Using CBD is prohibited for Service members, but it's also risky. Too Much to Lose: don't risk your health and career on unregulated substances. What Are The CBD Vape Side Effects – Are There Any To Lose Sleep Over? We Have Gone Back Over Updated For 2022 Studies To Bring You The Lowdown. There are Benefits and Side Effects of Vaping CBD. Today, Spinfuel VAPE takes a look at both. Before deciding, read this in-depth primer.
Steer Clear from Vaping CBD
You may already know that vaping can hurt you [PDF 1.3MB] due to explosions, burns or harmful chemicals, but did you know that as a Service member, using CBD in any form including vaping, is prohibited [PDF 2MB]* ** and has risks? Some people may vape CBD to manage stress or improve sleep, but there are healthier, safer and more effective ways to do so without putting Service members’ careers in danger. Here are some important things to know about vaping CBD.
It is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD
Foods and products that contain CBD such as e-cigarettes, lotions, coffee and chocolates are getting more popular, but it is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD – including in vapes and e-cigarettes. All forms of CBD are prohibited for Service members: it doesn’t matter how the CBD is used, what the claimed or actual THC concentration is or whether the product can be purchased or used legally in your area.
Vaping CBD can have dangerous side effects
CBD oils are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may contain other, potentially harmful, ingredients. Man-made CBD is also prohibited and can have significant side effects. It can cause seizures, memory loss, drowsiness, fatigue and can impair your cognitive skills (motor coordination and thinking).
The package says CBD, but it may contain THC
Since the FDA does not currently review ingredients and purity of CBD products, the label on these may be incorrect or misleading. For example, CBD vape oils may still have some amount of THC – the ingredient in marijuana that creates a “high” which makes you pop positive on a drug test, even if the box says, ‘no THC.’ Just like CBD, Service members are also prohibited from using THC products. Service members that pop positive on a drug test for THC can be separated or discharged from the military.
Be aware of the risks associated with all types of vaping and consider quitting vaping [PDF 903KB] in general.
Protect yourself and find safe alternatives
Whether you need to de-stress or sleep better, there are healthier, proven ways to do so without using unregulated products that are prohibited for Service members. To relax and improve your sleep, try:
- Talking to someone. Whether you speak with a professional (such as a chaplain or Military OneSource), friend or family member, talking about the things that bother you can help put your mind at ease and de-stress. . Meditating and practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve the sleep you get. . Practicing deep breathing and other breathing exercises can help you feel calm and more focused.
- A hot shower or bath. End your day with a long soak or some steam to relax your muscles and your mind.
Learn more about the risks of using CBD and what you might lose when you use prohibited drugs, so you can take steps to protect yourself.
*The DOD order/regulation on hemp products does not include FDA-approved cannabinoid drugs for which a Service member has a valid prescription.
** This PDF document was published by the Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense; we are not responsible for content contained therein.
CBD Vape Side Effects | Is Vaping CBD Safe?
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Note: This CBD Vape Side Effects Post has been co-authored by Dr Andres Maldonado M.D., in line with the ‘Vape and Juice Medical Review Policy’. Evidence based reporting.
CBD vape side effects are something you will probably find yourself researching either before you try your CBD vape juice for the first time.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which might have you thinking about negative ways it may make you feel. As, after all, cannabis containing THC is illegal because of its side effects.
Here’s a short video on what CBD is, just as a refresher:
However, CBD doesn’t contain enough THC in the slightest, if at all, to have any intoxicating effects. In this article, we will take you through the following topics.
If you’re in a rush, skip ahead with the links below
We don’t want to teach you to suck eggs, so we will keep it brief on what CBD is and if you want more info then head over to History of CBD to find out more.
CBD vape side effects
Vaping CBD does have some side effects, which is, of course, the reason why you might take it! That said, there has not been a huge number of studies run on humans, and most have been done on animals or in vitro conditions.
To get a fuller picture of adverse effects on vaping CBD, more research will need to be done, similar to the work listed below.
Some of the most well known and researched CBD side effects include
When taken in larger doses, CBD may make you feel sleepy. This is ideal if you are struggling with sleep issues and want to fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Research suggests you need around 160mg if you are suffering from insomnia.
In the CBD Study listed at PubMed, when evaluating the effect of CBD vs. placebo in patients with neurodegenerative disease, they found a higher incidence of sedation in patients receiving CBD. Evidence that one should be careful if operating heavy machinery or other equipment when using CBD.
