Vaping CBD for medicinal purposes: Getting more Bang for your Buck!

Many vape shops and online retailers are now offering CBD products to their vaping customers.   Before taking offense at the prospect of marijuana-like substances being offered to the vaping public, it might be best to learn precisely what CBD oil is and why people are vaping it.

The term CBD is simply an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a cannabis product which offers many health benefits without producing the hazing high that comes with smoking conventional weed.  To put this in more scientific terms, CBD is non-psychoactive, or at least much less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains.  So, traditional vapers, politicians, and public health officials who automatically assume that those who vape CBD are just a bunch of stoners and potheads are often mistaken.

The many health benefits of CBD include relief from pain, inflammation, spasms, anxiety, seizures, and numerous other medical conditions.  It is often a prescribed treatment by physicians for patients suffering with alcoholism, arthritis, diabetes, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, epilepsy, and infections that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Most people vape CBD not to get high but to treat a specific ailment.

Why is vaping CBD growing in popularity?

Generally speaking, not all of the CBD product goes immediately into the bloodstream when the user inhales it.  Scientists have labeled this percentage of ingestion with the term bioavailability.  For example, the oral bioavailability of CBD when ingested via capsules, edibles, and beverages is about 15 percent.  Therefore, for every 1000 milligrams that the user ingests, they only receive the health benefits from about 150 milligrams of product.  The other 850 milligrams are essentially wasted.

There are two primary reasons for this.  Firstly, when an organic compound of any kind is ingested, it must first pass through the liver before it can enter into the circulatory system of the human body.  During this process, a significant amount is absorbed by the body or eradicated by the enzymes of the liver, which essentially reduces the overall potency of the ingested CBD.

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Secondly, CBD is a water-soluble substance (scientific term is “hydrophobic”).  By its very nature, CBD and other cannabis-based products do not want to remain in the human body or bloodstream for very long.  The body tends to view these substances as foreign entities and want them to get out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this also reduces the bioavailability of the CBD.

Vaping CBD is faster, more efficient, and cost-effective.

Vaping, on the other hand, is much more efficient.  Vaping CBD essentially bypasses the bioavailability issues associated with the liver.  As a result, the vaper ingests about four times more CBD as compared to the usual oral methods.  Vaping CBD has a bioavailability of about 50 to 60 percent compared to the 15 percent of oral ingestion.  That’s a huge difference. 

Another benefit of vaping CBD is that it allows the chemical reaction to take place in the body much, much faster.  Because the ingestion process bypasses the liver entirely and enters into the bloodstream almost instantly, patients get relief from their symptoms by as much as 20 to 30 minutes faster.  CBD vapers might even save a few bucks in the process because they won’t have to use as much product with each vape. 

For newbies to vaping, there are a few things to consider.  Before buying your first vape mod, be sure to read customer reviews online about the device.  Purchasing from only reputable retailers is always recommended, and be sure to always read the instructions before using the device.  Watching YouTube videos on how to properly use and maintain the product can also be very helpful. 

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