CBD (Cannabidiol) based e-liquids are growing more and more popular, and not only within the vaping community. It doesn’t come as a surprise, considering the various health benefits of CBD, legal status and more information available about this particular cannabis component.
Some of you (non-vapers) may ask: why vape CBD if there are other ways of taking it, for example CBd oil? CBD is usually taken orally as a cannabis-based concentrate or extract. However, compared to smoking or vaporizing, ingesting cannabinoids orally can cause inconsistent absorption and a delayed effect.
Vaping is considered the healthier alternative to smoking and CBD e-liquids do not contain nicotine. Additionally, according to the research team at the University of Wollongong in Australia, inhaling cannabidiol could potentially be the better way of taking it.
The study conducted experiments using combinations of purified THC and CBD, in order to determine the best way of administering CBD via vaporizer. Here’s what they found:
CBD begins to evaporate at a temperature of around 200°C (392°F), similar to THC, making it possible to release CBD as a gas without burning the plant matter. In the study, vaporizing at 230°C (446°F) seemed to release more CBD than vaporizing at 210°C (410°F).
At lower doses (4-8 mg), as much as 97% of CBD was vaporized. However, the conversion rate dropped significantly as the dose increased. At 200 mg, just 40% of CBD was converted to vapor. Interestingly, when administered together, the dose of CBD seemed to affect the conversion rate of THC. On average, 55% of THC was converted to vapor.
The researchers found 200 mg to be the maximum dose of CBD that could be vaporized efficiently, with higher doses producing a saturation effect. However, the point of CBD saturation seems to be related to the vaporizer and its heating efficiency, meaning that different vaporizers may allow for higher or lower doses to be vaporized at once.
So the answer is yes – vaping CBD e-liquid is safe. It even comes in the great flavours you know and love such as Lemon & Lime, Strawberry & Kiwi and many others. All you do is fill up your ecig and let the atomizer do its work. The atomizer will heat up your e-liquid and turn it into vapour, which you can inhale and enjoy!
Source: Leaf Science