrum disorders; for example, ASD symptoms are more likely to diminish with time in children with AS or HFA. Although most students with AS/HFA have average mathematical ability and test slightly worse in mathematics than in general intelligence, some are gifted in mathematics and AS has not prevented some adults from major accomplishments such as winning the Nobel Prize.

Medical Marijuana and Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism is a disorder that relates to neural development and is best characterized by impaired social interaction, restricted and repetitive behavior and lack of communication skills. The diagnostic criterion claims that symptoms become apparent within a child before they turn three years of age. Autism directly affects the processing of information in the brain by altering nerve cells and their proper synapses. Asperger’s syndrome is a disorder that lies within the autism spectrum, and is best characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction.

Medical marijuana has been known to be a solution to alleviating outbursts of rage, seizures and temper tantrums among autism patients. Cannabis and cannabis-based products such as concentrates and tinctures can be responsible for the lessening of any erratic actions that may have occurred in the past. Patients who use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms become extremely relaxed and very attentive to what they are doing. Best put, medical marijuana can serve as an exceptional behavioral modification, which can protect both the health and safety of an autistic patient.

Medical Marijuana can be used to alleviate the negative symptoms and accentuate the positive aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two main cannabinoids found in marijuana. THC is psychoactive, causing the “high” associated with marijuana use. CBD is non-psychoactive and has a calming effect. Aspies should choose high quality medical marijuana that has a high CBD to THC ratio. Use tinctures and edibles for long-lasting effects. Smoke or vaporize marijuana for a quick fix. Mix buds and leaf together to get more CBD’s in your medicine.

Anxiety issues can make it impossible to lead a productive life. CBD’s calm the body and mind to relieve stress, but beware of high THC concentrations that can cause severe anxiety and panic attacks.

Aspies are often ruled by their emotions and can have temper-tantrums well into adulthood. Smoke or vaporize marijuana as soon as you feel the anger rising and you should be able to calm down enough to talk about your feelings. Sufferers of AS can have stress management issues due to their inability to control emotions. This can lead to disorders of the gastrointestinal system, such as ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s Disease. Marijuana has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can ease discomfort. If you are malnourished, use marijuana to stimulate your appetite.
Stress and depression can make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Marijuana can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Aspie brains can race out of control making it difficult to concentrate and communicate. Marijuana slows down your thought processes, enabling you to think clearly and focus on one subject at a time.
Marijuana can alleviate social phobias, allowing you to leave the house and interact with the world without worrying about feeling different.

Medical marijuana may not work for everyone diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. You may have to experiment with the THC to CBD ratios and methods of ingestion to find a treatment plan that works for you.

The 5 Best CBD Inhalers in 2022

The quickest way to get CBD into your system is by inhaling it. Understandably, many health concerns have been raised about smoking and vaping marijuana products, so nobody would blame you for looking into other alternatives.

Featured CBD Brands

  • Best Overall: Populum
  • Best Value: Kanibi
  • Best THC-Free: Kat’s Naturals

While not as popular as many other CBD products, a few hemp companies are answering the call to find healthier methods of inhaling the cannabinoid. Their solution? CBD inhalers.

How do they work? They work as you might expect, delivering a convenient and precise dose of CBD designed to be absorbed into the body via the lungs. No heating necessary. In this article, we present our list of the best CBD inhalers you can purchase online now.

Table of Contents

  • What Is a CBD Inhaler?
  • What Are the Advantages of a CBD Inhaler?
  • How To Use a CBD Inhaler
  • Are CBD Inhalers Good for Respiratory Health?
  • Should You Use a CBD Inhaler?
  • The 5 Best CBD Inhalers On the Market
    • 1. Fairwinds Zero 550 Inhaler
    • 2. CBD LUXE Be Clear CBD Inhaler
    • 3. Koi Hemp Extract CBD Inhaler
    • 4. Vapen Clear Inhaler
    • 5. Monarch Life Sciences Nano-Mist Inhaler

    What Is a CBD Inhaler?

    By now, you’re probably familiar with many CBD products on the market—tinctures, salves, capsules, gummies, and even vape products. But inhalers? That’s a new one for many people. However, these handy little devices aren’t as odd as you might think. They work the same way a medicated inhaler works, but instead of medicine, they contain CBD. They are pocket sized with a mouthpiece and a pump that uses a propellant to force CBD into the lungs when inhaled.

    What Are the Advantages of a CBD Inhaler?

    Inhaling CBD is the fastest absorption method, and most people who want results quickly will either use smokable hemp or a CBD vape pen or vaping device. But there are downsides to these methods. All of them use heat, which can change the chemical structure of the ingredients in the vape liquid and can also cause potential lung damage. An inhaler does not use heat. Instead, a propellant is used to force the CBD into your airways.

