Is there a healthier way to make CBD E-Liquid? What are the main advantages of using MCT instead of PGVG in your CBD vape juice? What is the part of Terpenes in the formula.
How do vape pens work?
Before discussing the advantages of using MCT, let’s look into vaping. Vapes work through a battery-operated heating system. The vape juice is heated up to a temperature just below combustion. At this temperature, the vape juice – which is a liquid at room temperature, becomes a vapor, similar to the steam that rises when water is boiling, The vapor is then inhaled.
What are vape cartridges?
Vape cartridges hold the CBD, the carrier, and the terpenes.
Why vape instead of using another delivery route?
Vaping works faster than any other delivery system – you begin to feel the effects in less than a minute. The CBD is also much more efficiently used and there is superior bioavailability.
What is Bio-availability?
Bioavailability is the proportion of the CBD that is immediately active after it is taken, whether it be as a vape, cream, spray, sublingual, or tablet. It is defined as a percentage. For example, when CBD is taken orally, about 15% is active because the rest of the CBD is metabolized by the liver. When CBD is vaped, about 60% is active.
The reason why so much more CBD is active when it is vaped is because vaped CBD is absorbed through the alveoli in the lungs directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the liver. Put in another way, taking 25 mg of CBD orally, will have a similar effect to vaping 6 mg of CBD. You get “more for your money” when you vape CBD as opposed to when you take CBD orally.
Why use CBD?
Because CBD gives you not only the health benefits, some of which THC cannot offer, but also none of the psychoactive benefits of THC. Plus, CBD treats the addiction to opioids, nicotine, heroine, and alcohol.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are volatile and pharmacologically active molecules. They impart fragrance to the vape but more importantly, they have healing powers. About 200 terpenes have been found in the cannabis plant. Terpenes not only enhance the ability of CBD to exert its benefits, but terpenes also have their own benefits.
…Linalool is a mood enhancer and an anxiolytic.
…Limonene elevates the mood and provides stress relief.
…Alpha-Pinene helps you stay alert and focused, improves memory, and counteracts the side effects of THC.
…Myrcene helps you to relax.
…Beta-Caryophyllene promotes stress relief.
What is a “carrier”?
A carrier is what the CBD dissolves in so that is can be vaped. For example, if you put a tablespoon of salt in a pot of boiling water, then the water is the carrier as it allows the salt to dissolve. When CBD is vaped, it requires a carrier because CBD needs to dissolve before it can be inhaled as a water vaper.
The carriers used for CBD vapes are PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin), and MCT (medium chain triglycerides). Below I will discuss each one – and why medium chain triglycerides are preferred.
PG (Propylene glycol)
PG is a substance used in many asthma inhalers, toothpastes, food colorings, and vanilla extracts. However, people with multiple allergies should avoid propylene glycol because it is allergenic.
VG (Vegetable glycerin)
VG is a vegetable-based sweet thickener. It is present in cough syrup and used in chewing gum to keep the gum from becoming too hard.
MCT (Medium chain triglycerides)
MCT is colorless and odorless and are made from coconut oil or palm oil. MCT’s are considered so safe and healthy for you that they are sold in health food stores as a supplement.
So why are MCT’s the best choice?
MCT carriers do much more than just work as a carrier for the CBD in the vape juice.
…MCT’s improve glucose levels in non-insulin dependent diabetics (Type II Diabetes).
…MCT’s help to control your appetite and aid in those who want to lose weight.
…MCT’s are used as an immediate source of energy rather than get stored as fat, in contrast to LCT (long chain triglycerides) – which are the most common type of fat ingested.
Take home point:
Vapes are the most efficient delivery system. Terpenes not only enhance the entourage effect, but they also have their own health benefits. The best carrier system by far are MCT’s because not only do they convert the CBD to a form that can be vaped, but they also have nutraceutical and medicinal benefits – something that no other carrier has.
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