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CBD Vape Oils – sometimes called e-liquids or vape juices – are a specific category of vape products made from compounds derived from hemp. The most important of these compounds is, of course, cannabidiol, or CBD. These active ingredients are vaporized and delivered to the body through inhalation with the help of a carrier oil.
Inhalation is largely considered to be the most effective method of administering CBD – along with any other active compounds. Until recently, the most convenient way to do this was by smoking; but that all changed with the introduction of vaping. There are a number of different kinds of CBD Vape Oils, the main ones being: Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates.
If you were to place the ingredients of hemp – cannabinoids, terpenes, and all – on a spectrum or visual scale, you would have two extremes on either end. ‘Broad-spectrum’ is a term that refers to the middle to high range of this spectrum, meaning that it contains many, but not all, of the original compounds derived from the hemp plant.
In terms of CBD Vape Oils, ‘Broad-Spectrum’ oils contain not only CBD but also a selection of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes – many of which have been found to have their own therapeutic potential. Crucially though, broad-spectrum oils (and other CBD products) have had the psychoactive compound, THC, removed. Other compounds may also have been filtered out to create a bespoke cannabinoid:terpene profile.
Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum vs Isolate
So, we have covered the mid-section of this spectrum – but what about the extremes on either end? The other two types of CBD oils that are available on the market come under the categories ‘full-spectrum’ or ‘isolate’.
Full-spectrum oils are similar to broad-spectrum products, however, they contain even more natural hemp ingredients. In most cases, full-spectrum products will represent the original cannabinoid profile of the plant they have been extracted from, including THC. Don’t worry though, most products available in the UK are sourced from hemp plants which, by nature, contain extremely low levels of this psychoactive compound.
Finally, Isolates sit at the lower end of the spectrum. These products tend to contain only one active ingredient – although they may be infused with a small selection of other compounds. CBD isolates are the purest kind of CBD products and can contain up to around 99% CBD!
Broad-Spectrum CBD Vape Oils and the ‘Entourage Effect’
You have probably heard some of the impressive potential benefits of CBD, but did you know that many other cannabis-derived compounds may also have significant therapeutic potential? Many cannabinoids and terpenes that are commonly contained in broad-spectrum CBD vape oils have been found to have some health and wellness benefits all of their own.
Even more impressive? Evidence suggests that these compounds could all work together to create a stronger effect. This is known as the ‘Entourage Effect’.
You might think that making CBD Vape Oils is pretty self-explanatory. Can’t you just put a normal CBD oil in your vaporizer or CBD vape pen? Well, the answer is: NO. In fact, it is important that you definitely don’t do this. CBD oil supplements and CBD Vape Oils are made in very different ways and should not be used interchangeably. The main difference between these two oils is the type of carrier oils used.
In CBD oil supplements any natural oils can technically be combined with the CBD extract. Common carrier oils in these products include coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and olive oil. But this is not the case with vape oils. While you might assume that these natural oils are harmless – and in many settings, you’d be right – they can cause complications when inhaled.
CBD Vape Oils are made from just a few ingredients – two of these ingredients are vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) which form the main carrier substances in CBD Vape Oils.
CBD Vape Oils combine CBD extracts – in this case, broad-spectrum extracts – with the same ingredients used to make traditional vape products. These extracts do not contain oil, for the reasons mentioned earlier and may originally come in the form of a powder. These are then mixed with a solution of PG/VG with the addition of any flavourings needed for the final product.
It is important that you buy your CBD Vape Oils from a trusted retailer to ensure the highest quality and conformity to manufacturing standards.
While most people have, by now, heard of CBD and millions in the UK alone have tried it, this question still persists. CBD’s association with cannabis is one that makes some people uneasy about purchasing the ingredient in any form. But we can assure you, CBD is 100% legal in the UK and most other European countries.
The ongoing confusion around the legality of CBD can be complicated further when it comes to vape oils. Is it legal to add CBD to vape liquids? Again, the answer to this is: yes! CBD Vape Oils are legal in the UK when the manufacturers have followed the correct regulations and manufacturing practices.
Using CBD Vape Oils couldn’t be easier, especially if you have a high-quality vaporizer or CBD vape pen. The process may vary slightly depending on the kind of vaporizer you are using, but the steps are generally the same:
Simply remove the lid of your CBD Vape Oil and open the chamber of your vaporizer device, carefully fill the chamber with your oil (be careful not to spill!) until it is full or has reached the indicated level of the chamber.
Then, close the lid of your chamber and you’re ready to go! Again, how you draw the CBD vapour from your device will vary but most simply require you to draw a breath from your mouthpiece!
To get the most out of your CBD Vape Oil, the quality of your vaporizer is extremely important. This includes having a good quality vaporizer to begin with and making sure that you keep it in good working order. The best way to ensure this is to clean your vaporizer regularly in order to remove any lasting residue that may block the chamber, mechanism, or mouthpiece. If left, this residue can lead to technical problems and could potentially permanent damage of your device.
We recommend cleaning your device at least a couple of times per month, depending on your usage. For effective cleaning, you should take your vaporizer apart and clean each component in a solution of isopropyl alcohol; leaving them to soak in the solution will make it easier to clean the components.
Always ensure that the electrical components of your device are not exposed to water or any other liquid as this may lead to damage.
When vaping any type of CBD or cannabis product, temperature is by far the most important consideration for ensuring a successful experience. The best temperature for vaping CBD extracts, including vape oils, can depend on the exact formulation of the product – that is, whether it contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes or isolated CBD. This is because these different compounds have different boiling points, at which time they become a vapour which is easily inhaled.
The ideal temperature for vaporizing can also vary from user to user depending on their desired effects and flavour profile. While some people might favour a richer and more diverse flavour, others will prioritise stronger effects. Some active ingredients which may be present in your Broad-Spectrum CBD Vape Oil – such as the minor cannabinoid CBG – have a boiling point as low as 52°C. On the other hand, CBD itself will not convert into vapour until it reaches much higher temperatures (around 180°C).
The same is true of terpenes. Some of these compounds – which are responsible for a significant proportion of the flavour and scent of your vapour – begin to vaporize at temperatures as low as 22°C, though most will require much higher temperatures. The best approach when vaporizing your chosen Broad-Spectrum CBD Vape Oil is to start low and slowly increase the temperature setting on your vaporizer. This will allow you to test out different temperatures and find the perfect setting for you!
Every year that goes by sees fewer people smoking cigarettes and other combustion products as a growing number of people look for healthier alternatives. Luckily, for those who are concerned about the obvious health implications of smoking, there are plenty of other options – including CBD Vape Oils.
Vaporizers deliver CBD and other ingredients via a vapour, as opposed to smoke. This immediately makes it much healthier than smoking, as your lungs are not exposed to the harmful chemicals released when tobacco and other plant material is burnt. Vaporizing CBD heats your product without causing combustion – which is when most of the toxic by-products are produced when smoking.
Another question that persists despite the ever-growing popularity of CBD is this: ‘Will it make me high?’. CBD Vape Oils – whether full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolates – are made following the same guidelines as any other CBD products. This means that there are extremely stringent measures on the amount of THC – that’s the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis – permitted in these products. Furthermore, the vast majority of CBD products available in the UK are made from hemp plants that contain no more than 0.2% THC.
So, Broad-Spectrum CBD Vape Oils will not get you high. Some effects, however, may include a feeling of calm and relaxation.
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