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CBD products continue to gain popularity due to wider mainstream acceptance and increasing focus from the medical community on their widespread benefits. Our favorite cannabinoid has undoubtedly come a long way since its initial discovery in 1940.
Whether you’re one of the 14 percent of Americans who have tried CBD products or among the 50 percent who haven’t yet but know what they are, you’ve probably heard of some of the more popular forms. CBD tinctures probably remain the most popular, while other CBD products like gummies and topicals continue to gain popularity.
But what about CBD drip? In this article, we’ll introduce you to this less mainstream CBD product and do a run-through of its pros and cons.
CBD Drip Explained
CBD drip is any liquid CBD product designed to be used in a vaporizer. Other names that you may have heard it referred to as include CBD vape oil, CBD e-liquid, CBD e-juice, CBD vape juice, CBD distillate and no doubt a few others.
It’s important to note here that CBD drip is not the same as a CBD tincture or CBD oil, which are pure CBD extract mixed with a carrier oil such as MCT oil.
Most vape oil or e-juice is a mixture of water and flavorings with propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin base. Some may also contain nicotine, so read labels carefully.
To make use of CBD drip, you’ll need a vape pen, vaporizer or e-cigarette. Like any vaping product, the liquid is thin enough to flow through your tool of choice and then heated. At this point, the vapor created can be inhaled into your lungs, where the CBD will be absorbed into your body.
CBD drip and the accessories needed to use it can be bought online or in select stores, depending on your area.
When it comes to the absorption rates of CBD, inhaling it from a vaporizer is one of the most efficient ways to introduce CBD into your system. It’s the quickest method and also offers potentially the highest bioavailability.
Bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD that will be taken into your bloodstream and circulated throughout your body. Technically, the best method after vaping is taking suppositories rectally, but who wants to do that? And third would be potentially the current most popular method, which is sublingual, meaning under the tongue.
Vaping your CBD may also be helpful if you’re in the process of quitting smoking. In a 2013 study, participants who used CBD drip reduced cigarette consumption by 40 percent, while a control group given a placebo showed no changes at all. More research is still needed in this area, but the findings are encouraging.
While vaping offers the best bioavailability of CBD and quickest absorption rates, it comes with some risks that you should know about to decide if this is the best method of obtaining your daily CBD.
Recent studies have shown that vaping may disrupt immune cells in the lungs, regardless of whether the product being consumed contains nicotine or not. For example, in this study, it was found that the lungs of mice were more highly susceptible to severe infection, including pneumonia, after being exposed to vaporized, nicotine-free e-juice for just four months.
There have also been a string of disturbing vaping-related injuries and deaths recently. The New England Journal of Medicine is keeping a close eye on this issue and making studies and research in this area available as it is published.
When it comes to CBD drip, you absolutely need to do your homework and properly research the company you are buying from. Unfortunately, given the widespread availability of CBD drip online, in shops and through various other channels, possibly harmful products are making their way into people’s lungs across the country.
CBD drip presents an interesting and novel way to consume your CBD. Still, in general, other methods will deliver the benefits you’re after without the potentially harmful side effects. Furthermore, they also allow greater control over the amount of CBD you’re consuming.
When you choose to use CBD tinctures or eat CBD gummies, you’re in complete control of the exact amount of CBD entering your body at any given time. And when you choose to purchase from The Green Claw, you can also be sure of what’s in your tinctures and gummies, thanks to certificates of analysis issued via third-party testing.