Legalized after decades of prohibition by the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD quickly became one of the most popular products on the market. The hemp extract has potent medicinal properties, making it effective against a wide range of medical conditions. Since CBD does not intoxicate users, plenty of people have been using it to help address a variety of issues, with CBD oil and CBD e-juice (vape juices) being among the most popular means of consumption.
CBD oil was the original method of consumption when CBD became legal, but industry growth coupled with advances in technology led to the popularity of CBD e-liquid. So what is CBD oil and vape juice, and how do the two differ?
CBD oil is the cannabidiol extract that is derived from the hemp plant. Although users can consume CBD in its oil form, usually sublingually or orally, it can also be formulated into tinctures, edibles, and capsules. CBD oil products can be taken orally but cannot be smoked or vaped. CBD oil is usually extracted with food-grade oils such as olive or coconut oil that the body can easily digest and absorb. However, these additives make CBD oil too viscous to be smoked or vaped.
CBD e-juice and vape liquids, on the other hand, are designed for vaping. Unlike CBD oil, which is viscous and does not vaporize easily due to the food-grade oils used during extraction, CBD vape juice comprises CBD oil extract coupled with a thinning agent. Common thinning agents include medium-chain triglyceride (“MCT”) oil, vegetable glycerin (“VG”) and propylene glycol (“PG”), and these agents reduce the CBD oil’s viscosity, allowing the vape juice to heat and vaporize easily. Users have to use specialized vape pens that heat the CBD e-juice until it vaporizes and can be inhaled.
Any form of CBD oil that is taken orally will take a while to kick in as the oil first has to be digested before the body metabolizes the CBD, usually in 30 to 60 minutes. The caveat is that the effects will last anywhere up to 12 hours. CBD e-juices take much less time to kick in because they are inhaled, and consumers can start feeling the effects in as little as 30 seconds. However, the effects only last a maximum of five hours, much less than CBD oil.
Both methods have their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, they both deliver cannabidiol to the system. CBD oil may take longer to kick in, but its effects last much longer. And while CBD vape juice doesn’t stay in the system for as long, it offers quick relief. Individuals thinking about consuming CBD should consult their health-care professional.
Of course, CBD oil and CBD e-liquids aren’t the only products that exist. Cannabis companies manufacture different CBD products to serve the needs of different consumers. For example, The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) makes a variety of CBD-infused products that include gummies, salves, bath salts and beverage shots.
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