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Vaping CBD: Does it Work?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the main cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plants. And unlike the plant’s other main cannabinoid, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, it won’t cause you to feel a psychoactive buzz when taken. While the marijuana plant contains high levels of THC, the hemp plant has been cultivated to have well under that amount. Therefore, people cannot get “high” from using hemp-based CBD products like they do when using marijuana-derived ones. 

Hemp has been grown for well over a thousand years and has been used for clothing, textiles, and other things, because of its durable fibers. Recently, hemp production became legal throughout the United States because of the 2018 Farm Bill. Now, anyone can sell and buy hemp throughout the country. Thanks to this bill, the popularity of hemp-based CBD products has grown to epic proportions. In fact, you can find CBD just about anywhere from brick and mortar stores, to gas stations, online, in yoga shops, and many other places. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-based CBD products must contain 0.3% or less THC. 

In order to make CBD products, the phytonutrients, terpenes, and cannabinoids must be extracted from industrial hemp or marijuana plants using a special process like the CO2 extraction method. The hemp and marijuana plants are both species of the cannabis plant. Next, a host of products are created from those extracts. These days, you can buy all sorts of CBD products like topical creams, CBD oils, salves, capsules, pet products, gummies, and more. But with all of those products available at our fingertips, some consumers want to know which is the fastest and most effective way for CBD to be absorbed into the body. 

What’s the Best Way to Use CBD?

A woman dropping CBD oil under her tongue

There are many ways that CBD can get into our bloodstream. Vape pens, however, appear to be one of the most effective means because the act of inhaling the CBD delivers it directly to the bloodstream and brain faster than other methods. Moreover, in vaping you can absorb more CBD from the same amount than you would if you were using other types of products. When someone vapes, the CBD enters into the lungs where it’s quickly transported to the bloodstream and other parts of the body. Therefore, the CBD bypasses the digestive tract, enabling it to go directly into the bloodstream. With vaping, the effects of CBD are generally felt within 15 minutes.

CBD oil, like the pure, potent, and effective oils crafted at FAB CBD, are another excellent way to get your daily dose of CBD. When using CBD oils, the best way to bypass the digestive tract is to hold the oil under your tongue for around 60 seconds before swishing it in your mouth and swallowing. In this way, the CBD can enter into your bloodstream through the thin membranes under your tongue and in your mouth. Your body will still absorb the CBD that’s swallowed, however, it has to go through the digestive tract first. With CBD oils, you’ll feel the effects fairly quickly — within 30 to 90 minutes

CBD gummies are another good way to take in CBD, although if you’re looking for a faster absorption method, this may not suit your needs. When you eat CBD gummies, they have to pass through the digestive tract. Therefore, it can take one to two hours to feel the effects. The good news is that even though it may take a little longer to feel the CBD’s effects, those effects will last longer over vaping or taking CBD oil sublingually (under your tongue).

Other methods of taking CBD include:

  • CBD capsules or pills
  • Transdermal CBD patches
  • CBD creams, salves, or other topicals

As with gummies, these methods also take a bit longer before you’ll feel the CBD’s effects. With salve, creams, patches, and other topicals, the CBD must be absorbed into the skin and must make its way through the muscle tissue. Like gummies, CBD capsules and pills also need to go through the digestive system. At the end of the day, you should choose the type of product that works best for your overall needs.

Is Vaping Legal?

A hand holding a CBD vape pen

Even though vaping has been touted as the fastest and most effective way to get CBD into your body, there have been a slew of legal issues lately with these types of products. While there are yet to be any states that have banned vape pens, those products have been subjected to restrictions like purchase limits, and restrictions on their sale, use, and possession by some states. Still other states have conflicting laws on CBD in general that make it very murky as to how the laws will be applied in individual cases. Additionally, there have also been many issues shipping vapes across the country. Therefore, many brands have opted to phase out this type of product option. 

Furthermore, multiple states have restrictions on vaping in certain places. At least 15 states have passed laws that prohibit vaping and e-cigarette use in indoor spaces like bars, restaurants, and worksites. At of the time of this publication, these states include: 

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont

Moreover, many CBD vapes can look just like marijuana wax pens or other types of vaporizers that are illegal in the United States. Another thing to keep in mind is that most law enforcement personnel simply do not have the training to be able to spot the difference between a legal product and an illegal one because of the way they can so closely resemble one another. With so many gray areas and restrictions surrounding vaping, it’s no wonder that more consumers are turning to other types of CBD products. There are a great deal of reputable brands that create pure and effective products, like FAB CBD, that are so potent that you won’t miss vaping at all. For example, customers can choose from the FAB CBD line of products that includes full-spectrum oils in an array of strengths and flavors, “Anytime” and “Nighttime” gummies, Topical CBD Cream, CBD+CBG Oil, and Full-Spectrum CBD Body Salve. 

Should You Vape CBD?

A woman vaping CBD

That decision is entirely up to you based on your needs and goals. However, you need to remember that there are shipping and legal difficulties tied into vaping. Therefore, selecting another product, like FAB CBD full-spectrum oils or gummies, may be the best way to go. Vaping, however, is the fastest and one of the most efficient ways to get CBD into your body, but CBD oils also have a decently high bioavailability. Vaping also comes with its own set of pros and cons. 

Some of the pros to vaping are: 

  • It’s convenient: Vaping is an easy way to take your CBD on a regular basis. 
  • It’s fast absorbing: Once inhaled, the CBD gets right into the tissue of your lungs, which in turn will quickly make its way into your bloodstream. 

Some of the cons to vaping are: 

  • It’s not a very discreet way to take CBD: Vaping definitely could draw unwanted attention to yourself.
  • It could contain health risks: Those with pre-existing health conditions should use caution when vaping. Vaping CBD oil could cause nausea or a coughing fit in those with lung issues.
  • Low-quality vape pens may be dangerous: Pens by a less reputable brand could contain harmful solvents or toxic thinning agents like propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol that can potentially break down into carcinogenic compounds at high temperatures.

Vaping: What’s the Big Takeaway?

Berry flavored FAB CBD Full Spectrum Oil

Even though it might be tricky to learn all there is about CBD and the various brands that create CBD products, it’s definitely worth taking the time to do the research. And while many reputable brands sell CBD vape products, a lot of them have phased these vapes out due to legal and shipping issues. So, even though vaping may be one of the fastest and most effective ways to get in your CBD, there are other types of products that are great options. Alternatives like CBD oils, gummies, capsules, creams, and lotions can be an excellent replacement for CBD vape pens. If you’re looking for a strong replacement for your vape, then look no further than CBD oils. In letting the oil sit under your tongue and in your mouth before swallowing, you're allowing the CBD to enter into your bloodstream in a fast and effective manner. 

FAB CBD is one of most well-known and respected brands in the industry. Not only do we create clean and potent CBD products that range the gamut from full-spectrum, to broad spectrum, and CBD isolate, but we also have a solid variety of CBD products. Customer favorites include our full line of products: full-spectrum oils in strengths of 300mg, 600mg, 1200mg, and 2400mg in flavors of berry, mint, natural, vanilla, and citrus, “Anytime” CBD Chews, “Nighttime” PM CBD Chews, Topical CBD Cream, CBD+CBG Oil, and Full-Spectrum CBD Body Salve. 

Regardless of which type of CBD product you choose, you should take the time to look into the product and the brand. This way, you have a better chance at avoiding less reputable brands that make low-quality products. Moreover, your research will allow you to choose a product that’s a perfect match for your needs and goals. Education is key in the CBD world, whether you prefer vapes or not.