With several states now debating on whether or not they should legalize marijuana for medical use, 33 states plus D.C. have officially implemented frameworks that allow residents to apply for medical marijuana. Of this 33, however, only 10 plus D.C. have allowed marijuana for recreational use.
With such restrictions in place, CBD vape oil has become one of the latest trends to dominate the cannabis market over the past 18+ months.
To put the massive CBD boom into perspective, did you know that Forbes estimated the CBD market to generate $2.1 billion by 2020, with hemp-derived CBD to account for more than $450 million?
The fact is, over the last couple of years CBD vape oils have penetrated the market with dozens – if not hundreds – of companies selling various forms of products both online and in stores. Dispensaries have cleared shelves to make room for CBD eLiquids (and other CBD products), as they selling nearly as fast as they can be restocked.
However, while CBD vape oil might seem like a miracle cure for many, lack of regulation has allowed companies to cut corners, giving them the possibility to produce low-quality products that have been poorly-manufactured without proper third-party lab testing. Thus, it’s important for consumers to educate themselves about not only CBD vape oil but CBD in all of its different forms.
In this article, we are going to try to explain the difference between the various types of CBD vape liquids on the market, what to look out for when purchasing CBD oils, vape juices, and e-liquids, and how CBD vape oil can best be used to experience optimal results.
CBD Vape Liquid: The Difference Between “Cannabis” Oil and “Hemp” Oil
While one of the main topics of this article will, of course, be to go over some of the best CBD vape oils and eLiquids for 2019, it’s important to point out what the difference is between cannabis-based CBD oil and CBD hemp oil for those who may not know.
While CBD oil may seem like a straightforward topic, there is still a lot of confusion on the subject as the term “CBD oil” is often used as an umbrella term to describe many different oils available on the market.
The truth is, there are hundreds of different products on the market, and each oil is different from the next.
Some are cannabis CBD oils, some are hemp-derived CBD oils, and some simply “claim” to be CBD oil when they are actually nothing of the sort. While CBD cannabis oil and CBD hemp oil are both individually good and have been known to help treat a number of medical conditions, they are in fact different from one another.
Also, this would be a good time to point out what “pure” CBD oil is. Pure CBD oil (also known as CBD “isolate” oil) can be made from any variety of Cannabis sativa (marijuana or hemp), wherein the CBD is extracted from the flowers, stalks, and leaves – leaving a vape liquid with super potent CBD levels upwards of 99%.
To put it more simply, when talking about CBD vape oils, juices, and eLiquids, all products can basically fall into one of two categories:
- CBD ISOLATE VAPE OIL
- FULL-SPECTRUM CBD VAPE OIL
Full-spectrum vape oils can be further broken down into two major types: cannabis CBD oils and hemp CBD oils. Cannabis CBD vape oils are typically only found in marijuana dispensaries, as most of them contain high levels of THC. There are several strains of cannabis that have been bred to contain a lot of CBD and almost zero THC, and these strains are used to produce very high-quality CBD vape oils – if you can find them.
Some of these “CBD-only” cannabis strains include Charlotte’s Web, AC/DC, and Harlequin, but again, these are typically only available at licensed dispensaries in states that allow recreational or medical marijuana use.
Either way, if you are thinking of using a CBD oil with higher THC levels, it’s important to understand your state’s laws as some states specify that CBD oil can only be used to treat specific medical conditions, such as epilepsy.
Also, as long as you’re a medical marijuana card holder you should be able to legally access CBD products with different CBD-to-THC ratios. Those that live in restricted states usually can only obtain CBD hemp oil, which is what we’ll mostly be focusing on in this article.
hemp-based cbd vaping oils and cbd e-Liquids
As you might guess, CBD hemp oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (NOT the seeds), using some sort of extraction process (preferably supercritical CO2). Most CBD hemp oils you see for sale are extracted from industrial hemp, which is specifically bred for its tough fibers, nutritious seeds, and CBD-rich flowers.
Also, the key point here in terms of legality is that industrial hemp produces significantly lower amounts of THC – which means that hemp-based CBD vaping juices are available in all 50 U.S. states. While many have claimed that CBD hemp oil is less effective than CBD cannabis oil, this is far from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that CBD hemp oil is a good source of vitamins and minerals, in addition to possessing almost all the health benefits of “regular” cannabis (including depression, anxiety, and pain).
