How Much is Too Much When Vaping CBD Oil?
How Much is Too Much When Vaping CBD Oil?
With the popularity of vaping these days, people have a lot more options to choose from than they do cigarettes. Some people vape tobacco and others are vaping CBD oil, with plenty of flavor variety and name brands in the mix.
This has led vaping CBD oil to be one of the hottest modern trends, with some companies seeing a 400% increase in sales in as little as a single year.
Many times, people experiment with these new options without really understanding much about them. For instance, do you understand CBD oil enough to take a proper dosage? CAN there be too much of a good thing? (Yes.)
To help you understand what vaping CBD oil is like and how much is an appropriate dosage, we've put together a rundown below.
Read on to educate yourself and be more prepared to jump in on this revolutionary trend!
A Little About Vaping CBD Oil
CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is a concentrated dose extracted from the hemp plant which is then turned into a liquid form for electronic devices. E-cigarette's and vaporizers are used to convert the oil into vapor that is then inhaled.
CBD oil is a natural ingredient that we can extract from the leaves and the stalks of the hemp plant. But it doesn't have the effects that other ingredients in the plant (mainly THC) have on the nervous system.
Vaping CBD oil isn't the same as smoking marijuana--or even vaping marijuana products that contain THC. In fact, many times you don't have to live in a state where medical (or recreational) marijuana is legal to buy CBD oil.
You can buy products for vaping CBD oil online and in many natural or wellness stores (in addition to medical marijuana dispensaries). There are even resources out there to teach you how to have the perfect CBD session.
CBD oil has components of hemp that can be beneficial for many health issues, minus the psychoactive effects of THC. The oil comes in different flavors and can be purchased in a cartridge for your device or in a one-time vape pen.
Did that seem like a lot of technical information to dump on you? Let's break it down further into smaller pieces so the bigger idea sinks in:
THC vs CBD: What's the Difference?
You might not know this, but there are dozens (if not hundreds) of marijuana strains, with more strains created every year. And the state currently leading the recreational marijuana industry is California with huge advances in production.
And because of laws passing early next year, the flagship city Los Angeles is set to become the largest city in the U.S. to offer legal recreational marijuana. Cannabis is making its way across the country, though only a few states offer it legally.
The extracted CBD from the plant doesn't have the same effects as plants with THC, though. This means that CBD oil is more readily available and less of a legal threat.
The FDA still struggles with separating the details of CBD and THC and determining which is appropriate for medical conditions. And if you don't understand the differences between the two components, don't worry.
I guarantee you're not alone.
Below we'll cover the differences and how vaping CBD oil isn't the same as vaping THC.
What is THC:
Legal marijuana has grown in popularity with major advances in laws allowing its use for medical conditions. Namely, over 20 states have approved some sort of marijuana use, which helps battle anxiety, anorexia, and glaucoma.
The main battle over its use is because of its drug classification, namely its psychoactive properties. The chemical responsible for these effects is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
The brain naturally produces its own cannabinoid chemicals that affect the way we receive information.
THC acts a lot like this natural chemical, affecting the receptors in our head without our body having to produce any chemicals. The receptors THC targets are associated with time-perception, pleasure, memory, and coordination.
Where Does the THC Come From?
The glands in the marijuana plant secrete resin and produce many different compounds, with THC being one of the major ones. THC is mostly found in the reproductive organs of the plant (think, the flower or the bud of the plant).
Another of the compounds produced is cannabinoid (the CBD we've been talking about), though it's nonpsychoactive.
Effects of THC
The biggest reason that marijuana is such a debated topic is due to its effect on the brain, namely that it stimulates the release of dopamine. This is associated with a feeling of euphoria, like many other harmful drugs.
As we mentioned above, it also gets involved with how information is processed, particularly in the hippocampus where new memories are formed.
Some of the negative effects of THC have been linked back to an altering of thought and decision-making, and in some cases, hallucinations.
The effects can start almost immediately after smoking or vaping it (longer if eaten) and can last an hour or two. Typically, after consuming it, the mouth becomes dry and the eyes become red, dilating blood vessels in the eyes.
Relaxation and the euphoric elation are what make this such a sought-after drug. But it can also help people sleep, eat, and find pain relief.
What is CBD
CBD is a compound derived from cannabis plants that has its fair share of medical benefits.
CBD can help people out in a lot of areas (e.g. sleeping, anti-anxiety) without some of the "stoned" side effects associated with THC. CBD has actually been known to counteract some of the side effects of THC.
It works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your brain that maintains the body's stasis across the board. This system is responsible for things like appetite, mood, anxiety, sleeping patterns, and even immune response.
So what about vaping CBD oil? Is it harmful or dangerous?
You'll typically hear a "no" from the experts but, of course, answers are never that simple. There are even some life-changing benefits, some would say. Let's get more into the complicated response below:
How Safe is Vaping CBD Oil?
Let's start off by acknowledging that when compared to smoking, vaping takes the health cake as it has fewer safety risks.
When we smoke cigarettes, cigars, joints--whatever--the fire is burning away at the ingredients, combusting and making smoke for us to inhale.
