Vaping is, at the end of the day, a delivery method for different chemicals. The flow of the vapor into your body spreads the flavor of the e-liquid evenly throughout your mouth and tongue, and once it reaches your lungs, the vapor has direct access to your bloodstream. That’s why vaping is used as a delivery method for not only nicotine, but also caffeine, CBD, THC, and even various vitamins.
Of course, there are other ways to get all of these substances into your system. Caffeine, for example, can be ingested in a variety of forms, including plain old coffee and caffeine pills. And nicotine exists in everything from traditional cigarettes to nicotine gum and patches. However, choosing to vape these substances offers a variety of advantages over alternatives. Advantages such as the following.
Vaping liquids and devices are easy to pack, carry, and use while on the go. It can be hard to carry a cup of coffee around while getting through a crowd, and dropping CBD oil under your tongue might get you some weird looks from onlookers. But a vape device fits in your pocket, and no one can tell what you’re vaping just from the smoke alone. Smoke from THC e-liquids will look and smell just like any other vape smoke.
For the privacy-conscious, there’s also the option of investing in vaping devices that produce very little noise or visible smoke. The only thing that comes close to matching the on-the-go convenience of vaping is pills and gel capsules. And as we’ll cover later, those have other disadvantages when compared to vaping.
One of the things that makes the vaping market fun and attractive is the wide range of different devices in the market. Whether you favor a pocket-sized vape pen or a massive volcano weed vaporizer you need to set down on a table to use, there’s a vaping device for every occasion out there. And using different devices can lead to entirely different vaping experiences.
If you enjoy a good DIY project, you learn how to modify your vaping device, or change its functionality by buying new parts and accessories. It all goes towards giving you more options and helping you create a device that truly reflects your preferences.
Since vape smoke has direct access to your bloodstream through your lungs, any substance found in your vape liquid will go into effect almost right away. CBD edibles, for example, can take as long as an hour before they kick in. Meanwhile, the effects of a CBD vape liquid will start almost immediately after your first draw on your vape pen. And the same goes for the effects of caffeine, nicotine, THC, and anything else you get through vaping.
Bioavailability refers to the amount of a substance that has an active effect after being introduced into your body. Different delivery methods lead to different rates of bioavailability — for example, the bioavailability of CBD edibles hovers around 10%. This means that 90% of the CBD you ingest will be eliminated by your digestive system, essentially wasted.
Meanwhile, vaping CBD leads to bioavailability close to 50%. This isn’t just much better than edibles, it’s also close to the best you can get without injecting CBD directly into your veins. We mentioned how pills and capsules lag behind vaping in some areas — this is one of them. Since pills are ingested, they don’t go into effect as fast as vaping, nor do they offer the same amount of bioavailability.