More and more medical marijuana patients are seeking weed products for relief, and more and more cannabinoid-enriched concentrates are being put on the shelves in legal stores and dispensaries across the nation. Waxes, tinctures, CBD vape oils—any product produced through the process of extraction falls under the umbrella of marijuana concentrates.
The most popular form of marijuana medication is still CBD vape oil—it is a fast, efficient, and discreet way for patients to satisfy their medical cannabis needs.
So if CBD vape oil is so freaking magical, there must be a downside, right?
When talking about marijuana, people usually refer to THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in the plant. But there are more than 110 of other cannabinoid chemicals with very different biological effects, and CBD (cannabidiol) is a component extremely rich in medicinal benefits.
Recently, the scientific attention has shifted from THC to CBD, and for good reason. This component is non-psychoactive and thus well-tolerated and absolutely safe even in high doses. Researchers found that CBD has really strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and provide treatment with minimum side effects. There are also numerous studies suggesting that CBD could reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as paranoia and memory impairment. And these are only a few of CBD oil effects.
CBD vape oil is the liquid concentrated form of cannabidiol extracted from the stalks and trichomes of the CBD-rich marijuana strains. A vaporizer is a great way to be medicated immediately and without any side effects or harm: it is portable and provides an instant punch of CBD with a simple inhale.
Due to the lack of regulation, it is quite hard to determine whether CBD is legal or banned. The truth actually lies somewhere between.
Of course, CBD companies claim that cannabidiol is currently legal in all 50 states, and even throughout the world. The proponents of this position primarily base on the fact that CBD is not listed as a Schedule I drug under the primary source for federal marijuana law, the Controlled Substances Act.
On the other hand, there are opponents saying that all CBD is illegal. Cannabidiol is a component of the cannabis plant that falls into the class of controlled drugs, so it is supposed to be also prohibited.
In order to answer the question, it is important to distinct cannabidiol in medical cannabis from cannabidiol in industrial hemp. The first form is extracted from medical cannabis plants and can be sold to licensed dispensaries and prescribed by doctors. The FDA recognizes the second form as a dietary supplement, not a medication, because it contains less than 0,001 percent of THC, far below the legal threshold set by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It means that you do not need a prescription to legally buy and consume the oil from industrial hemp.
Needless to say, marijuana is one of the safest medicinally active substances know to mankind. While opioids are pretty tricky and even dangerous drugs with a number of nasty side effects, cannabidiol (with proper dosing, obviously) can give the same pain relief as morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone without putting the lives of the patients at risk.
The only thing that is likely to raise concerns are the dangerous, toxic ingredients of CBD vape oils (especially those manufactured in China). One of them is called propylene glycol (USP).
It is a widely used chemical that is contained in many vape pen cartridges. At high temperatures, it converts into toxic nanoparticles that can hurt the lungs and cause asthma, eczema, cancer, and many allergic symptoms. FDA-approved flavoring agents talk about additional risks when inhaled rather than when consumed orally: while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers propylene glycol relatively safe for ingestion, it is associated with respiratory illness when inhaled.
Although there is no evidence to CBD vape oil causing cancer, no one has doubts in the potential danger of propylene glycol when it is consumed orally.