What Is It?
CBD e-liquids are a type of vape juice that uses CBD instead of nicotine. CBD e-liquids have only recently become available, so, there are a lot of questions and some confusion surrounding this new product. What is CBD? What is CBD e-liquid? Is CBD e-liquid similar to CBD oil? Is it safe and legal to use?
Let’s take a look at these questions to better understand the facts about CBD e-liquid.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has only recently become legally available in the United Kingdom, but it is already growing in popularity. CBD is a plant extract derived from hemp and used in CBD oil and CBD e-liquids.
Because cannabis is known for its psychoactive properties, some people assume that CBD will have the same effect. But CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t make anyone high.
CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis and a lot of research has gone into the effects of CBD on the human body. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, one of the other cannabinoid constituents of cannabis that the plant is more famously known for, CBD does not have intoxicating effects and is instead used for other purposes.
Is CBD e-liquid Legal?
The short answer is yes, CBD e-liquid is legal in the United Kingdom. Products containing THC are illegal but CBD oil and CBD e-liquids have been made legal in the last few years.
Until recently there were only a few products available in the United Kingdom that use CBD and they were all restricted, medical items.
The possible side effects are one of the most common concerns regarding products using CBD. A lot of research has been done into the effects of CBD in humans and the results indicate that CBD does not generally cause any severe side effects. Although there are some potential minor side effects to be aware off.
CBD can cause lower blood pressure and lightheadedness which can be a problem in anyone who already suffers from low blood pressure.
Cottonmouth is another common side effect associated with CBD. Cottonmouth is a dry mouth feeling cause by the cannabinoid receptors in the saliva glands.
A small study has shown that high levels of CBD can cause increased tremors in sufferers of Parkinson’s, although more research needs to be done to confirm this.
Higher levels of CBD can cause drowsiness and also inhibit the liver’s ability to metabolise drugs.
CBD Oils vs. CBD e-liquids
There can be some confusion between CBD oil and CBD e-liquids as CBD oils can also be vaped although they require special equipment.
CBD e-liquid is basically the same as any other juice you might vape except that it contains CBD instead of nicotine. E-liquids use a base of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG) or a mixture of both and can be vaped using a regular atomiser.
CBD oil on the other hand uses a base of oil instead of PG and VG. The oil is usually hemp oil and CBD oils require specialised equipment to vape and come with additional health risks compared to CBD e-liquids.
Health risks with CBD oil
Vaping with oil requires special equipment but also carries a risk of lipoid pneumonia which is an inflammation of the lungs that presents with symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and often fever. Lipoid pneumonia can also sometimes cause haemoptysis or coughing up blood.
Lipoid pneumonia is usually found in older people but it has been linked with vaping oils and there has been at least one confirmed case of hemp oil causing lipoid pneumonia.
CBD oil carries this same risk of lipoid pneumonia regardless of whether it uses hemp oil, olive oil or any other oil as the base.
Thankfully, lipoid pneumonia isn’t a risk when vaping CBD e-liquid or any other juice. The base of PG and VG used in e-liquids doesn’t affect the lungs in the same way as oils and research has shown it to be safe.
The confusion between CBD e-liquids and cannabis oil is another common misconception when discussing CBD.
Unlike CBD e-liquids which are legal and regulated within the United Kingdom, cannabis oil is illegal. Cannabis oil contains THC, one of the other cannabinoid constituents of cannabis that is known for its psychoactive properties. Like CBD oil, cannabis oil has health risks but can also lead to a large fine or imprisonment.
It is important to remember that CBD e-liquid is very different to cannabis oil when it comes to the law and its effects.
CBD e-liquids and drugs tests
The question of whether CBD e-liquids show up during drugs tests is an understandable concern for anyone whose job involves these tests.
CBD e-liquid uses CBD (cannabidiol) which is a cannabinoid found in hemp, but CBD is legal and not something that drugs tests are looking for. Most drugs tests are looking for THC, the cannabinoid that is more famous for its psychoactive properties. As CBD e-liquids do not contain THC they should show up as negative on most drugs tests and a false positive for THC is very unlikely.
At The End Of The Day
CBD e-liquid uses CBD, also known as cannabidiol, instead of nicotine. CBD is a plant extract derived from hemp but it shouldn’t be confused with cannabis or THC, one of the other cannabinoids found in hemp that is known for its psychoactive properties. Unlike Cannabis or anything containing THC, CBD e-liquid doesn’t have psychoactive properties and is completely legal in the United Kingdom.
CBD e-liquid is also sometimes confused with CBD oil. Both the e-liquid and oil can be vaped, although the oil requires specialist equipment and has health risks that aren’t present in CBD e-liquid. CBD e-liquid is safe, legal and shouldn’t be confused with cannabis or CBD oil.