CBD is not a substance that's short on categories or ways to consume it. Over the past decade, and as the popularity of the cannabis-derived component keeps growing, companies and consumers alike have found a vast array of uses and applications for it.
The stand-outs are baked edibles like brownies, cookies, and muffins. However, in the past few years, there has been a boom in alternative consumption methods providing a faster onset and more convenient ways to take your CBD anywhere. Enter CBD vaping.
You might have heard about the controversy that has sparked up around the vaping industry with cases of consumers getting seriously ill. It's necessary to point out that the health problems brought on by vaping were not exclusive to CBD vaping products. On the contrary, they were a general side effect of vaping for frequent consumers.
Most of these health problems resulted in an aggravated condition of the lungs brought on by harmful additives used to cut vaping oils and e-juices. There is still debate around this issue. Some claimed the vitamin-E additive caused it, and others said it had to do with other synthetics. Whatever the cause was, the risk for this has been significantly reduced with the industry's regulation.
Because CBD is now federally legal in all 50 states across the United States, the government can directly regulate and adequately set quality and safety standards for the industry. Something similar happened with the vaping industry in general; because the regulating entities are now more knowledgeable and product savvy on vape products, they can evaluate any particular vape oil's safety properly.
Vaping has not only become safer. Many experts consider it to be less harmful than smoking. Although this is also an avidly debated topic, indeed, consumers are not inhaling the same harmful carcinogens generated by smoking regular cigarettes or inhaling the charred residue of cannabis flower buds.
What is CBD Vaping?
This information will make no sense at all if you’re not aware of what vaping is. Vaping occurs with pretty much any smokeable product, including dry-herb (more commonly referred to as vaporizing), mostly made popular with oils and concentrates.
Vaping is a way of taking a substance; in this case, CBD extracts and heating them to just the right temperature to turn into vapor. Because vaping happens with concentrates extracted from flowers and not the flower bud itself, the gas you are inhaling is vapor instead of charred smoke.
There are two central systems used to do this. One is an oil rig, a ‘bong-looking’ device with a bowl heated with a blow torch. When the bowl is heated enough, the user drops a certain amount of concentrate/oil into the bowl. Then, they inhale from the mouthpiece on top of the oil rig. This was the first device created for vaping, but it is slowly turning into a piece of obsolete equipment.
The most up-to-date and contemporary way of vaping is using an electric, battery-powered system called a vape pen. Vape pens can come in two main varieties, a standard 510 threaded vape pen that fits with any 510 threaded e-juice tank or a branded pod system.
Standard vape pens operate on a simple rechargeable battery with a 510 thread. They have a mouthpiece, and on the other end, a thread where the tank (cartridge) filled with vape juice fits. Pod systems work in the same way but are usually branded, and the threads are not standard. They only work with cartridges (pods) of the same brand.
Once a vape pen or pod system has a prefilled tank attached to it. The thermal coil is, in straightforward terms, a wire with a piece of cotton attached to it. The cotton is dabbed with oil/vape juice, and as the coil heats up, it slowly vaporizes the material.
Some vaping devices are used with rechargeable cartridges and tanks that you can keep and refill. Others work with prefilled disposable carts. All-in-all, vape pens and pod systems are very simple to use, many of them operable with a single button.
Where to Start & How to Vape CBD Oil
It can be challenging, if not tricky when purchasing CBD vape pens for the first time. It’s not clear to everyone, mostly the first-time user, the type of CBD vape juice best suited to their particular needs or physiological condition. At Hemmfy, we try to make the process as straightforward as possible. A licensed doctor better treats medical conditions than we do. If you’re planning to use CBD to help you cope with any symptom, it is best always to get the help of a licensed physician.
There is a wide range of benefits associated with CBD consumption. The most common uses are sleep aid, an analgesic, a stress reliever, and a pain relief method. In many of these cases, companies discuss the CBD extract spectrum used to manufacture the product. Many people get confused about this.
