CBD Liquid vs. CBD Oil - What’s the difference?
There are various types of CBD products to choose from.
The CBD industry is growing rapidly as CBD continues to be available in many different forms and products.
There are so many different CBD products that it can be confusing to differentiate between them.
CBD liquid and CBD oil are commonly mistaken for each other.
In this article, we will compare CBD liquid and CBD oil and list the pros and cons of each to determine which one has overall more health benefits. Let's get right into it.
What is CBD?
You may have heard of Cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is becoming a popular remedy for many people to assist overall health and well-being.
CBD is a cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive. It may provide relief from stress, nerve pain, inflammation, chemotherapy side effects, increase relaxation, improve sleep, and other CBD benefits.
In a study published by The Permanente Journal (1), CBD was given to a girl to treat her PTSD symptoms. CBD was shown to be effective in improving her mental health.
CBD is constantly being tested to see if other symptoms or ailments can be helped with the aid of CBD.
The most common ingredients for CBD oil are usually CBD and a carrier oil such as hemp oil, MCT oil, or olive oil.
What is CBD Liquid?
When CBD liquid is discussed, some may think of CBD tinctures or CBD oil. However, CBD liquid is the form of CBD used specifically for vaping.
CBD liquid is specifically formulated for inhalation using an e-cigarette.
The most common ingredients include:
- vegetable glycerin
- propylene glycol
- Isolate CBD
CBD liquids are typically made without the addition of nicotine because nicotine breaks down CBD making it a useless addition.
What is the difference between CBD Liquid and CBD Oil?
The main differences between the two are how they are taken:
CBD liquid is vaped using an e-cigarette. This method allows CBD to be inhaled directly into the capillaries of your lungs. This method ensures that CBD enters your bloodstream faster than other CBD applications.
CBD oil is taken sublingually (placed under the tongue). The mucous membrane under the tongue quickly absorbs the CBD into the bloodstream.
CBD oil and CBD liquid have different ingredients. Although they are both effective, they should never be used in place of one another. They should always be used as directed.
CBD Oil can not be vaped in a vape pen, and CBD e-liquids should not be taken orally like CBD oil due to the concentration of ingredients found in CBD e-liquids.
PROS and CONS of CBD Liquids and CBD Oil
CBD Oil Pros:
It is discreet - You can take CBD Oil anytime, anywhere.
Quick-relief - You should notice relief from your symptoms around 15-30 minutes after taking CBD oil sublingually.
Taking CBD oil sublingually has a high bioavailability of up to 40%
CBD Oil is typically formulated using CBD and a carrier oil such as hemp oil.
Taking CBD oil has shown no short-term or long-term side effects and has proven to be a reliable method for taking CBD.
CBD Oil cons:
Even with flavoring, CBD oil doesn't taste the best. CBD usually has a poor aftertaste that is off-putting to some people.
CBD Liquid Pros:
Quick-relief - When CBD is inhaled, you may notice relief from your symptoms within just a few minutes. Vaping CBD has a high bioavailability rate of up to 60%.
CBD liquid cons:
Not as convenient - When you vape, it is obvious. You might have to plan to vape your CBD before going into a restaurant or taking a break.
CBD liquid has added ingredients that may be harmful to the lungs and heart.
Health side effects of vaping CBD and taking CBD oil
To formulate a CBD product that can be inhaled, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are added to create the consistency needed to be heated and vaporized.
There are some health risks associated with inhaling these ingredients, including inflammation of the lungs.
Side effects may include dry mouth, sore throat, and coughing.
A study published by the American College of Cardiology (2) shows that long-term side effects of vaping may include damage to the heart and lungs.
Suppose health benefits are the reason for seeking out CBD. In that case, we recommend taking CBD oil vs. CBD liquid because vaping has long-term health risks.
In contrast, CBD oil shows no evidence of long-term health risks when swallowed or taken sublingually.
Does CBD Liquid show up on a drug test?
If the CBD product contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), you will test positive on a drug test. Not all CBD products contain THC, so failing a drug test can be avoided.
However, cheaper tests bought over the counter may cause you to fail a drug test. The reason is that cheaper drug tests test specifically for cannabinoids rather than specific cannabinoids like THC.
What is THC?
First, you should know that THC is also a cannabinoid, like CBD, found in hemp and marijuana.
THC has psychoactive side effects and causes the "high" from marijuana, and THC will cause a failed drug test.
CBD and THC are found in hemp and marijuana but at different ratios.
* Marijuana is high in THC and is federally illegal because of its high potential for abuse and few or no health benefits.
* Hemp, on the other hand, is federally legal because it contains small amounts of THC (.0.3%) and high amounts of CBD.
This makes hemp an excellent plant for medicinal use and should pose no risk for abuse.
Since THC is the compound that causes a failed drug test, let's go over the different types of CBD.
Some contain the legal limit of THC, while some are available without any THC at all.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the naturally occurring ingredients from the plant, such as CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Full Spectrum CBD gets its name for having a full profile of cannabinoids. This type of CBD is considered the most effective because it produces the best entourage effect.
Broad-spectrum CBD also contains all the naturally occurring plant compounds. However, the THC has been removed to non-detectable levels. This product typically does not contain any THC but may contain trace amounts.
Broad Spectrum is still highly effective, but it does miss out on the additional benefits of THC. However, it makes it ideal for those who need the product for work and is regularly drug tested.
CBD Isolates usually contain one or two cannabinoid isolates. Isolates do not have a distinct taste and odor like full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. CBD isolates are THC-free and should not cause you to fail a drug test.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center (3), the result of a failed drug test occurs if 50 nanograms per milliliter or more THC is detected.
There is not enough THC in full-spectrum CBD containing less than 0.3% THC to cause significant psychoactive effects.
Taking full-spectrum CBD every day could cause a failed drug test because consistent consumption of CBD with THC may build up in your system and show up as more THC than the limit.
Sum it up!
Based on what we now know about CBD liquid and CBD oil, we see that:
* Both are highly bioavailable, although CBD liquid is somewhat higher.
* Both are effective in providing relief.
* Both provide relief within a short amount of time.
But the most important thing should be our health.
Vaping can be harmful long-term. Whereas taking CBD sublingually provides all the excellent health benefits without any long-term negative side effects or health risks of CBD liquids.
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(1) Shannon, S., & Opila-Lehman, J. (2016, October 12). Effectiveness of cannabidiol oil for pediatric anxiety and insomnia as part of posttraumatic stress disorder: A case report. The Permanente journal. Retrieved June 7, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5101100/
(2) E-cigarettes are linked to heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and depression. American College of Cardiology. (2019, March 7). Retrieved June 6, 2022, from https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2019/03/07/10/03/ecigarettes-linked-to-heart-attacks-coronary-artery-disease-and-depression
(3) Haldeman, C. (n.d.). Cannabinoid screen and confirmation (urine). Cannabinoid Screen and Confirmation (Urine) - Health Encyclopedia - University of Rochester Medical Center. Retrieved June 6, 2022, from https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=167&contentid=cannabinoid_screen_urine