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CBD vape side effects are something you will probably find yourself researching either before you try your CBD vape juice for the first time.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which might have you thinking about negative ways it may make you feel. As, after all, cannabis containing THC is illegal because of its side effects.
Here’s a short video on what CBD is, just as a refresher:
However, CBD doesn’t contain enough THC in the slightest, if at all, to have any intoxicating effects. In this article, we will take you through the following topics.
If you’re in a rush, skip ahead with the links below
- CBD vape side effects
- Negative CBD vape side effects
- Is vaping CBD safe?
- Can I give my child CBD?
- Can I take CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Interactions with medications
- Conditions CBD vape may help with
We don’t want to teach you to suck eggs, so we will keep it brief on what CBD is and if you want more info then head over to History of CBD to find out more.
CBD vape side effects
Vaping CBD does have some side effects, which is, of course, the reason why you might take it! That said, there has not been a huge number of studies run on humans, and most have been done on animals or in vitro conditions.
To get a fuller picture of adverse effects on vaping CBD, more research will need to be done, similar to the work listed below.
Some of the most well known and researched CBD side effects include
When taken in larger doses, CBD may make you feel sleepy. This is ideal if you are struggling with sleep issues and want to fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Research suggests you need around 160mg if you are suffering from insomnia.
In the CBD Study listed at PubMed, when evaluating the effect of CBD vs. placebo in patients with neurodegenerative disease, they found a higher incidence of sedation in patients receiving CBD. Evidence that one should be careful if operating heavy machinery or other equipment when using CBD.
Stay with us, this isn’t a typo or a contradiction. CBD has been found to actually make you feel more alert when taken in small doses. A study on CBD and memory was conducted by Colorado State University, but it is early days and a lot more needs to show in research to suggest at a clinical level, CBD will transform your memory. The brain is still one of the most unknown organs in the human body
- Sense of calm
CBD has been found to indirectly lower activity in the amygdala which plays a big part in our emotions. This may reduce anxiety and give you a sense of calm. If you are interested in reading further about CBD and anxiety read Does CBD vape help anxiety.
This guidance on CBD and anxiety was more recently hypothesised by running a test on 24 sufferers of societal anxiety disorder, alongside a placebo. You can read the source below – but the findings were that cannabidiol consumption lowered society anxiety feelings on a 100 point scale compared to the test alternative
- Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
CBD is thought to block and bind to receptors. This interaction then changes the way in which we perceive pain. Whether it is headaches, period pains, joint pain or anything in between.
- Reduction in seizures
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that CBD may help those who suffer from epilepsy. There is even a pharmaceutical product which contains the cannabinoid from GW Pharma in the UK. This product is known as Epidiolex and was amongst one of the first of it’s kind in the world.
Negative side effects of vaping CBD
At the time of writing this article, there haven’t been any reports of vaping CBD being toxic. THC on the other hand is. You can read all about the dangers of vaping THC on our post about Dank Vapes.
The most frequently reported side effects of vaping CBD include the following adverse effects.
This data is taken from Medscape which is owned by WebMD and offers access to ongoing medical information and education for professionals. It gives our data the authority it requires, to ensure you are reading credible information.
- Infections, all (40-41%)
- Somnolence (23-25%)
- Infection, other (21-25%)
- Decreased appetite (16-22%)
- Diarrhea (9-20%)
- Transaminases elevated (8-16%)
- Rash (7-13%)
- Fatigue, malaise, asthenia (11-12%)
- Infection, viral (7-11%)
- Insomnia (5-11%)
CBD and side effects on the liver
If you have a liver disease then you may need a lower dose of the cannabinoid to those with healthy and fully functioning livers. There is a rare side effect of liver injury from taking too much CBD.
It is general guidance that you would seek professional medical advice before taking anything that can disrupt liver function, or alter it potentially in any way. Particularly if you suffer from any liver related issues.
Is vaping CBD safe?
CBD is a non-toxic substance that will not make you feel ‘high’ or intoxicated or any of the feelings you may associate with smoking cannabis.
To make sure you are getting a safe product that actually is CBD, make sure you ask to see a certificate of analysis if it is not obviously available. This will show you everything you need to know about the vape product, so you can rest assured you are getting something that is safe.
You also need to make sure you are taking CBD correctly.
