Differences Between CBD Oil and CBD Vape Juice E-Liquid
There’s a ton of confusion and misconceptions out there around cannabidiol terminology.
One of the most confusing things about CBD products is the difference between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquid.
When it comes to using these terms, the majority of people use them interchangeably — which is incorrect.
What’s worse is that a lot of CBD businesses don’t really seem to care about the differences between those two products.
With few regulations on CBD goods, the whole industry is like the Wild West, and if we’re being honest, that’s not the direction we’d like to see the industry move in.
Hopefully, this guide on the differences between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquids will clear up the fog of confusion.
After reading the article, you’ll never use the terms CBD oil, CBD tinctures, and CBD vape E-liquids wrong again.
Class, open your CBD dictionaries, please.
Is CBD Oil the Same As Hemp Oil?
Like we said, CBD oil may seem like an easy topic, but when you try to delve into the details, you’ll understand how wrong you’ve been for your entire life.
It all starts with one umbrella term: cannabis oil
Here’s a quick breakdown of how the terminology overlaps:
|Marijuana-derived oils||Hemp-derived oils|
|THC oil||CBD oil|
|CBD oil||Hemp oil|
|Marijuana oil||Hemp seed oil|
Cannabis oil is used to describe all oils from the cannabis family plants.
That being said, cannabis oil can refer either to both marijuana oil or hemp oil.
Further, marijuana oil can mean THC oil, CBD oil, or THC/CBD oil (often just summarized as marijuana oil) where these two cannabinoids appear in an even ratio.
The term “hemp oil”, on the other hand, can be used to refer to CBD hemp oil or hemp seed oil.
CBD hemp oil is extracted from the flowers of mature hemp plants, while hemp seed oil is made from seeds as the name suggests.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquid: What’s the Difference?
We’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.
CBD oil is basically a CBD extract from cannabis plants, suspended in a carrier oil solution.
People use CBD oil for medical purposes, using it as sublingual drops, capsules, or as a food additive.
The extraction is commonly performed with the use of CO2 to isolate the CBD molecules along with other cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter.
This method ensures a pure, distilled form of CBD which can be suspended in a carrier oil such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, or MCT oil.
CBD vape E-liquids use the same extract (with a different kind of carrier oil), which is then thinned with agents like propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG).
Without adding these two compounds to the CBD mixture, the oil will be too viscous to undergo the vaporization process correctly.
This, in turn, brings us to another question.
Can I Vape CBD Oil?
As mentioned, CBD oils are concentrated extracts that are specifically made to be taken orally (e.g. beneath the tongue). They haven’t been designed to be vaporized with a vape pen.
That’s because CBD oil is too thick to be vaporized in the coil.
And what about eating CBD vape E-liquids? Can you use it this way?
Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are not meant for oral consumption, and even vaping the CBD liquid for an extended period of time isn’t as safe as some companies are trying to convince you.
To cut a long story short, no, you can’t vape CBD oil and vice versa — you can’t eat CBD vape E-liquids.
Distinguishing Between CBD E-Liquids & Vape Juice
We know what you’re thinking right now.
“This is madness… Please, not another subcategory!”
THIS IS CBD LINGO!
Fear not, we’re not going to cause any more anxiety.
CBD E-liquids and vape juices are basically the same things… for the most part.
CBD E-liquid is the term to describe any CBD fluid that has been made specifically for a vape pen, whereas vape juices refer to pre-filled cartridges you can load your vaporizer with.
CBD juices can be refilled with any CBD E-liquid if you run out of your current batch.
Before we proceed to choose between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquid, we need to clear up one last thing.
What About CBD Tinctures?
While CBD tinctures look very much like CBD oil — especially when bottled — there are slight differences between these two products.
The word tincture itself means any medicine kept in an alcohol solution.
The undeniable advantage of suspending your CBD in alcohol is the ease of use. You can conveniently administer it into food or take it straight under the tongue. However, we don’t recommend adding PG or VG to the mixture, as the alcohol is not designed to vaporize the same way that the vape oil does.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquid: Which One Should I Use?
Regardless of the product you choose, all forms of CBD serve one purpose: to let you experience the health benefits of cannabidiol.
CBD oil is the most popular form of administration because it’s easy to use, offers decent bioavailability and precise dosing.
However, with the rising demand for CBD products, there is a myriad of CBD goods to deliver the same effects, but vape E-liquids have recently jumped on everyone’s tongue as being superior to CBD oil in many aspects.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of both consumption methods:
1. Vaping is More Bioavailable Than Hemp Oils
What is bioavailability?
We’ve used this term a couple of times in the article, but we haven’t explained it yet.
Let’s make up for it.
Bioavailability is measured by the amount of CBD actually reaching the bloodstream.