Also, as we’ve already mentioned, CBD that is derived from hemp is legal (at least according to the manufacturers who sell it) in all 50 U.S. states without a prescription – a major boon to patients who would otherwise not have access to any form of CBD vape oil.
DID YOU KNOW: Hemp-derived CBD vape oils and eLiquids can be easily bought in all 50 U.S. states?
Now that we’ve (hopefully) distinguished some of the key differences between cannabis CBD oils, hemp CBD oils, and “pure” CBD isolates, let’s take a closer look at hemp, and how high-quality CBD vape juices can be made from these plants.
Where is Hemp Grown – and Does is Still Have to be Imported?
In December 2018, President Trump signed a new version of the U.S. Farm Bill into law which had pretty major implications with regard to the legality of hemp in the United States. Basically, the Bill legalizes the farming/commercial production of hemp – as long as it is grown under specific state regulations that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This is a major step forward for domestic hemp production, as over the last several decades (pretty much since the 1930s) the U.S. has had to import nearly all of its hemp from other countries – namely Canada, Eastern Europe, India, and China.
Now that the government is realizing that there is a seriously massive market for hemp-derived products, they are taking measures to ensure that American companies can reap some of the financial benefits, rather than having to outsource everything from foreign entities.
Of course, the FDA will still have to develop regulations concerning the production and sale of hemp-derived CBD products before they can be fully, 100% legalized in the United States (even though companies have been pretty much selling CBD hemp oil at will for the last half-decade).
Regardless, FDA regulation of CBD vape oils (and other CBD hemp products) would probably end up being a good thing as it would largely eliminate the substandard, low-quality products that have been flooding the market ever since the boom in CBD popularity (more on that later).
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What’s the Difference Between CBD Vape Juice and CBD e-Liquids?
Now that you have a basic understanding of hemp, marijuana, and the basic differences between cannabis CBD oil and CBD hemp oil, let’s explain the difference between CBD vape juice and CBD e-liquids.
Once upon a time, things used to be pretty simple — you would buy an extract, place a few drops under your tongue, and you were done. Nowadays there are so many different ways to consume CBD that it’s often hard not to get confused.
CBD vape juice, sometimes called CBD e-liquid (or simply CBD vape oil), is often the general term used to describe a CBD oil that has been specifically developed for use with a vaporizer. E-liquids, aka CBD vape juice or CBD e-juice, is generally the name given to pre-filled cannabis CBD oil cartridges.
Unlike pure CBD oils that you find in a bottle, these are usually made with Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycol – thinning agents that make the “juice” viscous enough to work with the electronic heater coils that are found in vape pens. These cartridges are created typically using a CO2 extraction method and can be replaced over and over again with huge varieties of CBD-infused liquid.
In states with recreational laws on marijuana use, you will find CBD vape juice produced from cannabis, and you may even be able to purchase pure CBD isolates, which means there are no other cannabinoids in the mix.
However, it should be mentioned that 100% pure CBD isolate is not believed to be as effective as full-spectrum CBD products.
This is because it’s recently been discovered that cannabinoids work better when they are present along with other whole-plant cannabis compounds – compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytocannabinoids (like CBG and CBC).
Once extracted, these oils can be mixed with different additives and isolates to make literally thousands of different types of products. Those who prefer the “traditional” style of smoking may add nicotine juice, but companies that sell CBD oil for vapes tend to mix in vegetable glycerine (VG), which as we mentioned earlier helps the liquid to be compatible in most any vaporizing device.
Other than VG, another substance that is sometimes added to CBD vape oil to “thin it out” is Propylene Glycol, otherwise known as PG. This substance thins the oil and allows for the mixture to easily wick. Unlike VG, PG has been known to have some potential health concerns, such as the fact that it can turn into formaldehyde vapor at temperatures above 230 degrees Celsius. Therefore, most producers nowadays normally opt for VG over PG or PEG400, which is another type of CBD vape oil thinning agent.
What About CBD Vape Juice – Is It the Same as CBD Vape Oil?
Believe us, keeping up with the “cannabis lingo” and all the various terminologies out there is definitely not easy — or fun. And we do this full-time! Basically, to answer the question of whether or not CBD vape juice and CBD vape oil is the same thing, yes, they are…. for the most part.
As we mentioned earlier, the broad term “CBD vape oil” is generally used to describe any CBD-based product that has been made specifically for a vape pen. The thing you need to understand is that there are massive differences between CBD oils that you ingest orally (i.e. that you place under the tongue and swallow), and CBD vape juices that you put in a vape pen and inhale.
