It’s the substance that captured the attention of many a manufacturer this year. How much do you know about CBD? Dr Cunningham explains why vaping is the ideal method for CBD consumption.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant.

While the majority of cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act, CBD is not, therefore making it legal.

In order to qualify for sale and consumption in the EU, CBD oil must be produced from one of the EU-approved industrial hemp strains. These contain a very low percentage of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis.

As the approved hemp strains contain a maximum THC content of 0.2 percent by law, any hemp oil with THC content above 0.2 percent is considered medical marijuana and is currently illegal in the UK and Ireland.

Have you ever smelled weed walking down the street?

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds which cause the notable smell of cannabis and hemp. A strong smell does not indicate the presence of THC, however, this can only be determined by laboratory analysis.

Did you know?

Pure CDB and THC are reported to have little to no odour at all

Health claims
Numerous scientific studies from around the world have indicated that CBD could help in many health conditions and ailments. Some claim CBD can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce chronic pain and pain relief, beat insomnia and even have anti-inflammatory effects. Further research and analysis is needed to look into these possibilities.

Vaping is the ideal method for users to take CBD at home or on the go and we see this has been reflected by the vast amounts of interest e-liquid manufacturers and vape shops have taken in CBD this year alone.

Against other methods of taking CBD, vaping has been stated as being much faster than that of oral administration and much more efficient by entering the blood stream directly when vaped, therefore, giving the user rapid absorption when needed compared to waiting for a pill to work.


About the author

Dr Richard Cunningham has a Ph.D in medicinal chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast where he also worked as postdoctoral researcher for a number of years before working in the US at the Mitchell Cancer Institute in Alabama. Among his areas of expertise are organic synthesis, nucleosides, nucleotides, cellular biology, vitamins, aminoglycosides, drug delivery, phosphorous chemistry and chemical analysis. He is now the director of quality control for the UK at Liquid Sciences LLC.