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CBD Vape | It's All About Bioavailability

It’s time to say “goodbye” to oral consumption and “hello” to CBD vaping. Refillable and disposable vape pens are one of the latest CBD products to emerge onto the market. From online to brick-and-mortar stores, CBD vape pens are being stacked on shelves across the UK.

If you’re not familiar with CBD vape pens, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. In this article, we are going to breakdown everything you need to know about CBD vape pens. We will be paying particular attention to the bioavailability of CBD vape pens in comparison with other CBD products that can be consumed in different ways.

What are CBD Vape Pens?

CBD vape pens are pen-shaped vaporisers filled with CBD vape juice. More people are increasingly turning to e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco. Fortunately, vaping CBD doesn’t involve any nicotine. In fact, in recent years, promising evidencehas emerged on how CBD vape pens can positively impact those that are trying to quit smoking.

A pilot study conducted by Addictive Behaviours uncovered that smokers who used a CBD vape pen, or an equivalent product, smoked fewer cigarettes and didn’t have any subsequent craving for nicotine. CBD vape pens really are a game-changer when it comes to promoting wellbeing among addicted nicotine smokers.

At the same time, CBD vape pens are also suitable for those that wish to experience the benefits of everyday wellbeing that this cannabis-derived chemical compound can bring. For some people, CBD oil, the most popular product on the CBD market, just isn’t what they’re looking for. Vape pens are an alternative gateway into the wonderful world of CBD.

Can CBD Vape Pens get you high?

This is a question that we are asked all of the time. We can confirm that CBD does not have the ability to produce a “high”. CBD is often confused with THC, which is the main high-inducing compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD products can sometimes contain trace elements of THC, although this won’t result in any mind-altering effects. For what it's worth, all Hiatus CBD vape pens are made with pure CBD isolate, meaning all of the THC has been completely removed.

What is bioavailability?

Let’s get into the juicy stuff! We like to look at bioavailability through the lens of value for money. If the CBD that you’re consuming isn’t entering your bloodstream, you won’t receive any of the positive benefits. Bioavailability is the measurement of how much CBD is actually entering your bloodstream and certain CBD products are better at doing this than others.

How much CBD can your body absorb?

This is all going to depend on the type of CBD products that you pick off the shelves. There are certain types of CBD products that have incredibly poor bioavailability and this all comes down to the way in which they have to be consumed. The best types of CBD products have the ability to enter your bloodstream quickly - ensuring high levels of bioavailability.

Is vaping CBD better than oral consumption?

It is well known that CBD capsules and gummies have particularly low bioavailability. This is because of how they are consumed. If you’re looking to receive the optimal benefits of CBD, you shouldn’t be consuming this compound orally. When you consume CBD orally, it has to reach your stomach before being given the opportunity to enter your bloodstream.

CBD oil and CBD vape pens have a considerably higher bioavailability than CBD capsules and gummies. As a result, we see these products as being better value for money. Ultimately, you’re going to get more bang for your buck! A study found that the inhalation of CBD, using a vape pen or an equivalent device, can result in bioavailabilityof around 31%.

So, why do CBD vape pens have a higher bioavailability than orally consumed CBD products? It’s all about intranasal bioavailability. With vape pens, CBD can be inhaled through your nasal passages. Some studies have suggested that CBD has an intranasal bioavailability of between 34% and 46%​. Elsewhere, there have been studies reporting ​bioavailability as high as 56%​.

To put this into context for you, CBD edibles, like gummies and chocolate, can have an oral bioavailability as low as 10-20%. When you purchase a product, you don’t expect to only be able to make use of just a very small amount of it. The greater the bioavailability of the CBD products you purchase, the stronger the therapeutic benefits are likely to be.

Final Thoughts on Vaping CBD

The evidence is clear - if you’re looking to unlock the maximum potential of CBD as a therapeutic that promotes everyday wellness, CBD vape pens are the answer. From various scientific research studies, we have now seen a continuous trend - CBD vape pens are consistently outperforming tinctures and edibles when it comes to bioavailability.