The bioavailability of CBD oil varies between 25% and 40%, whereas vaping has been shown to provide 50%–60% bioavailability, with some studies suggesting even 80%.
Simply put, this means you need less CBD to get the expected effects when you vape it than using it orally, which is also cost-effective.
2. Vaping is More Convenient than CBD Oils
Nothing can match the convenience of using a vape pen.
Whenever you need to take CBD, you just turn on the pen, heat the liquid to the desired temperature, and inhale the therapeutic cannabinoids.
It’s much easier than measuring out the dosage with the dropper and putting the oil under your tongue.
3. Dosing is Easier with CBD Oils
If you want to dose CBD oil effectively, you need to answer three questions:
- How much CBD is in the bottle?
- How much CBD does the oil contain per mL?
- How much CBD oil can the dropper hold?
This way, you can calculate the dosage based on your body weight, and adjust the number of milliliters in the dropper so they match your dosage guidelines.
With CBD vape E-liquids, dosing is a different story.
Let’s say you’ve been advised to take 10 mg of CBD per day. Most companies provide dosing guidelines for their CBD vape pens. They will often tell you how much CBD is in one puff of their pen. If a single puff contains 2.25mg of CBD, then you will need to inhale four times to meet your dosage.
4. Vapes Have a Faster Onset of Effects
People often wonder how long it takes for the CBD to kick in.
In order to produce its effects, CBD oil must be absorbed sublingually before making it to the bloodstream.
Although CBD oil applied sublingually can act faster than its edible forms (capsules, gummies, etc.), you still need to wait anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes to start experiencing the health benefits of cannabidiol.
Vaping, on the other hand, causes you to absorb CBD through the lungs, which gives CBD E-liquids a shorter onset time.
You can feel the calming effects of CBD almost immediately after the last puff from your vape pen. This can prove invaluable if you need fast relief from your ailments.
5. CBD Oils are Likely to Have Fewer Health Risks
The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed CBD oil as a safe, natural compound with no potential for abuse.
This means CBD oil can’t pose threat to one’s health and thus is entirely safe for human consumption.
CBD vape E-liquids, however, are not risk-free.
First, the temperature of your vaporizer, as well as the amount of liquid you’re inhaling at one time, can get hard on your lungs; not as hard as smoking, of course, but it still can affect people with pre-existing lung conditions.
Also, over-inhalation of CBD liquids can lead to excessive coughing and nausea.
Another health risk associated with vaping CBD is the use of toxic thinning agents such as propylene glycol.
While PG allows the liquid to vaporize evenly, it can potentially break down into carcinogens when they are treated with extremely high temperatures.
According to a study from the International Journal of Environmental Research, inhaling even low amounts of propylene glycol caused respiratory issues like asthma and allergic responses.
If you want to avoid the dangers caused by propylene glycol, we suggest that you switch to vaping dry flowers or E-liquids made with 100% vegetable glycerin.
Final Thoughts on the Differences Between CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquids
We hope that we’ve managed to clear up any confusion and misunderstandings you may have faced when browsing different CBD products.
The differences between CBD oil vs. CBD vape E-liquids are subtle yet significant.
Here’s a recap:
- CBD oil is an umbrella term that can basically describe any oil which contains cannabidiol.
- Most CBD oil products are used orally or sublingually (under the tongue).
- CBD oil and CBD tinctures are two terms often used interchangeably. While they look very much alike, tinctures involve using alcohol instead of oil to suspend the cannabinoids..
- CBD vape E-liquid is a CBD extract contained in substances like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. These two compounds help the liquid vaporize more efficiently and produce thick clouds of vapor.
- You can’t vape CBD oil, just like you can’t eat CBD E-liquid.
- If you ever come across a company advertising their products as “vape oils”, they mean “vape liquid”.
Whichever of these products you’re about to use, just make sure you always get your CBD from a reputable source. The CBD market is still loosely regulated, to say the least, so the current legal limbo creates ripe opportunities for sketchy companies to rip unaware customers off their hard-earned money.
Don’t be one of those customers!
Livvy is a registered nurse (RN) and board-certified nurse midwife (CNM) in the state of New Jersey. After giving birth to her newborn daughter, Livvy stepped down from her full-time position at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. This gave her the opportunity to spend more time writing articles on all topics related to pregnancy and prenatal care.
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Can Vaping CBD Oil Help with Anxiety?
