What are the downsides of CBD vaping?

Nearly everyone is looking for the most convenient way of taking CBD. The commonly CBD-infused products are gummies, tinctures, capsules, topicals, and vapes. Vaping is the fastest way of delivering CBD to the body system. The CBD is absorbed from the lungs to the bloodstream within minutes. CBD vapes are manufactured in three types; broad-spectrum, isolate, and full spectrum. The three are differentiated using the absence of either of the hemp elements. The common elements used for differentiating CBD include terpenes, flavonoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD). Although CBD vapes are continuing to gain popularity, especially among the youth, are they safe for consumption? Let us start by finding out which is the best type of CBD will fewer threats.


Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD is the most common type manufactured with all the elements of the hemp plants. The most commonly identified elements of full-spectrum vapes are THC, CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids, which are also the dominant elements of the hemp plant. Since full spectrum CBD has most elements, it is believed to be the best alternative for the entourage effect. Nasir et.al (2020) stated that each of these elements has unique properties including anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial suitable for maintaining good health. The entourage effect is the ability of various elements to work together to provide more health benefits than a single element. The common health benefits associated with CBD vapes include improving mental, health, and alertness, and lowering anxiety and pain.

The presence of THC in full-spectrum CBD vapes can result in doubts regarding its effectiveness. According to Lupu et al. (2019), THC is associated with various psychoactive side effects including triggering dizziness, red eyes, and dry lips. VanDolah et al. (2019), THC has anti-inflammatory properties suitable for reducing anxiety and stress if taken considerably. Therefore, although the full spectrum can be recommended for various health benefits, high intake results in an accumulation of THC in the body resulting in either of the possible side effects.


Broad Spectrum

Broad-spectrum CBD is the best alternative for the full spectrum. It shares multiple similarities with the full spectrum. However, full-spectrum CBD has all the elements of the hemp plant except THC, a psychoactive element. Therefore, it delivers an entourage effect with fewer risks because of the absence of THC. Some of the elements in broad-spectrum CBD vapes include terpenes, flavonoids, and CBD. The broad-spectrum is suitable for novices and people evading THC-related side effects.


Isolate

Isolate CBD is different from other types of CBD. Its major shortcoming compared to full-spectrum and broad-spectrum is, that it can’t deliver the entourage effect because it has a single element. Isolate is manufactured with pure CBD, void of flavonoids, terpenes, and THC. It is a suitable alternative for those avoiding THC-related side effects and only wish to benefit from CBD. However, the absence of THC, shouldn't be a reason for vaping too much CBD. According to Chayasirisobhon (2019), CBD can result in diarrhea, dry lips, and dizziness thus it should be vaped considerably.


Side Effects of Vaping CBD

Vaping can be harmful to your health. Therefore, it should be vaped responsibly and carefully to avoid any potential side effects. Here are some of the common threats;


Chocking

Unlike other ways of taking CBD, vaping is the most dangerous if things go wrong. Vaping CBD should be done quite carefully to avoid choking. This threat is likely to occur in the novices. If the smoke is directed to the wrong channel, you are likely to chock, which is life-threatening. Also, the novices should vape small quantities of smoke to minimize such potential risks. Notably, this can also occur in veterans. Therefore, vaping should be done responsibly.


Rapid Side Effects

Van de Donk et al. (2019) noted that CBD has various side effects including dry lips, red eyes, feeling dizzy, and diarrhea. Vaping can result in either of the side effects faster making them overwhelming compared to other methods of administering CBD such as through edibles. The impact of edibles is delayed because they have to be digested first. If either of the side effects begins to show, it is important to seek medical attention before they get out of hand.


Destroying Body Parts

Smoking of marijuana and vaping of CBD are yet to be legalized although it is highly embraced. The smoke covers the lungs hindering the flow of air from it to other body parts. According to vaping damages the lungs and can also result in liver cirrhosis. However, these effects are common to regular vapers since the smoke accumulates in the body system. Therefore, it's advisable to regulate vaping at most twice per week.


Overdosing

The chances of overdosing CBD with vape products are higher compared to other products. Other products such as gummies and capsules are infused with specific potency levels, helpful in avoiding overdosing. It is easier to inhale more than enough vape products using vapes, especially for the novices. Therefore, vaping CBD is likely to expose you to the side effects of CBD due to overdosing.


Key Determines of the Best CBD Vapes

If you are choosing vaping CBD, consider the following factors to get the best product that will minimize the side effects;


The Potency Levels

CBD products are infused with specific potency levels from 5 mg to over 200 mg to meet the demands of novices and veterans. Confirm the potency levels to avoid overdosing unknowingly since some brands post lower concentrations than the actual ones. Picking on low concentrations will also prevent you from taking too much CBD even if you inhale too much smoke by mistake.


Experience

What experience do you have with CBD vapes? Your encounter with CBD vapes helps you vape properly. Veterans can limit the amount of vaping they consume and minimize choking compared to the novice. Beginners are likely to chock during their first experience or inhale a lot of vaping unknowingly.


Conclusion

Vaping is the best way of delivering CBD to the body since it will be quick and effective. The impact of vaping CBD is felt within minutes, unlike edibles which have to undergo digestion. However, it's the riskiest way of administering CBD since it can result in choking. The smoke also damages various body parts including the lungs and the liver if vaping is regular. The side effects of CBD are more intense with vaping since it is rapidly delivered into the bloodstream.


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