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Is CBD Safe to Vape?

CBD is exceptionally safe to consume regularly. It is now classified as Novel Food in the UK, meaning the Food Standards Agency (FSA) approves its regular intake. People use CBD oil, gummies, and edibles for health benefits. But how about CBD vape? Is CBD safe to vape?

Yes, CBD is safe to vape. However, CBD vaping has its pros and cons. In some ways, it is even better than edibles or regular CBD oil for oral intake. But it also has its downsides. This article will look into how safe it is and what are the possible health risks if there are any.

It is normal to think about the health risks of vaping. After all, many nations do not allow vaping at all. However, it is worth understanding that there is much disinformation about vaping and CBD vaping. Many of the possible ill effects of vaping and CBD vaping are highly exaggerated. Fortunately, in the UK, most healthcare organisations view CBD in a positive light, realising that its benefits outnumber any risks posed by it.

What is CBD Vape?

Two of the key ingredients of CBD vape e-liquid are PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine). Among them, PG is thinner with a mildly sweet flavour. Relatively, VG is thicker and has a stronger sweet taste.

PG and VG form the base or carrier liquid for vaping juices. Manufacturers mix them in different proportions to create thick or thin e-liquids. Mixing them in different ratios also help create vaping juice with specific sweetness level.

Further, vape juice contains CBD. Manufacturers may mix CBD isolate with PG and VG mixture, or they might even use full-spectrum CBD that contains minor cannabinoids and small amounts of THC.

The third vital component of any vape juice is flavours. Manufacturers may use flavours that are approved for use. They may add terpenes (natural aromatic compounds with antioxidant activity) and other additives to enhance flavour and experience.

How CBD Vape Differs from Regular CBD Oil & Edibles

There is a reason why CBD vaping is becoming popular these days. CBD Vaping provide greater pleasure, stress, and anxiety relief also. They also help people socialize. Unlike CBD oil or CBD gummies, CBD vaping offers a much better experience.

However, CBD vaping is not just about a better experience. It also means faster action and better bioavailability. Thus, CBD vapes may result in some distinct health benefits, even at lower CBD dosages.

To compare, take an example of CBD for oral intake. It has a bioavailability of barely 6%. Of course, many oral CBD products may have higher bioavailability, but for that, producers need to use different bioavailability enhancers. On the other hand, vaping has a bioavailability of as high as 45%, a massive difference.[1]

How Safe is it to Vape CBD?

So, yes, vaping provides quick anxiety relief and works more reliably. However, what about safety? In medicine, they say that first, do no harm. It means that one has to first make sure that anything that goes inside the body is safe. Once the safety of something has been established, only then can one explore its health benefits.

Fortunately, CBD vaping is quite safe. There are indeed some reports of side effects, lung diseases, and more. However, clinical studies show that all those adverse effects were not due to CBD but instead due to impurities in some CBD vape juices.

Researchers have now identified multiple substances that should not be there in vape juices. Excluding those substances has helped make CBD vaping relatively safe, and any lung-related issues are rare these days.

In the US, there has been an outbreak of E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), a severe lung disease. When researchers looked into the content of vapes that caused EVALI, they found that all of them contained vitamin E acetate. Further, studies found that vitamin E acetate is very toxic when vaped. Thus, none of the vape pens or CBD e-juices these days contain this substance.[2]

After excluding vitamin E acetate from vape pens, cases of lung disease declined sharply in the US. Since this additive was almost never used in the UK or EU, they never experienced the problem.

Further, researchers have now identified a few other substances that may cause lung disorders in rare cases. One of them worth mentioning is the flavouring agent diacetyl. This flavouring agent is safe to consume but unsafe to vape.[3]

All legally produced CBD vape juices or disposable CBD vape pens in the UK or Europe, or in fact anywhere in the world now, do not contain these substances. It means that any severe lung issues have become extremely rare.

However, one should understand that it is vital to buy CBD vapes of known brands that have been tested for quality and impurities by a third-party lab. Some poor-quality CBD vapes may contain high amounts of heavy metals and pesticides.

In the UK, about 10% of young adults now vape, and among them, many prefer CBD vaping. CBD vaping is not just safe, and it is a better choice than tobacco smoking and even nicotine vaping. CBD vaping is also safer than consuming alcohol in large amounts.

These days, it is very rare for anyone to experience any severe CBD vaping side effects apart from throat irritation, mild dizziness, or fatigue.

Nevertheless, experts say that one should always listen to body signals. If you experience difficulty breathing or have a cough after vaping, better consult your doctor to ensure that these issues have nothing to do with vaping.

The Bottom Line

CBD vaping is relatively safe, and it rarely causes any side effects. In rare instances, it may cause inflammation of the respiratory tract. However, studies show that such issues are more likely to be due to additives/impurities rather than due to CBD. Thus, if you experience some side effects, you better seek medical help and also change your vape brand.

Further, it is worth understanding that overdosing on CBD via vaping is practically not possible. Hence, some of the other toxic effects caused by high-dose CBD are not likely to occur due to vaping.

The Bottom Line

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  2. Association AL. E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) [Internet]. [cited 2023 Oct 11]. Available from: https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/evali.
  3. MD RHS. Can vaping damage your lungs? What we do (and don’t) know [Internet]. Harvard Health. 2019 [cited 2023 Oct 13]. Available from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-vaping-damage-your-lungs-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2019090417734.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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