Nothing has gained more attention of late in the plant-based medicine scene than cannabidiol (CBD), a therapeutic molecule from cannabis, that doesn’t possess any of the mind-bending, euphoria-inducing properties of the more famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid known primarily for being psychoactive. With CBD products, the American public has essentially been introduced to cannabis without the controversial side effects.
But what do we really know about CBD and since there are so many ways to consume it, why is vaping the way to go? In this post, we’ll give you a brief introduction into why CBD has unique medicinal value in comparison to conventional pharmaceutical treatments, identify the benefits of vaping and explore the sub-categories of CBD vaping products.
Why CBD is beneficial
Every pharmaceutical drug we take is designed to interact with a certain system: opioid-based painkillers affect the opioid system; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors make adjustments to the serotonin system. CBD and other cannabinoids work in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a totally independent network that controls variables related to physical and emotional health.
The ECS is activated with endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids – the former is made by the body; the latter are the cannabinoids from cannabis. Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is also found in Helichrysum umbraculigerum, a South African plant that was known to be smoked. This suggests other plant species – and perhaps extinct plants – also make cannabinoids.
But up until the 1990s, researchers had not even identified the ECS, never mind work out how to restore balance to it with cannabinoid-based treatments. However, studies into how cannabinoids – especially CBD and THC – function with the ECS have revealed that CBD essentially takes a third-party role, tweaking the receptiveness of cannabinoid receptors, inhibiting enzymes and more to enhance ‘endocannabinoid tone’, which is key to boosting wellbeing.
The unique benefits of vaping for medicinal purposes
There’s a reason that smoking has always been one of the most popular ways to take cannabis recreationally and medicinally – the cannabinoids work quicker this way than with other methods. The same essentially applies to vaporizing, there are just significantly fewer side effects because nothing is being burned and fewer carcinogens are formed. Long-term vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking, according to research from the National Health Service, the United Kingdom’s government-funded healthcare service.
How does this translate to treating real conditions? Among the most difficult problems to treat are those with acute symptoms – for a physical illness this could be inflammatory or neuropathic pain, for a mental illness, perhaps anxiety. Symptoms from these issues are so problematic because they can occur without notice and often have a seriously negative effect on day-to-day functioning. Not being able to go about daily life without the burden of illness can have a debilitating effect on the mind – more than two-fifths of patients with chronic pain will develop depression, according to research.
Painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs are only good at managing this acute anguish to a certain extent, and it’s also worth noting that the side effects and addictive nature of many of these treatments put many off taking them at all. But vaping CBD e-liquid and vape oil, and even CBD concentrates puts power back into the hands of the patient. A dose of CBD in the initial stages of a pain flare-up or anxiety attack instructs the ECS to start reducing pain sensitivity immediately. There are so many portable vaporizers to choose from that handle dry herb, e-liquids and concentrates, and if discretion is paramount, try using a vape pen and avoid getting noticed while you’re medicating.
The different types of CBD vaping products
The non-psychoactive CBD vaping market is mostly split into two types of products: CBD-isolates and full-spectrum CBD e-juices. The only CBD products that are legal all over America are made from hemp, because of the low THC content. However, while a CBD-isolate e-liquid just contains CBD and an e-liquid mixer like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine, full-spectrum CBD oils incorporates the full therapeutic potential of hemp by using a whole-plant extract.
There may be traces of THC in these full-spectrum products, but the dominance of antipsychotic CBD negates any psychoactive effects and possibility for them to be abused or used recreationally. More importantly, all the other cannabis compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.) are included in a full-plant extract. There is a common belief in the cannabis world, which science appears to back, that cannabis is more effective when all the compounds are consumed together, as this promotes synergy, or an “entourage effect.”
Interestingly, some companies have started to develop CBD concentrates that are also infused with terpenes – these are designed to help with specific ailments. CBD concentrates are typically made using isolated CBD, but by including various terpenes, this can boost the therapeutic value of the product. For example, CBD is noted for having anti-anxiety properties, but these can be enhanced further with the presence of beta-caryophyllene, an anxiolytic terpene found in some cannabis strains as well as black peppercorn.
Refillables or cartridges?
This is ultimately a question that is decided on personal preference, but vapers must make a choice on whether to use a vaporizer with a refillable tank or a device that accepts disposable cartridges. Firstly, with refillables, there is more control about what you’re vaping, and if you want to make an e-juice stronger using concentrates, you can. It’s also simple to combine e-liquids – maybe you like vaping nicotine and CBD. If you have time on your hands, vaping is a lot of fun, and many users become vape enthusiasts.
However, if vaping on-the-go, having to refill your tank on a regular basis can be a pain, and it’s easy to make a mess. With CBD cartridges, you can replace an old cartridge for a new one in seconds, without having to worry about leaks. Many cartridges have been manufactured to release a certain quantity of CBD with each draw, which is helpful for those who are strict with their doses.
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