One of the major benefits of vaping CBD, in comparison to using other CBD products such as sublingual oils and CBD edibles, is that it is fast-acting. CBD vape devices offer near instantaneous exposure to cannabidiol (and other cannabinoids present) via gas exchange in the alveolar membrane. Vaping CBD e-liquid is considered the most efficient way to take CBD and the effects last around 1 to 3 hours.
All vape devices are comprised of four fundamental components: battery, heating element, mouthpiece, and something to store the e-liquid.
CBD vape devices come in a variety of different forms. Common to the current market are rechargeable cartridge vapes to which you need to add cartridges that are compatible with your specific device.
The most simple CBD vape devices on the market are disposable vape pens. These devices have no removable parts and are usually bought ready-to-use straight out of the box.
Is vaping the most efficient way of taking CBD?
Yes. Vaping CBD e-liquids is the most efficient way to take cannabidiol because it bypasses the digestive tract and liver allowing CBD to be readily absorbed through the thin membranes that line the alveoli where it enters directly into the bloodstream.
This concept is known as bioavailability, which refers to the amount of an ingested compound that makes it into circulation and has an active impact on the body. Converting CBD into vapour increases its bioavailability due to the large surface area created by the dispersion of molecules.
Bioavailability of CBD: Vaping vs Oral Consumption
What is in CBD e-liquids?
CBD e-liquids are fairly similar to nicotine vape juices, however, rather than nicotine, they contain a CBD blend suspended in propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG), and often come in a variety of flavour profiles.
The main ingredients of CBD e-liquids are:
- PG (propylene glycol) - Commonly used as a food additive, PG is a colourless odourless liquid with a faintly sweet taste.
- VG (vegetable glycerin) - Also a common additive in food, VG is slightly thicker than PG and has a more pronounced sweet taste.
- CBD extract
- Flavouring - The flavourings used in e-liquids are all MHRA approved and often used in a variety of other products.
Can vaping CBD get you high?
Nope! The EU certified strains of hemp that are used to extract CBD oil contain a maximum legal limit of 0.2% THC (the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant). CBD vapes have no mind-altering effects and you will not experience any “high” sensation.
All reputable CBD brands will have third party lab reports available on their websites, so make sure to check these out so you know exactly what is in your CBD e-liquid/vape product before buying!
Are there any health concerns with vaping CBD?
CBD vape devices operate at much lower temperatures than cigarettes. Instead of combusting plant material, they vaporise liquified oils, and therefore do not produce tar which is known to cause respiratory health issues. However, not enough research has been conducted into the long-term health concerns associated with vaping CBD to definitively say that it less detrimental to your health than smoking - simply because vaping CBD has not been around long enough to gather such data (vaping was first introduced in Europe around 2006).
With so many CBD vape products available on the market, how do you find the right quality CBD vape for you?
There are a few key points to consider when shopping online for a quality CBD vape or e-liquid:
The strength of a CBD vape/e-liquid refers to the concentration of CBD, typically shown as a percentage or ‘mg’ on the lab report. Typical strengths of CBD e-liquids on the market start at 100mg and can go up to around 5000mg.
If you are new to vaping CBD, it can be difficult to predict how it will affect you. We therefore advise that you start with a lower strength and increase incrementally after a few weeks until you are satisfied that you have achieved your desired effect.
CBD isolate is effectively pure CBD extract, with no other cannabinoids present.
On the other hand, broad spectrum CBD contains a blend of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, terpenes, and vitamins from the hemp plant. With all of these compounds working in tandem, the benefits of CBD are thought to be enhanced. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’.
Whether you are purchasing CBD isolate or broad spectrum e-liquids/vapes, make sure you are aware of the precise strength and formulation of the product by checking the lab reports beforehand.
The price of CBD vapes/e-liquids has a lot of variation between brands, and it might be tempting to go for one of the cheaper options. However, it is important to acknowledge that cheaper isn’t always better, particularly when it comes to your health!
We believe it is worth investing in quality CBD products from reputable brands, even if it costs slightly more.
- Manufacturing standards
When shopping for CBD vapes online UK, make sure you look for CBD companies that comply with international standards such as GMP and ISO. This will guarantee that your CBD vape/e-liquid has been manufactured in accordance with rigorous industry standards.
- Organic hemp
The way in which hemp is grown makes a significant difference to the quality of the CBD e-liquid. We recommend choosing a CBD e-liquid from hemp that is grown organically in a regulated jurisdiction.
- Lab reports
Reputable CBD brands will always readily provide independent third-party lab reports to verify the quality of their CBD vape products. If the CBD brand doesn’t provide independent, third-party lab testing, or if they don’t make their lab reports available, then you can’t guarantee what’s in your CBD vape/e-liquid. We recommend you steer clear of brands that do not provide transparency in this area!
Dr Watson CBD Vape Devices & E-liquids
The Big Hit
The Dr Watson Big Hit Vape Device has been a best-seller since its release in early 2020. Packed with 50% CBD|CBG broad spectrum hemp extract, ready-to-use use out the box and fully disposable, the Big Hit is one of the strongest CBD vape devices currently available in the UK.
The Big Hit comes in 3 different flavours. The most popular is our original Natural Kush Big Hit, which tastes like cannabis and feels like cannabis, just without the high! And for those who aren’t so keen on the taste of cannabis, it also comes in Mint Kush and our unique Aloe Express flavour.
CBD Vape Pod System
The Dr Watson CBD pod system is ergonomically designed with a smooth, tactile finish and powerful draw to give you the best possible vaping experience and make you feel good. Its smooth tactile shape fits comfortably and discretely in your hand. Lightweight at only 24 grams, you can carry it unnoticed in your pocket. But don’t be fooled, this little magic vape pen packs a powerful punch. Each CBD pod is 1.8ml (2-3 times larger than other major pod system products) and contains 6% CBD and ~2% terpenes.
Pod flavours include Amalfi Lemon, Berry Kush, Wild Mint, Brazilian Mango and Ice Peach.
Dr Watson CBD e-liquids were the first product released upon the brands inception. Our flavours were formulated by one of the industry leading mixologists with many award winning flavours. These e-liquids were made using GMP certified CBD Isolate & terpene rich.
Dr Watson CBD e-liquids come in 6 different flavours in 3 different strengths, including Lemon Haze, Berry Kush, Watermelon Kush, Strawberry Diesel and Vanilla and Pure Base CBD e-liquids. Dr Watson also offers our BIG HIT 2500mg & 5000mg super strength CBD e-liquids for a fully potent CBD experience.
Simply squeeze into your own vape tank and enjoy the benefits!
Final thoughts of CBD Vapes
CBD vape pens remain one of the most popular methods for consuming CBD due to their potency, fast-acting effects and great taste. Here at Dr Watson, we strive to bring you high quality, effective and safe CBD vapes. Dr Watson CBD vape pens are easy to use, reliable and potent, delivering you a calming and enjoyable CBD experience.