If you’re shopping for CBD vape oil for the first time in your life right now, you’re probably a little overwhelmed. The industry is growing rapidly, and the market is flooded with thousands of different products. Or, so it seems. The truth is – it’s all pretty much one and the same product. To make an informed decision when buying CBD vape oil, you need to know a couple of things. The first thing is what you’re going to use it for. The second thing is that quality is everything. Although all CBD vape oils look the same on the surface, from where they’re sourced and how they’re made can make or break your treatment. So, settle in and let’s explore it all together!
CBD oil is currently being thoroughly researched by medical professionals due to a ton of health benefits it carries for users – we explore 7 different CBD oil health benefits in this post so make sure to check it out. That said, this also means that CBD oil is a very lucrative business. Some financial experts predict that the industry will reach $22B USD, and reach it fast.
However, who is selling quality CBD oil, and who is peddling in snake oil? The line can sometimes be blurry. When choosing your CBD, you need to carefully think about what you need it for, your dosage, whether or not you can use it safely (any laws in your state preventing you for doing so), and things like that.
Decide Between CBD Isolate, Full-Spectrum & Broad-Spectrum CBD Vape Oils
You should be aware of three different types when shopping for CBD vape oils – isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum. To learn more about them, please refer to our post right here. However, if you want the difference in a nutshell, here it is.
Isolate oils are made from near-pure CBD isolates and crystals. This means that there are no additives in them, nor there are any extra cannabinoids, such as CBN or THC. Full-spectrum oils contain all the other cannabinoids (as available in the plant, or the strain), in addition to terpenes and flavonoids. As for the broad-spectrum oils, they generally contain extra cannabinoids but without the addition of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive components in the cannabis plant.
The CalmVape CBD oil vape pods can be considered broad-spectrum. In addition to containing CBD, they also contain a very small amount of cannabidivarin.
Until recently, pure CBD isolate was considered the standard for non-psychoactive cannabis therapy. However, there’s some evidence emerging that full-spectrum might be better for some conditions due to something called the entourage effect – the combined synergistic effect of all the cannabinoids and terpenes. This doesn’t mean that other types of CBD are useless – they are very much useful (and helpful) but for different conditions, as well as for people who do not want to use a psychoactive component (THC).
Be careful when using full-spectrum CBD oil, though. While not illegal (technically, depending on whether you are looking at federal or state laws), some companies do test for it. And, in most of those companies, if you’re tested positive for THC, you’re probably getting the pink slip. It’s not something to mess around with, which is why most users still opt for THC-free CBD oils.
Choose The Correct Concentration Of CBD
There are vape pods with varying concentrations of CBD on the market. This concentration is generally expressed as a value per pod, and, most times, the amount is in milligrams (mg). So, you can easily stumble on 10mg pod, and all the way up to 1000mg. Alternatively, sometimes the manufacturers will specify the concentration as a percentage so it will be 4%, 10%, or something similar.
This is a good place for a word of warning as any – while people can tolerate large amounts of CBD oil, it’s inadvisable to start with a high dosage. Until you can gauge the effect the treatment has on you, you’re at risk of overspend or paying for something that doesn’t have the desired result for your condition.
Start with products featuring a low to moderate dosage, then gradually work your way up to a higher dosage if needed. By observing the effects over the course of several days or a few weeks, you can make the necessary adjustments. If you don’t see the desired effect after this period, increase your dosage. Once the desired effect sets in, you will be able to establish what concentration of CBD is best for you.
Here at the CalmVape, we offer three different pod concentrations – 50, 100, and 200 milligrams. This way, you can easily start off with a lighter dosage and then work your way up, if a need arises.
Consider Cost Per Dose
Cost per dose is another factor to consider before purchasing CBD oil. Even though highly concentrated products might be more expensive outright, they often offer a greater value over the life of the product. So, once you have established your therapeutic dose of CBD, see whether switching to a higher concentration saves you some money in the long-run.
