Features of vape with THC & CBD
What is THC vape oil? Features of vape with THC & CBD
Many people are using THC liquid for vaping nowadays – but what is THC vape oil, and how does it affect you?
Vaping THC is popular among people who suffer from anxiety or chronic pain, as THC seems to reduce both. Some research also suggests that THC reduces nausea. However, THC has some drawbacks and side effects.
Whether you’re a vaper looking to try something new, or a tobacco smoker who’s considering switching to vape products, it’s important to learn about THC before using THC vape oil.
What is THC vape oil?
Cannabis and hemp plants contain dozens of chemicals, called cannabinoids, which affect the body in various ways. Two of the most well-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Each cannabinoid affects the body in different ways.
THC vape oil – also known as THC e-liquid or THC vape juice – is a concentrated form of THC that has been distilled into a liquid that you can vape. Vaporizers heat this liquid and turn it into vapor, which you can then inhale.
THC vape oil is made specifically for vaping. You can also get THC or cannabis oil that is intended for ingestion – you usually drop it under the tongue and wait for the effects to kick in. While you can use this cannabis oil for vaping, it will probably need to be diluted first.
People often prefer vaping to smoking cannabis – whether through joints or pipes – because vaping THC oil is easier on the lungs. Vaping involves high heat, but it doesn’t involve burning anything, which is what smoking essentially is.
How to use THC liquid for vaping.
Not sure how to use liquid THC? Each vaporizer is different, and the instructions will differ between types. You can use a vaporizing pen or a desktop vaporizer, depending on what you prefer.
Here’s how to use THC liquid in a vape pen. Bear in mind that vape pens vary. If you’re unsure how to use yours, double-check the instructions.
- Charge your vape, if needed.
- Add a few drops of the THC vape juice to the chamber or tank in your vape pen. If possible, consider getting a pre-filled THC liquid vape cartridge.
- Turn the vape on and inhale. Some vapes require you to press a button whenever you inhale, while others are automatic.
- Repeat as much as you’d like.
Can you vape regular cannabis oil? Yes.
Be aware that THC liquid might make you feel very high, very quickly. If you’re new to vaping THC, take the slow route: take one or two puffs and pause for a few minutes before continuing. It’s also a good idea to go for a weaker THC liquid in the beginning.
Side effects of THC oil and THC vaping.
The biggest side effect of vaping THC oil is that it can get you high pretty quickly. While some people enjoy the intoxicating effect, others dislike the feeling. It’s definitely not a good idea to vape THC before operating heavy machinery or doing brain-intensive work, like taking a test.
Most drug tests check for THC, so be aware of this before using it.
There are also a few other side effects of THC, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Slower reflexes
- Red eyes
- Memory loss
- Increased heart rate
- Increased anxiety
Everybody is different, and while some people experience these side effects intensely, others don’t experience them at all.
What are the benefits of vaping CBD oil?
CBD is another well-known cannabinoid. So far, there’s a fair amount of scientific research on the benefits of CBD. While it shares some characteristics with THC, it’s remarkably different in its own way.
Much like THC, CBD has a number of health benefits. Many of the health benefits of THC overlap with the benefits of CBD; for example, CBD has also been linked to reducing stress and anxiety and soothing pain. CBD also offers a few health benefits that aren’t associated with THC.
Here are a few of the most well-known health benefits of CBD:
- Seizures. CBD has been proven to treat certain seizure conditions. In fact, a CBD-based drug named Epidiolex is now commercially available for the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy.
- Inflammation. CBD is an anti-inflammatory chemical , which makes it great for treating inflammatory chronic diseases and injuries.
- Anxiety. A lot of scientific research suggests CBD has anti-anxiety properties and can reduce one’s general stress levels. A study , which involved giving CBD to subjects just before a public speaking test, found that CBD reduced anxiety.
- Nausea and vomiting. A 2010 study suggests that CBD might reduce nausea and vomiting in chemo patients, and a 2011 study concluded that CBD can reduce general nausea.
- Pain. CBD is an analgesic, which means it can reduce pain. A 2018 review of studies found that CBD effectively reduces cancer-related pain, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain.
Are there side effects of CBD? According to this extensive review , CBD is considered safe and it is well-tolerated by humans. This means that we are able to consume large amounts without it threatening our health. However, there are some side effects of CBD, like diarrhea, changes in appetite, and fatigue.
Vaping CBD oil vs vaping THC oil.
You might be wondering: should I vape CBD oil or THC oil?
It depends on your own personal preferences and needs. If you don’t mind – or enjoy – getting high, THC might be right for you. If you want to experience a range of health benefits without the high, consider trying CBD oil.
Here’s a quick comparison of the apparent benefits of CBD vs the benefits of THC:
Marijuana vaping among teens has more than doubled since 2013
Researchers found that adolescents who say they vaped cannabis within the last 30 days increased 7-fold from 2013 to 2020.
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Teen vaping of marijuana doubled between 2013 and 2020, indicating that young people may be swapping out joints, pipes or bongs for vape pens, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that adolescents who say they vaped cannabis within the last 30 days increased 7-fold — from 1.6% to 8.4% — during the same period.
The report was published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday by researchers who analyzed 17 studies involving nearly 200,000 adolescents in the U.S. and Canada. Overall, they say, the cumulative data points to what may be a shift in preference from dried herb to cannabis oil products, which is how marijuana is ingested via vaping.
This may be due to the more intense high that can be achieved by cannabis oils, which contain higher levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and the misconception that vaping devices are safer than smoking.
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However, researchers stressed that vaping marijuana poses serious health dangers for teens.
“Regular use of high THC products could increase the risk of dependence, other substance use and many other health, social and behavioral problems later in life,” study author Carmen Lim, a doctoral candidate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia, told NPR.
