4 Simple Tips for Better CBD Vaping
Everyone has his or her own reasons for vaping cannabis. For some people, the herb is strictly a medication; any pleasant sensation derived from vaping it is simply a nice side effect. For others, the enjoyment of cannabis is a worthy recreational pursuit unto itself. For some cannabis vapers, though, THC isn’t part of the equation at all. We’re talking, of course, about CBD vaping. Vaping CBD is a great way to enjoy many of the benefits of cannabis without the euphoria, paranoia and couch lock – and compared to oral products such as oils and capsules, vaping is a much faster way to get CBD into your bloodstream.
Like every other form of vaping, CBD vaping only gets better as you gain experience and discover new products and techniques – and reading this article, you’re going to benefit from our expertise. We’re about to share a few simple tips that can completely transform your CBD vaping experience.
Try Different Types of CBD Vaping
If you’re like most people, you probably got started with CBD vaping by buying pre-filled CBD cartridges that can attach to most types of vape pens. Pre-filled cartridges are great for beginners, but they’re far from the only CBD products on the market. These are the four most common forms of CBD that people use for vaping.
- CBD e-liquid is diluted with vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. It works with the same e-liquid vaping hardware that people use for nicotine vaping.
- CBD oil is diluted with terpenes and/or oils such as MCT or hemp oil. People usually take it orally, but it is also possible to vape CBD oil in vaping equipment designed for oils. While e-liquid vaping tanks and cartridges usually have cotton wicks, oil vaping tanks generally have ceramic wicks.
- CBD concentrate and isolate are extremely potent forms of CBD that you can vape with a dab rig or any vaporizer that can handle waxy concentrates. A little goes a long way with this type of CBD vaping.
- CBD flowers are the dried buds of industrial hemp plants. They’re high in CBD, but since they fit the federal definition of industrial hemp, they do not contain enough THC to induce euphoria. You can grind CBD flowers and vape them in any dry herb cbd vaporizer.
You Can Try CBD Vaping Without Buying New Equipment
Do you already have an e-liquid vaping device such as a pod vape? If you do, you can try CBD vaping and see if it’s right for you without buying new hardware. Simply pop open a used pod and refill the pod with the CBD e-liquid of your choice. Just remember that, to vape CBD with e-liquid vaping hardware, you must use a CBD vape oil diluted with propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Standard CBD oil will not work well with e-liquid vaping equipment. If you enjoy the experience, you’ll probably find it worthwhile to buy a dedicated CBD vaping rig.
You Can Enhance CBD E-Liquid With Cannabis Flowers
E-liquid contains glycerin and propylene glycol, both of which are effective – though somewhat slow – solvents for drawing both THC and CBD out of cannabis flowers. You can, therefore, enhance your favorite CBD e-liquid by adding ground flowers directly to it. You’ll increase the CBD content of your e-liquid while enhancing it with the full cannabinoid profile of your preferred cannabis strain. Here’s how it works:
- Dispense your e-liquid into a glass container with a wide mouth and a lid.
- Add your ground flowers. There’s no need to decarb the flowers because vaping will take care of that.
- Close the container and give it a good shake each day over the next 4-8 weeks. The e-liquid will darken considerably during this process.
- Filter the e-liquid well before using it. Shake the bottle before filling your cartridge or tank because the mixture will probably separate.
As mentioned above, glycerin and propylene glycol do not extract cannabinoids nearly as efficiently as other solvents such as ethanol. You can shorten the process by heating your mixture gently. A slow cooker works well for this. You’ll get the best flavor, however, with cold extraction. When you’ve finished using your herbs to enhance your e-liquid, let them dry and vape them in your dry herb vaporizer to extract the last of the cannabinoids.
Don’t Buy Pre-Filled CBD Cartridges From Questionable Sources
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt read about the vaping-related lung illness that’s sickened more than 2,000 people in the United States this year. The best available information suggests that the primary culprits are illegal pre-filled THC vaping cartridges produced privately for sale on the streets. Vitamin E acetate is used to dilute the cartridges while making them appear as though their THC content is higher than it actually is. Until people began using it to dilute THC vape oils, no one had ever tried inhaling Vitamin E before – and it appears that doing so may cause severe lung damage.
You might wonder why the lung illness should matter to you if you don’t use THC vaping products. Why would anyone want to dilute CBD vape oil, after all, when it is a completely legal product? The reason why you should view CBD vaping products with some skepticism is because CBD oil is still very expensive even though it’s legal. Regardless of whether the plant that you’re extracting is industrial hemp or marijuana, it takes a lot of hemp to make a little hemp oil. Diluting a batch of CBD vape oil, in other words, is an easy way to make the batch significantly more profitable.
You might assume that no legitimate domestic CBD brand would be so brazen as to dilute its CBD vape oil with Vitamin E, and you’re probably correct about that. Everyone in the vaping industry is aware of the lung illness and knows that Vitamin E currently appears to be the likely cause. However, many CBD brands aren’t sourcing their CBD oil domestically; they’re buying it in bulk from exporters in China. Unless those companies are sending their products out for laboratory tests, they don’t know if those products are diluted or adulterated. When you buy pre-filled CBD vaping cartridges, buy from a reliable company that tests its products in an outside laboratory.