When vaping the cannabinoid you should be using CBD vape juice, not CBD oil. It is sometimes called vape oil, which is confusing. Just remember never to put oil in your vape kit. It isn’t designed to move through your device or your lungs for that matter.
Can I give CBD to my child?
Vaping CBD isn’t suitable for children. Nor is vaping itself.
There has been some research into CBD for ADHD and autism as well as anxiety. Many parents have given it to their children – we make no apologies for not wishing to report with an answer to the question: “Can I give CBD to my child.”.
We as a business stress that our guidance from our Medical Review Team is as follows:
There is very little evidence at this stage to support the use of CBD in children and it is inadvisable to recommend giving CBD to children who’s brains are still developing.
Dr Andres Maldonado M.D.
Can you vape CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
It is advised that you do not vape CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. While it is likely safe, some products may contain other ingredients which could harm the baby. Best to be of the safe side and avoid it until you have had the baby and they are weaned.
CBD and medication interactions
Vaping CBD is generally seen as a safe remedy. However, there is one thing to consider when it comes to taking CBD and that is interactions with medications.
The interactions may change the way the body processes and metabolize certain meds.
Let’s get into a little biology. In the human body – the liver specifically, there are a group of enzymes called cytochrome P450, also known as CYP450. These convert foreign substances to allow them to be eliminated.
Some meds and remedies affect this family of enzymes by either slowing or speeding up the metabolism of drugs. This can then alter how your body processes these drugs or supplements.
These enzymes are also the ones that metabolise cannabinoids, such as CBD. However, during the metabolisation process, the CBD can infer with CYP3A4.
So how can CBD vape affect medications?
So, the CYP3A4 is the enzyme which metabolises lots of the prescription meds out there. If CBD is interfering and inhibiting this enzyme then it can’t do its job of metabolising the drugs as it may have without CBD in your system.
For one example, if your body starts to metabolise your meds slower than its usual rate, then you could end up with more in your system at one time. Giving you some unwanted side effects.
One suggestion is to look for the grapefruit warning. If your medication has a warning against eating or drinking grapefruits while taking it, then CBD may also not be safe. This is because grapefruits inhibit the CYP3A4 like CBD is thought to.
It is important to check with your healthcare provider if you are taking medications and also want to try CBD.
ONLY AN EXAMPLE:
Another such example, is to imagine that a person is taking contraceptive medication and that they start taking CBD. This CBD interaction through reasons at the time unknown, causes a decrease in the effects of the contraceptive and the woman becomes pregnant. This would be a significant problem if you weren’t planning it.
It must be said, this is not a factual scenario and is only to illustrate a point.
What conditions may CBD vape help with?
There are a number of conditions that have shown promise in CBD studies. Some of the studies are in their early research phases. These conditions include:
- Bipolar, depression and anxiety
- Quitting smoking
- Withdrawal from opioids
- Pain and Inflammation
- More Can Be Added*
* From Tourettes, to Multiple Sclerosis, to Neurogenerative diseases, many more things could be added over time – BUT and this is the critical factor, there just isn’t YET the conclusive research to state CBD vaping is the be all and end all.
Despite this, the application of CBD in many diseases is being studied and at length. Maybe in 10 years it could be used for diseases we never even imagined
CBD vape side effects, final thoughts
There are side effects to basically everything, even eating Marmite (heartburn for me). The side effects of vaping CBD are very minimal and don’t happen for everyone. The main concern is to check whether they interfere with any medication you are on by chatting with your doctor or alternative health practitioner.
David Mason | Founder Vape and Juice
Founder of ‘Vape and Juice’ – I began vaping in 2009 and have blogged here since 2013. When I’m not providing average vape advice I can be found on Vape and Juice TV or running the No.1 Vape News Podcast – Cotton and Kanthal. Fan of cats and 6mg Heisenberg.
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10 Things You Need to Know Before Vaping CBD Oil
- What is CBD?
- What is CBD oil?
- What dosage should I take?
- What are the side effects of vaping CBD?
- Does vaping CBD oil get you high?
- Is it legal or illegal to use?
- Can you overdose on it?
- Which CBD brands can you trust?
- Why are lab tests so important?
- Is vaping the only way to use CBD?
