Four Steps to choosing the best CBD vape oil
Vaping CBD oils and e liquids is becoming increasingly more popular, finding good quality CBD vape oil can be a difficult task. Here we review the UK’s best CBD vape oil.
More people than ever are using CBD vape oil and oral CBD oil to help alleviate a number of health issues. Also known as hemp oil, CBD vape oil demand has grown rapidly as sufferers seek out natural and effective alternatives. Many manufacturers claim they have the best CBD vape oil – but they tend to add flavourings and other additives. In this review we look at three main aspects of vaping CBD oil – sourcing the best pure CBD oil for vaping, the possible health benefits associated with using it, and recent relevant CBD news articles.
Please note when using CBD vape oil we recommend starting at a concentration of 50 mg and increasing strength if needed. 1000 mg CBD is the strongest CBD vape oil *recommended for vaping and we suggest caution before using it. CBD oil ranges in quality and price, make sure you only ingest high quality pure CBD oil.
What is the best UK CBD vape oil you can buy?
Vaping CBD oil is one of the best and most effective methods of consuming CBD oil as the vaping process facilitates absorption directly into the body. As we are inhaling CBD vapour it’s important to use only the cleanest purest UK CBD vape oil. You can choose between full spectrum hemp oil or “isolated” CBD oil. We help you get it right.
For safe use and the greatest effect, CBD vape oil should be laboratory prepared and have 100% natural organic ingredients with no artificial flavourings, THC, colours, preservatives or other allergens. There are very few CBD products out there that meet this set of criteria! The vast majority are flavoured or contain additives which can cause health problems. After reviewing the most popular CBD oil products we have selected the best CBD oil available in the UK.
#1. The best CBD vape oil is … Vsavi CBD vape oil
This ticks all the boxes. VSAVI Organic CBD oil vape range and their CBD Tongue drops are clean, pure, organic CBD made under the safest conditions. This is important if using CBD to alleviate health problems such as anxiety to avoid potential side effects from untested additives or artificial flavouring. You can’t get a better cleaner range of CBD oils. If you prefer a flavoured CBD vape simply mix a drop or two of their clean TPD-compliant zero nicotine e-liquid to your CBD oil before vaping or buy one of their flavoured CBD oils. Vsavi have a huge CBD range to choose from including high terpenes CBD (34%) and CBD oil drops. Our advice though is to stick with the Pure CBD range.
- Laboratory prepared to ensure safety and consistency
- No added artificial flavour – pure natural CBD
- Natural aromas
- Gluten Free
- Completely GMO free
- Best Full Spectrum CBD Raw option
- 100% Vegetarian
- Suitable for Vegans
- Pharmaceutical Grade ingredients
- Natural olive oil base, CO2 extraction methods
See our guide on the best CBD vape pens where we review the UK’s safest CBD pens and vaporizers.
A review of the best CBD vape oils for UK consumers
Recently due to significant media coverage many companies have rushed to put together a CBD vape oil offering, however a word of caution: this type of vaping oil production is not as yet regulated so it is imperative that you buy only pure clean pharmaceutical-grade CBD vape oil.
You also need to ensure that there are no artificial or added flavours as these contaminate the oil and ultimately, since you inhale the vapour produced from the oil, it needs to be pure. No artificial colour, aromas preservatives, only natural ingredients with no other allergens.
In its publication “Cannabidiol (compound of cannabis)” in December 2017, The World Health Organisation concluded “that in its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.”
This statement cannot therefore apply to CBD that has artificial flavouring or other additives.
Step 1 – CBD vape oil additives & artificial flavours
Too may companies add artificial flavourings and other additives so you need to be vigilant when buying CBD oils for either oral consumption (ie. CBD tongue drops) or when vaping CBD. Make sure it is pure CBD oil to prevent any risk of health problems
The need for safer pure CBD was highlighted recently when 90 people were hospitalised and two people died after vaping CBD. The issue was related to the added ingredients. See further down this page for information on the dangers of vaping CBD with additives.