Stay with us, this isn’t a typo or a contradiction. CBD has been found to actually make you feel more alert when taken in small doses. A study on CBD and memory was conducted by Colorado State University, but it is early days and a lot more needs to show in research to suggest at a clinical level, CBD will transform your memory. The brain is still one of the most unknown organs in the human body
CBD has been found to indirectly lower activity in the amygdala which plays a big part in our emotions. This may reduce anxiety and give you a sense of calm. If you are interested in reading further about CBD and anxiety read Does CBD vape help anxiety.
This guidance on CBD and anxiety was more recently hypothesised by running a test on 24 sufferers of societal anxiety disorder, alongside a placebo. You can read the source below – but the findings were that cannabidiol consumption lowered society anxiety feelings on a 100 point scale compared to the test alternative
- Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
CBD is thought to block and bind to receptors. This interaction then changes the way in which we perceive pain. Whether it is headaches, period pains, joint pain or anything in between.
- Reduction in seizures
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that CBD may help those who suffer from epilepsy. There is even a pharmaceutical product which contains the cannabinoid from GW Pharma in the UK. This product is known as Epidiolex and was amongst one of the first of it’s kind in the world.
Negative side effects of vaping CBD
At the time of writing this article, there haven’t been any reports of vaping CBD being toxic. THC on the other hand is. You can read all about the dangers of vaping THC on our post about Dank Vapes.
The most frequently reported side effects of vaping CBD include the following adverse effects.
This data is taken from Medscape which is owned by WebMD and offers access to ongoing medical information and education for professionals. It gives our data the authority it requires, to ensure you are reading credible information.
- Infections, all (40-41%)
- Somnolence (23-25%)
- Infection, other (21-25%)
- Decreased appetite (16-22%)
- Diarrhea (9-20%)
- Transaminases elevated (8-16%)
- Rash (7-13%)
- Fatigue, malaise, asthenia (11-12%)
- Infection, viral (7-11%)
- Insomnia (5-11%)
CBD and side effects on the liver
If you have a liver disease then you may need a lower dose of the cannabinoid to those with healthy and fully functioning livers. There is a rare side effect of liver injury from taking too much CBD.
It is general guidance that you would seek professional medical advice before taking anything that can disrupt liver function, or alter it potentially in any way. Particularly if you suffer from any liver related issues.
Is vaping CBD safe?
CBD is a non-toxic substance that will not make you feel ‘high’ or intoxicated or any of the feelings you may associate with smoking cannabis.
To make sure you are getting a safe product that actually is CBD, make sure you ask to see a certificate of analysis if it is not obviously available. This will show you everything you need to know about the vape product, so you can rest assured you are getting something that is safe.
You also need to make sure you are taking CBD correctly.
When vaping the cannabinoid you should be using CBD vape juice, not CBD oil. It is sometimes called vape oil, which is confusing. Just remember never to put oil in your vape kit. It isn’t designed to move through your device or your lungs for that matter.
- Read more on CBD Vape Benefits Next.
Can I give CBD to my child?
Vaping CBD isn’t suitable for children. Nor is vaping itself.
There has been some research into CBD for ADHD and autism as well as anxiety. Many parents have given it to their children – we make no apologies for not wishing to report with an answer to the question: “Can I give CBD to my child.”.
We as a business stress that our guidance from our Medical Review Team is as follows:
There is very little evidence at this stage to support the use of CBD in children and it is inadvisable to recommend giving CBD to children who’s brains are still developing.
Dr Andres Maldonado M.D.
Can you vape CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
It is advised that you do not vape CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. While it is likely safe, some products may contain other ingredients which could harm the baby. Best to be of the safe side and avoid it until you have had the baby and they are weaned.
CBD and medication interactions
Vaping CBD is generally seen as a safe remedy. However, there is one thing to consider when it comes to taking CBD and that is interactions with medications.
The interactions may change the way the body processes and metabolize certain meds.
Let’s get into a little biology. In the human body – the liver specifically, there are a group of enzymes called cytochrome P450, also known as CYP450. These convert foreign substances to allow them to be eliminated.
Some meds and remedies affect this family of enzymes by either slowing or speeding up the metabolism of drugs. This can then alter how your body processes these drugs or supplements.
These enzymes are also the ones that metabolise cannabinoids, such as CBD. However, during the metabolisation process, the CBD can infer with CYP3A4.
