Can You Vape CBD Tinctures?


Understanding the Difference Between CBD Vape Oil and CBD Tinctures

There's no denying it, CBD has become wildly popular.

There’s new research coming out all the time that supports the myriad benefits it contains, and there are new CBD and hemp companies being formed every day.

CBD is the fastest-growing health and wellness trend to hit the natural market in years and has given medical cannabis a whole new name.

For quite some time, the most common method of consumption of CBD was an oral tincture.

A few drops or sprays of CBD taken sublingually were how most people got their daily dose until the use of CBD began to surge and new methods of consumption like vaping, edibles, and capsules were introduced.

As popular as CBD has become, there is still a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating around the internet.

Most of the confusion stems from how to properly consume CBD products.

One of the most common questions we get at CBD School is: “Is it okay to vape any CBD tinctures?”

Vaping CBD

We’re going to answer that for you in this article. But first, let’s get some CBD lingo defined…

When we say CBD tincture, we mean any liquid CBD oil product designed to be taken by mouth. 

People use these products in the form of drops underneath the tongue (sublingual) or a spray in the mouth (CBD Sprays).

In the CBD space, CBD tincture and CBD oil are often used interchangeably and both mean the same thing. CBD Drops is yet another name for this product.

When we say CBD vape oil, we mean any liquid CBD product meant for use in a vaporizer. 

Other common terms for CBD vape oil are CBD E-Liquid, CBD E-Juice, and CBD vape juice.

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Vaping CBD

Vaping CBD has shown to offer the fastest delivery and usually offers the quickest relief from conditions like anxiety and chronic pain. 

Increased research also suggests that vaping CBD can help you quit smoking.

Because it works so effectively and offers rapid relief, there are more people vaping CBD than ever before. 

While we do know that it can be effective and offer speedy alleviation of several different symptoms, there’s still a bit of perplexity about vaping itself.

We get it. That’s why we’re here to end the confusion that surrounds vaping CBD once and for all.


Is All CBD Oil the Same, and Can’t You Just Vape Any CBD Oil?

With the plethora of CBD products that have recently hit the market, it’s easy to become confused about what’s exactly what. 

You’ve got CBD oils and CBD tinctures. Then there’s also CBD vape oil. You can also find CBD cigarettes, another alternative to smoking tobacco. 

Is there really a difference between these products, and does it really matter what you put in your vaporizer?

As we mentioned earlier, CBD oil and CBD tincture really mean the exact same thing. The words tincture and oil are used interchangeably. 

These are the liquid CBD products that are meant to be taken orally and are most often dispensed with a dropper or spray. 

Before vaping came along, this was by far the most common way to take CBD.

Now that vaping’s hit the scene, you’ll find products like CBD vape oil, which is more commonly (but not always) referred to as CBD e-liquid or CBD vape juice.

See where the confusion comes in? 

We get asked all the time by people wondering if it’s possible to put their CBD tincture into their favorite vaporizer.

Short answer: No, you shouldn't. And it can be deadly if you do. 

Read on to find out why CBD tinctures do not belong in a vaporizer.

Whether you’re interested in vaping CBD or have already started, understanding if you can vape CBD tinctures is an extremely important part of the experience. 

While they might seem like they’re the same thing, there are some very important differences between the two.

CBD Tincture vs. CBD Vape Oil

Tincture Vs Oil

Now that you know that the terms CBD oil and CBD tincture are often used interchangeably, there’s something else you should know. 

CBD tincture and CBD vape oil both contain CBD but are designed to be used differently.

CBD Tincture

Designed to be used orally, CBD tinctures are made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant by steeping hemp flowers and leaves in a high-proof grain alcohol and subsequently applying low heat over a substantial amount of time. 

This process allows for the active compounds found in hemp plants to permeate into the alcohol, with any excess alcohol boiled off.

Aside from alcohol extraction, CBD is also commonly extracted from the hemp plant using CO2. 

This process results in a concentrated CBD extract, which producers dilute with carrier oils (like olive, hempseed, or coconut oil) that can be easily absorbed and digested by the body, as well as other ingredients (such as different flavors like mint or citrus) to improve its flavor.

Currently, CO2 extraction is considered the industry standard best extraction process and is by far the most popular.


CBD Vape Oil

CBD vape oils are designed to be used in e-cigarettes or vape pens. 

To produce this e-liquid, a thinning agent is added to the CBD extract, as concentrated CBD oil is typically too thick to easily flow through most vape pens. 

Aside from making the CBD thin enough to make its way through the vape pen, it also creates a higher volume that will increase how long the CBD oil will actually last. 

This thinning agent also produces the vapor clouds exhaled when vaping CBD.

Different thinning agents used in CBD vape oils include:

• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
• Propylene Glycol (PG)
• Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

While vaping in most cases has proven to be a safer alternative to smoking, the industry is still a new space and researchers are trying to determine what is the absolute safest option for ingredients that can be vaped.

In the vaping community, VG is commonly considered one of the best bases for CBD vape oils because it produces the largest vapor clouds and is considered the safest option of the three. Though more research is still needed to confirm what is the safest product to be vaping.

