Immensely fashionable and taking both the vaping and CBD markets by storm, CBD disposable vapes are everywhere right now. But are they set to be a flash in the pan or are they here to stay, decreasing anxiety and boosting wellbeing with every puff? If you’ve yet to consume cannabidiol (CBD) via the increasingly popular method of vaping, you might be wondering what the hype is. What exactly are CBD vape pens? Are they safe? What are their benefits? Should I try vaping CBD oil? Before you buy, let us guide you through everything you should know about CBD disposables.
What are CBD Disposable Vape Pens?
CBD disposable vape pens are small, pre-filled, hand-held devices that contain CBD e-liquid ready to vaporise on the go. They look similar to traditional vape pens, but they’re single-use and usually don’t have adjustable settings. All you need to do is inhale the vapour and enjoy the effects of CBD without having to worry about refilling or recharging the device. Compared to some CBD consumption methods, CBD disposable vape pens are discreet, affordable, easy to use and provide a consistent dose of CBD with every puff. They are often available in an array of delicious flavours and they’re ideal for vaping beginners as well as experienced vapers.
Like regular disposable vapes, when your CBD disposable pen has run out of e-juice, you can discard it and simply begin using another. This straightforward method of CBD vaping is convenient and flexible for anyone who would prefer to avoid the relative complexities of traditional mods. Moreover, CBD disposables are often compact and lightweight, fitting into your pocket with ease.
Benefits of CBD Vaping
There are many reported benefits of vaping CBD. Firstly, let’s take a look at the wellbeing benefits of cannabidiol itself, as backed by many preclinical studies (please note that further human studies are required to understand the full effects of CBD on the human body and mind).
Potential Wellbeing Advantages of CBD
Based on an abundance of preliminary trial results and anecdotal reports, CBD has the potential to:
- Ease anxiety and stress
- Boost the mood
- Ease chronic pain, such as joint pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote deeper, more restful sleep
- Increase focus and concentration
- Improve energy levels
- Reduce nausea
- Improve skin (hydration and acne reduction)
How does CBD provide so many wellbeing benefits? In brief, the cannabis compound, upon entering the human body, interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This complex system of neurotransmitters and receptors is responsible for homeostasis (balance) within the body, ensuring physiological systems such as metabolism, sleep, pain perception and mood are regulated. When this system falls off-kilter - as a result of daily stresses such as too much screen time, for instance - we often display symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia or fatigue. CBD, however, can help to restore balance by interacting with receptors within the ECS.
The Benefits of Vaping CBD
There are many different methods of taking CBD, including using CBD oils or tinctures, gummies, capsules or even topical oils. CBD vapes provide a number of benefits, however. These include:
- High bioavailability (CBD enters the system quickly which provides almost instant effects)
- Ideal for those who already smoke or vape
- Less harmful than smoking (as agreed by NHS UK) thanks to lower levels of carcinogens and other toxins
In addition to the above advantages of CBD vaping, disposable vapes containing CBD do not contain nicotine (and CBD is non-addictive) therefore those new to vaping needn’t fret about potential addiction.
Will Vaping CBD Get Me High?
No, using a CBD vape pen will not get you high. CBD, unlike its famous counterpart THC, is not psychoactive, so you don’t need to worry about any feelings of euphoria. Many users report feelings of relaxation and calm shortly after CBD vaping.
Vaping CBD feels very similar to vaping regular e-cigarettes, but if you are new to vaping then this may feel like a strange sensation. Many vapers find the practice of vaping enjoyable and more pleasurable than inhaling smoke from traditional cigarettes.
Are CBD Disposable Vapes Legal in the UK?
The association of the word ‘CBD’ with ‘cannabis’ understandably causes people to question its legality. However, when people refer to cannabis or marijuana, they are often referring to THC – the illegal cannabinoid of the plant. CBD is a separate cannabinoid altogether, found mainly in hemp, and is entirely legal in the UK.
There is one specific law in the UK to be mindful of: any CBD-infused product must contain no more than 0.2% THC, so it is wise to check the labels of any product before purchase. Furthermore, CBD must only be sold to those over the age of 18.
Are CBD Vapes Safe?
As long as your CBD vape adheres to UK law by containing less than 0.2% THC and is from a reputable brand, you can probably be sure that your product is genuine, reliable and relatively safe to use. However, it is important to remember that guidelines for CBD product safety are murky in the UK so use with caution; don’t increase your dosage too quickly and be aware of possible side effects. These can include nausea, dry mouth, fatigue and dizziness.
Look for reputable CBD brands with ethically sourced, lab-tested CBD. If you are concerned about inhaling CBD, there may be other products that are more suitable for you that can provide the same benefits, such as broad-spectrum CBD oils and fruity CBD gummies.
How to Use a CBD Disposable Vape Pen
Disposable vapes couldn’t be easier to use. Your device comes fully set up and ready to go; you needn’t bother with any settings, charging or filling up of CBD e-juice. Simply inhale from your CBD vape pen as and when you need it!
How Long Does a CBD Disposable Vape Last?
CBD vape pens typically last for approximately 600 puffs, though puff count can vary (check the label for guidance). Specific puff count and how long your vape pen lasts also depends on your vaping style; for instance, inhalation length and how frequently you vape throughout the day. Frequent vapers will, of course, have to replace their CBD disposable pen more frequently, however, a 600-puff CBD vape pen should last a week at least. Moreover, many users find that they don’t need to puff frequently to continue reaping the benefits of CBD; just a few drags a day will suffice. CBD vape devices are also engineered to ensure that the battery doesn’t run flat before the e-juice has been used up.
CBD Dosage for Vapes
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to how much CBD is ideal daily as this very much depends on individual factors (weight, metabolism, when you last ate, etc.) As a general rule, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises around 70mg per day, which equates to a little more than 2ml of a 300mg CBD e-liquid.
The most important thing is to start small when vaping CBD for the first time. You could start with 10mg per day, for example, and very gradually increase your dosage over several weeks. This allows you to observe the effects that CBD is having on your system.
CBD Vape E-Liquid vs Nicotine E-Juice
Many people assume they are vaping pure CBD oil when they use CBD vape devices, but in fact, CBD e-juice contains PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerine), in addition to CBD, which enables the juice to be vaporised.
Regular nicotine-based e-liquid also contains PG and VG, and typically nicotine or nicotine salts. Nicotine is addictive and therefore regular e-juice poses a risk of addiction, whereas CBD vape juice is non-addictive.
If you are new to vaping or already enjoy using disposable vapes, then CBD disposable pens are the perfect way to try out the much-loved cannabis compound without any prior knowledge or complex equipment. Vaping CBD allows faster onset of wellness effects and is a discreet and convenient method of consuming CBD. However, if you’re an experienced vaper who desires greater control over their intake and access to a wider selection of flavours, we recommend investing in a refillable pen or 'tank style' setup with its own battery.