    Secondly, they are very discreet. Unlike vaping or smoking, there is no cloud, vapor, or smoke, and there is no odor. You can put a CBD inhaler in your purse or pocket and use it whenever you need it without drawing much attention to yourself. Plus, since it’s premeasured, there is no fussing around with getting a consistent dose.

    Finally, this method of delivery is surprisingly inexpensive. You can get up to 200 doses of CBD from one inhaler at a cost of well under 0.10 cents per milligram. This is right on par with some of the most affordable CBD oils on the market. In some cases, it’s even cheaper.

    How To Use a CBD Inhaler

    The first thing to do is shake the inhaler a few times to ensure that the ingredients are mixed together properly. Then, put your lips around the mouthpiece, exhale fully, press down on the trigger, then breathe in deeply and hold for a few seconds before exhaling. Some inhalers will have a slight propellant taste; others will taste “hempy.” Some on our list are flavored for those who prefer a tastier experience.

    You should begin to feel the effects within a minute or two, and they will be subtle. Don’t expect to feel high or buzzed. That’s not what CBD is about. Instead, CBD inhalers are designed to gently and effectively provide potential relief for anxiety, aches, pains, and other discomforts. You may need to play around with dosing until you find the relief you’re looking for, but give it several minutes before taking an additional dose.

    Are CBD Inhalers Good for Respiratory Health?

    The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD could make it particularly helpful for respiratory health. In fact, doctors in the 1920s used to prescribe cannabis for coughs.

    Today, scientists have uncovered several ways in which CBD may help your lungs. One way is by triggering bronchodilation — causing the airways in your lungs to expand and pass air more freely.

    CBD may also help you quit smoking tobacco, which is obviously a great benefit to your lungs and overall health. Clinical trials have shown that people who use CBD inhalers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke daily by as much as 40%. If you have been wanting to quit smoking but need help doing so in a less stressful manner, CBD could possibly help.

    It is speculated that CBD might even help people with asthma and COPD breathe easier. Animal studies have found that cannabidiol (CBD) reduced airway inflammation in mice. Other studies also showed it reduced inflammation as a result of lung injury.

    However, animal studies are not substitutes for controlled double-blind studies on humans, no matter how promising the research is. If you want to try a CBD inhaler for your asthma or COPD, you should first consult with your doctor. And never stop using a prescribed inhaler or medication without seeking guidance from a medical professional.

    Inhaled cannabis products have been in the news recently due to some rare and serious health complications that have arisen from vape products. Fortunately, these complications have not occurred with CBD inhalers, but caution and common sense are always advised.

    Should You Use a CBD Inhaler?

    Provided you have spoken with your doctor, trying a CBD inhaler might just give you the relief you are looking for. CBD inhalers are cheap, work fast, last a long time, and are premeasured, so there is no messy preparation involved.

    You can take a CBD inhaler on a plane, put one in your pocket, or tuck one away in your purse or briefcase so you’ll always have one on hand. Nobody needs to know you are using CBD, either, since there is no vapor or scent. Considering all of these plusses, we think it’s well worth giving a CBD inhaler a try.

    Now let’s have a look at best CBD Inhalers:

    The 5 Best CBD Inhalers On the Market

    1. Fairwinds Zero 550 Inhaler


    • FDA-regulated and approved propellant
    • No pesticides, molds, mycotoxins, or metals
    • Terpene-fortified


    • Ingredients: CBD oil, CBG, HFA propellant (FDA approved)
    • Pricing: $0.11 per milligram

    Company: Fairwinds has established itself as one of the top sellers of CBD inhalers. Along with an FDA-approved propellent, the brand utilizes CBD and CBG plus minor cannabinoids for a full-spectrum effect without the high. It contains no THC, additives, or essential oils, and produces no vapor, odor, or smoke. If you’re looking for a hemp-only product, this is it. Please note that the canister and actuator are sold separately, although the actuator is only an additional $2.99.

    Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $35.

    Returns: Pay your own first-class or priority shipping.

    2. CBD LUXE Be Clear CBD Inhaler


    • Several options available
    • Premium organic ingredients
    • Full-spectrum


    • Ingredients: Micell full-spectrum hemp oil, green tea, oleic acid, ethyl alcohol, stevia
    • Pricing: $0.07 per milligram

    Company: CBD LUXE CBD Inhalers are some of the better-known inhaled CBD products on the market. In this review, we are featuring the Be Clear Regular CBD Inhaler, but you can also opt for Spearmint-Lemon, Lavender Chamomile, or Green Tea and Honey, if you like. Each canister contains 1,100 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD and a range of cannabinoids for encouraging the entourage effect. There are approximately 200 5.5 milligram doses in each canister.

    Shipping: Free standard USPS shipping.

