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How Can Certain CBD Oils Be Used for Both Sublingual and Vaping Purposes?
One thing that we get asked a lot about is the different ways in which one can use a CBD oil product. We know that CBD oils are primarily marketed as tinctures, but we also know that vape oils and tinctures have a lot in common.
So, can CBD oils be used for both vaping purposes and as a tincture? The answer is that it depends.
Sublingual CBD (CBD Tinctures)
Sublingual CBD, which is commonly referred to as a CBD tincture, is a CBD oil product that contains hemp extract combined with a carrier oil. Sometimes, it contains flavoring ingredients as well. CBD tinctures are poured beneath the tongue, where they absorb into the sublingual tissue for fast activation.
CBD Vape Oil (CBD E-Liquid)
CBD vape oil, also known as CBD e-liquid or CBD vape juice, combines hemp extract with propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, as these two ingredients are the base of all e-liquid products due to their ability to help the liquid turn into a smooth vapor. Most CBD e-liquids also contain flavoring.
The thing about CBD vape oil is that it often contains ingredients that are safe to ingest. Both PG and VG are approved by the FDA, and are found in many products that we ingest regularly. And, some of the flavoring used by vape companies can safely be consumed as well.
CBD vape oil comes in a bottle, and it’s poured into the tank or cartridge of a vaping system.
CBD Vape Additives
We want to quickly discuss a third type of product that’s becoming more and more popular. CBD vape additives are concentrated CBD oil products that can be added to any vape juice to turn it into a hemp-infused e-liquid. Often, these products are free of PG and VG, as they are being added to a product that already contains those ingredients. Many CBD vape additives are actually just CBD extracts, and so they can be added to both tinctures and vape oils. But, always check with the product description before using it as one or the other.
When They Can Be Used Interchangeably
So, when is it okay to use the products interchangeably? Well, the best answer is that it’s okay as long as the manufacturer says so. Many companies make CBD vape oils that clearly state that they can be used sublingually. Like we said, both PG and VG are safe to ingest, as are many flavoring extracts used in the e-liquids.
When They Can’t Be Used Interchangeably
Some CBD oil products cannot be used as both a vape oil and tincture. For instance, like we said, all CBD vape oils must contain both VG and PG, because without them, they wouldn’t be able to properly vaporize. CBD tinctures rarely have these ingredients in them. Therefore, you couldn’t just pour a CBD tincture formula into your cartridge or tank and vape it, as it wouldn’t work.
Similarly, some CBD vape oils contain additional ingredients that are safe to vape, but probably not great to ingest. That’s why you should always read through the list of ingredients of a CBD product before deciding how you’d like to use it.
We suggest that if you wish to use a CBD product intended for vaping as a tincture, or a CBD tincture as a vape oil, you ask the manufacturer. This is the best way to make sure that you’re not going to do something that’s not safe. Otherwise, you could specifically seek out CBD products that claim that they can be used for both purposes.
More Flexibility with Your CBD Experience
CBD vape oils and CBD tinctures can be used interchangeably only certain circumstances, as you can see. The best way to know whether or not this is the case is to simply see what the manufacturer has to say. If a product does not say that it can be used for both purposes, it’s best to avoid utilizing them as such.