Whether you’re thinking about vaping CBD for the first time, or are a seasoned consumer of the increasingly popular cannabinoid, it’s essential to understand the role of CBD vaping regulations.
With the intention to keep vapers safe from the dangers of fake CBD products, let’s find out why regulated CBD vaping products are so important, and how to stay safe when you vape. But first, we'll discuss what is being regulated.
WHAT IS CBD E-LIQUID?
Used to maintain your wellbeing and support the healthy functioning of your body, CBD is essentially a natural, plant-based, food supplement in vape form. Sourced from the legal and industrially cultivated hemp plant, CBD e-liquid is specifically designed to be used together with an electronic cigarette or low powered vape pen.
Containing the cannabinoid molecule CBD extracted from hemp, CBD e-liquid also includes the common ingredients found in the majority of other e-liquids: Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). Free from nicotine, vaping CBD e-liquid can provide a great alternative to vaping conventional e-liquid commonly used by smokers to stay smoke-free.
HOW IS THE UK CBD VAPING INDUSTRY REGULATED?
Thankfully for CBD consumers, the UK is one of the most well-regulated places for CBD vaping. Because vaping is predominantly linked with nicotine products aimed at helping people quit smoking, electronic cigarettes, vape pens and e-liquids are all regulated by the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD). Before products can be sold to the public, manufacturers must meet a range of criteria to be deemed TPD compliant.
Safe to consume, TPD has a list of banned e-liquid ingredients known to be harmful that include colourings, taurine, vitamin E acetate and chlorine. CBD sold by us (for example) and at your local health food stores will be classified as a food supplement and are regulated under food law.
HOW IS VAPING CBD REGULATED ELSEWHERE?
VAPING REGULATIONS IN EUROPE
The EU’s CBD vaping regulations at this time are the same as the UK’s. If you’re thinking about travelling on the continent, buying CBD e-liquid from a licensed seller means that the e-liquid you consume will more than likely be regulated. Assuming you’ve checked the packaging and labelling, and all looks as it should, consider your CBD vaping safe.
VAPING REGULATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
However, when it comes to vaping CBD around the world, we would advise treading with caution. The dangers of vaping CBD that is unregulated can be seen by the outbreak of EVALI (electronic vaping lung injury) that swept across America in 2019. Hospitalising thousands of vapers and causing several fatalities, the suspected cause was the inclusion of the UK banned ingredient, vitamin E acetate. Found in some illicit THC vapes bought on the black market, purchasing inadequate CBD from an unestablished source may present similar dangers.
Always make sure your CBD products are bought from a reputable and well-reviewed source that is regulated by the relevant associations.
IS CBD OIL HARMFUL TO VAPE?
It’s hugely important to make the distinction between CBD e-liquid (sometimes referred to as 'CBD vape oil', especially in the US) and traditional CBD oil. While Vaping CBD vape oil will provide an excellent way for existing vapers to experience CBD, as mentioned earlier, it is a product that has been specifically designed, manufactured and more importantly, regulated to work with an e-cigarette or battery.
CBD oil, as opposed to CBD vape oil, should not be vaped. We’ll repeat. CBD oil should not be vaped. The kind of CBD oil bottles that you might find in your local health food shop will be blended with a base liquid of olive oil and are intended to be used sublingually, topically, or ingested with food or drink. However, CBD oil is the perfect choice for those who don’t vape and are keen to try CBD for the first time.
If you make the mistake of vaping CBD oil, then you may be in for a bit of a shock. Not only will CBD oil leave a terrible taste in your mouth, but it will more than likely ruin your favourite vape pen.
To summarise: It is harmful to vape CBD oil. Ensure you only vape CBD e-liquid.
WHY YOU SHOULD VAPE CBD
If you already vape, then you are probably doing so to quit smoking and stay smoke-free. If you’re looking to try a new vape that is nicotine-free and completely natural, then choosing our CBD e-liquid could provide a great alternative to the conventional nicotine e-liquids you may be used to.
One of the fastest ways for your body to absorb CBD is by vaping, the aerosol created by the e-cigarette contains the CBD molecules that enter the bloodstream via. the lungs almost immediately. This means that the CBD will be able to support your wellbeing and the healthy functioning of your organs faster than it would if you were to ingest CBD oil or place drops under your tongue.
If you are yet to try vaping CBD, then investing in our affordable CBD Vape Kit will provide you with all you need to get started straight away. It's a CBD starter kit that features a standard e-cigarette to heat your CBD e-liquid to the optimum temperature.
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