If you’re new to the world of cannabis or returning after a break, you’re probably intrigued by the high-tech devices known as vaporizers or “vapes.” Whether they’re the sleek pen-style devices or more full-featured units, they all work on the same basic principle: That by heating cannabis to the point at which its beneficial cannabinoids become volatile, they deliver a cool and potent mist without any potentially harsh smoke or burnt plant matter.

This raises a question: Can you vape CBD? Absolutely! In fact, high-CBD vape pens are among the most popular items at our D.C. dispensary. And if you’re new to the world of CBD vaporizers and vaping CBD oil, you’re in for a treat. Because they work electronically to emit a cool-mist rather than potentially harsh smoke, vapes go easy on our lungs while delivering the same fast-acting benefits as smoked cannabis.

As revolutionary as these devices are, they promise an even greater reward. CBD vaporizers are one of the most popular and fastest-growing segments of the cannabis market, and it’s no surprise why. CBD vapor benefits include the potential to relieve:

  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Insomnia and sleeplessness

If you’ve been wondering how to access all the potential benefits of vaping CBD oil, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s article, we’ll share everything we know, including specific recommendations for CBD vaping products.

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Vaping CBD: How CBD Partners with the Body

As one of the two principal cannabinoids—or “major active ingredients”—in cannabis, CBD has been linked to a number of potential health benefits. In addition to helping treat certain seizures, CBD shows promise in reducing anxiety and stress, addressing chronic pain, even helping us get a better night’s sleep.

Of course, THC—the most abundant cannabinoid, and the one most directly responsible for the marijuana plant’s characteristic “high”—is also linked to a number of potential health benefits in its own right. However, there’s a very major difference. Unlike THC’s intoxication, CBD’s psychoactive effects are not intoxicating, At most, some people report feeling a gentle cerebral “buzz.” This makes CBD-only or high-CBD vaporizers a great choice for those looking for symptomatic relief without potentially distracting psychoactivity.

Both CBD and THC work with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vital regulatory network that helps our bodies stay healthy, regulate memory and sleep, and maintain homeostasis, among other functions. In a very real sense, the cannabinoids are “speaking the same language” as this important bodily system. Some researchers believe this is a crucial point when it comes to understanding the wide range of potential benefits associated with CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. 

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Potential CBD Vape Benefits

As we referenced a moment ago, the key distinguishing point about all vaporizers is that they heat (rather than burn) cannabis. Whether the cannabis in question is flower, concentrate, distillate or some other format, the principle is the same: By heating the material to the point at which the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds become volatile, vapes deliver all the medicinal benefits and none of the smoke. 

This begs a question: Is smoking cannabis bad for your lungs? While there’s not a consensus, the majority opinion is that it’s objectively less harmful than smoking tobacco. That said, smoking anything—including cannabis flower—still brings potentially irritating smoke into our lungs. And if you’re focused on leveraging the benefits of cannabinoids such as CBD, it’s a good idea to reduce any potential irritants from entering your airways.

Some of our customers are concerned that the experience of vaping CBD is less powerful than smoking it. That’s a contentious question. While some users claim that smoking cannabis delivers a more intense high, remember here that the point of vaping CBD isn’t to experience maximum intoxication. And in fact, compared with inhaling smoked cannabis, the bioavailability (or medical activity of the cannabinoids) is actually higher when using a vape. For this reason and others, we still recommend that those primarily interested in the medicinal effects of CBD try vaping as a smoother, less potentially irritating alternative to smoking.

By now we’ve covered many of the potential benefits of vaping CBD. Now we’ll segue into a discussion of a few products designed to deliver this medically active compound.

Vaping CBD: What to Look For in a Vaporizer

There are several options when looking to purchase a vaporizer, since you can vaporize the active ingredients in cannabis from flower directly or from cannabis concentrates

The popular 510 threaded vape pen batteries accept cartridges from many different brands and producers, so you can use the same battery with any number of oil-filled cartridges—including those that contain higher levels of THC should you want to try that route at some point. 

There are also vaporizing units, both handheld and tabletop, made specifically for vaporizing cannabis flower only. But of course, vaping CBD from a vaporizer capable of working with flower demands, well, flower. Because a growing number of our customers have expressed interest in high-CBD strains of flower, we make sure to always have at least a couple on hand. You can see what’s fresh and new by checking our selection of high-CBD, low-THC flower strains.

Or, you might choose a handheld or tabletop unit designed to vaporize potent cannabis concentrates. Lastly, there are units that can vaporize both flower and concentrates, and these units often come with different attachments for each. 

Regardless of which option you choose, you can expect the same fast-acting effects as with smoked cannabis, only delivered in a delightfully gentle and cool mist.

CBD Vaping: Final Thoughts

With the cannabis market expanding on a constant basis, it’s truly exciting to see the high-CBD products that are constantly hitting our dispensary shelves. From high-CBD flower to CBD-infused edibles to CBD-rich tinctures and oils, there’s seemingly no limit other than the skill and imagination of local cultivators, processors, and manufacturers.

If you’re interested in learning more about how CBD works with your body to deliver specific benefits, we’d love to help! As Washington’s #1 family-run medical marijuana dispensary, we’re dedicated to helping you get the very most from your cannabis experience. Have any other questions about vaping CBD (or any other questions in the wide world of cannabis)? Just ask! We’re always here to help.