Do you buy CBD vape online? Do you know what to look for in a high-quality CBD vape product? This comprehensive buying guide will help you distinguish between high and low-quality products. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid is important, especially when it comes to the effectiveness of the CBD and how it may benefit you.
Please note that THC vape products are not mentioned here. They are not legal to purchase online. A separate THC vape buying guide will be made available so that you know what to look for when visiting a medical or recreational cannabis dispensary.
Color of Vape Liquid
The color of the liquid in your CBD vape is very important. A high-quality CBD vape liquid will be dark brown in color, and should not be transparent (see through it). These are pure extractions that have not been refined to remove all of the good cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in cannabis and hemp plants.
Clear CBD vape products are not ideal because they are lacking some of the cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant.
The ingredients listed for CBD vape should be a very short list. Coconut oil is an ideal ingredient. It is able to withstand being heated multiple times without burning, crystallizing or leaking.
Avoid CBD vape with these ingredients:
- Propylene glycol (PPG or PG)
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400
- Medium chain triglycerides
- Vegetable glycerin
The ingredients mentioned above thin the liquid. When these liquids are heated, harmful compounds are likely to be detected such as acrolein, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.
Your CBD vape liquid should contain only a natural agent (such as coconut oil, as an example), natural CBD and natural terpenes. Terpenes aid in the flavor of the oil while increasing the efficiency of the CBD. Terpenes are sourced from thousands of flowers, herbs, plants and trees/shrubs. They do have proven health benefits.
Amount of Active Cannabidiol (CBD)
While your CBD cartridge may say that it is a 500mg cartridge, how much of that is active CBD? If your manufacturer is not listing the amount of active CBD, you may not be purchasing a high-quality product. In the product description, you should see it mentioned as this is a vital detail that shouldn’t be left out. Avoid CBD vape products that do not disclose the amount of active CBD, such as 200mg active CBD per cartridge as an example.
CBD vape disposables and/or vape cartridges that seem too cheap, probably are. They may be made with unnatural thinning agents and may contain CBD isolate and not pure CBD. Price does matter, a quality CBD vape will be priced a bit higher, but again, these are pure, clean CBD products and not isolates and artificial ingredients.
Disposable vs Cartridge
This comes down to personal preference. Some manufacturers make both disposable CBD vape pens and individual cartridges that work with 510-threaded cannabis vape pens. With the cartridges, you have to make sure your pen (battery) is charged before you leave the house, but charging them is simple. The vape pens for the cannabis industry are USB charged devices, meaning that anywhere that you have a CBD port available, you can charge your vape pen battery.
With disposables, they’re ready to go and are designed to maintain charge for the duration of the expected use period. These are the grab-and-go preference of those with busy lifestyles and those that have too many devices requiring charging already.
Full Spectrum vs Isolate
This is where you really need to pay attention to product descriptions. Pure, full spectrum CBD is ideal. It is not lacking any terpenes or natural cannabinoids. Isolates are missing cannabinoids and terpenes, it is not a whole-plant product. The benefit of full spectrum CBD is that it uses the entire plant, so you’re not missing any cannabinoids, terpenes or minerals/vitamins from the plant.
Isolating cannabidiol is also a lengthy process. While it may create clearer vape liquid, it’s lacking what your body needs – cannabinoids other than cannabidiol. The cannabinoids in hemp-derived CBD are not psychoactive, so you will not experience any kind of high – even from full spectrum hemp-derived CBD.
When you see it mentioned that CBD isolate is used, you’re not getting natural phytocannabinoids or other vital non-cannabinoid plant compounds that help the synergism of the CBD with your body. A recent study found that pure CBD may be more effective for inflammation than over-the-counter products such as aspirin.
The source of the CBD should be mentioned by the manufacturer. It is ideal to purchase CBD that is derived from European or U.S. grown hemp. European and German sourced CBD is ideal. These products must be tested for purity prior to being sold and exported. The governments overseas are stringent in their regulation of hemp CBD oil, it must be pure and clean before it can be exported.
CBD products in the U.S. should be tested for purity and to ensure that there is no THC present.
If a source of the CBD used for the vape is not listed, always ask your seller.
The extraction method used is important. Look for CBD vape that mentions supercritical CO2 or butane-free extraction processes. These are the purest, safest and cleanest extraction methods for CBD, and THC. Supercritical CO2 extraction uses a precise pressure and temperature sensitive process that does not damage, kill-off or remove any natural cannabinoids or terpenes during the process.
While some manufacturers also add natural terpenes to their vape liquids, it is a natural addition that is meant to aid in benefitting you and may add to the potential benefit you may experience.
Finding Legal CBD Products
CBD that is sourced from hemp is legal to ship anywhere in the U.S. CBD derived from cannabis is not, due to the plant it is extracted from. Traces of THC may be present in cannabis-derived CBD.
What to Avoid
Avoid any CBD vape that is clear or golden, but still see-through. These are likely isolates and not full spectrum products.
Avoid CBD that does not list the amount of active CBD in the vape product.
Avoid products that either do not list the ingredients or include chemicals/artificial ingredients.
If you are unable to contact the seller or manufacturer, avoid the product. Accessible sellers are ideal because it is important that your remaining questions are answered.
Storing your CBD Vape Cartridges and Disposable Pens
When storing your CBD vape cartridges and disposable pens, it is important to do so with the mouthpiece facing downward. This keeps the liquid inside away from the wick. Keeping the liquid away from the wick prevents device malfunction and leaking. Vape pens heat and cool hundreds of times, and leaks can happen if the coil gets too hot, or the liquid inside thins too much.