    Returns: Refunds given within 30 days on unopened and unused products only.

    3. Koi Hemp Extract CBD Inhaler


    • Portable and convenient
    • Broad-spectrum
    • 5 milligrams per puff


    • Ingredients: Purzorb® micellized broad-spectrum cannabinoids, dehydrated ethyl alcohol (ETOH), oleic acid, green tea, mint, lime, and stevia extracts (Mojito Mint). Or green tea, orange, vanilla, and stevia extracts (Dreamsicle), KOI CBD LLC proprietary blend, pharmaceutical grade HFA 134a tetrafluoroethane propellant
    • Pricing: $0.08 per milligram

    Company: Established in 2015, Kio’s mission is to create the standard of quality for CBD users everywhere. The brand offers a full range of CBD products, and this CBD inhaler is a popular choice. It contains 1,000 milligrams of CBD and delivers 5 milligrams per puff. Select from two flavors— Mojito Mint or Dreamsicle—each containing the brand’s proprietary PurZorb® micellized broad-spectrum CBD. Stick it in your gym bag or pocket for a quick dose of CBD anytime you like.

    Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $35.

    Returns: Full refunds are given within 30 days if you are not satisfied. The product must be at least 50 percent full to qualify.

    4. Vapen Clear Inhaler


    • 1,000 milligrams per canister
    • Consistent delivery
    • 10 milligrams per puff


    • Ingredients: 99 percent CBD crystalline suspension of derivative terpenes in propellant HFA – 134a
    • Pricing: $0.07 per milligram

    Company: Vapen was one of the first companies to manufacture CBD inhalers. The intention was to make a discreet inhalation product that produces no scent or vapor. The Vapen Clear Inhaler contains 99.82 percent activated cannabinoids in an FDA approved metered-dose inhaler. Plus, it includes terpenes—molecules that provide numerous health benefits, especially when combined with CBD. Each puff delivers 10 milligrams of CBD and can also be used sublingually (under the tongue) if desired.

    Shipping: Customer pays shipping.

    Returns: Unused product in original packaging must be returned within 15 days for a refund. Contact support to initiate the return process.

    5. Monarch Life Sciences Nano-Mist Inhaler


    • Infused with micronutrients
    • Great flavors
    • Utilizes nanotechnology


    • Ingredients: Broad-spectrum CBD, pharmaceutical-grade FDA-approved propellant, terpenes, botanicals
    • Pricing: $0.04 per milligram

    Company: Each puff of the Nano-Mist Inhaler from Monarch Life Sciences delivers 7.5 milligrams of Purzorb® CBD, a proprietary broad-spectrum formulation made using nanotechnology. The brand offers five different versions of the inhaler, each infused with various botanicals and herbal ingredients designed to meet a specific need. Choose from Focus, Energy, Balance, Relax, or Sleep inhalers. Featured here is the Focus blend, containing ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and green tea. It has a rejuvenating honey-and-lemon flavor and is just what is needed for concentration and mental alertness.

    Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $40.

    Returns: Unused products in original packaging can be returned within 30 days for a full refund.

    Methodology: Why Are These the Top CBD Inhalers?

    Narrowing down the list of CBD inhalers was more straightforward than most products we review, considering that there are not many of this product type on the market. Still, there are some critical decision-making criteria that we always use when presenting our lists:

    • Lab Testing

    First and foremost, we look for brands with third-party lab testing reports, also called COAs (certificates of analysis), readily available for viewing. It’s vital to know what is in your inhaled product, and the only way of determining this is by looking at an unbiased lab sheet. Lab testing reveals the potency and purity of a product, and can alert you to any unwanted ingredients.

    • Clear Labeling

    Again, you want to know what is in your CBD product, and you don’t want to have to dig too deep to find out. Companies that label their products with ingredients, serving sizes, amounts, and other pertinent information will always rank over those that do not.

    • Source of Hemp

    Except for a few trusted European growers, we select brands that source their CBD from hemp grown in the U.S. Why? Domestic hemp is grown under strict regulations that keep it free of potential contaminants from the soil.

    • Value

    We also look at each CBD inhaler’s cost per milligram, since this is the fairest way of determining a product’s actual price. Brand A’s sticker price might be lower, but if it contains less CBD than Brand B, it’s not necessarily a good value overall.

    • Customer Service and User Experience

    There are plenty of ways to create a good experience for a customer. Most of these have to do with friendly and helpful customer service along with an easy-to-navigate website. We look at both of these factors when evaluating various brands, because purchasing CBD products online should never be a hassle.

    • Reputation

    Word of mouth is still one of the best ways of ferreting out the best products. Real users with firsthand experience can provide an honest account of a product’s price, effectiveness, and ease-of-use. We look at what real people are saying about a CBD product, not just the sales literature.

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