There is some evidence that it can cause stiffness in the soft coverings of the lungs in some individuals, however, which is something to be aware of.

No matter how you decide to use CBD products, we recommend avoiding the illicit or cheap “knock-off” markets when buying vape products as many problems have been reported due to dangerous ingredients identified in the products. 

It's better to purchase products from a trusted and carefully lab tested source of vape products and vaporizer equipment with proper usage instructions.

Note: Due to recent reporting of vape related lung injuries across America, there has been elevated concern for safety and vaping products. If you are concerned with your health and safety and don't want to use a vape product, you can always opt instead to use the many other effective and great ways to use CBD products like capsules, edibles, or topical products.

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CBD Tincture Was Not Designed to Be Vaped…That’s Why CBD Vape Oil Was Created

Both CBD tinctures and CBD vape oil products are each made for a specific use. 

CBD tinctures are designed to be taken orally, while CBD vape oils are made with different ingredients and designed to be used in an e-cig or vaporizer.

That being said, CBD vape oils are still made with carrier oils which are considered safe and non-toxic for ingestion. 

PEG, PG, and VG are all considered safe and non-toxic by the FDA. 

You could essentially use your CBD vape oil like you would a tincture (by mouth) and be fine. 

Not that this is something we would recommend…just because something’s safe, doesn’t mean you should necessarily do it.

CBD vape oils are designed for vaping and is exactly what they should be used for. 

The same goes for CBD tinctures. They are designed to be taken orally, which is exactly how they should be used. 

Each of these products are optimized for their respective delivery methods.

If you can ingest CBD vape oils (which we don’t actually recommend), can you vape CBD tincture? 

Essentially, they’re the same thing and only designed for different uses, right? Why not use them interchangeably?

Nope, that's not the way it works. CBD tinctures are definitely NOT designed to be vaped. They are designed to only be orally ingested.

Most important: there are ingredients in CBD tinctures which are safe to ingest orally but can be deadly if vaped, as the CDC recently warned after a new wave of vape related injuries and deaths.

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CBD tinctures (depending on the manufacturer) can sometimes include food grade ingredients which should absolutely not be vaporized.

When these components are vaporized they can harm the lungs or lead to a serious condition called lipoid pneumonia, a condition caused by inhaling oils not meant to be present in the lungs.

Recently in the news, there have been cases of vape related injury (some even leading to death) all across America. The condition of the injured is thought to be related to inhaling food-grade ingredients (like vitamin E) which are otherwise safe in body care or food products BUT not meant for inhalation.

Something else to keep in mind is that there are some CBD tinctures that are made with an alcohol base. 

The last thing you want to do is inhale alcohol into your lungs. 

And while it likely won’t happen, there is the possibility that an alcohol-based tincture could catch on fire. 

The last thing you want is your vaporizer to go up in flames.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you know that vaping CBD tinctures aren’t only not recommended, but can be dangerous as well, it’s important to keep your CBD tinctures and CBD vape oils separate.

Vaping and taking CBD tinctures orally are by far, the most popular methods of ingestion, but that doesn’t mean the two can be swapped out for one another.

To answer the question “Can I vape CBD tinctures?” once and for all…NO, you can’t (please don't) and there’s really no reason to try when both CBD tinctures and CBD vape oils are both readily available on the market today.

For the best results, as well as your safety and the functionality of your vaporizer, use CBD vape oil from a trusted and regulated manufacturer (avoid illicit market products) in a vaporizer device and stick to oral administration when taking a tincture.

Note from CBD School: Due to the impact of the corona virus, we encourage those who vape to reconsider their decisions. Vaping has shown to be an aggravating factor for people who are infected with the virus. Read more here. When in doubt — do not put it in your lungs!

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  • Ryan says:

    Can you ingest cbd vape oil?

  • Hey Ryan! Thanks for your great question. While this isn’t something that people typically do, there are certain varieties of CBD vape oils that can both be ingested and vaped. You need to be careful to check all the ingredients on the label and it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer of the product as well.

    Is there a particular product you had in mind that you are asking about?

  • Kenny Moore says:

    My CBD tincture is made with MCT oil can this be Vaped? The product I’m using is called USA hemp co CBD tincture says ingredients on co2 CBD oil and MCT oil

  • Timothy says:

    Many vaping and tinctures use only MCT as a carrier, so what is the difference? Why can’t you vape these tinctures or vice versa?

  • Hey Timothy. That’s a great question. Thanks for bringing that up. I have indeed encountered many vape oils and juices made with MCT oil as a carrier. With those products, I assume they could be interchangeably used as tinctures/vape.

    Still I recommend always making sure there are no additional ingredients (flavoring, ingredients meant for ingestion but not vaping, etc.) in the product which you would not want to be vaping. I also recommend making sure you have the right vaporizer to handle the product you want to vape in it.

    Overall, it’s far easier for most people to stick to vape specific and tincture specific products and not mix them. However, I encourage you to do so as long you feel comfortable with it and have done proper research beforehand on the vaporizer you are using and the product you are putting into it.