Vaping takes away the need to combust materials. And that removes a bunch of the harmful chemicals that could be present in our smoke. Vapor produced from an e-cigarette has significantly fewer carcinogens (the dangerous stuff) than cigarettes.
There aren't any life-threatening side effects of vaping CBD oil. But there can be negative side effects if vaped excessively. You may end up with an upset stomach or an overall feeling of discomfort of grogginess.
Vaping CBD oil in high doses (see what I did there?) can lead to dysphoria, sleepiness, and a general foggy feeling in your brain. Obviously, this can result in danger if, let's say, you're operating a car on a busy highway.
Effects of CBD Oil
One of the most common misconceptions is that CBD oil will leave you with a psychoactive high just as THC will. Although they are both derived from hemp plants, CBD oil has extremely low levels of THC.
That means CBD oil is essentially non-psychoactive. It won't affect things like perception of time, reaction time, sensory awareness, or behavior.
Research has led us to understand that CBD oil doesn't have any adverse physiological effect on these functions:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Temperature of the body
- Levels of Glucose
- pH levels
- Oxygen exchange between lungs and bloodstream
- Red blood cell volume
- Digestion time of food
Common Side Effects
Each person differs from the next in how certain drugs affect them (I mean, just consider the alcohol effects on your various friends). However, these are some of the most common symptoms associated:
Dry Mouth or "Cotton Mouth"
A dry mouth can be unpleasant to some, but it isn't the end of the world and it's certainly not causing your body any harm. CBD inhibits the production of saliva by affecting the submandibular glands, making you pretty thirsty.
Low blood pressure
It's possible vaping CBD oil may cause a small drop in your blood pressure after it hits your system. That could mean a slight feeling of lightheadedness, but nothing extreme.
You should consult your doctor if you are currently taking any blood pressure medication so as not to alter its effects when vaping CBD oil. Drinking a caffeinated drink (like coffee or tea) can help you shake that feeling.
It's possible that in higher and extreme doses, CBD can cause drowsiness. But that isn't the norm by any means. Again, if you are vaping CBD oil, just be careful about operating heavy machinery or driving a vehicle.
Benefits of CBD Oil
While the topics we'll mention below are side effects as well, they're the sought after ones that can improve health or benefit the user in some way.
How is this beneficial? If a patient suffers from anorexia, CBD oil can be prescribed or recommended to increase appetite and help the patient gain some weight.
Additionally, when a cancer patient undergoes chemotherapy, they are likely to lose their appetite. This is because the chemo damages cells and causes nausea and vomiting.
When CBD oil is prescribed in unison, the chemo patient can increase their nutrient intake to help keep healthy and fight off the damaging treatment.
Chronic pain no matter where it is--bones, joints, muscles, organs--disrupts your life. Chronic pain can truly incapacitate you, leaving you helpless to perform even the most basic of tasks.
Diseases like Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, Lyme, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia can all cause extreme pain. Taking pain pills can be addictive and they can lose their effectiveness over time.
But CBD oil can impact pain receptors as well as reduce inflammation.
Help You Sleep
Sleep disorders are extremely common and have their own set of dangerous side effects that alter performance across the board.
CBD oil can insinuate a peaceful mind, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer throughout the night. CBD has also been shown to improve sleep and lessen nightmares commonly associated with PTSD.
CBD Oil Dosage
To answer the question "how much is too much?" you'll need to take in a few factors (in addition to the ones discussed throughout this article).
The ideal dose of CBD oil varies depending on the quality of the oil you consume. As online retailers will show you, concentration levels and potency differ between brands and manufacturers.
You'll also need to consider that it affects everyone differently, depending on your tolerance, other medications taken, how often you use it, etc. Just like anesthetics, everyone metabolizes it differently.
Mayo Clinic suggests certain CBD dosages, but nothing beats talking to your doctor to determine what's best for you and your circumstance.
Mayo Clinic Suggested Dosages
- Increasing appetite in cancer patients: 1 mg of CBD (for six weeks)
- Treating patients' chronic pain: 2.5-20 mg CBD (an average of 25 days)
- Treating epilepsy: 200-300 mg of CBD (recommended up to 4.5 months)
- Treating insomnia or sleeping disorders: 40-160 mg CBD
- Treat glaucoma: a single CBD dose of 20-40 mg under the tongue (Mayo claims that doses greater than 40 mg can increase eye pressure)
Again, these are just suggestions and can't hold a candle to your doctor's recommendation. Everyone's dosage will differ.
So, What Did We Learn?
While vaping CBD oil is pretty harmless, it can affect certain aspects of your life that can be problematic (like driving a car). If high concentrations are taken frequently, then you may begin to feel drowsy or have an upset stomach.
But compared to the benefits, a careful user has nothing to fear from vaping CBD oil.
There's no magical number of doses you should take, considering there are too many angles to consider. Talk to you doctor, express interest in CBD oil and how it can improve your life, and discuss doses with them.
And if you're looking for more insightful articles on using CBD oil, check out the resources on the Cloud 9 Hemp blog today!
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