The benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, are already widely known. CBD oil, in particular, has been proven to relieve pain, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, anxiety and depression, reduce acne, benefit heart health, and help treat neurological disorders in some studies.
CBD oil is generally considered safe, although it can cause certain adverse effects in some users. The side effects associated with CBD oil use include diarrhea, fatigue, as well as appetite and weight changes. It is also known to interact with certain medications, so we also advise people planning on using CBD oil for the first time to consult with their doctor or come to us at Outreach Health and Wellness.
But what about CBD oil vape products? How safe is vaping with CBD oil and is it worth a try?
If you’re into vaping and plan on using CBD oil to vape, it might help to know the following information first.
Vaping, in general, carries its own risk
The question of whether vaping with CBD oil is worth trying, especially if you already vape, can only be answered if you are already aware of the risks associated with vaping alone, and with the apparent lack of CBD oil vaperegulations.
VAPI or EVALI cases are becoming more common
Vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI), now known as e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) has become a problem among vapers. As of January 21, 2020, there have been 2,711 cases of hospitalized EVALI sufferers from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Moreover, 60deaths in 27 American states and the District of Columbia have already been confirmed.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has yet to pinpoint the exact cause of EVALI, symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath and fever. With the worst cases, EVALI causes the lungs to stop functioning completely, leading to death. People are being urged to stop using all types of e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The substance was detected in a majority of the EVALI case samples that were tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although a direct link has yet to be established. Other substances found to have been used as additives include CBD oil and vitamin E oil.
Vape liquids called e-juice or e-liquid come in the form of cartridges, pods, or custom containers. E-juice contains certain substances like propylene glycol and glycerol, which are the base ingredients used to create the vapor.
Aside from these, some vaping devices contain nicotine and artificial flavors used to attract vapers who want a particular scent or aroma. Some commercial vaping liquid samples have been found to contain possibly harmful acetals. These are by-products of flavorings mixing with the base ingredients.
Another problem is that some vapers add unregulated products to vaping products. This is why, according to the CDC, the only way to avoid contracting EVALI is by abstaining from vaping or e-cigarettes altogether.
The dangers posed by unregulated CBD vapes
Aside from the fact that vape products, in general, remain unregulated, the market has also become saturated with illegal cannabis vapes.
Some of these are marketed as CBD vapes but actually contain more THC than CBD. This was discovered when the Associated Press tested 30 CBD vape products last year, in September. Ten of these samples contained synthetic marijuana while the rest contained little to no CBD oil at all.
CBD oil on its own is beneficial
You can experience the many benefits CBD oil is known for without the need to vape. And until the U.S. federal government sets the stage for the strict regulation of vaping products (including CBD oil vapes), or states impose their own, vaping, in general, is considered unsafe.
Do you have questions about CBD oil products and how you can use these to improve your health and wellbeing?
Please make sure you contact us at Outreach Health and Wellness.