What is CBD E-Liquid
We no longer stock CBD products but this information may still be helpful as a basic guide which should be taken as relevant at the time of writing.
CBD e-liquid is a hemp-based cannabinoid product specially and specifically formulated for vaping with e-cigarettes. CBD e-liquid is also known as CBD vape juice and cannabis e-juice. It is considered a convenient and beneficial way of consuming CBD.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s one of numerous different compounds found in the cannabis plant, and unlike one of the compounds, THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD has no psychoactive effects, and will not get you high.
CBD is a cannabinoid which is a name for a chemical which interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in your body. The body is capable of making its own cannabinoids too.
Each individual type of cannabinoid has a different effect, and the amount of each one present in cannabis varies with each specific strain of the plant. CBD strains are becoming commonly used in e-liquid, cosmetics and medical products.
CBD e-liquid is just the same as traditional e-liquid, but instead of nicotine, CBD extract is added. So you will still usually find the base fluids of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) in varying amounts, plus flavourings (if it's a flavoured liquid), and then some CBD extract.
CBD e-liquid is also known as CBD vape juice and some people call it CBD vape oil, but it is not an oil.
Quality CBD e-liquids should have a uniform structure and should not separate into different layers.
You will see lots of CBD-related products available, not all are fit for vaping. Ensure you buy an e-liquid specifically for vaping as, for example, CBD hemp oil, is not designed for vaping, and nor is CBD oil.
CBD E-Liquid Strengths
The amount of CBD content in e-liquids will vary, and each product will state the level of its CBD content (in mg/ml), just the same as if it was a flavour with nicotine. Some users increase the strength of their CBD vape e-liquid over time, ie increase the milligrams, which is in contrast to many users on nicotine who are aiming to reduce their levels.
It’s not advisable to start your day on CBD as it may have the opposite effect of a cup of coffee.
What Does CBD E-Liquid Taste Like
In flavoured CBD e-liquids the taste of the CBD will not be evident as it will be masked by the strawberry, menthol, cherry, or whatever flavourings have been added, but in unflavoured e-liquids the taste of the CBD will be evident and can vary quite a lot, but it's often described as quite earthy, and some say grassy.
Medical Benefits of CBD
There is a lot of talk and excitement about the benefits of CBD products in general, but you will need to do your own research and carry out your own due diligence with regard to these benefits.
We are not permitted by best practice (and a certain amount of English law) to promote any benefits of CBD e-liquid, known or otherwise.
Is CBD E-Liquid Legal
CBD e-liquid is legal in the UK but there are some restrictions in the manner in which it is offered for sale. Any benefits in its use cannot be advertised as they have not been scientifically proven.
CBD e-liquid in the UK does not contain THC.
Side Effects of CBD E-Liquid
We are not scientists so the brief list below of some of the possible side effects are those we've been able to easily gather from the net. The risk of side effects is likely to increase through chronic use and high dosses.
- dry mouth
- low blood pressure
CBD E-Liquid Storage and Safe Use
Ensure you store and use all your vaping e-liquids safely, ie, in a cool dark place and away from children, vulnerable adults and animals.
If you're using CBD e-liquid, ensure you're satisfied of the absence of any side effects, such as drowziness, before driving or undertaking any tasks that require your full and safe attention.
Our Guide to Vaping
We have lots of useful information, guidance and helpful tips regarding vaping, plus you'll be able to read about common problems (and solutions) .
CBD Oil and Vaping – What you Need to Know
CBD is short for cannabidiol a compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD makes up 40% of the cannabis plant and is second only to THC in the plant’s makeup. Unlike the THC compound, however, CBD has very mild psychoactive effects, so will not get you high.
CBD oil that is used in E-liquids will often come from the least processed part of the cannabis plant, known as hemp. Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis sativa plant, but hemp contains higher levels of CBD, whereas marijuana contains higher levels of THC, which makes hemp a better source for the extraction of CBD oil.
The types of oils that the CBD is mixed with in the E-liquids vary, and some studies have shown this to have different effects on the body when used long term. We will get into the potential issues later on.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
On October 13th, 2016 the law changed in the UK to recognise CBD as a medicine . The MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) have approved the use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes. However, to sell CBD oil for medicinal purposes requires a licence.
Strict controls have been put in place to ensure the levels of CBD used in E-liquids are of a safe level. Providing the product contains no THC, then it is legal.
How is CBD Oil Used in Vaping
CBD E-liquid is similar to regular E-liquids in that it is often composed of propylene glycol-PG, and vegetable glycerine-VG, with the active ingredient in this instance being CBD rather than nicotine. These mixtures may be used in regular vape pens or mods without any problems.
However, if the CBD is diluted in an oil, rather than the alcohol of PG and VG, then a specialised device will be required to enable effective vaping. The oils used are often hemp oil, but maybe other oils such as coconut oil.
If you want to use your regular vape device, then you will need CBD Vape Juice not CBD oil. CBD oil vaporises at around 200ºC.
When you begin vaping, it is usually recommended that you choose an E-liquid that contains nicotine closest to the amount you smoke and slowly work your way down from this.
With CBD it is recommended that you start with the lowest level of CBD possible. The lowest dose available in 50 mg per 10 ml. The effects of vaping with CBD oil are immediate, so you will be able to tell if you are achieving the desired effect and adjust the dosage accordingly.
What are the Potential Benefits of CBD Oil?
CBD oil and E-liquids may help you to quit smoking when used in conjunction with vaping. It could reduce your craving for nicotine. Initial studies have shown that people who used CBD smoked fewer cigarettes. CBD is nicotine free.
Studies have also shown that CBD oil has been effective for many people in helping with conditions such as anxiety and depression. Some people have reported that it has helped reduce seizures and some have used it for pain management, although vaping with CBD oil will not provide you with as much of the medicinal benefits as taking it in other forms will.
There is still very little evidence to support the potential benefits of using CBD oil. However, initial studies show that many find they feel calmer after vaping with a CBD E-liquid.
What are the Potential Side Effects of Using CBD Oil?
As yet there has been little evidence of many side effects of CBD, however high doses used over a sustained period of time may cause a few adverse reactions such as a dry mouth and drowsiness. If this happens, it is advisable to reduce the level of CBD you use.
CBD has been found useful in reducing blood pressure, but this can lead to dizziness if your blood pressure becomes too low.
A small study showed an increase in tremors of Parkinson’s sufferers with the use of CBD.
Finally, there is a very small risk that vaping using CBD oil may lead to lipoid pneumonia. This is because inhaling fatty oils of any kind can lead to this condition. It should be noted that lipoid pneumonia is an extremely rare condition, so the risk to health is very low. However, vaping with CBD E-liquid does not carry this risk as PG/VG mixes are alcohol based not oil based.