Materials & Use

Vaping Hemp CBD Oil: What You Should Know

Gabi Antunes

Aug 9, 2019

Cannabidiol (CBD) is sweeping the nation, enjoying a boost following the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp from which the compound comes. CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the plant and it has made its way into an array of consumer goods in states that permit the addition of hemp CBD, including vape products. If you’ve ever considered vaporizing hemp CBD oil, there are a few things you should know before kicking off a hemp CBD session.

1. What is hemp CBD?

The abbreviation CBD refers to Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa L. Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with the human endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors throughout the body thought to govern a range of bodily functions and processes. As one of the most abundant cannabinoids in industrial hemp, CBD has become a popular compound that is found in a wide range of consumer goods in states that allow it. People use hemp CBD for a variety of reasons, but its vast penetration into so many verticals is thanks chiefly to concentrated material known as hemp CBD oil.

2. What is hemp CBD oil?

Hemp CBD oil is a concentrated oil made by extracting CBD and other compounds found within the industrial hemp plant. In the extraction process, a solvent is used to draw CBD and these other compounds, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, out of the hemp plant. The resulting extract is mixed into a carrier oil. MCT oil from coconut, olive oil, and hemp seed oil are three common carrier oils used for this purpose, though many different types of oil are used across the industry.

In an industry crowded by many types of infused products, hemp CBD oil remains one of the most popular in states that allow these hemp CBD products. It is important to note, however, that hemp CBD oil is not the same as the hemp CBD vape liquid found in cartridges and disposable vape pens. Hemp CBD oil is specifically blended for ingestion, while vaping oil should only contain food-grade ingredients designed for inhalation. Do not attempt to inhale hemp CBD oil that is not clearly marked as a vaping product.

3. How to use hemp CBD vape oil

Vaporizing hemp CBD oil, or other types of hemp CBD concentrates such as shatter, is a simple process that only takes a few steps. These concentrates can be vaped with a desktop vaporizer, portable vaporizer with the appropriate chamber inserts, or a pre-filled cartridge can be purchased and inserted into a compatible battery but only in states that allow the inhalation of hemp CBD products. You may also be able to purchase hemp CBD flower for use with a desktop vaporizer, portable vaporizer, or vape pen with an oven.

Vaping hemp CBD oil, though, involves understanding how your device works. It’s important to know the below terminology before vaping hemp CBD.

4. Battery

Portable vaporizers and vape pens are dependent upon their batteries for power. Typically, vapes use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which often make up the bulk of the device. These batteries might be contained within the device or they could be threaded for use with screw-in cartridges. Whatever type of device you have, it’s important to make sure your battery is fully charged before you start a session. A fully charged battery will efficiently deliver power to the heating element, making for a long-lasting session.

5. Heating Element

The heating element of the vaporizer is essential to bringing your chosen material to its boiling point. The heating element receives an electrical current delivered by the battery, which warms the coil and transfers heat to the material.

Vaporizers typically use either conduction or convection heating methods. Conduction heating occurs when the material directly touches the material and transfers heat via a physical connection. Convection heating uses the movement of heated air to indirectly vaporize the material.

6. Chamber or cartridge

Every vaporizer model has a method through which you pack or insert your hemp CBD. Some vaporizers have chambers or ovens, into which material can be loaded by hand. Many vapes that are compatible with dry herb material and concentrates will also include a concentrate pad for loading oils and waxes. Other vaporizers, namely vape pens, are compatible with screw-in or snap-in cartridges that come pre-filled with oils. Whichever method your vaporizer employs, the heating element will transfer heat to the material stored in the chamber or cartridge, vaporizing it for you to inhale.

7. Mouthpiece

The mouthpiece of your vape serves as the delivery system for your vaporized material. Simply inhale on the mouthpiece to take in the vapor. For cartridge vape pens, the mouthpiece will be attached to the cartridge that contains your material. Some vaporizers, such as the PAX 3, employ advanced lip sensing technology that can tell when you are about to draw on the mouthpiece and alter the temperature accordingly. When not in use, these vaporizers cool down, helping to conserve your material.

8. Which vape pens can you use with hemp CBD oil?

If you plan on using hemp CBD oil with your vaporizers, you’ll need to first be sure that the two are compatible. There are many vapes made to accept concentrate materials like oil, so as long as yours is capable then it’s as simple as following the loading and usage instructions included in your device owner’s manual. While some vapes are designed for concentrates alone, others can work with hemp CBD flower and hemp CBD concentrates. From vaporizer to vaporizer, the precise method of loading and vaporizing oil differs slightly, so be sure to consult your vape’s user manual prior to starting up a session.

When it comes to cartridge vape pens, vaporizing oil is as simple as acquiring the pre-filled cartridge of your choosing. In this case, you would take a cartridge containing hemp CBD oil and screw it into your battery. Once assembled, simply power your device on and you are ready to begin vaping your hemp CBD oil.

9. Is vaping the only way to consume hemp CBD?

Vaping is but one of many methods consumers use to ingest hemp CBD products. In states that allow other modes of administering hemp CBD oil, it could potentially be consumed directly in the form of a sublingual tincture, ingested in the form of snacks, foods, and beverages, or by application with infused topicals.

However you choose to consume hemp CBD oil, it should be in a form the state allows and it’s important to know your product and how to use it properly. This is especially the case when it comes to vaping, because using your vaporizer in any way other than intended by the manufacturer could result in damage to your device. If you’re interested in vaping hemp CBD oil, all you need is a state that allows it, a vape that can work with oil, and the know-how to properly operate it. Adding hemp CBD oil to your session repertoire could enhance your overall vape experience, just be sure to do your homework first.