Vaping CBD oil means that you can easily fine-tune your dosage, as well as keep track of how much you’re taking throughout the day. Our 200mg pods are heavily discounted, as well. This gives you an opportunity to save money when shopping for CBD vape oil – you just need to calculate how much puffs per day you need to take to cover your needs. Here’s a great post about CBD dosage and bioavailability that can help you with that calculation.
Where Was The Hemp Grown?
Many CBD vape products sold online and in retail stores come from hemp, not marijuana. That’s true of CalmVape products as well – we use hemp to minimize the possibility for THC find its way into our final product.
Most hemp used in CBD products sold in the U.S. comes from Colorado or Oregon (which have long histories with cannabis) or Kentucky (which passed a law to support hemp growers in 2013), or is imported from overseas. Among them, Colorado has the best hemp program – this state has been at it the longest so it makes sense. Colorado’s regulatory agencies perform spot-tests of hemp plants while they are still in the field to check THC levels and will investigate the potential use of any illegal pesticides based on complaints.
Products made with hemp grown overseas can be even more problematic, because they are not subject to any state or federal testing. So for CBD products from hemp, check labels to see whether they say where it was grown, and look especially for those from Colorado. Not all products, however, include that information. So in a dispensary or a retail store, ask the staff whether they know where the hemp was grown. And for products purchased online, check the companies’ website to see whether it has that information, or contact the seller to ask the same question.
At CalmVape, we source all our hemp from Colorado so you can rest secure in the knowledge that it goes through the most rigorous testing regime, and that it’s 100% safe to vape.
CBD Extraction Method Is Also Important
There are different ways to extract CBD from cannabis or hemp, and not all of these methods are equal when it comes to the quality of the final product. Some companies that cut corners and produce cheap CBD products may use harmful solvents such as propane or butane to render their extracts. Although these products are often less expensive, ask yourself if you really want to nullify the health benefits of the oil with products that contain remnants of harmful substances.
The best CBD oils are usually created via supercritical CO₂ extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD. It is admittedly more expensive to run so the resulting products may not be the cheapest. However, when you’re shopping for CBD vape oil, you don’t want products that are cheap – you want products that are good!
Is Your CBD Vape Oil Tested Regularly?
When shopping for CBD vape oil, always try to find suppliers that have a certificate of analysis. This document shows how a product performed on tests checking for CBD and THC levels, and the presence of contaminants.
For products made with CBD from hemp, even Colorado doesn’t require testing of the finished product. So any COA for those final products comes from testing the company arranged on its own. That’s exactly what we do here at CalmVape. We have all our batches tested regularly by a certified lab to ensure that everything is up to our rigorous standards. You can access our certificate by following this link – CalmVape CBD Certificate of Analysis. All our testings are done at SC Labs, a recognized industry leader for CBD testing.
Unlike hemp-derived CBD products, those made from marijuana must undergo testing—at least in states that permit medical and recreational use of marijuana. In some of those states, dispensary staff is supposed to have the COAs available and be willing to share them with you. If they aren’t, or the COA is not available, go to another dispensary or choose another product.
If an online manufacturer or a retail store doesn’t have the information or refuses to share it, avoid the product and the retailer. Do not compromise when it comes to your health and safety. Even though you might be getting a better price, you’re probably also getting a substandard product so always keep that in mind.
Choose High-Quality CBD Oil Every Day
If you have had any question marks about how to shop for CBD oil, this post has probably addressed them all. CalmVape is a world-renowned expert when it comes to CBD vape oil. Our expertise has allowed us to help thousands of people so far, and you can easily be one of them. All you have to do is order the CalmVape pen and pods, and you will be good to go.
Of course, we are here to support you on your way to better health. If you have any questions or doubts, make sure to reach out to our amazing support team – they will answer all of your questions in a timely manner. You can just as easily leave a comment on this post, and we will make sure to get to it.