Vaping is one of the most effective and popular ways to use CBD. With such a diverse range of products available, it’s important to know which oils are suitable for vaping, and how you can verify their quality. This guide covers the essential things to know about shopping for CBD vapes and CBD vape juice, and how to use them properly. One caution: if you use prescription medications, you should always consult your doctor before incorporating CBD into your regimen.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid found in hemp, a type of cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is known for its therapeutic properties and has been growing in popularity in recent years. CBD oil has a range of benefits used to relieve symptoms associated with inflammation, anxiety, depression, pain and epilepsy. CBD can be infused into a variety of products including vape juice, edibles, CBD oil tinctures, capsules and creams.
Avida CBD Vape Pen
Avida offers their signature CBD blends in disposable format! Each vape is bursting with flavor and contains 100 mg of maximum purity pharmaceutical-grade CBD isolate. They are thoroughly tested by a third party lab for quality and consistency. The flavors range from fruits to tangy candy like mango and blue razz.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil, not to be confused with hemp seed oil, has been traditionally used as an oral tincture. It usually contains MCT oil (derived from coconuts) and is not suitable for inhalation! Studies have shown that inhaling oil like that can pose serious health risks like lipoid pneumonia.
Unlike CBD vape juice, CBD tinctures are strictly for ingestion. Unfortunately many of them do not have proper warning labels and are sold in e-juice style dropper bottles.
There’s an important distinction to make between CBD oil tinctures and CBD oil made for inhalation. CBD oral tinctures are oil-based whereas CBD vape oil is not. Now let’s take a look at the various types of CBD that is suitable for vaping.
- CBD vape juice – CBD made for vaping is sometimes referred to as “CBD vape oil”, but it doesn’t contain any actual oil. A more appropriate name for it is CBD vape juice. It’s generally made with food grade ingredients, so they can also be taken orally, but are very different from oil-based tinctures. Look carefully at the ingredients. If it contains anything other than PG, VG, CBD extract, terpenes and cannabinoids, then it’s most likely unsuitable for inhalation. Don’t take the risk. It should say something about vaping, vape juice, e-liquid or e-juice on the label and should not contain any actual oil.
- CBD cartridges – Similar to THC oil cartridges, these are slim disposable e-cig tanks filled with CBD e-juice. (Some contain pure CBD distillate, made with a CO2 or a solvent-based CBD extraction method.) They connect to a standard 510 battery and provide an easy entry into vaping CBD. There are also cartridges, known as pods, that are compatible with popular devices like the JUUL.
- High CBD strains – CBD flower is the most natural source of CBD you can get. There are plenty of high quality cannabis strains that are rich in CBD and other cannabinoids. The better ones can provide anywhere from 150 to 250 mg of CBD per gram of flower. They can be vaporized in a regular weed vaporizer or can be purchased in pre-roll form.
What dosage should I take?
Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” dosage for CBD. It greatly depends on a range of factors, including the symptoms being treated, body weight and tolerance. In addition, everyone’s metabolism and endocannabinoid system is slightly different, which can yield unique results for each person.
A typical CBD vape cartridge containing 100 mg of CBD delivers about 1-2 mg CBD with each puff. If you’re using a CBD vape pen or tank, you’ll be taking in a bit more CBD per puff, depending on your device and the strength of your CBD vape juice.
The best way to find your dosage is to start low and then work your way up. Start with the minimal dosage, 1 to 2 mg of CBD and wait about six hours until your next dose. Gradually increase your dosage each time by 5 mg. Pay close attention to how you feel after each dose. It might not be noticeable right away, or even overnight. As soon as you experience positive effects, lock in that dosage and stick with it.
The average CBD user takes an average of 10-30 mg per day. For serious conditions like pain and inflammation, some users take as much as 200-1000 mg per day. See our full guide for more specifics on how to determine your ideal CBD dosage.
What are the side effects of vaping CBD?
Research into the side effects of CBD is still in its infancy. A comprehensive study was released last year that concluded there were in fact some side effects associated with CBD. The most commonly documented side effect of CBD is mild drowsiness. This is more common with first-time users and can subside with regular use.
This drowsiness is most often caused by high doses of CBD, whereas low to medium doses can actually produce the opposite effect. The other side effects observed were slight euphoria, hunger and red eyes. Compared to many prescription drugs, the side effects of CBD tend to be much less pronounced.