So how can CBD vape affect medications?
So, the CYP3A4 is the enzyme which metabolises lots of the prescription meds out there. If CBD is interfering and inhibiting this enzyme then it can’t do its job of metabolising the drugs as it may have without CBD in your system.
For one example, if your body starts to metabolise your meds slower than its usual rate, then you could end up with more in your system at one time. Giving you some unwanted side effects.
One suggestion is to look for the grapefruit warning. If your medication has a warning against eating or drinking grapefruits while taking it, then CBD may also not be safe. This is because grapefruits inhibit the CYP3A4 like CBD is thought to.
It is important to check with your healthcare provider if you are taking medications and also want to try CBD.
ONLY AN EXAMPLE:
Another such example, is to imagine that a person is taking contraceptive medication and that they start taking CBD. This CBD interaction through reasons at the time unknown, causes a decrease in the effects of the contraceptive and the woman becomes pregnant. This would be a significant problem if you weren’t planning it.
It must be said, this is not a factual scenario and is only to illustrate a point.
What conditions may CBD vape help with?
There are a number of conditions that have shown promise in CBD studies. Some of the studies are in their early research phases. These conditions include:
* From Tourettes, to Multiple Sclerosis, to Neurogenerative diseases, many more things could be added over time – BUT and this is the critical factor, there just isn’t YET the conclusive research to state CBD vaping is the be all and end all.
Despite this, the application of CBD in many diseases is being studied and at length. Maybe in 10 years it could be used for diseases we never even imagined
CBD vape side effects, final thoughts
There are side effects to basically everything, even eating Marmite (heartburn for me). The side effects of vaping CBD are very minimal and don’t happen for everyone. The main concern is to check whether they interfere with any medication you are on by chatting with your doctor or alternative health practitioner.
Vaping CBD – the Benefits and Side Effects
Vaping CBD has been on the rise in popularity this past year. And it’s already a booming industry, globally. People around the globe are jumping on the CBD train, and companies are coming out with all the newest and funnest ways to take it.
Traditionally we’d have to smoke a joint to get a good hit of CBD, but that’s no longer necessary. Now, you can take CBD orally in the form of capsules or edibles. It can used on your skin, and Vaping CBD, even with tanks and coils, has never been easier.
However, do we really know what CBD is? Should we be worried about what it will do to our bodies if we vape it? Keep reading to get the 2020 version of the truth about vaping CBD and whether or not it’s safe.
What is CBD?
CBD (known as cannabidiol in the science world) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. It was only discovered a few decades ago, and has been under the microscope for even fewer years.
It has recently become very popular because of its promising effects on our bodies. CBD is processed by a system in our bodies called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which is responsible for regulating many of the most important functions in our bodies such as sleep, hormonal balances, and memory.
When a person takes CBD, it can affect them in many different ways and in varying amounts of time depending on how much they take, the type of CBD product they use, and how they take it. Since there are so many options out there, one can easily tailor their CBD routine to their own needs and preferences.
CBD vs THC
One of the most common questions regarding CBD is: ‘Does CBD make you high?’, and there is only one answer to it across the board: ‘absolutely not’. CBD is a cannabinoid and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Without THC it can’t make you high.
THC, on the other hand, is well-known across the globe for the infamous high it gives you. Unfortunately, CBD and THC are often lumped together since they’re both from cannabis and hemp plants, but they are very different.
In fact, CBD and THC are processed by entirely different ECS receptors in different areas of our bodies. CBD is processed by CB2 receptors which are located throughout our bodies, and THC is processed by CB1 receptors which are found in our brains.
The main difference between CBD and THC is that one makes you high and the other gives you a load of other benefits without the high. Now that you know this, you should totally go and spread the CBD knowledge and join the global CBD education movement!
How Safe is Vaping CBD?
One of the US’ favorite ways of taking CBD is by vaping CBD. This is due to many different reasons, and these are a few:
- It is the fastest-acting way of taking CBD
- It’s so easy and fast to vape throughout the day
- There are so many flavours and CBD strengths available
- There are THC-free options and options with THC available
With that said, as more and more people begin to take up vaping CBD, there are questions being raised about the safety of vaping CBD. Many attribute this to the big vaping scandal that has been going on recently, resulting in many people either stopping vaping or companies such as Apple putting a ban on everything vaporizer related.
