Vaping CBD Oil: Equipment, How-to, and Health Concerns
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Vaping CBD Oil:
When it comes to vaping anything, you need a vaporizer. A vape is a metal case with a few different parts. But before I explain the two kinds of CBD oil vapes, let me explain how vaporizers work.
The Parts & How They Work
Not all vapes are the same, but they all have the same four parts:
- A battery
- A heating element (also called an atomizer)
- A mouthpiece
- A chamber to hold the oil
The Two Types of Vaporizers for CBD Oil
There are two kinds of vaporizers you can use to vape CBD oil:
- PEN-STYLE VAPE used for concentrates
- “TANK STYLE” VAPES for e-liquid
The PEN-STYLE VAPE is probably the one you’re more familiar with. They’re more common, and typically look like this:
The TANK-STYLE VAPES look something like this:
So which should a beginner use?
If you’re new to vaping, we recommend starting with a simple vape pen that uses CBD oil. They’re easier to use and if you stick to pure CBD oil with no fillers or flavorings, the heating coil won’t oxidize as quickly so you can avoid the metal nanoparticles.
Vape CBD Oil:
Step 1: Get Your Equipment & E-Liquid Or Concentrate
If you haven’t already purchased your vaporizer, obviously you should do that first. You can buy one online or from a local smoke shop.
Make sure you get the proper oil type for the kind of vape you’re using. CBD oil concentrate for vape pens, and CBD e-liquid for tank-style vapes.
You can purchase pure, high-quality CBD oil here.
Step 2: Learn How to Use ItUsing a vape is simple once you get the hang of it. Here’s a video explaining how they work:
Step 3: Vape & Enjoy!Once you’re ready, simply turn on your vape and inhale! If you’re not sure how much CBD oil to take, a good rule of thumb is “start low and go slow”. Start with a small dose and see how you feel. If you’re not feeling the effects as much as you’d like, slowly up the dose until you get it right. You can also use this CBD dosage calculator to help you decide on your dosage based on the strength of your CBD oil and your body weight.
Step 4: Don’t Forget to Keep It Clean
Keeping your vape clean is the best way to ensure you don’t inhale metal nanoparticles and your vape experience is great every time. Vaporizers can develop mold and bacteria if not properly taken care of, so never skip this step!
HERE’S HOW TO CLEAN YOUR VAPE USING WHITE VINEGAR:
- UNSCREW the steam and power unit from the oil reservoir.
- SHAKE OUT ANY EXCESS OIL OR MOISTURE from the steam unit and dump any excess moisture from the oil reservoir.
- Set the steam unit upright in a bowl. Fill the bowl with WHITE VINEGAR until the vinegar level is just below the battery (If you can detach it, do so. Don’t let anything inside the battery compartment!). Make sure the vinegar is just covering the filter area and soak for at least 10 minutes.
- WIPE DOWN THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE of the reservoir with a soft cloth dampened with vinegar. For heavy build-up, a soft scrub brush can be used. To disinfect further, fill the reservoir with water and add a teaspoon of bleach. Allow it to soak for 20 minutes, then dump and rinse thoroughly.
- Remove the steam unit from the vinegar. Cover up the hole on the bottom with your hand. FILL THE UNIT WITH WATER, pouring water in through the top. Cover the top with your hand. Shake well, then remove your hand from the bottom to release the water.
- Thoroughly DRY EVERYTHING using a clean, soft cloth.
We recommend cleaning your vape at least twice a week; more often if you use it heavily.
Potential Health Concerns When Vaping CBD OilOf course, while there are a plethora of great effects of CBD oil, vaping may not be the best way to consume it. There are two reasons why:
1. Metal nanoparticlesAs we discussed earlier, it’s possible for metal nanoparticles to come off the heating element and into your lungs as the coil oxidizes over repeated use. However, the amounts found is negligible. One study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that “overall exposure to metals from electronic cigarette use is not expected to be of significant health concern for smokers switching to electronic cigarette use, but is an unnecessary source of exposure for never-smokers.” The takeaway here? Vape at your own risk. While it may not be a significant health concern, it can still negatively affect you. It’s up to you if you want to deal with that or not. Of course, the nanoparticles were only found in pen-style vapes and not tank-style vapes. But tank-style vapes have their own concern:
2. Allergens in CBD e-juiceAnother potential health risk is allergens found in the e-juice or e-liquid used in tank-style vapes. E-liquid has two main chemicals: propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which some people are allergic to. Anyone with sensitivities to either of these chemicals may notice sinus irritation, nausea or a headache upon use. People with more severe allergies may experience hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. Note that these two chemicals are so common that if you are allergic to them, you’d probably already know it before you start vaping.
Alternatives to Vaping CBD OilIf you’d rather not deal with the health concerns of vaping CBD oil, there are plenty of other ways to take your CBD without a vape. Specifically, you can try:
Topical CBD Ointments or Creams
CBD Tinctures taken under the tongue
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