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?”
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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