5 Issues You Ought to Know About Steaming CBD


Dante JordanNovember 18, 2019

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Steaming or not, is it a question at all? Vaporizing has quickly become one of the most popular methods of cannabis use – so much so that the emerging market is seeing an influx of new CBD vape products every day. As the product catalogs are flooded with these products, it is important that consumers are aware of CBD vapors so you can determine which products are right for your body.

Here is some important information about quenching CBD.

1. There are many secure options

In the meantime, you have heard that people are seriously ill and are even dying to consume patchy Vapor products contaminated with vitamin E oil.

As long as you buy products tested by reputable retailers in the lab, there is no reason to believe that this will be your fate. So far, there is no evidence of a legal market contaminated CBD vape cartridge (though this is not 100% impossible). In such a long history of scare-making, it can be difficult to know what is dangerous and absolutely safe with respect to cannabis. The right way to counteract this is through education – and Leafly is here to help.

2. Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate

CBD oils can be divided into three types: full-spectrum CBD, broadband CBD and CBD isolate.

Full Spectrum CBD products contain the full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds produced by the original plant. For CBD products, CBD is the most potent cannabinoid, but these products may also contain low THC levels. It is unlikely that a CBD product will produce high levels with only traces of THC (less than 0.3%). However, it is important to know if you want to avoid THC altogether.

Many consumers consider full-spectrum products to be the most effective product due to the "entourage effect". This refers to the theory that cannabis works best when all natural ingredients work together and not isolated. Further research is needed to understand the entourage effect and how it leads to more effective benefits – yet many swear by it anecdotally.

Broadband CBD products contain all cannabinoids, but without THC. For this reason, most (if not all) of these products are made from industrial hemp, which naturally produces far less THC than traditional cannabis. Broadband CBD, while retaining cannabinoids and terpenes, still has the entourage effect – but without THC.

CBD isolate products are pure CBD, ie they contain only CBD and no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Because of this, CBD isolates lose the essence of the plant and have no aroma, but can still promote the spa qualities attributed to the CBD. Similar to broadband CBD products, CBD isolate products are typically made from industrial hemp.

3. Vaping CBD flower vs. CBD oil

You can experience different things depending on how you consume CBD.

For one thing, vaporizing flowers requires a vaporizer – like the portable Zeus Arc GT or the Volcano tabletop – while vaporizing oil is a portable 510-thread battery like a ship or proprietary pod systems like the PAX era requires.

CBD blooms deliver a less concentrated dose of CBD than CBD oil but offer the most comprehensive experience as they have not lost any of their terpenes, cannabinoids or other agents through extraction.

CBD-dominant flowers typically have between 7-15% CBD. CBD flowers contain some THC – from trace to physically undetectable levels – resulting in a gentle high.

So yeah, when you blow a CBD flower, you get all the wellness benefits of CBD, but you can also achieve a high level, even if it's just a little bit. The most important ways to look for this experience include ACDC, Charlotte's Web, and Cherry Wine.

On the other hand, CBD oil has a higher CBD concentration due to the extraction process in which the compound is isolated. Many companies add terpenes after the process for a more sophisticated and tasteful experience. For this reason, many CBD oils contain between 60 and 80% CBD with different content of terpenes and other compounds.

Both flower and oil provide the therapeutic properties associated with CBD, ultimately leading to the consumer's preference for choice. Evaporating CBD oil will most likely deliver a brighter high than flowering due to the loss of other compounds during extraction, even if it has the full spectrum. CBD oil is also a simple and efficient consumption process – it is portable, discreet and easy to dose.

4. How to read CBD labels for potency

CBD vapor products made from broadband or isolate oils have no THC. Although they have the highest levels of CBD, they should not cause intoxicating cerebral effects.

Other CBD products have the same ratio of CBD and THC and can only be purchased in a cannabis business in adult cannabis law areas. When you steam these products, they are high in value but less effective than a THC-dominant oil.

It's important to know the difference when reading labels for effectiveness. CBD flower packaging always has the CBD and THC numbers on the label. In addition to the cannabinoids, some also provide terpene percentages at this time. The same applies to CBD oil cartridges, but they will also be more meaningful for the CBD type (ie full spectrum, broad spectrum, isolate).

5. Sources for CBD Vapes

After learning the various CBD products, the next and final question is: Where should you buy CBD Vape products?

To buy cannabis-derived CBD products, you must be in a constitutional state with access to pharmacies. This is the best place to purchase full spectrum products that have been guaranteed to be tested in the laboratory according to local laws.

Containing less than 0.3% THC, you can buy hemp-derived CBD products from pharmacies, grocery stores, online retailers, and even directly from manufacturers' websites.

It is important to note that both cannabis and hemp products can be labeled as full spectrum, but they are not one and the same. Hemp products characterized in this way capture the complete chemical profile of the hemp plant. Although these products technically cover the full spectrum, they may not offer the complete experience that many consumers associate with full-spectrum products from the more chemically diverse cannabis plant.

With full-spectrum CBD from hemp, broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate products, the review process becomes much more difficult due to lack of FDA regulations. For these products, you need to buy clean, trusted, and tested products in a marketplace. For more information on buying hemp CBD, see this manual.

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Dante Jordan is a Content Associate for Leafly, where he specializes in creating topics related to cannabis products, varieties and pharmacies. He also manages the Leafly master database.