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According to researchers at the State University of New York, Albany, inhaled CBD oil enters the bloodstream faster than with other delivery systems, such as oral applications, or through topical treatments applied on the skin – in as fast as 30 seconds. This can be especially useful for users seeking immediate pain or anxiety relief.

In June 2018, the World Health Organization reported that aerosolized CBD works more quickly and effectively than oral CBD applications.

In addition to expedited delivery, vaping CBD oil is fairly simple and small vaping devices such as vape pens are generally undetectable – a major plus for those wishing to keep their health and wellness issues private. Not only that, but CBD vapor from e-cigarettes dissipates in a matter of seconds, versus smoking CBD.

According to Timothy Welty, Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences chair of the department of clinical sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, CBD is not very well absorbed orally (by mouth,) which can make it challenging to administer. Welty stated, “Less than 20 percent of the drug is absorbed orally. If it isn’t made in the right way, you may not be getting much drug into your systemic circulation.”

That said, there are some issues to consider with vaping CBD oil. First, you’ll probably want to avoid CBD oils containing propylene glycol, which can degrade into formaldehyde at high temperatures and cause eye, nose, and throat irritation.

Second, be cautious when it comes to dosing. Because e-cigarettes and various mods vary in the amount and strength of vapor they deliver, it can be challenging to get a precise or consistent dosage – not just from device to device, but from manufacturer to manufacturer as well. Does a bottle of CBD vape juice advertising 500 mg of CBD, deliver 500 mg during each inhalation? Or 500 mg for the entire bottle?

Experts recommend starting very slowly with a single draw (inhale), and waiting a few moments to gauge the effect before proceeding.

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