Vaping CBD for pain management

As more and more states are legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes, the cannabidiol or CBD industry is also experiencing a surge in popularity especially among patients suffering from chronic pain.  No longer confined to conventional balms, ointments, and edibles, patients in search of a holistic remedy for pain management are turning to vaping as a significantly more effective alternative.

Vaping CBD enters into the bloodstream much faster, which results in almost instantaneous pain relief in many cases.  It’s also much easier for the vaper to control and modify dosages based on the level of physical discomfort at any given moment.  Pain sufferers can simply stop vaping once they’ve ingested the proper amount, unlike with edibles where it’s far easier to ingest too much CBD in a single sitting. 

Vaping CBD for fast-acting pain relief

Vaping CBD escalates the absorption process, which means that the pain-relieving cannabinoids enter the blood stream much faster. With edibles, the absorption process takes much longer because the CBD-enhanced food snack must first be broken down by way of the stomach acids of the digestive system. And unlike with vaping, these stomach acids also – unfortunately – destroy a significant percentage of the healthy cannabinoids along the way.  Pharmacologists call this variance the CBD product’s “bioavailability.”

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This digestive process takes time, and the amount of cannabinoid destruction can vary depending on several factors.  Some of the biggest fans of vaped CBD are patients suffering from Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis where fighting pain flareups quickly is often a chief concern.

Customized dosages

Because vaped CDC hits the bloodstream faster and provides a more instantaneous effect of pain relief, vapers can easily manipulate the dosages in several ways to produce the desired effects.  CBD products can be either hemp-based or marijuana-based, and the latter can sometimes induce feels of euphoria if the dosages are too high.  Hemp-based CBD is generally considered non-psychoactive, but even some of these brands can cause slightly debilitating side effects in high dosages, too.

In general, determining the proper dosage requirements depends on six key factors.

  • Body weight
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Ingestion method (vaping, edibles, ointments, tinctures, etc.)
  • Body chemistry
  • CBD bioavailability
  • Consumption schedules

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Manufacturers of CBD oils usually label their products with a milligram (mg) content, much like manufacturers of e-liquids label their products based on the milliliters (mg) of liquid nicotine. And just like with traditional vaping, purchasing a CBD product with a mg content that is too high can produce some unwanted side effects. 

Products with CBD mg content that its too low may not work sufficiently to relive the pain.  Products with too high of a content can cause the user to feel lightheaded or dizzy.  The first step in determining the proper mg content and dosage is to refer to a simple chart based on body weight and the level of chronic pain. 

Chart provided by Hempure CBD

While pharmacologists generally rate vaping as the fastest and most efficient method for ingesting cannabidiol, even vaped CBD has a certain percentage of bioavailability.  The general average is between 40-50 percent.  The remaining percentage is destroyed through the vaping process.  Knowing this little fact can also be helpful when selecting among the many brands of CBD oils on the market.

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For example, if a patient purchases a bottle of 10 mg CBD oil, then she can expect that about 4-5 mg will be destroyed through the heating and burning of the vaping device.   The mg content chosen may also depend on the patient’s desired daily consumption schedule.

Depending on the level of pain management required, some patients may want to vape their CBD only once or twice a day while others may feel the need to vape every few hours.  For patients suffering from severe chronic pain, hourly micro-dosing with a CBD product of lower mg content may be preferable. 

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