There’s an important distinction to make between CBD oil tinctures and CBD oil made for inhalation. CBD oral tinctures are oil-based whereas CBD vape oil is not. Now let’s take a look at the various types of CBD that is suitable for vaping.
If you’re not getting your CBD from a trusted source, there’s no way to truly know what you’re getting. Reputable brands tend to have overwhelmingly positive customer and professional reviews. These brands also test their products with credible third-party ISO labs and make the results public, or at the very least are willing to provide them upon request.
What dosage should I take?
Here’s a study on the safety and side effects of CBD.
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Stem speculates the tendency to mix cannabis extract with MCTs might come down to greed or ignorance, and a misunderstanding of the term “cannabis oil,” which is something of a misnomer since CBD and THC extracts are not fatty lipids at all.
We can’t reasonably expect dealers of illegal cannabis vapes would test their products for safety or share ingredient lists with customers. The thing is, consumers can’t necessarily expect that sort of testing or transparency from manufacturers of hemp-derived CBD vapes either—even if they’re buying them from vape shops, specialty stores, or websites that don’t appear to be breaking the law. The category is completely unregulated. And reckless players are not limited to labeling their products as THC. In September, the Associated Press tested 30 vape products marketed as CBD from brands that authorities had flagged as suspect, and found that 10 contained dangerous synthetic marijuana and many had little to no CBD at all.
But here’s where it gets complicated, because the FDA hasn’t regulated vaping yet.
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“It’s totally horrifying to me,” says Katie Stem, an herbalist who cofounded the Oregon-based cannabis company Peak Extracts in 2014, and has researched plant medicine and chemistry at Oregon Health & Science University. “People should not be cutting [cannabis extracts] with any sort of culinary lipid.” Stem says that with an extraction process using carbon dioxide as a solvent, it’s possible to create a vape-able distillate containing only plant material, without any additives.
“You get kind of a double grey area here,” says Miller. “CBD is considered illegal by the FDA, and vaping is now viewed pretty hostilely by the FDA. It really is a great unknown … Without the FDA engaged formally, it makes it a lot tougher for consumers to figure out what’s a good product and what’s not.”
Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the pharmacology of e-cigarettes, says that CO2 extraction process is “pretty clean,” and the results are well-known.
The northern California-based company Bloom Farms—which has been in the cannabis extracts business since 2014—started selling hemp-derived CBD products online in January, and puts them through the same testing processes as their products with THC, which are under the strict purview of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Customers can also download a certificate of analysis from Bloom’s website that provides test results from a third-party lab, but that’s far from standard in the CBD space.
Some participants in MSAs with legalized marijuana retail suggested positive impacts of the legislation on their business. Some reported that marijuana retail expanded the vape shop consumer base to include those interested in a range of vaping devices for marijuana use and CBD products. Some participants in these MSAs and in the emerging marijuana retail market in Boston indicated that they increased the number of types of devices that accommodate marijuana use (e.g., waxes, herbs) to engage a broader consumer base. Moreover, some indicated that their current vape shop clientele would increase their consumerism because they would have another reason to spend money at their vape shops (i.e., to buy other types of devices).
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Themes and sample quotes of managers and vape shop owners’ responses regarding Impact of marijuana policy on vape markets in legalized states (L) and non-legalized states (NL).
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30 in each MSA). (Berg et al., 2020) The sampling frame of the vape shops assessed are detailed elsewhere. (Berg et al., 2020) In brief, we searched “vaporizer store” on Google and “vape shops” on Yelp to identify stores in the six states tagged by retailers or customers as vape shops, restricted lists to stores with complete addresses, eliminated duplicate entries, geocoded records to latitude/longitude using ArcGIS v10.1, used a telephone protocol to confirm that stores met eligibility criteria (i.e., sold vape products but not other tobacco products), and then randomly selected 30 vapes shops within 25 miles of the MSA centroid for point-of-sale assessments.
Relatedly, the majority reported consumers inquiring about devices or batteries for devices likely to be used for THC-containing products (e.g., e-liquids, waxes). Some participants indicated concern that consumers were potentially using THC-containing products incompatible with the devices. A few participants indicated concern that consumers using CBD for medicinal purposes may not get optimal benefit of CBD if they vaped it or mixed it with other e-liquids. Some participants indicated that they did not need to know how consumers used the devices or that it was the consumer’s right and responsibility to use the device as they wanted.
Questions about interest in selling marijuana for recreational use as it was legalized or if it were legalized in the future elicited a range of responses. Some said that they did not consider it. Some indicated considering it but that it did not align with their company’s goals or mission (reportedly to help smokers switch to vaping and/or quit using nicotine altogether). Some also indicated that various other considerations limited their interest (e.g., insufficient funds to enter the market, limited bandwidth to learn about a new market).