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Does CBD Vape Oil Get You High?

With technology comes changing trends. We see this phenomenon in almost all fields of life. Over the years, the department of drug administration has developed greatly, with old methods like smoking replaced by safer and more efficient substitutes.

Vaping, among the many methods of drug consumption, is gaining popularity and is used extensively throughout the world. Today, a lot of substances are available in forms that can easily be vaporized and inhaled. This article deals with the effects of vaping CBD oil, and whether it gets you high or not.

What Is CBD Vape Oil?

Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD, is one of the hundred-plus cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It constitutes about 40% of the plant extract, second only to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. The cannabinoid is believed to provide numerous medicinal and therapeutic benefits which include relief from pain, anxiety, stress, and seizures.

CBD is extracted from the male cannabis plant, also called industrial hemp. Oils that are CBD dominant are referred to as CBD oils, and for most manufacturers, these oils have less than 0.3% THC.

CBD vape oil, more appropriately called CBD e-liquid or CBD vape juice, is, however, specifically made to be vaped. Unlike CBD oils or tinctures, these liquids are made less viscous and can easily be vaporized.

The oil is available in cartridges or refills bottles, depending on the equipment used for vaporizing. It also comes in different dosages, as per the demand of the consumer.

The CBD content can be determined based on the total milligrams per bottle, or per cartridge, with 25mg being the lowest and around 300mg being the highest for sale online.

How Is CBD Oil Vaped?

The first thing you need to start your vaping adventure is a Vape machine. For CBD vaping, these come in two styles, the ‘pen vape’ or the ‘tank-style vape.’ The vaporizer has four basic components: a battery, a heating element, a mouthpiece, and a chamber to hold the material to be vaped (In this case, CBD oil). The heating element heats the liquid in the chamber to its vapor state.

According to a study from BioMed Central, the temperature required to vaporize CBD is between 210°C and 230°C (410°F to 446°F), with the latter yielding the highest concentration of CBD vapor.

The vapor is then inhaled through the mouthpiece, and the stronger the dosage, the greater will be the effects of the substance on the individual.

How Does CBD Vape Oil Work?

The functioning of CBD vape oil is largely dependent on the individual properties of the cannabinoid. Scientific studies have identified more than 65 molecular targets of CBD. The chemical is believed to interact with the endocannabinoid receptor system in a way different to that of THC.

Unlike THC, CBD has a very low affinity for the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. It, however, does indirectly interact with these receptors, thus interfering with the functioning of the body.

In addition to this, it modulates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels and also acts through various receptor-independent pathways.

The Effects of CBD Vape Oil. Does It Get You High?

Vaping CBD oil is one of the preferred methods for individuals who seek an instant relief to health problems such as stress, anxiety, joint pain, inflammation, seizures, cramps, sleep apnea, and various other mood disorders.

It is also sought by patients suffering from diseases like diabetes, Leukemia and other types of Cancers. The substance is believed to deliver the same effects as that of marijuana, but since the main cannabinoid found in CBD oil is Cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive compound, the substance is not known for causing any feelings of euphoria or high.

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So if you want all the health benefits of marijuana and still choose to remain sober, CBD oil is the best option for you. The drug doesn’t get you stoned, it doesn’t leave any bad hang-overs, it doesn’t pose any known health risks, and what’s more, it is legal in almost all parts of the world.

How Long Do The Effects of Vaping CBD Oil Last?

Vaping CBD oil is preferred over other methods of consumption because it produces instantaneous effects. This is because inhaling the substance into your lungs allows it to enter the bloodstream almost immediately.

While on the other hand, ingesting the drug will produce delayed effects since the chemicals have to first cross the digestive system, before entering the blood and into the liver for further metabolism.

The duration for which the effects are felt, however, is shorter in the case of vaping and last longer if the drug is administered through other means.

The Side-Effects of CBD Vape Oil

Many manufacturers have been reported to adding the chemical, propylene glycol, which is a thinning chemical, into CBD vape oil.

This compound although considered safe for oral and topical use is believed to convert into toxic nanoparticles at higher temperatures, causing certain respiratory problems like asthma and irritation of the airway.

User Reviews About High CBD Vape Oil

When questioned about the effectiveness of vaping CBD oil, many users were of the view that it was able to deliver its effects instantly and more efficiently. They also stated that CBD oil is preferable compared to weed/marijuana since it gives you almost all the health benefits without getting you stoned.

There were some users, however, who claimed that CBD oil did make them high. These users commented that the CBD oil they bought contained traces of Alcohol or melatonin, which were the cause of the high associated with it.

Some individuals stated that manufacturers sold products claiming it was CBD oil when in reality it was nothing near it. They blamed the designers for selling shady CBD products that were likely laced with synthetic cannabinoids that were responsible for the effects of high.

Users on Reddit also argued that pure CBD oil ‘Never’ gets you high, this is because it either has no THC or has it in very small amounts (less than 0.3%).

Since THC is a psychoactive compound and is responsible for the high associated with weed, its absence in CBD oil renders in incapable of causing a high. It was also observed that CBD vape oil was more common amongst school or college going students, who were pretty satisfied with the analgesic and anxiolytic properties of the substance.

They commented that CBD oil was able to help them cope with stress, pain, panic attacks, cramps, and many other problems without making them high. This was considered a perk, since CBD is not classified as a drug, and therefore, doesn’t put any stains on the reputation of a student.


The argument as to whether vaping CBD oil gets you high or not comes down to the quality of the product you’re buying.

To be on the safe side, one should always buy CBD oil from manufacturers who state that their product is pure and tested against any psychoactive components that might otherwise result in getting an individual high.

Asad Khan
Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

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