What is CBD?
The acronym CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of two naturally occurring chemicals found in hemp. The other component is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is responsible for the side effects people associate with “being high.”
Although this article speaks only to vaping there are many other ways that CBD can be used. Oral ingestion methods include pills, tinctures, and edibles. CBD can also be used in creams, oils, lotions, and other topical applications.
What is Vaping?
According to Vapor Soul, vaping can be defined as “the act of inhaling vapor from e-liquid through a personal vaporizer.” Personal vaping devices are roughly the size and shape of traditional cigarettes but are electronic devices which contain CBD oil (or other oils) instead of nicotine or chemicals.
Vaping was invented by a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik after his father died of cancer linked to smoking traditional cigarettes. When vaping first entered the market it was primarily as an alternative to cigarettes, or as a quitting help.
Eventually, people saw the many ways vaping devices could be used. Within a few years, people were creating new devices and oils to allow users the ability to inhale CBD oil without the necessity of smoking marijuana.
CBD has been successfully used in the treatment or management of cancer, diabetes, Celiac, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In addition to being used in the management or treatment of numerous diseases, CBD vaping has been shown to have the following benefits:
- Decrease the duration, frequency, and/or severity of seizures
- Decrease anxiety (including panic attacks) and depression in some individuals
- Assists in the treatment of teenage and adult acne
- Promotes better digestive regulation
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Limit muscle spasming
- Prompt bone growth after fractures or breaks
Why It Works
During vaping the CBD oil contained within the vaporizer enters the bloodstream through the lungs. Once the compound is in the bloodstream it activates something called the endocannabinoid system – or ECS, for short.
Hemp plants are the only species currently known to activate the ECS, which is involved in all the major body systems and processes. This includes the cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. It also works with the processes responsible for memory, relaxation, cognitive functioning, and anti-inflammatory responses.
This widespread interaction is the key to CBD benefits. You see, the ECS does not only receive information from the brain but it also sends it. This two-way response is unique to the way information is typically carried throughout the body.