Is it actually safe to vape CBD? This is a very particular question, as it carries so much weight behind it; and the answer varies depending on where you are, how you obtain the CBD vaporizer and vape liquid, and other things. Let’s dive into it.
There was recently (August, 2019) a very impactful lawsuit against a CBD vaporizer company. Erin Gilbert had used CBD by vaping it, and shortly after began to experience life-threatening side effects to the degree of respiratory failure down and the amputation of both her legs due to blood clots.
She purchased a mango-flavoured CBD vape pen and used it during the day. It was very apparent that the CBD vape pen had caused her these unimaginable consequences, but why? What happened that caused this to happen?
Erin Gilbert lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is where she purchased and used the CBD vape pen, and where the sale and manufacturing of CBD is still illegal. This leads investigators to believe that she purchased this vape pen from an under-the-radar seller.
Since CBD products (CBD vapes included) aren’t even legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is even less chance that the CBD vape Gilbert used was tested, monitored, and/or approved by any health or food and drug regulation agency. This is where the simple act of vaping CBD became so dangerous.
CBD has never been known to cause any side effects other than nausea, headaches, diarrhea, or vomiting, and even these side effects are rare. This takes us to analyzing the other ingredients used in the CBD vape liquid Gilbert consumed.
Counterfeited CBD Dangers
Counterfeited CBD products, including the one Erin Gilbert used, have been found to contain a number of different substances used as a carrier oil. These ingredients include vitamin E acetate, which is what Gilbert’s hospitalization was traced to.
Vitamin E Acetate
Vitamin E acetate, among other substances, can be incredibly harmful to our bodies when vaporized, and the fact that counterfeit or low-end vaporizer companies are using it in their vape liquids is a huge issue at the moment due to cases such as Gilbert’s.
Does this make vaping CBD dangerous? Not as a whole. There is a large difference between the type of CBD vaporizer that Gilbert used and the CBD vaporizer being used in countries where it is legal. The UK and the USA are legal CBD countries.
Points to Consider
What does this show us? Here are some incredibly important points to consider in order to make sure you’ll be safe when vaping CBD:
- Always make sure vaping CBD is legal and monitored in your country.
- Make no exceptions. If you want to buy a CBD vape product, always make sure you purchase it from a well-known and reputable brand.
- Read the third-party lab tests! Reputable CBD brands offer third-party lab results. You should always check them for CBD and THC content. Also additional information regarding the ingredients in the CBD vape liquid.
- Go easy if you’re new to CBD. By starting out at a low CBD dosage you will ensure that your body gets used to CBD and you could avoid some of the pesky side effects it may cause.
Benefits of Vaping CBD
Though there are some scary cases such as Erin Gilbert’s case, vaping CBD isn’t actually bad for you. There is a super high number of people using CBD vapes all over the world, and the vast majority of them have benefited from it rather than suffered because of it.
- Our bodies process CBD the quickest when inhaled in vapor form.
- Anxiety, depression, insomnia or trouble sleeping, can be eased with CBD.
- CBD can help manage pain caused by conditions or diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or arthritis; and may even be of use when treating neurological pain.
- It has been known to reduce inflammation and pain caused by it, and to serve as a treatment for inflamed muscles or joints.
- Cannabinoids may help people regain their appetite or help people with disorders such as ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder).
CBD has a plethora of benefits for our bodies. The fact is that you most likely never experience any side effects. Especially if you make sure to stay away from vitamin E acetate.
Side Effects of Vaping CBD
Side effects are well covered above. Does vaping good CBD have side effects? Should you experience any at all? Here’s some info:
- Side effects of vaping good, legal CBD are the same side effects associated with taking CBD in any form. These include:
Alternatives to Vaping CBD
As the CBD market grows, there are more and more ways of taking CBD that are available to the public. Is vaping CBD the only option? Not at all! There are so many other ways of taking CBD that are almost as quick-acting and efficient as vaping CBD! Here are some:
- CBD sprays and CBD oils are a great way to take CBD orally. They are very potent and have long-lasting effects.
- Aromatherapy products from CBD are perfect for taking an indirect way. You still reap its benefits.
- CBD crystals and CBD isolates added to any food or beverage. One can have a lot of liberty over how much CBD they take, and when they take it. are a perfect alternative for people who don’t like the taste of CBD.
You don’t have to be afraid of vaping CBD. As long as you make sure to stay safe by following safety tips you’re fine. You can see that vaping CBD is just one option. You can skip out on the vaping scene and still have options available to you.