A Pros and Cons Comparison of Vaping CBD Products and Ingesting Oils
It's essential to address the pros and cons of vaping CBD products and ingesting CBD oils before deciding on the best method. Find out which method is right for you.
Published July 7, 2021.
There are several ways to consume CBD, with vaping and ingestion being two popular - but opposing - methods. Each has advantages and disadvantages, potentially making them ideal for some symptoms and less effective for others.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of vaping CBD products and ingesting CBD oils.
Inhalation through vaping or other means sends CBD directly to the lungs and instantly to the bloodstream. As a result, your endocannabinoid receptors get instant access. Research and anecdotal evidence indicate the effects should follow within a few minutes. Vaping is also the most bioavailable, meaning your body gets to use more CBD in each dose than any other method - over 50%.
On the negative side, vaping has the shortest duration of effect - around two hours. It's also nearly impossible to dose since you have no way to measure the amount of CBD in each puff. Consequently, CBD vapes are often quickly overused. They're also quite pricey, and the costs will add up.
Using CBD Oil
Oils, on the other hand, are different from vapes. Oral administration is the best option for long-lasting relief, which goes between four and eight hours. Dosing is easier with CBD oil since it's a liquid that comes with a pre-measured dropper.
However, oil has some problems. Oral CBD - be it oils, gummies, or other similar forms - takes the longest to hit, so expect to wait between 30 and 60 minutes. It's also the least bioavailable, meaning your body eliminates most of the CBD before your body can harness what's left ( around 20%).
Again, there's no right or wrong way to consume CBD. Vaping is fast-acting but not long-lasting. Oil, on the other hand, hits slowly but lasts long.
Just keep these key points in mind when choosing the CBD product that fits your needs.
Dr. Lori Beth Bisbey