The Monitoring the Future survey — a large U.S. survey on drug and alcohol use related attitudes in adolescents — is one of the 17 studies included in the new meta-analysis. Although it showed that marijuana use has remained relatively stable among 12th graders in the last few years, hovering around the 35% mark, the growing popularity of electronic pot vaping devices is alarming, Lim said.
“Since marijuana is currently illegal at the federal level, many products are not regulated,” she explained.
She noted that the amount of toxicant in marijuana vapes, including cutting agents such as Vitamin E acetate, which can interfere with normal lung functioning when inhaled, remains unknown.
The Centers for Disease and Prevention reported an outbreak of more than 2,800 cases of lung injury, including 68 deaths, that were linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products between March 2019 and February 2020. Investigators eventually determined that the vast majority of people who had sustained lung injuries after vaping had consumed THC-containing products, many of which also contained Vitamin E acetate.
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Carol Boyd, co-director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health at the University of Michigan, told NPR “vaping marijuana appears even worse” for young people than vaping nicotine products.
The 2020 Monitoring the Future survey found that “adolescents’ lifetime cannabis vaping” use was associated with several adverse respiratory symptoms.
“In contrast to smoking cannabis, vaping marijuana with an electronic nicotine device increased the likelihood that adolescents would have worrisome pulmonary symptoms, including things like wheezing or whistling in their chest,” Boyd said.
They are also more likely to have their sleep disturbed by wheezing and experience a dry cough when exercising, she added.
“They vape because they think it’s safer but that’s not necessarily the case,” Boyd said. “They are misleading themselves.”
The study advocates for greater investment in intervention and prevention measures, including better regulation of cannabis vaping products and bans on advertising that target young people.
Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present
A technology initially promoted to help cigarette smokers has transformed marijuana use, too. Now, with cases of severe lung illness rising, health investigators are warning people to stop vaping cannabis.
SAN FRANCISCO — For years, a divisive debate has raged in the United States over the health consequences of nicotine e-cigarettes. During the same time, vaping of a more contentious substance has been swiftly growing, with scant notice from public health officials.
Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes filled with burning leaves but through sleek devices and cartridges filled with flavored cannabis oils. People in the legalized marijuana industry say vaping products now account for 30 percent or more of their business . Teenagers, millennials and baby boomers alike have been drawn to the technology — no ash, a faint smell, easy to hide — and the potentially dangerous consequences are only now becoming evident.
Most of the patients in the outbreak of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping — which has left 1,479 people sick and 33 dead so far — vaped THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. Until more information is known, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people not to vape cannabis products.
To some scientists, and even industry leaders, warning signs have been apparent for years as vaping cannabis grew in the shadows, propelled by a patchwork of regulations, a wave of state-by-state legalization and a soaring supply of low-cost marijuana.
While the government and researchers poured resources into studying e-cigarettes, federal rules sharply limiting research into the health effects of cannabis — because it is classified as a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse — have left a void in scientific knowledge about what THC vaping does to the lungs.
Last year, Dr. Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine and a researcher on nicotine and vaping at the University of California, San Francisco, sent a letter to Congress warning of the risks posed by leaving a hugely popular practice unstudied.
“Very little is known about the safety or effects of vaped cannabis oil,” he wrote, cautioning that some ingredients mixed into the oils “could have harmful, toxic effect on users, including the potential for causing and/or promoting cancer and lung disease.”
“It’s disgraceful,” Dr. Benowitz said in a recent interview as reports of hospitalizations and deaths from vaping-related lung illnesses mounted. “I’m not able to take products we think are potentially harmful and do analysis. I can buy a vape device around the corner, but I can’t bring it into the lab and test it.”
Even members of the legalized marijuana industry acknowledge the lack of hard science about the cannabis vaping products they sell.
“There’s a glaring gap in trying to understand this product,” said Jerred Kiloh , president of the board of the United Cannabis Business Association , which represents 165 marijuana dispensaries in California, where marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2016.
Mr. Kiloh, who owns the Los Angeles dispensary Higher Path, said he believed that the vape pens sold in his stores and in other licensed and regulated stores are likely safe because the ingredients were measured and tested by the state . The Bureau of Cannabis Control did not return calls asking for comment.
Vaping oils typically include other additives, solvents and flavor enhancers, and health investigators believe some such ingredients, including vitamin E acetate, could be responsible for some of the lung illness cases. The problem of unknown and potentially dangerous additives, Mr. Kiloh and others said, is vastly worse in a soaring black market in the nearly 40 states where recreational marijuana is still illegal.
Even in states where the drug is legal, counterfeit cartridges are cheaper than the licensed, tested and taxed products. It is hard for legal players who pay taxes to compete. A regulated vape pen with half a gram of THC costs $55, compared with $25 or less on the street for an untested product.
“We don’t know what the chemical composition is,” Mr. Kiloh said, “and we especially don’t know what the chemical composition is once it’s been combined, heated and inhaled.”
No Ash, No Rolling Papers
In the earliest days of cannabis vaping, a small group of innovators saw the technology as a safer way to help medicinal marijuana patients. They hoped that vaping — which entails heating THC so that it turns to an aerosol — would be less harmful to the lungs than inhaling combusted marijuana.
But that ethos quickly gave way to a different lure: the pure convenience of vaping, which allowed users to avoid rolling joints, spilling ash, giving off a telltale smell — or getting caught. Vape pens brought the sheen of high technology to a drug associated with hippies and grunge, along with the discretion of, say, texting beneath the dinner table.
“You could vape in a police station and no one would even know, not that you’d want to do that ,” said a 35-year-old man outside Harvest, a marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, who declined to give his name because he said he did not want to hurt his job-hunting prospects.