Using CBD is prohibited for Service members, but it's also risky. Too Much to Lose: don't risk your health and career on unregulated substances. Vaping CBD is legal in the UK, and we're here to address your safety concerns. Research tells us that compliant CBD Oil Vape Pens and CBD oils are safe to use. Furthermore, discover the safest way to vape CBD Oil and some of the benefits of vaping.
Steer Clear from Vaping CBD
You may already know that vaping can hurt you [PDF 1.3MB] due to explosions, burns or harmful chemicals, but did you know that as a Service member, using CBD in any form including vaping, is prohibited [PDF 2MB]* ** and has risks? Some people may vape CBD to manage stress or improve sleep, but there are healthier, safer and more effective ways to do so without putting Service members’ careers in danger. Here are some important things to know about vaping CBD.
It is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD
Foods and products that contain CBD such as e-cigarettes, lotions, coffee and chocolates are getting more popular, but it is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD – including in vapes and e-cigarettes. All forms of CBD are prohibited for Service members: it doesn’t matter how the CBD is used, what the claimed or actual THC concentration is or whether the product can be purchased or used legally in your area.
Vaping CBD can have dangerous side effects
CBD oils are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may contain other, potentially harmful, ingredients. Man-made CBD is also prohibited and can have significant side effects. It can cause seizures, memory loss, drowsiness, fatigue and can impair your cognitive skills (motor coordination and thinking).
The package says CBD, but it may contain THC
Since the FDA does not currently review ingredients and purity of CBD products, the label on these may be incorrect or misleading. For example, CBD vape oils may still have some amount of THC – the ingredient in marijuana that creates a “high” which makes you pop positive on a drug test, even if the box says, ‘no THC.’ Just like CBD, Service members are also prohibited from using THC products. Service members that pop positive on a drug test for THC can be separated or discharged from the military.
Be aware of the risks associated with all types of vaping and consider quitting vaping [PDF 903KB] in general.
Protect yourself and find safe alternatives
Whether you need to de-stress or sleep better, there are healthier, proven ways to do so without using unregulated products that are prohibited for Service members. To relax and improve your sleep, try:
- Talking to someone. Whether you speak with a professional (such as a chaplain or Military OneSource), friend or family member, talking about the things that bother you can help put your mind at ease and de-stress. . Meditating and practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve the sleep you get. . Practicing deep breathing and other breathing exercises can help you feel calm and more focused.
- A hot shower or bath. End your day with a long soak or some steam to relax your muscles and your mind.
Learn more about the risks of using CBD and what you might lose when you use prohibited drugs, so you can take steps to protect yourself.
*The DOD order/regulation on hemp products does not include FDA-approved cannabinoid drugs for which a Service member has a valid prescription.
** This PDF document was published by the Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense; we are not responsible for content contained therein.
Is Using A CBD Oil Vape Pen Safe?
You’ve probably seen some headlines that talk about vaping negatively. That’s why you’re here. You want to know if using CBD oil vape pens is safe. What most of the research is telling us is that it is. The issues that have come up with vaping usually have to do with low-quality products with ingredients that can be dangerous for your health.
CBD oil overall is considered to be safe. The World Health Organization released a report saying that CBD is ‘well-tolerated and safe for human consumption’ and that it’s not found to be addictive to humans.
We’re going to go over the safest way to vape CBD oil and some of the benefits of choosing to do it that way.
CBD Oil with Unsafe Ingredients
One of the main issues that the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) found as the primary cause of the health risks with vaping products was the use of vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is something that is used as an additive to dilute the oil used in vaping and on its own doesn’t usually cause harm. But the CDC found that when it’s heated up and inhaled, it can ‘interfere with normal lung functioning.’
Beyond vitamin E acetate, the addition of certain solvents in CBD vape oil has the potential to be dangerous as well. Some of the most popular ones are propylene glycol (PG), polyethene glycol (PEG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) that is used to thin the CBD vape oil.
