What is CBD E-Liquid? Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying

Monday, 8 October 2018  |  Admin
We are very proud to expand our selection of the finest quality e-liquids to include CBD e-liquids. But what is CBD e-liquid? What does vaping CBD feel like? Does it make you high? Is it even legal in the UK? You can find the answers to all these and other questions you may have about CBD e-liquid and CBD vaping below. 

What’s the Difference Between CBD e-Liquid and CBD Vape Oil? 

The two terms ‘CBD e-liquid and ‘CBD vape oil’ are often used interchangeably. However, they are not quite the same. Both contain CBD, short for cannabidiol, one of several cannabinoids that are naturally present in the cannabis plant. And both have specifically been designed to be inhaled using a vape pen or e-cigarette. But there is one very important difference between what is CBD e-liquid and CBD vape oil
Like its name suggests, the carrier for CBD vape oil is an oil, most often hemp or coconut oil. In contrast, CBD in an e-liquid is mixed with alcohols: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG), which are also used as carriers for ‘ordinary’ e-liquids. Therefore, the difference between CBD e-liquid and CBD vape oil is that you can use an ‘ordinary’ vaping device to vape CBD e-liquid, while vaping CBD vape oil requires a device made especially for vaping oils. 

Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK? 

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Considering that the cannabis plant is, according to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, classified as a controlled drug and that any administration of a controlled drug is unlawful, many people wonder whether is CBD oil legal in the UK. The answer is yes. In fact, it has recently even become available in high street stores such as Holland & Barrett which is selling CBD oil as food supplement, and even Lloyds Pharmacy. Furthermore, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has in 2016 recognised CBD and CBD-containing products as medicinal and therefore legal, under condition that they meet “safety, quality and efficacy standards to protect public health”. 
In order for any type of cannabis oil (or any other cannabis-based product including those intended for vaping) to be legal in the UK, the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) mustn’t exceed 0.2%. Therefore, CBD oil is completely legal in the UK as long as the THC content is below 0.2%. Same goes for CBD e-liquid. This is because, unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have the psychotropic effect which makes people “high”. 

Can CBD Vape Oil Get You High?  

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Even though CBD – just like THC – is a cannabinoid, a naturally occurring chemical in the cannabis plant, it doesn’t have psychoactive properties. This means that – unlike THC – CBD doesn’t have any effect on your mind regardless in what form it is taken. So, if you are wondering can CBD vape oil get you high, the answer is no. CBD doesn’t have a psychoactive effect, while the presence of THC in legally sold e-liquids is too low to create a “high” associated with smoking marijuana. 
Due to little or no THC presence in CBD vape oil and the fact that drug screening tests are designed to detect the psychoactive THC rather than CBD, you generally don’t need to worry about CBD vape oil showing up on drug test. Theoretically, taking huge amounts of CBD products could result in a false-positive drug test but this is extremely unlikely. To obtain a license to cultivate the cannabis plant from the Home Office, hemp seed used mustn’t contain more than 0.2% of THC. As a result, CBD products including CBD e-liquids and CBD vape oils will have very little or no THC content. 

What Does Vaping CBD Feel Like?  

If you are looking for e-liquid that gets you high, keep on looking because CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties, as the presence of THC (if there is any) in CBD e-liquids is too low to have any effect. So, what does vaping CBD feel like? Interestingly, it is most often being described to be both calming and energetic but without ‘feeling stoned’. CBD users say it gives them an extra boost of energy, helps them focus and concentrate, and increase alertness. Likewise, many users say vaping CBD helps them relax and reduce anxiety without making them feel sleepy. 
A Reddit user described the sensation of vaping CBD: “Sort of relaxing but very subtle. Pretty much the exact opposite of what THC does. If you have no expectations, you'll be pleasantly surprised how calming it can be. Not sedating like valerian or sleep aids like Unisom... Just a mild feeling of relaxation & "numbness" (if you suffer from pain).” 

What are CBD Oil Benefits?  

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Although research on CBD and CBD oil benefits is still in its early stages, CBD is claimed to help prevent, treat and manage a range of medical conditions. The benefits of CBD oil are as follows: 
  • Reduce anxiety

  • Relieve pain and inflammation

  • Treat multiple sclerosis 

  • Help with addiction (e.g. to cigarettes and drugs including cocaine and heroin)

  • Aid appetite disorders 

  • Reduce high blood pressure 

  • Treat or reduce the appearance of acne 

  • Help with neuropathy (nerve pain)

  • Help with epilepsy 

The results of early research are very promising for the above mentioned as well as many other health problems including schizophrenia, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and even cancer, to mention only a few. Except for two rare types of epilepsy, however, more research is necessary to be able to recommend the use of CBD for the aforementioned health problems. Also, it is very important to keep in mind that CBD products used for medicinal purposes must have a license. If you are interested in using CBD for medical purposes, you are therefore highly recommended to buy exclusively from trustworthy and reliable suppliers. 

How to Vape CBD E-Liquid? 