    I always recommend getting expert advice from a vape store or vape products website and company you trust. Let me know if you have some good recommendations for me as I am always looking to connect with wise people in that field. Thanks! 🙂

  • Hi Kenny thanks for your great question. My best advice would be to reach out to the manufacturer and ask them if the product can be vaped. Generally I tell people to stick to using tinctures orally and vape oils for vaping. But if you want to explore other options, just make sure to do your research and be careful with the device you use and the product you vape. Best wishes 🙂

  • Miranda says:

    If you already have a CBD tincture can you just mix it with a thinning agent such as VG to create CBD vape juice?

    Also, when performing CBD extraction is there a difference between VG and MCT in terms of cbd absorption from the plant? Will one produce a stronger product, or sustain terpins more than than the other?


  • Hi Miranda.

    We don’t recommend making a CBD tincture into a vape product since they are not designed for vaping. If you decide to actually do this, it’s of course entirely up to you. Please be safe.

    CBD is not extracted using VG or MCT.

    If you mean is there a different in the quality of vaping CBD, between VG or MCT, we have never heard of there being a difference. But this would definitely be a good research project!

    Let us know if you have any more questions 🙂

  • kerri lettiero says:

    Is it OK to use my cbd vape oil beyond the expiration date? If so how much or how long after that date..I am using to help my COPD…

  • Hi Kerri. Thanks for your message. It’s best to use a fresh batch that’s not expired. But so long as it’s not too far past the expiration, I think it will be OK. How far past the expiration is it?

  • Scott says:

    Holy cr*p dude, you barely know what you’re talking about. Honestly, the stuff you say with confidence is dubious or incomplete, and the questions you get asked are easy – but you want to refer to someone at a vape shop? Are you kidding me? Ugh.
    So, here’s some “facts” that you may wish to use for a re-write or to guide some actual research.

    Oils are oils. Lipids. Stop there for now.

    Tinctures are concentrates of herbs that have been dissolved (that word means something specific too) or suspended (again, there’s a definition) in a liquid for oral consumption.

    Cannabinoids are lipid soluble. Also alcohol soluble. Heck, a few other solvents work too, but are poisonous or flammable. Water doesn’t work well and VG isn’t so great either. Butter? Works. MCT? Yep. It’s a fractionated coconut oil.

    Don’t tell people that MCT and VG are both ok to vape. Don’t vape lipids in general, but some are ok in gear that is different than VG/PG compatible gear.

    Tinctures, oils and vape liquids (without nicotine) can all be ingested, but the concentration, uptake and taste will vary..

    Referring people to manufactures or telling them to do research is sorta what you should do before writing this stuff
    Anyhow – sorry to be harsh, but there’s an epic amount if bad info and profiteering

  • Hey Scott. Thanks for your contribution. We are looking for guest writers who are experts in their field. Would you be interested in contributing some guest articles on vaping, since you are an expert? Let us know! Thanks 🙂

  • The Canna Chemist says:

    No. CBD oil and CBD tincture are 2 different substances. This is one of the most misinformed and uneducated articles ever written about cannabinoids. Sincerely, Chief Biochemist and owner of e2 and

  • The Canna Chemist says:

    Thank you! This is one of the worst articles I’ve ever encountered. This person is NOT an expert…much less even remotely educated in this field.

  • Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  • Hi. We realize they are different technically but currently used interchangeably for CBD extracts. What is wrong with the article? Educate us 🙂

  • Daniel R Luna says:

    This article is awesome much information very appreciated also I have a question I bought some CBD temperature I usually sublingually I was wondering when I put it under my tongue is stung pretty bad never had that before is that normal thank you

  • Hi Daniel. That’s not normal. We don’t recommend using any products which would irritate your mouth. What is the product?

  • James Eisert says:

    Hello, my name is James Eisert. I use my CBD tincture in my JUUL and it works perfectly, it doesn’t clog it, it’s not a thick cloud, it tastes like the minty flavor it is. So use a JUUL for it. I can’t vape or smoke, or usually go five minutes without doing anything without coughing. But with this, I can.

  • Hey James. Thanks for your input. So you haven’t had any problems with this? What is the exact CBD tincture you use in your JUUL? Thanks again for sharing with us 🙂

  • OG Papaya Kush says:

    Ugh, fuck JUULs. You want a vaporizer that uses ceramic as its heating element for CBD vaping. I stick with cartridges & my PCKT One Plus, but you can use a Vaporesso NRG subohm tank.

    Other devices that are pod vapes like the JUUL but use ceramic are the Nextmind CT1, Aspire AVP, theres a couple more.

    For me, I’ll stick to CCELL or Power Slug cartridges.

  • Shawn Getman says:

    Vapelucid makes a product they call “Hemplucid Tincture Vape / Drip” and after reading it does contain VG for vaping. I’m just not sure how many drops of 500mg to add to a 5ml tank of my favorite e liquid? Any thoughts?
    Thanks, Shawn

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