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‘CBD e-liquid’, ‘vape-juice’, ‘vape-oil’, whatever marketers decide to call it, it is still the same thing. It is ‘CBD’ infused in a liquid, that can be vaped using an electronic device.
The vaping phenomenon has become incredibly popular due to its significantly high bioavailability and ease of administration.
But what exactly is in ‘CBD e-liquid’ and is it safe?
Different manufacturers may change their e-liquid ingredients to stand out in a competitive market, but for the most part there are some core common ingredients they all share.
It is important to note that there is NO NICOTINE in CBD e-juice.
(Please always read the label of the product you are about to consume.)
No prizes for guessing that ‘CBD’ is a prevalent ingredient in ‘CBD e-juice’. This highly popular, non-intoxicating cannabinoid comes in varying dosages from 3mg per ml, to 60 mg per ml, and in some cases even higher.
The most common ingredients in all e-juices are ‘PG’ – Propylene Glycol and ‘VG’ – Vegetable Glycerine.
Different products will contain varying ratios. The most common being:
PG – VG
80% : 20%
70% : 30%
50% : 50%
‘PG’ or ‘Propylene Glycol’ is found in practically all e-liquids and even some food additives, frostings, candies, toothpaste, cosmetics and much more.
It is a colourless, odourless, petroleum byproduct, water-like liquid, that “carries” oil and other ingredients, as well as helping to distribute flavor.
It is well known in the vaping community for providing a greater throat hit.
‘VG’ or ‘Vegetable glycerine’ is another common ingredient in all ‘e-liquids’ as well as some foods, cosmetics and pharmaceutical medicines.
Made from plant oils, typically palm, coconut and soy, ‘VG’ has a thicker viscosity (consistency) and is most well known for producing thick vapor clouds.
Some producers have e-liquid products that contain 100% ‘VG’ with no ‘PG’. This is especially popular amongst “cloud chasers”.
Terpenes are essential oils in the hemp plant that give e-juice its scents, aromas and fragrances.
There are over 200 terpene profiles available from hemp, from pinene (Pine tree scent) to limonene (lemon scent) and much more.
Terpenes are found throughout the plant kingdom.
‘CBD’ is the most active and well known phytocannabinoid from the hemp plant, but there over 100 more, including: ‘CBG’, and ‘CBN’ to name but a few.
Producers may include multiple phytocannabinoids in their e-juice formula, all of which have unique properties and potential benefits currently being studied.
No. E-liquid available in the UK and Europe will not get you high.
CBD isolate e-liquid contains ONLY ‘CBD’, and no other phytocannabinoids.
CBD full spectrum will contain negligible (<0.2%) of ‘THC’ which is never going to get you high, no matter how much you consume.
In Canada and some states in the ‘US’, it is possible to get legal e-liquid containing high amounts of ‘THC’ which will get you high.
Vaping is considered safer than smoking due to the vast difference in the number of toxins produced compared to smoking.
Terpenes found in hemp are the same natural terpenes found in nature (lemons, pine trees, lavender)
‘PG’ and ‘VG’ are considered as safe as foods but further research is required of ‘PG’ and ‘VG’ in aerosol form.
The FDA deemed ‘PG’ “generally recognised as safe” as a food, but as an aerosol, given its quite novel to the market and there is currently no clinical research on any long term effects.
READ MORE: What Is CBD?
No. But some ‘CBD’ tinctures have been developed to be used sublingually AND as a vaping oil. Check the label before you vape.
Some ‘CBD’ oils use ‘hemp oil’ as a carrier. Hemp oil is made from the seeds of the plant as opposed to ‘CBD oil’ which comes from the flower and the leaves. Hemp oil is often used as a dressing for salads but is not suitable for cooking or vaping as it is heat sensitive.