Understanding the various ways to take CBD is important to make your individual choice on the best method for you. This article will help you learn some of the basics about CBD and the pros and cons of the various methods to take it. CBDfx is one of our brand partners that has a wide selection of quality CBD products. A part of their line-up is dedicated to CBD vaping. We will dive more deeply into CBD vaping as one of those methods and use the CBDfx vape products as an example of the options that are available to you.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants have over 100 cannabinoids and hundreds of other natural chemical compounds such as terpenes. CBD works with your body’s endo-cannabinoid system (ECS) to ensure healthy functioning of many of your body’s systems and organs.
Marijuana v. Hemp
Marijuana and hemp are simply different names for the same plant (cannabis), identifying it as either containing THC or not. ITHC-heavy strains are legally identified as marijuana since any products with greater than 0.3% THC are not federally legal. Recreational and medical marijuana are of course legal in some states. Hemp is the name for cannabis which contains extremely low levels of THC. CBD products in general contain less than 0.3% THC and are therefore 100% federally legal.
What does CBD Do?
Ingesting CBD triggers the neurons in your ECS and tells your body to get back into balance, which can create a variety of powerful health benefits. To complicate matters slightly, the other cannabinoids and terpenes also have some individual characteristics. If you concentrate specific types of cannabinoids and terpenes together you can create mixtures that focus on energy, relaxation, anti-inflammation and so on.
The Entourage Effect
Taking all the elements of the cannabis plant as one, creates what is called the “entourage effect” which essentially means that there are additional positive effects resulting from the combination of the individual elements.
Products that take advantage of the entourage effect are called “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum”. The difference is that in “broad-spectrum” products, every bit of THC has been removed. CBD-isolate products contain only the specific cannabinoid, CBD, by itself.
Ways to Take CBD
Did you know that your body naturally produces cannabinoids? It does and that is how your ECS operates. By taking additional cannabinoids and terpenes, it provides additional stimulus to those ECS neurons to help parts of your body.
There are many ways to take CBD and dozens of product types available on the market. In simple terms, CBD typically enters the body in one of four ways. The four ways are: absorption through your mouth’s tissues (sublingual and buccal), absorption through your skin (topical creams, serums, bath bombs, face masks, massage oil and more), absorption through your lungs (smoking flower and vaping CBD) and through your digestive tract (edibles, capsules, and drinks).
# 1 – Sublingual CBD
Sublingual CBD is arguable the most effective method. We have detailed instructions on how to do this in our educational post on the sublingual method. Place the CBD Oil or tincture in your mouth, swish it around to coat your cheeks and gums, and then let it sit under your tongue for 60-90 seconds. Taking any substance under your tongue is what sublingual means and allows the membranes there to absorb the substance directly into your bloodstream. Buccal is a similar term but refers to absorption inside your cheeks.
Sublingual CBD is extremely effective because through that direct absorption process, the CBD, or any substance for that matter, does not pass through your digestive tract or liver. Anything going through your gastro-intestinal tract is attacked by bile and stomach acid before going through the first-pass digestive process in the liver. Both can reduce the potency and chemical composition slightly. Sublingual CBD ensure rapid absorption and maximum potency.
#2 – Skin Absorption
Absorbing CBD using topical CBD products through your skin can happen in many ways. The product choices include pain creams, lotions, gels, balms, face masks, massage oils, face serums, cleansers, bath bombs and more! Each product is designed for a specific purpose. Pain creams are designed to penetrate and help your joints and muscles. Lotions and creams may be intended to moisturize or heal your largest organ, you skin.
Often there are additives to the products to help create additional benefits. Some examples include Manuka Honey added to CBD cream to enhance its healing properties and menthol added to CBD pain cream for a cooling effect.
Topical absorption is really a great method to target specific pain areas or your skin itself, but not as effective for overall health or non-physical health challenges, such as anxiety or depression.
#3 – Lung Absorption (CBD Vape Products)
Absorption through your lungs occurs through your alveolar membrane. It allows the CBD to dissolve directly into the blood stream. One of the benefits of this is that there are fewer metabolizing enzymes in your lungs than your digestive tract, so the potency remains high and CBD uncorrupted.
The speed of effect is one of the number one reasons people use CBD Vaping products. Anything inhaled enters the bloodstream as quickly as if it were injected. In addition to the effect itself, people enjoy the physical act of breathing in and exhaling a natural or flavored scent. CBD flower itself can be rolled and smoked to the same effect.
The downside of lung absorption is the introduction of foreign, heated chemicals into your lungs. Even though CBD vaping is quite different from Nicotine vaping, it does involve heating up the CBD and carrier agent and inhaling it into a very delicate organ, your lungs. CBD vaping requires devices made specific for CBD vaping (different temperature) and the frequency of CBD vaping needs to be much more limited. Please contact us or read the product description for details.
#4 – Consuming CBD (Edibles, Drinks or Capsules)
Consuming CBD through eating, drinking, or swallowing a capsule is extremely popular. While it does have its drawbacks, there are some distinct advantages as well. We have talked about the damage that the GI tract and liver can do to the CBD, so that should always be a consideration. However, the potential loss of potency or chemical consistency is not so significant to make this an unviable method.
CBD capsules are really great for individuals that don’t feel comfortable holding oil in their mouth or vaping but want CBD as part of their daily health routine. Many of us are used to taking a capsule daily as a multi-vitamin or other medication, so adding more fits right in. Anything that increases your potential to consistently take CBD for your health is a positive thing.