The reality is that understanding CBD spectrums is not incredibly hard, and at the end of the day, about preference rather than entirely functional attributes. While there are sides that claim specific spectrums are ‘better’ than others, it will ultimately depend on how each spectrum works for you, your body type, and your goals.
Once you’ve taken a peek at our CBD spectrum guide and have decided what product to go for, it’s time for the fun part. When buying CBD vape products, you will be able to choose between a large variety of flavors. While some flavors are brand-specific, others seem to be the standard like your typical berry and honey flavors. Flavoring makes CBD vaping one of the most fun ways to take your daily dose, unlike other methods like capsules, where there is no immediate pleasure attached to consumption.
As mentioned above, the most common device used for CBD vaping today is the portable vape pen. We haven’t said that you could either go with a reusable device or a disposable one.
If you intend to buy CBD vape disposable devices, you will find that they are entry-level in pricing and pretty easy to find. Their use is usually more straightforward than other high-end products because they are meant only for a quick daily or weekly dose. They are also often branded with a designated goal. Some of them mention what effects they will have on your body; calming, energetic, creative, etc. This difference makes it easy to choose a disposable vape pen.
Reusables devices are usually more high-end with a higher price tag. Buying one that suits your needs will require a bit more research. However, they promise to be more reliable than disposables and to reduce your vaping costs over time because you’re not buying a single device at a time but reusing a single one and re-purchasing your vape juice in bulk.
As CBD vape products' world evolves, the categories within the classification itself will continue to multiply. There are so many that it's becoming confusing to understand which one we need. Although we can't give you a suggestion of what category you should be looking at without knowing your specific needs, we can give you a quick round-up of what each subcategory entails.
E-Liquids & CBD Vape Oils
E-liquid and CBD vape oil are the preferred terms to describe any CBD infused substance that can be vaporized and inhaled via a vape device. E-liquids are how most people refer to vape juices since starting the ‘vape craze’ a few years back. CBD vape oils are probably the best way to refer to their CBD infused counterpart.
CBD vape oils can come in a wide range of flavors and formulas. The one thing in common between them is their CBD content. Whether coming infused from the manufacturer or infused with a CBD vape additive, the content is critical.
CBD Vape Additive
A CBD vape oil additive is an independent CBD concentrate formulated to dilute your favorite vape juice quickly. Because vaping has been around for a while now, most avid vapers have not necessarily been vaping CBD since the beginning. Many of them started vaping nicotine oils and eventually migrated to CBD infused products to quit nicotine.
Because of this scenario, many people prefer a particular brand and flavor when it comes to e-juices, and that's where a CBD vape additive comes in handy. It's the perfect way to vape CBD without having to experiment with other flavors and brands you do not know.
The best CBD vape additive is always the one you like the most. While simple, this is true. There is no way around preference, and there is no way for us to know what your tastes are. So, in this case, you'll have to do a little experimenting.
Pre-filled carts are glass tanks designed to store CBD vape oil safely and fit onto your preferred battery. Pre-filled cartridges are usually designed with a 510 thread that holds most standard vape batteries. However, some branded vape pens are also built with 510 threads, making them compatible with cartridges from different brands.
Vape pods are names of branded vape cartridges, only working with a vape device made by the same manufacturer or brand. They are usually pre-filled and disposable, but this will ultimately vary depending on the brand.
Vape kits are what you would expect them to be. Their contents will depend on the brand you purchase. Still, most of the time, they will include a vape device, a refillable cartridge, a charger, a cable, and everything else you need to get to vaping immediately.
Vape Pod Systems and Vape Pens
Pod systems are branded vape pens or stationary vape devices built to fit with a single cartridge type. While vape pens can be single batteries that are compatible with standard pre-filled cartridges, they may also refer to devices with a built-in refillable tank.
This is where vaping starts to step onto uncharted territory. Vaporizers are another type of device, but they don’t work with CBD vape oils and e-juices. Vaporizers create vapor from dry-herb and other concentrates like budder, shatter, and a few others.