One aspect of CBD that we don’t tend to cover on this site is one that many people are talking about online: smoking it. So, can you smoke CBD oil? Using CBD is prohibited for Service members, but it's also risky. Too Much to Lose: don't risk your health and career on unregulated substances.
Can You Smoke CBD Oil?
The surge in popularity of wellbeing supplement cannabidiol has seen suppliers providing all sorts of different ways in which their customers can use it.
We’ve seen almost every product imaginable; from CBD bath bombs and shampoos to CBD gummies, and even CBD lube.
The most common way to take CBD is via tincture oil drops, but you can also use CBD in a topical cream, water-soluble shot, slow-release CBD skin patch and finely milled hemp powder.
But one aspect of CBD that we don’t tend to cover on this site is one that many people are talking about online: smoking it.
So, can you smoke or vape CBD oil?
Can You Smoke CBD Oil?
You can choose to smoke CBD by dabbing – using a dab rig or portable dab pen – vaping with CBD vape juice and a vape pen or, if you’re in the US, smoking a CBD hemp joint.
Smoking CBD is popular because it has a high bioavailability, which means it is quickly absorbed into the human body. Because the CBD oil reaches the bloodstream quickly, it takes effect much more quickly, usually within just a few minutes, giving users an almost instantaneous impact.
Some people choose to smoke CBD oil because they don’t like the natural taste, which can take some getting used to for those with a sensitive palate. If you choose to vape it, you can even add different flavours to suit your taste – and still make the most of the rapid absorption benefits.
But smoking CBD is not the only way to achieve high bioavailability and a taste-free experience. There are plenty of other effective products that come with less risk, and most experts would advocate not smoking at all to protect your health.
Will Vaping CBD Get You High?
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, but despite the stigma attached to smoking cannabis, smoking CBD oil will not make you high.
The compound in recreational cannabis that gives users the “high” associated with the plant is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol.
By law, CBD products in the UK must contain a THC content of less than 0.2%, and are required to be made from approved strains of the cannabis sativa plant that already have very low levels of THC, meaning that any legally manufactured and lab-verified CBD oil will not get you high.
Are There Any Risks Involved In Smoking CBD Oil?
There is always a risk of lung damage and respiratory issues involved with smoking anything. This is due to the smoke itself, rather than the substance being smoked and there are plenty of studies to indicate that smoking is likely to lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, lung cancer or emphysema.
One important thing to remember is that if you are using a vape pen to smoke your CBD, you can’t just add a sublingual CBD oil to the canister.
CBD vape liquids are made by mixing CBD extract with an emulsifier to make it suitable for vaping. Inhaling regular CBD oil is not good for your health and can be dangerous.
Another potential problem users might run into when smoking CBD is that it has a similar smell to cannabis, which means it can easily be mistaken for something illegal.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately it is your choice as to how you take your CBD dose – there are a whole host of different approaches to fit in with your lifestyle and your needs.
We still aren’t 100% sure on whether there are any long-term benefits to vaping cannabinoids, and while vaping can be a great way to help break dangerous habits such as smoking – there are still questions over cannabinoids turning toxic when vaping and the potential long-lasting effects of vaping itself.
I’ve yet to come across a really good full-spectrum CBD vape, and I’ve even tried one that made me feel sick and had a bad taste. If you’re looking for different ways to take CBD there are far safer ways than smoking or vaping.
Steer Clear from Vaping CBD
You may already know that vaping can hurt you [PDF 1.3MB] due to explosions, burns or harmful chemicals, but did you know that as a Service member, using CBD in any form including vaping, is prohibited [PDF 2MB]* ** and has risks? Some people may vape CBD to manage stress or improve sleep, but there are healthier, safer and more effective ways to do so without putting Service members’ careers in danger. Here are some important things to know about vaping CBD.
It is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD
Foods and products that contain CBD such as e-cigarettes, lotions, coffee and chocolates are getting more popular, but it is always prohibited for Service members to use CBD – including in vapes and e-cigarettes. All forms of CBD are prohibited for Service members: it doesn’t matter how the CBD is used, what the claimed or actual THC concentration is or whether the product can be purchased or used legally in your area.
Vaping CBD can have dangerous side effects
CBD oils are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may contain other, potentially harmful, ingredients. Man-made CBD is also prohibited and can have significant side effects. It can cause seizures, memory loss, drowsiness, fatigue and can impair your cognitive skills (motor coordination and thinking).
The package says CBD, but it may contain THC
Since the FDA does not currently review ingredients and purity of CBD products, the label on these may be incorrect or misleading. For example, CBD vape oils may still have some amount of THC – the ingredient in marijuana that creates a “high” which makes you pop positive on a drug test, even if the box says, ‘no THC.’ Just like CBD, Service members are also prohibited from using THC products. Service members that pop positive on a drug test for THC can be separated or discharged from the military.
Be aware of the risks associated with all types of vaping and consider quitting vaping [PDF 903KB] in general.
Protect yourself and find safe alternatives
Whether you need to de-stress or sleep better, there are healthier, proven ways to do so without using unregulated products that are prohibited for Service members. To relax and improve your sleep, try:
- Talking to someone. Whether you speak with a professional (such as a chaplain or Military OneSource), friend or family member, talking about the things that bother you can help put your mind at ease and de-stress. . Meditating and practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve the sleep you get. . Practicing deep breathing and other breathing exercises can help you feel calm and more focused.
- A hot shower or bath. End your day with a long soak or some steam to relax your muscles and your mind.
Learn more about the risks of using CBD and what you might lose when you use prohibited drugs, so you can take steps to protect yourself.
*The DOD order/regulation on hemp products does not include FDA-approved cannabinoid drugs for which a Service member has a valid prescription.
** This PDF document was published by the Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense; we are not responsible for content contained therein.