Here’s a study on the safety and side effects of CBD.
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Does vaping CBD oil get you high?
No, vaping CBD will not get you high, unless it is derived from marijuana containing THC. Most CBD formulated for vaping is derived from industrial hemp. It contains trace amounts of THC (up to 0.3%) which isn’t enough to get you high. There are many THC-free CBD e-liquids for people who are concerned about failing a drug test.
Furthermore, CBD can actually moderate the high that THC produces, by preventing your body from fully breaking the THC down. If you ever find yourself “too high,” Take CBD oil for anxiety. It helps level you out and can also reduce the paranoia caused by THC.
Source: Project CBD
Is it legal or illegal to use?
CBD made from hemp is no longer criminalized by the federal government, and most states treat it the same way. Idaho, Nebraska, and North Dakota still have restrictions, because their laws lump hemp products together with all cannabis products. You may need to obtain a prescription from a doctor to use CBD in those states. If you happen to be in a state where marijuana is legal, you’ll have access to CBD products containing more than the 0.3% legal limit of THC.
In 2018, the US Senate introduced The Hemp Farming Act, effectively removing the DEA’s authority over hemp, turning it into a hot commodity, instead of a Schedule 1 narcotic. Cannabis and THC are still illegal or restricted to medical patients in 40 states.
Can you overdose on it?
The Americans for Safe Access stated at a 2016 medical cannabis conference, “To date, there has never been a single well documented case of human fatality attributable to an overdose of cannabis or its components, and no experimental or non-extrapolated LD50 can be attributed to a toxic or lethal overdose.”
Research has shown that CBD is very low in toxicity. A study from 1981 determined the LD50 for CBD to be 212 mg per kg of body weight when given to monkeys intravenously. This suggests that humans must consume hundreds of times the average daily dose of CBD (30 mg) in a relatively short period of time to be at risk for overdosing. It is highly unlikely that anybody will ever take enough cannabidiol to induce lethal consequences.
Which CBD brands can you trust?
There have been some reports of CBD products being sold that don’t contain the advertised quantities of CBD. Even worse, some of them contained synthetic chemicals and contaminants that can cause users to feel high in a very uncomfortable way. Today we are fortunate to have many CBD brands to choose from that employ strict quality control.
If you’re not getting your CBD from a trusted source, there’s no way to truly know what you’re getting. Reputable brands tend to have overwhelmingly positive customer and professional reviews. These brands also test their products with credible third-party ISO labs and make the results public, or at the very least are willing to provide them upon request.
Why are lab tests so important?
Lab tests are conducted to verify cannabinoid content, THC levels, residual solvents and contaminants. Always make sure they’re up to date (preferably from within the last nine months) and are from a credible lab. You might feel intimidated when looking at some of the technical data in the report. Don’t worry, the THC and CBD levels are usually bold and easy to identify. You want to look for “Max Active THC” and “Max Active CBD” to determine the levels of THC and CBD. They are generally represented in “mg per mL,” “mg per bottle,” and as an overall percentage, which is useful for calculating dosages.
Hemp Bombs E-Liquid
Hemp Bombs offers some of the best-tasting CBD vape juice you can get. They have three fantastic fruity flavors including watermelon, mango, and blueberry. Made with pure cannabidiol isolate. so they don’t have a noticeable hemp aftertaste and contain virtually no THC. Available in 125 mg and 750 mg varieties.
Is vaping the only way to use CBD?
Vaping CBD is not the only way to take it, but it happens to be one of the best. There are many other alternatives such as oral tinctures, creams, CBD patches, CBD drinks, CBD isolate powder, and CBD capsules and edibles. CBD crystal isolate powder is ideal for making edibles since it typically contains 99% pure CBD. The crystals dissolve into butter or oil, and can be used to create CBD-infused butter, or any of your favorite recipes.
There are also alternative ways to vape CBD without using CBD e-juice. You can also vaporize CBD hemp flower and various CBD concentrates. Lastly, most CBD vape juice is made with food-grade ingredients, so they are suitable to take orally. Just remember, it doesn’t work the other way around; you can’t vape a CBD oil tincture!
Learn about which CBD oils are suitable for vaping, which ones are not, and how to find the right CBD oil for your personal needs.