Medical marijuana was officially legalised in the UK in November 2018, in what was considered a long-awaited victory. However, with many people still unable to get a prescription, and even then struggling to access the drug, not much has changed since the new law was put in place. Unsurprisingly, people of all backgrounds and requirements are turning to THC’s legal, non-high-inducing sister, CBD, to experience the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.
CBD can be taken in a number of ways. Some people choose to administer the compound “traditionally”, from CBD oils and tablets. Others choose to get more inventive, purchasing or making their own CBD edibles, cooking with CBD cooking oil, trying out CBD body care products, or vaping the oil- a more recent trend that has taken off massively since its introduction to the market.
What is CBD vaping?
The concept of vaping, or inhaling from an electronic cigarette, was invented in 2003 and works by converting oils into a vapor that is breathed in through the mouth. Many vapes are used as an alternative to cigarettes, with smokers favouring them for their nicotine content and lack of harmful chemicals.
Nicotine vape oils are far from the only type available. Once you purchase an electronic cigarette, it is entirely your choice which oils you choose to put into it- including strength, flavour, and type. CBD vape oil has quickly peaked in popularity since its invention, with vapers enjoying its relaxing, medicinal properties.
How is CBD vaped?
CBD is vaped through an electronic cigarette, where it is inserted as an oil, and inhaled as a vapor. Vaping CBD allows for vast absorption, as the vapor is taken in directly through the lungs. It provides a relaxing experience for the vaper, giving it more of a novelty quality than the more traditional forms of the compound.
Many people vape CBD oil for its ability to relieve stress and anxiety, but others may go further than this, using it to treat a specific illness or medical condition. CBD Resource says “Similarly, it is commonly used for pain relief and improvement of mood.”
CBD purchasing guide
You may have read recently about CBD vaping oils being potentially unsafe. It’s unfortunate that certain brands should tarnish the entire market by producing cheap, low-quality products- which is why making responsible purchases is so important. Disappointingly, some CBD vaping oils are not at a suitable standard for purchase, and it is worth being aware of this while you are browsing.
Exercise caution when shopping for vape oils online, and always stick to the well-known, trusted brands, even if it means paying a little extra for the reassurance. For starters, you want to make sure you’re not wasting your money on a completely bogus product, but also, poorly-manufactured products have the potential to be dangerous to your health.
As with nicotine vaping products, CBD vaping oils are available for purchase in an endless array of flavours, from the nicer-sounding mango, vanilla and strawberry, to the more unusual cheese, tobacco and kiwi. If you’re not so experimental with your taste buds, there are flavourless oil options, too. Expect to pay between £20 and £40 for a high-quality product.