If you want a particular flavour use a couple of drops of clean zero mg nicotine e liquid. EU and UK nicotine e liquids are regulated under the TPD to ensure any additives are fit for human consumption – in particular via inhalation. Avoid CBD oil or e-liquids that contains a fruit or other flavoured base or any artificial flavourings. If you must have a fruity flavour then Vsavi do have a 100% organic flavoured CBD vape juice range
Step 2 – Strongest hemp CBD vape oil
VSAVI offers a range of CBD oil concentrations from 50 mg strength to a very high 2000 mg strength (1000mg max for vape CBD). Users of vaping devices that facilitate sub ohm vaping levels need to use the lower strengths (50 mg CBD) while users of standard CBD vape pens could try the higher strengths, 50 mg or even 1000 mg strengths.
The National Centre for Biotechnology Information *(NCBI) CBD studies have found that the strongest CBD vape oil to be efficiently vaporised and absorbed is 200 mg. (See “Experiment 4* “: 200mg CBD in 2ml = 100mg/ml) Stating that “With high dose CBD, only about 40% of the dose was delivered, indicating that evaporation does not increase linearly with the loaded dose. An optimal dose of 200 mg CBD can be effectively and efficiently vaporised to deliver approximately 80 mg of CBD.” CBD absorption efficiency significantly reduces as the concentration increases above 200 mg. This means that if you buy CBD vape oil that is over 1000 mg strength you will be spending money on CBD that cannot be absorbed.
*1000 mg CBD in a 10 ml bottle = 100 mg/ml
200 mg CBD in 2 ml = 100 mg/ml
Step 3 – CBD vape oil absorption
With the higher vapour production from sub ohm devices comes an increased rate of absorption of CBD from the e-liquid when compared to less powerful devices producing less vapour. Getting the right strength accommodates both methods equally well so that the user of each type of vape device have approximately equal CBD absorption. Don’t be fooled however by price – the 50 mg may be a tenth the price of the 1000 mg strength but sub ohm vapers will be getting through their 50 mg CBD liquid at more than twice the rate of a user using a quality CBD vape pen kit.
See our CBD vape pen review section to find a CBD vape device that best suits your needs.
Step 4 – Ensure you get the best quality UK CBD vape oil
The industry is generally unregulated so vape liquids including CBD vape juice, or e-CBD e-liquid can be made just about anywhere; in a controlled sterile laboratory, or in a garage or anywhere between these two extremes.
To our knowledge no company has faced legal action for making CBD liquid in “garage” type facilities but it is important to take care about where your product originates.
A recent exposure by motherboard.com of one such e liquid company, Dr Crimmys E-Liquid of Gainesville USA shows a desperate if not worrying picture.
Although now it has been reportedly rectified, this situation is still all too common.
Make sure you buy pharmaceutical product manufactured in proper laboratory conditions. The images below show modern state of the art automated laboratory clean rooms producing CBD vape oils and e-liquids available from VSAVI.
Companies such as VSAVI.co.uk who sell both CBD vape oil and CBD tongue drops go even further and ensure production is in ISO-certified laboratories.
What are the benefits of non-psychoactive CBD vape oil?
There have been a number of publications regarding the applications of CBD oils including one by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on Cannabidiol (CBD) for neuro-degenerative disorders. The study by The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reports benefits including the potential use in treating neuro-inflammation, vomiting and nausea, oxidative injury, epilepsy, anxiety and schizophrenia. Whilst the mechanism for why it works is not known fully, research has indicated that CBD does appear to help us in a number of ways.
You should always speak with your GP before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement or before adopting any treatment for health problems. If you have any questions, Vsavi CBD have an excellent CBD library of information that answers many questions about CBD and health.
An abstract from the NCBI study states
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid with therapeutic properties for numerous disorders exerted through molecular mechanisms that are yet to be completely identified. CBD acts in some experimental models as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia, respectively. The neuroprotective potential of CBD, based on the combination of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is of particular interest …
CBD vaping for anxiety, pain relief and other health problems
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has found that CBD has a “restoring, correcting or modifying” effect on “physiological” functions.
Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of CBD helping people with a variety of illnesses. As stated above, our advice is that the strongest oil you should vape is no more than 200 mg strength.
CBD and COVID
The onset of the COVID pandemic is a recent event and as yet there have not been proper substantial and unbiased clinical studies to prove or evaluate the therapeutic properties of CBD related to COVID and reported anxiety issues associated with long COVID. But based on earlier studies that have shown that CBD is effective in treating ailments many CBD users will feel that CBD may offer some relief for anxiety.
CBD oil use in epilepsy
Australian researchers at The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre stated it was “surprising that there has been no further research on the anti-convulsion properties of CBD, especially as it has no psychoactive side effects”. A study “Hypnotic and anti-epileptic effects of cannabidiol” published in 1981 reported results from a randomised placebo-controlled trial (RCT) on 15 patients suffering from secondary generalised epilepsy:
“Fifteen patients suffering from secondary generalised epilepsy refractory to known anti-epileptic drugs received either 200 to 300 mg cannabidiol daily or placebo for as long as 4.5 months. Seven out of the eight epileptics receiving cannabidiol had improvement of their disease state, whereas only one placebo patient improved”.
The results of the research also showed that 4 out of the 8 patients that received CBD became seizure free. This study, although promising, consisted of only 15 people so is limited but it does lay the foundation for more substantial research in order to help verify the effective use of this oil. A number of studies and clinical trials have been timetabled and can be viewed at NCBI-Pubmed.
What can CBD Oil potentially alleviate?
- Psychosis – mental health
- Beauty products containing CBD – can increase elasticity in skin and reduce acne and wrinkles
- Anxiety and depression
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neuro-degenerative disorders
- CBD has been reported to “exert a number of physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects that have the potential to benefit athletes“.
CBD Oil in the news – Cannabidiol for anxiety and other medical conditions
CBD was first isolated from cannabis in 1940. 80 years later the scientific and medical community are beginning to investigate it’s potential health benefits.
In November 2017 the World Health Organisation completed a Pre-Review Report On Cannabidoil (CBD). The Expert Committee on Drug Dependence stated in the report: “… CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC. It also failed to produce significant effects in a human study of abuse potential discussed below. Across a number of controlled and open label trials CBD of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD it is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile. Clinical trials involving use of CBD for treatment of epilepsy will be discussed in Section 9….”
- ….. does not induce physical dependence and is “not associated with abuse potential.”
- ….. “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD,”
- …… “Several countries have modified their national controls to accommodate CBD as a medicinal product.”
Late in 2016 an article published in the Independent reported the UK Government’s MHRA’s assessment on Cannabidiol (CBD) could “provide ground-breaking results’ in leading to reform over cannabis’ medicinal use in the UK.
‘The MHRA has now completed it’s review and has considered all information available to it relating to Cannabidiol (CBD) and having taken into account all the scientific advice and evidence, it has come to an opinion that products containing Cannabidiol will satisfy the second limb of the definition of a ‘medicinal product’ because it may be used by or administered to human beings either with a view to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or to making a medical diagnosis.’
Nearly 100 people hospitalised after vaping unnatural CBD vape oils
In two separate reported incidences 90 people were hospitalised and two people died as a direct result of the effects of vaping CBD oils that contained additives.
The newsweek.com report highlighted that the negative health effects were caused by additives contained within the cannabidiol vape oil.
The Army Public Health Centre reported that “Although pure CBD oil has not yet been associated with adverse health effects, CBD vape oils most likely contain synthetic cannabinoids, concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or other hazardous compounds in addition to, or in place of, CBD oil.” In a non-regulated environment CBD manufacturers can add any ingredients, including artificial flavourings, without having to provide details of all the ingredients. It is therefor very important that when vaping CBD oil that users ensure that it is pure CBD and free from additives.
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