Vaping is one of the many popular methods of consuming CBD products. Some of those considering vaping CBD are completely new to the world of vaping. We want to make sure that consumers are staying safe and using their products and vape devices appropriately. We often hear from people who have been instructed that their CBD oil is safe to use in their vape when that may not actually be the case.
The general rule with vaping is to only vape CBD products that are specifically made for vaping. You should never vape “regular” CBD oil drops or tinctures that contain oils. This rule can be confusing because some CBD vape liquids are referred to as “CBD vape oils.”
When we’re talking about oils, we are referring to the CBD product ingredients. In short, oils, such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, and coconut oil, just to name a few, should never be vaped or inhaled. So it’s important to make sure you know what is in the CBD product before you vape it.
Why Can’t I Vape Regular CBD Oil Drops?
So why do we say not to vape the sublingual oils? Two words: lipoid pneumonia. Lipoid pneumonia is caused by the inhalation of lipids (or fat particles) into the lungs. To put it simply, the lungs cannot absorb these oils and in turn you can get lung inflammation and all the symptoms associated with it.
Some sublingual products are formulated with vegetable glycerine (VG) or propylene glycol (PG). These can typically either be vaped or taken sublingually.
Can I Vape CBD Products With MCT Oil?
The newest wave of CBD vaping products are those containing MCT oil. The idea behind MCT oil is that it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and behaves more like glucose instead of a fatty acid. On the other hand, most of the typical carrier oils (such as hemp seed and olive oil) contain long chain triglycerides and the fatty acids are unable to be absorbed. Supposedly, this is not the case with the MCT oil.
However, the research on this is very limited, and there are little to no studies on absorption of MCT into the lungs. So the use of MCT as a safe vape carrier is still unclear. Above all, we recommend doing your due diligence on this and deciding for yourself if you want to vape a product with MCT oil. Please note that this does not mean you should vape your sublingual oil that contains MCT oil.
The Bottom Line
Only vape products that are explicitly made for vaping. Most CBD tinctures are made for sublingual use only and should not be vaped. This is because they contain carrier oils such as hemp seed oil or coconut MCT oil. Vaping any product with fat-based oil in its list of ingredients can lead to serious health issues.