The trouble with these comes when you heat propylene glycol and polyethene glycol between 243 o celcius and 248 o celcius. When propylene glycol is heated, it can create formaldehyde and other carcinogenic compounds. Polyethene glycol heated up also produces formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. The amount of formaldehyde produced by heating it can be comparable to inhaling a cigarette. This can cause respiratory issues like asthma, and they have been linked to certain kinds of cancer. It was also found in a study to cause the death of cells in the brains of mice.
Amphora uses CBD distillate with added terpenes for our vape oil, which is organic. We don’t use any types of solvents or carrier oils in our products. With CBD distillate, you get the best elements of the whole cannabis plant and added terpenes, which have many wellness benefits on their own.
Certificate of Analysis is Crucial
If you want to make sure the CBD inhale product you’re using is safe, you need to find the certificate of analysis (COA). A COA tells you that you’re getting what the brand says is in their CBD oil, and it has been certified by a third-party.
These certificates should be readily available to you. Please don’t mess with brands that don’t have them. At Amphora, our certificates of analysis are easy to find on our website.
CBD Oil Is Non-Psychoactive
Another common concern about the safety of vaping CBD oil is that you might get ‘high’ off of it. This is one of the biggest misconceptions most people have about vaping CBD. Getting ‘high’ won’t happen with CBD oil. CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike its cannabinoid cousin THC. Cannabis is listed as a controlled drug in the Misuse of Drugs Act, but CBD is not. CBD oil is legal in the UK, but the THC content must be below 0.2% for the product to be compliant.
Pros of Vaping
Vaping is one of the fastest-acting options for taking CBD. That’s all thanks to its bioavailability. Bioavailability just means the degree and rate that CBD gets absorbed into your bloodstream. We want CBD to reach our bloodstream fast so it can start working with the endocannabinoid system that helps our body maintain balance or homeostasis.
Eating edibles or capsules would have a low bioavailability because it has to go through your digestive system and has to be broken down by your liver before it enters the bloodstream. The upside to this way of taking CBD though is that it will last longer. When you inhale, the vapour goes into your lungs and rapidly enters your bloodstream.
Convenient and Discrete
One of the best things about vaping is the ease of it. Vaporizers have been designed to be discrete and can be stored in a carrying case, purse or backpack. You can also easily order them online. With so many options out there, you can find the type of vaporizer that works best for you.
Other Ways to Take CBD
If vaping isn’t your thing, then there are still lots of ways you can take CBD.
CBD Edibles and Capsules
CBD can be mixed with a bunch of different foods, but the most common are sweets such as gummies or lollipops. They also can come in capsules that you can swallow. When you take CBD orally, it passes through the digestive tract and is eventually metabolized by the liver where the CBD is broken down even more. Because of this process, it takes longer to be released into your bloodstream so the effects can take anywhere from 30 to 180 minutes, but the results will last longer.
These types of products usually come in the form of creams, lotions or balms that are applied directly to the skin where you’re experiencing an issue. This isn’t bioavailability but rather more of a localized effect. How fast it takes depends on how well it penetrates your skin so it could be anywhere from 30 – 120 minutes. This way of taking it is usually used for people who suffer from pain or inflammation.
Sublingual Tincture is CBD oil that comes in a bottle and allows you to put a few drops under your tongue. It’s a popular way to take CBD. Even though you’re putting it in your mouth, it doesn’t have to go through your digestive system. There are glands under your tongue that will absorb the oil if you leave it there for about a minute. Meaning it goes into your bloodstream quicker and you’ll feel the results faster. The only downside is that it may not last as long as when you eat an edible or capsule.
Vaping can be a great way to enjoy all of the benefits of CBD, but it’s essential to do your research. Make sure you’re using a brand you trust, and that is transparent about the ingredients they’re using in their CBD vape oil products. Then you know you can vape without worry.
Written by | Infused Amphora Team
The Infused Amphora Team is dedicated to creating resources to educate and engage consumers on the growing evidence of CBD benefits and the extensive health and wellness properties of CBD Oil.
Contributor | Angus Taylor CEO
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