Think about it – two very different “mechanisms” of consumption are at play when you put oil under your tongue and swallow it, compared to when you sublimate a viscous liquid and inhale the vapor. While the end result is ultimately the same (i.e. CBD is administered into your bloodstream), these processes are not interchangeable.
In other words, DO NOT try to vape an oral CBD tincture, or sublingually “ingest” a vape-specific CBD vape juice — the results will not be favorable!
Why Extra Caution Needs to be Taken When Shopping for CBD e-Liquid
Another thing to consider altogether when shopping for CBD vape products (and something which definitely is not considered enough in today’s market), is safety. I mean we get it – when considering something like smoking or vaping, safety is probably the farthest thing from your mind. If 99% of tobacco smokers, for example, had any regard for safety, do you think they’d do it at all? Probably not.
Ultimately, the same goes for CBD “vapers” – if there is a patient out there who is vaping CBD as a means to achieve relief from a medical condition, do you think that the “safety” of their oil is the first thing on their mind? Highly doubtful.
However, people who vape CBD e-liquid need to take considerable precaution when choosing their product, as the current unregulated nature of the industry has made for some pretty questionable products to hit the shelves – both online and in stores/vape shops across the U.S.
Consider this: while the dangers of tobacco have been well-known and well-documented for decades, at least the industry is regulated in a way that allows consumers to know what they’re ingesting. For instance, have you ever seen the massive “This Product Causes Cancer” warning labels on the side of cigarette packs?
It’s scary, but at least it’s transparent.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the current state of the cannabis industry, which includes CBD e-liquid. While there are plenty of high-quality, professionally-manufactured vape liquids out there that are probably pretty safe to consume, there are dozens (if not hundreds) more that are totally bogus- and potentially dangerous.
Take the CBD extraction method, for instance. As we already discussed, one of the most common thinning agents that is used in order to convert raw CBD concentrate into a viscous liquid compatible with vape pens is propylene glycol. While we’re no doctors or molecular pathologists, this is not a substance that you probably want to be inhaling.
There are distillation methods out there that are fully capable of purifying and ridding the concentrate material of potentially dangerous residue chemicals, but these methods are only used by the most sophisticated, knowledgeable, and reputable companies out there.
As such, moreso than cigarettes – or any other tobacco products – one must take considerable precaution when selecting a CBD e-liquid for use in a vape pen, as the unregulated industry is resulting in some “sketchy” (to put it nicely) products that are making their way onto shelves and online stores alike.
In short, the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ has probably never been as relevant as it is right now, at least in regard to the CBD vape oil industry. If in doubt, simply don’t buy cheap CBD products – it’s just not worth it.
(For a list of several CBD manufacturers whose products stand up the rigors of third-party lab testing, check out these vape oils and eLiquids).
What to Look Out For When Purchasing CBD Oil
No matter what type of product you’re specifically looking for, there are a few different tips and techniques that you can employ to ensure you’re not only getting a safe, well-made oil, but also an oil that will actually work for what you’re trying to use it for. In general, always try and keep the following five things in mind when browsing around for CBD vape liquids:
1) The CBD Oil Milligram Catch
One of the main things to watch out for when purchasing CBD vape oil is the “milligram catch.” This is a confusing tactic that some companies use to “skew” the amount of CBD that is actually contained in the product they’re selling.
For example, when written on the bottle “350mg,” this doesn’t always mean that you are getting 350mg of CBD. What it means, rather, is that you are getting 350 mg of oil — in total. Which is a big difference.
As we explained above, CBD oil can be a mixture of different ingredients, one of which is pure CBD. When purchasing CBD oil or CBD hemp oil, it is always important to understand the level of real CBD within the bottle, which should be clearly labeled and written as a percentage on the label.
If in doubt, don’t be afraid to call the company and ask them. And if they can’t answer you in a clear, precise manner, then you know it’s time to check out another option.
Anyone out there in internet land can say that they have the best product on the market, but third-party proof can’t lie. As we mentioned, the CBD oil market isn’t a rigorously monitored and regulated one as of present day, and therefore it is often hard to determine the good oils from the bad.
Established brands understand this, and therefore use third-party testing labs to review their products. If you are considering purchasing CBD oil from a brand – especially online – then always make sure that they use a third-party lab to test their products and that they have no problem sharing the lab results with their customers.
