A lot of CBD newbies ask us about the differences between vaping CBD and using CBD edibles and why they might want to choose one over the other. Here are a few things to consider about each:
The most important and obvious distinction is that the CBD in edibles, of course, is absorbed by your body's digestive system along with all the other food you eat, and vaped CBD goes through your lungs. There are distinct benefits to each method.
Edibles, although they are slower to take effect - usually half an hour to an hour - have a more direct effect on your digestive system. For individuals with eating or digestive disorders, ingesting CBD edibles can curb nausea and provide important calories, nutrients, and even antioxidants.
Edible CBD is also a very easy way to measure an exact dosage. Many CBD edibles such as CBD gummies or CBD capsules come in discreet, pre-dosed servings.
There are three common types of cannabinoid edibles: gastrointestinal, oral, and hybrid. Gastrointestinal edibles absorb through the stomach. Effects can take up to two hours to fully kick in but may provide as long as eight hours of relief. Oral edibles such as tinctures absorb directly through the mouth. Effects are felt quickly but tend to wear off within a few hours. Hybrid edibles such as drops are absorbed through both the mouth and the stomach. These usually take effect within thirty minutes and can last for over four hours.
Your response to CBD edibles is dependent on several factors: your body chemistry, weight, tolerance to CBD products, diet, activity, and, obviously, the type and potency you choose to consume.
Vaping has the distinct benefit of providing nearly instantaneous effects because the CBD vapor get’s absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your lungs the same way oxygen does. Another benefit is that more of the CBD enters your system. Whereas with edibles some of the CBD will end up being absorbed into the fatty tissues of your digestive system, and some will be removed as it passes through the liver.
If you happen to have any kind of lung issues at all, vaping is probably not a good option for you. A small percentage of users find that vaping can irritate their throat or lungs. CBD edibles can be used by almost anyone, regardless of whether or not they have illnesses or health issues.
Hopefully, these quick tips have given you some insight into which method of consuming CBD is right for you. And remember, there’s no reason you can’t try and use both types of CBD.