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Questions, questions, questions: what to know about vaping CBD

Vaping CBD is becoming ever more popular in the UK, yet – especially given CBD’s obviously not regular e-liquid and is derived from the hemp/ cannabis plant – doing so tends to raise a number questions that need answering…

What actually is CBD?

Cannabidiol (or CBD, as its probably more commonly known) is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid chemical derived from the hemp – or cannabis – plant. To be clear, CBD is not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical also derived from cannabis, which is the primary ingredient in illegal cannabis – the one that gives users a high.

Thanks to its capacity to help relieve symptoms of a variety of health conditions, for a time-limited period, CBD is often called on for sufferers of anxiety, depression, epilepsy, inflammation and chronic pain. As such, increasingly, adherents of CBD are tending to inhale it on a daily basis (or more often) in the form of blended vape juice or blended vape capsules:

  • vape juice – if you’re looking to use CBD vape juice, you’re advised to check the ingredients; if it comprises anything other than CBD extract, other cannabinoids, the e-liquid base ingredients propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavourings, then it may not be safe for consumption
  • CBD cartridges – these come in the form of narrow, disposable e-cig tanks, each of which contain the aforementioned CBD-blended e-juice; they’re ideal as a very easy-to-use entry point to CBD-vaping (indeed, the equipment necessary is similar to that featured in an IQOS starter kit).

What dosage of CBD should I vape?

This one’s a very good question – but there isn’t a straight-forward answer. How much CBD a vaper should or wants to vape depends on several factors; we’re talking here, then, how experienced the vaper is, how experienced they are in vaping CBD, what specific symptoms they’re seeking relief from and the severity of these symptoms and other physical factors, such as their body weight and metabolism.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that most CBD vape cartridges tend to comprise 100mg of CBD, which means they’ll each provide around about 1-2mg of CBD per vape drag. However, should the vaper be using a vape pen or tank, they’ll doubtless inhale, each puff, a little more CBD than this – yet, that too will depend on the strength of the vape juice, itself.

Our advice, if you’re a newbie to vaping CBD, is to start with a low dosage and work your way up to the dosage you’re comfortable with, rather than starting high and working your way down to that sweet spot. That would mean starting with 1-2mg of CBD and giving yourself about six hours between each vape session/ dosage; each new vape session, increase the dosage by 5mg. When you start to feel discernible positive effects from your CBD vaping, carry on with that CBD volume and stick with it. Most CBD users tend, eventually, to consume around 10-30mg a day, but many – because they need to – can consume much more.

Will vaping CBD get me high?

Consuming CBD via any vaping equipment (such as vape kits London) should certainly not get anyone high, unless it contains too much THC; then there’s a possibility it could. If it does comprise enough THC to create a psychoactive reaction, though, the CBD you’re vaping will have been sold to you illegally because any CBD sold in the UK is allowed only to comprise trace amounts of THC – that means only 0.2% volume, which definitely isn’t enough to get you high.

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