3) Overselling with Popups
One of the major things that make us question a CBD oil brand is their marketing efforts; in other words, you can tell a lot about a company by the way they advertise.
For example, here at MarijuanaBreak we don’t tolerate pop-ups or different promotions that try to get you to leave your details, as the minute you enter your email and phone number, you are constantly spammed with promotions telling you to buy different CBD bottles or liquids that you don’t really need.
An established, trustworthy company shouldn’t have to oversell its products. You should be able to shop around, view their products, make an educated decision, and even call or chat with them without having to be harassed or rushed into buying any one particular thing.
4) “Free” Samples, But They Take Your Credit Card
Free samples always sound amazing, but sometimes they’re a trap to overcharge your credit card. Time and time again we receive stories of customers telling us that they received a free sample from “XYZ brand,” only to be charged at a later date for the whole bottle — without their permission.
Also, some CBD oil companies will tell you that you are going to receive a FREE sample, but ask you to pay for shipping. If you are receiving a sample from a reputable company, one that is trustworthy, then giving over your credit card details shouldn’t be a problem.
If you have never heard of the company, though, you should definitely think twice; if a company is willing to give you a free bottle of CBD oil, then they can certainly afford to pay a few bucks for the shipping.
5) The CBD Oil Extraction Process
Ultimately, the extraction process will determine the quality and purity of your CBD vape oil. There are many different extraction processes out there, but the one you want your product to have is called CO2 extraction.
CO2 extraction is a sophisticated method that uses supercritical CO2 to extract the goodness (aka the active cannabinoids) from the plant. At specific pressures and temperatures, the CO2 acts like a solvent, displaying properties of both gas and liquid that allow the CBD to be “pulled” from the plant cells with near 100% efficiency.
What if You Don’t Want to Use CBD Vape Liquid?
CBD can be consumed in many different forms, but the most popular form is actually CBD oil drops, also known as tinctures. These tinctures come in a variety of different flavors, and a patient simply needs to place a few drops under his/her tongue to consume the oil.
Dosage can range anywhere from less than a milligram to over one full gram (1,000mg), though a single dose typically ranges between about 5 to 30mg. (In terms of what dosage you need, it is important that you do your own research).
Of course, one of our favorite ways to consume CBD – as we have outlined above – is with a vape. If you decide to add CBD oil to something like a vape pen, though, it is important to ask the company if its products are suitable for vaping, because not all oils are alike — and not all CBD products are good for vaping (as pointed out earlier).
Naturally, most CBD oils are made for standard oral consumption, but some actually can be used for both. If you recall, we mentioned earlier that CBD vape oil should be mixed with vegetable glycerine (VG) so that the vape pen or e-cigarette is viscous (liquidy) enough to be able to function with vape pen e-coils.
Vape pens will heat the cannabis oil at a low temperature, which creates a smooth vapor stream rather than a harsh smoke. CBD Oil that’s made to be administered under the tongue is generally not good for vaping, as it’s much too thick to work with the vape pen e-coils (and in fact, it can actually be dangerous to use oral CBD oils with vape pens as you might end up inhaling cuticle wax and “residue” chemicals in addition to the actual CBD).
Also, apart from oil drops and vaping, you can also consume CBD by eating CBD gummies. Gummies generally contain anywhere from 5 to 30mg of cannabidiol per piece and are extremely easy to consume. There are a few different companies on the market worth checking out that sell high-quality gummies, including one of our favorite’s – a Florida-based brand called Green Roads. All of their products are made without preservatives or artificial flavors and have been recommended for anxiety, stress, and even stubborn, hard to treat pain.
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Where to Start with CBD Vaping?
Whether you decide to take CBD as an oil, edible, CBD vape juice, CBD e-liquid, or even in the form of a gummy bear, you’ll soon see why CBD is being used by millions of people worldwide. While it may not “cure” you of your current ailment, there is a decent chance that it can probably help you.
If CBD vaping is what you’re interested in, though, here is a list of our favorite providers ranked by quality, purity, and transparency. Most are good for vaping, while others are excellent to take in the form of drops (always double-check each product to understand what it’s made to be used for).
And of course, at the end of the day, it’s always important to do your own research before purchasing any CBD vape juice or oils – if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us through our Facebook page!
We hope you found this article to be informative, useful, and most importantly, helpful. Stay healthy friends, and as always – stay green!