Edibles are many people’s favorite way to ingest CBD. CBD gummies come in so many forms and flavors that it provides almost unlimited options. Gummies can also contain other additives for additional effects such as melatonin for sleep or spirulina for nutrients. CBDfx, our focus brand for vaping in this article has the CBDfx Turmeric and Spirulina Gummies and the CBDfx CBD Melatonin Gummies are two examples. You should also never forget the many candies such as Green Roads Dark Chocolate.
Drinks like Green Roads CBD Coffee and CBD Tea are great. CBDfx has products such as CBDfx Chill Shots in Lemonade or Berry Flavor. Some shots also have additives to help sleep.
Despite the potential negative impacts of the GI tract, edibles and capsules provide portability, selection, great taste, and comfort for those who don’t vape, smoke or want to take CBD oil sublingually.
CBDfx Vape Products – Portfolio Example
The different CBDfx vape products give a good overview of the different options available for CBD vaping.
CBDfx Vape Kit
The CBDfx Vape Kit is a cartridge-based system that has a refillable cartridge, or you can use a pre-filled cartridge. The refillable cartridge needs to be replaced over time. Other options outside of the CBDfx brand include a 510 Pen type vape product, where the device looks more like a pen, or a refillable pod device, like the Koi Zen Device. The CBDfx Vape Kit is durable, refillable and can be used with pre-filled cartridges.
CBDfx Vape Juices
The CBDfx Vape Juices come in a variety of flavors – CBDfx Blue Raspberry, CBDfx Strawberry Milk, CBDfx Fruity Cereal, CBDfx Wild Watermelon, CBDfx Rainbow and CBDfx Strawberry Kiwi. These CBD vape juices are designed to be used by themselves to fill your vape device with, such as the CBDfx Vape Kit cartridge. If desires, they can be added to nicotine vape juice to provide additional flavoring or CBD content.
CBDfx Terpene Vape Juices
The CBDfx terpenes vape juices act just like the other vape juices but are made from specific hemp strains that have been bred to have specific terpene concentrations. These terpenes, which are the essential oils of the plant, provide unique scents and tastes. They also can emphasize certain effects, such as energy or relaxation.
CBDfx OG Kush Terpenes product comes from the various famous strain OG Kush originating in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has a citrus, earthy flavor. The genetics are about 75% Indica and 25% Sativa, the primary two variations of cannabis used for human consumption.
CBDfx Platinum Rose Terpenes product carries the taste and aroma of wild berries and currant. It has a complex flavor, combining elements from rosebud and platinum cannabis strains into a wonderful combination.
CBDfx Gelato Terpenes product is just like it sounds, creamy and delicious. The gelato cannabis strain is also affectionately known as “Larry Bird”. This California native comes from the Cookie family and its strain parents are named Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC. What could sound better than that?
CBDfx Pineapple Express Terpenes will remind you of the most famous cannabis strain of all time. Pineapple Express is named for the famous Hawaiian trade winds, and you will feel like you are there.
Disposable CBD Vape Pens
Many people prefer not to carry a vape device that they must refill with juice or another cartridge, and prefer a disposable vape pen. As with the vape juices, disposable vape pens are available in several flavors of vape juice and several terpenes flavors. The difference is that the terpenes are designed to reflect the makeup of their parent cannabis strains. The other vape juices offer more artificial flavors.
Disposable Vape Pen flavors from CBDfx include Honeydew Ice, Fresh Mint, Tropic Breeze, Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry and Melon Cooler. We will not attempt to describe the flavors; the names are descriptive, and you really need to try them. They are not particularly powerful at 30mg of CBD but are easy to carry and disposable. You can use all a vape pen and not worry about having taken too much.
The Disposable Vape Pens with Terpenes include a few flavors not found in the bottles of Terpenes vape juice. The flavors are: OG Kush, Pineapple Express, Platinum Rose, Gelato, Blue Dream and Sour Diesel. The last two also are named for their origin cannabis strains with specific and famous aromas.
Other Brands have other varieties of disposable vape pens such as the Savage Vape Pens in Strawberry Melon, Mango Citrus and Berry Mint. These are much larger with 200mg of CBD in 0.5ml of liquid. Funky Farms CRD Vape Pens are also 200mg in strength and available in natural flavor as well as Granddaddy Purple and Pineapple Express. Funky Farms utilizes “CRD”, which stands for Crystal Resistant Distillate, which creates longer life and reduces the risk of crystallization of the liquid.
CBD Vape Cartridges
Although we don’t carry pre-filled cartridges as part of our CBDfx vape products, there are also CBD vape juice cartridges. These are pre-filled and can be used inside for the CBDfx Vape Kit device, as well as others. These include the Savage Strawberry Citrus and Pineapple Blast varieties with 500mg of CBD. Funky Farms carries their same flavors of Natural, Granddaddy Purple and Pineapple Express in a “CRD” vape cartridge with 600mg of CBD.
CBD VAPE PRODUCTS – Summary
We talked about what CBD is and how it can benefit your overall health or specific health challenges. Learning how to take CBD, including the four major ways we covered, can help you make the right decision for you. Some of that depends on your personal preference, comfort level or desired effect. Many people who have never vaped before, decide to try CBD vaping. CBD vaping is a great alternative, although with some health risks. The CBDfx vape products selection provides a great example of the various ways to vape CBD.
If CBD vaping is for you, we covered various product types – the device itself, vape juices, terpenes, disposable vape pens and replacement cartridges. If you have any questions about products or how to choose the right method for you, please contact us.