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Curious about vaping CBD? What you need to know

Carolyn BerkSeptember 14, 2020

Vaporizing is a popular choice for those who want to experience the benefits of cannabis without the irritation or side effects of smoking. This is true not just for THC, but also for its non-psychoactive sibling, cannabidiol (CBD). 


Vaporizing oil is an effective, discrete, and scent-free way to experience the calming and therapeutic benefits of CBD. Before you make CBD vaping part of your daily routine, make sure to account for these four things. 

1. A 1:1 ratio matters


Although CBD is valued for its non-psychoactive properties, you can experience a full range of benefits if there’s also some THC in the mix. When CBD and THC are present in a 1:1 (or 1:2 or 1:3) ratio, many users say they feel the effects more strongly. Although this amount is not enough to get you high, it is still enough to have similar laws and regulations as products higher in THC. 

2. Buy reliably


To ensure that you only buy CBD oil in this more impactful form, stick to shopping at trustworthy dispensaries. Not only will these products offer the prime benefits of CBD via this 1:1 ratio, but they will also be accurately measured, making it easier to find the best dosage for you.


Whether vaping CBD or THC, it’s important to only use oil with clear and accurate ingredients that was purchased from a reliable dispensary. Vaporizing black market cannabis oil can be dangerous and deadly.

3. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, or ISO?


You’ll probably come across CBD products that say they are full spectrum, broad spectrum, or an isolate. What does this mean, and which is most effective?


CBD isolate is just that - 99% pure CBD. This means that all other compounds in the plant have been removed, including THC. 


Broad spectrum CBD incorporates everything in the plant except for THC. Because it excludes THC, this type of CBD is legally available and can be found outside of dispensaries. However, keep in mind that this is not the most impactful form of CBD, since it falls short of the 1:1 ratio to THC.


Full spectrum CBD contains everything in the plant, including THC. This means it may not be legal in all states, or may only be found at dispensaries. Although it may not be as widely available, full spectrum CBD will be the most impactful because it can contain a 1:1 ratio with the amount THC. 


4. Drug tests and CBD


If you anticipate a drug test in the near future, CBD consumption may be a factor to consider. Even in hemp-derived CBD products, low levels of THC can show up on a drug test. While the amount present isn’t even enough to make you feel high (or get you in trouble with the law), it is still something to keep in mind depending on your professional field and if you are applying for certain types of jobs. 

Carolyn Berk Lantern Author 
Carolyn Berk
Carolyn Berk got her start working in both radio and TV before applying her journalism skills to the cannabis industry. She is currently a content marketer and an active member of the New England cannabis community.