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If you are interested in CBD vaping, you probably have questions about it, such as how do I vape CBD oil and what CBD vaping accessories do I use? Which CBD e-liquid to choose? Can you vape CBD oil? These are only a few of many questions you may have, especially if you are new to vaping altogether. 
In order to vape CBD e-liquid, you will obviously need a vaping device. Since CBD in an e-liquid is mixed with alcohols propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG), which are also used as carriers for ‘ordinary’ e-liquids, you can vape CBD e-liquid using just about any vaping device. But if you are a beginner, it may be a good idea to begin with a starter kit and move onto more advanced device when you get more familiar with the vaping world. Keep in mind, however, that some people change several vaping devices before they find the one that suits them best. To do just that, it’s of pivotal importance to always buy quality devices (and CBD e-liquids!) from reputable and trustworthy brands. Also, keep in mind that unlike CBD e-liquid, CBD vape oils require a device especially designed for vaping oils. 

How to Make CBD Vape Juice? 

To vape CBD e-liquid, you can either use one of many ready-made ones available on the market or make CBD vape juice yourself. While the first option is both easier and more convenient, some CBD users prefer having control over CBD potency and flavour of their vape e-liquid. And with all the necessary ingredients being easily available on the market, all you need to make CBD vape juice is the best ‘recipe’. 
There are several ways how to make CBD vape juice, while most DIYers prefer the 5-step method below: 
  • Step 1: Determine the desired CBD concentration. 1 gram of 99% CBD Isolate crystals equals 1,000 per 100ml bottle. Therefore, ½ gram of 99% CBD equals 500ml per 100ml bottle, ¼ gram of 99% CBD equals 250mg per 100ml bottle, etc. If you are using smaller bottles (for example 15ml or 30ml), simply divide the desired CBD concentration by the bottle size. 

  • Step 2: Using a syringe, mix VG and PG in the desired ratio in the bottle. However, please note that PG should make up at least 50% of the mixture for the CBD crystals to dissolve. 

  • Step 3: Add CBD crystals to the VG/PG mixture. 

  • Step 4: Close the bottle and shake every couple of minutes until all CBD crystals are dissolved (about half an hour). 

  • Step 5 (optional): You can also add your CBD vape juice a flavour but the choice whether to add a flavour and which one is completely up to you. 


How Much CBD Should I Vape? 

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‘How much CBD should I vape?’ is another frequently asked question which, unfortunately, doesn’t have the same answer for everyone. This is because the same CBD concentration that works best for someone else may not be the best for you too. There are several reasons for that and include the device you are using, your vaping style and even the CBD e-liquid itself as their quality tends to range greatly from one brand to another, changing the way you can vape CBD. But the answer to the question ‘How much CBD should I vape?’ also depends greatly on whether you have used CBD before or not. In the latter case, a lower CBD dose will highly likely have a greater effect. 
If you are new to CBD vaping or vaping altogether, it may be best to begin with a starter kit with the lowest CBD concentration possible and upgrade your vaping device or/and increase CBD concentration when you get more accustomed to how much you are vaping or CBD vaping, or both. It may take a while to determine which CBD dose works for you best, so don’t get discouraged after the first few puffs and keep on experimenting using different devices or/and amounts of CBD. Just be sure to always choose quality vaping and CBD products. 

What are Vaping CBD Side Effects? 

If you are wondering ‘What are vaping CBD side effects?’, there is good news. CBD has been relatively unknown until recently and scientists are still investigating both its potential health benefits and whether vaping CBD has any side effects. Based on the results of the research conducted so far, however, CBD is generally considered safe for adults (excluding pregnant and breastfeeding women) and hasn’t been associated with any serious side effects. Despite that, some people report experiencing adverse reactions. The most commonly reported side effects of CBD include: 
  • Tiredness

  • Drowsiness

  • Light-headedness 

  • Dry mouth

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Low blood pressure 

  • Changes in appetite 

It is important to note, however, that the mentioned CBD side effects are mostly reported by people who are taking CBD by mouth rather than vaping. Also, it is highly important to keep in mind that not all CBD products including CBD e-liquids and CBD vape oils are the same. To ensure that you are getting the highest quality, buy exclusively from a trusted supplier. Last but not the least, remember that CBD – no matter in which form it’s taken – also poses a risk of drug interaction. So, if you are taking any medications (including over-the-counter ones) or even dietary supplements, don’t use CBD prior consulting you doctor. 

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil in the UK? 

With CBD products being completely legal and easily available, the question isn’t ‘Where can I buy CBD oil in the UK?’ but rather where to buy the finest CBD products. Found on the shelves of both online and the traditional brick-and-mortar specialised shops including high street favourites such as Holland & Barrett, where you are getting CBD from does matter. It matters a lot! This is because the quality and concentration of CBD (and other ingredients) is not the same in all products. On the contrary, they tend to vary greatly between different brands. 
When deciding where to buy CBD oil, ask yourself whether you trust the seller, where the CBD comes from, what other ingredients does it contain and whether the listed concentrations correspond to the actual ones? If unsure, take some time to find out more and don’t hesitate to ask for additional information. Here at Vapourcore, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about CBD and our CBD vaping products. 

Note: It's always advisable to speak to your pharmacist or GP before taking CBD oil.