If you’ve ever vaped before, you’ve probably wondered if there’s such a thing as “vaping too much.”
With the popularity of CBD growing at an exponential rate among millennials, it seems like everyone is ready to try CBD out for themselves.
So let’s get to the million-dollar question…
Why Are People Turning to CBD Vaping?
There are many ways to ingest CBD and take advantage of its helpful properties. In fact, many have turned to vaping CBD because it’s easy to find at wellness stores and dispensaries.
It’s also the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD. Unlike pills or other methods of ingestion, CBD vapor bypasses the digestive system and goes directly from the lungs to the bloodstream.
Additionally, vaping allows you to control your CBD dosage intake. This gives you the ability to regulate what goes into your body and prevent any sort of guesswork.
And finally, vaping is discreet. A vaporizer fits snuggly in your pocket making it easily accessible. Plus, it doesn’t contain nearly as strong an odor as other substances or methods of ingesting CBD.
These three factors have made vaping CBD very popular, but people often conflate vaping with smoking regular cigarettes or vaping nicotine products. As a result, there’s a misunderstanding that vaping has the same effects on the body.
However, vaping and smoking are two different things.
While doctors are still unsure of its effects over long periods of time, it’s not as bad as smoking and the early data indicates that vaping CBD has few if any, immediate health risks. This is because vaping means the substances aren’t combusted, which eliminates many of the chemicals in smoke.
Still, the question remains, is there such a thing as vaping too much?
The answer is a bit more complicated than that.
Let’s dive in further…
Has Anyone Ever Overdosed on CBD?
That’s the biggest question on everyone’s mind. Since it’s possible to overdose on other substances, is it possible to overdose on CBD when vaping?
When it comes to CBD itself, the answer is no. Research has shown that CBD is very low in toxicity, and studies also show it is highly unlikely that anybody will ever take cannabidiol at lethal levels.
In 2016, The Americans for Safe Access stated…
“To date, there has never been a single well-documented case of human fatality attributable to an overdose of cannabis or its components…”
However, it’s important to buy vape pens and vape juices from trusted, well-reviewed brands to really know what you’re putting in your body.
What Other Ingredients Are in Vape Juices?
Generally, the safest CBD liquids are “pure.” That means they don’t contain a ton of chemicals and only contain a few ingredients: the CBD isolate, one or two elements to make the CBD “vape-able”, and a flavoring component.
One of the most common substances used to make CBD “vape-able” is a substance called Propylene Glycol. It’s a chemical that’s used to absorb water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. In other words, it turns CBD oil into the vapor you inhale.
The FDA says the chemical is “generally recognized as safe,” (GRAS) and it’s used in countless other foods including ice cream and other frozen goods.
So the verdict is, you can’t overdose or vape CBD to lethal levels.
What Are the Short-Term Effects of Vaping CBD?
Everyone has different reactions to various substances. However, these are the most common side-effects when it comes to vaping…
- Cotton Mouth: CBD slows the production of saliva which makes people’s mouths really dry and really thirsty. However, it’s not a harmful or negative health effect.
- Low-blood pressure: Vaping CBD is also known to slightly decrease one’s blood pressure—this also happens when you’re relaxed—which can cause dizziness. This isn’t a serious health concern but talk to your doctors about mixing CBD with blood pressure medication.
- Sleepiness: The feeling of relaxation will also increase your potential to feel tired. That isn’t bad either and will have no lasting effects on your health as long as you’re not doing anything crazy or driving.
- Lightheadedness: It’s also possible to feel dizzy or even nauseous if you aren’t used to it, taking deep breaths while sitting down and drinking a glass of water should take care of that.
- Biphasic effect: People are continuing to learn how the body tolerates CBD. One interesting development is that vaping CBD has a “biphasic effect”, or “two-phase effect.” In other words, people react one way at the normal dose of CBD and they react a different way at a higher dose.
The effects still aren’t lethal, but at very high doses, the benefits of CBD can wear off. The initial relaxation disappears and the problems people were looking to treat start coming back.
But the worst-case scenario in the short-term is that people might be wasting good CBD by overdoing it.
Long-term Effects of Vaping CBD
The effects of vaping on a regular basis for years on end, however, are still largely unknown. Some have suggested that the FDA only said that propylene glycol is safe to digest, but it may not be as safe to inhale.
It’s also important to consider flavoring additives as well. There are more than 7,000 types but some of the ingredients in them haven’t all been tested long-term by the FDA.
In fact, some additives don’t even list their ingredients at all.
The general rule of thumb is that if a manufacturer doesn’t display the ingredients of their products, it’s best to avoid it. They’re most likely black market knock-offs that can seriously harm people.
Although the long-term effects are unclear, not everyone has the full picture. Among the 2,000 lung injuries reported with vaping, it’s still unclear how many of those were related to CBD-only products. It’s highly likely that the majority of lung injuries stem from nicotine vapes, and CBD might be unfairly lumped into the same category.
Generally speaking, too much of anything is bad for you. We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the products you’re using and use them in safe, controlled environments with trusted friends.
Although the long-term health effects are still unknown, you can’t vape too much in a single sitting. It’s possible to feel lightheaded and nauseous, but that doesn’t mean vaping CBD is life-threatening.
Vaping CBD provides several immediate benefits that can help you deal with anxiety or insomnia and also help you maximize your potential.
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