Many people who use CBD oil claim that it helps them relax. I agree with this but in my experience, it’s not just a question of chilling out. I believe vaping CBD oil helps me manage my anxiety. As I’ve mentioned before, I survived a heart attack a few years ago which prompted me to do a lot of soul-searching and make a few lifestyle changes. It also led me to discover the benefits CBD oil and immediately I felt a reduction in the level of anxiety I’ve suffered with since childhood. It’s true that being brought up in a Rock ‘n’ Roll family did have its perks, but it was also a chaotic, angst-inducing lifestyle for me as a young child (which is why I’ve kept my own kids separate from it as much as possible!) In my teens, I began having full-blown panic attacks and carried on suffering from anxiety all through my 20s and 30s…until I hit my 40s and started vaping CBD oil…and I’ve never looked back! So, if vaping CBD oil helps with MY anxiety, can it help with YOURS?
FIRSTLY, WHAT IS CBD?
CBD oil (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and have been used around the world for many years as a remedy for numerous ailments. Because cannabis can also get you high, the UK government made it illegal in 1928 (although doctors were still allowed to prescribe it for medical use until 1971). We now know that THC, not CBD, is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects – and CBD has been legal since 2016. Since its legalisation, a growing body of research into cannabidiol’s interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system is indicating that this cannabinoid has the potential to help treat many symptoms and illnesses, including anxiety.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
We only need to go online or read the newspapers to be reminded of what’s going on in our world – threats of war, terrorism, global warming and economic uncertainty – and feel stressed out. Add to this the pressures of daily life and it’s no wonder we feel anxious at times. According to the Mental Health Foundation’s 2018 survey of 4,619 adults, 74% had felt overwhelmed or unable to cope at some point during the past the year due to stress.
Anxiety is our physiological and emotional response to stress. When we feel threatened, our brain triggers a process called the fight-or-flight response, an innate survival instinct passed down through generations over millions of years. Our body’s alarm system is activated and a surge of stress hormones – including adrenaline and cortisol – are released, causing a racing heart, shortness of breath, trembling, flutters in the stomach, nausea and sweating. We feel fearful and nervous and can exhibit hypervigilant and avoidant behaviours.
In the past, the fight-or-flight mechanism enabled our ancestors to react swiftly to avoid imminent death, prompting them either to confront and overcome the danger or flee to a place of safety. Put simply, it helped them to survive.
Although most of us no longer face potential death on a daily basis, this same process is still kick-started by comparatively harmless situations such as sitting exams, job interviews and public speaking. This is natural, as a certain amount of anxiety is actually productive and helps us to prepare for and accomplish tough but necessary tasks and strengthens our resilience, so we learn to cope in similar circumstances in the future. When the stressful situation passes, our anxiety subsides.
EXCEPT THAT THIS ISN’T THE CASE FOR EVERYONE
Some of us may continue to suffer from anxiety once the stress-provoking situation is over. We may feel anxious much of the time and, much like my teenage panic attacks, our anxiety may seem disproportionate to the circumstances. This type of anxiety is very debilitating and can affect our ability to function on a daily basis, interfering with relationships, social life, school or work – and could mean we are one of the 3 million people in the UK currently suffering from an anxiety disorder (although many more of us may suffer from mixed anxiety and depression). Also, if we are continually anxious, our body is thrown out of balance and various health problems can occur, such as heart disease and inflammatory conditions. In fact, according to a 2018 study, £94bn is lost from the UK economy each year due to anxiety-related illness.
WHAT CAN HELP WITH ANXIETY?
There are various things we can do to help with anxiety, including relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, walking and other forms of exercise. A GP may prescribe one of several types of medication to treat the symptoms of anxiety and/or write a referral for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or another kind of therapy. Numerous apps such as Calm, Headspace, Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help and Rootd are also on hand providing cognitive behavioural therapy strategies and meditation techniques to help deal with anxiety.
CAN CBD HELP?
Although there is little research on whether CBD alone can help with anxiety, according to a 2015 review of previous studies, it could be an effective short-term treatment for social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Recently, a retrospective case series studying the use of CBD for anxiety and sleep confirmed this potential to help with anxiety-related disorders. To date, the research looks promising and suggests that taking CBD could help with anxiety, without many of the adverse effects associated with conventional medicine.
IS VAPING THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CBD OIL TO HELP WITH ANXIETY?
One study, conducted in 2011, found that CBD helped to reduce the anxiety experienced by people with social anxiety disorder during public speaking tasks. This could potentially (certainly in my experience) indicate that vaping CBD is the best way to help overcome anxiety in situations such as public speaking, job interviews and exams which are over quickly, because the effects are both rapid and time limited. However, there are many other ways to take CBD – such as oils, edibles and topicals – it’s all down to personal choice.
If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from anxiety, please seek professional help from your GP (please don’t self-diagnose or self-medicate) or contact one of the following charities:
If you’ve found this helpful, please share. And if you have any further questions, please let me know below and I or one of my team will do our best to provide you with answers.
Jamie Wood, Founder & CEO
→ This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any ailment, illness or disease.
→ For a full report on the recreational use of CBD read WHO’s Critical Review Report on CANNABIDIOL (CBD)