Why Some People May Cough When They Vape CBD

December 4, 2019 09:00:58

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been having a ton of good press over the past few years. Extracted from legal industrial hemp, the compound is choke-full of potent medicinal properties, perfectly capable of kicking a variety of conditions to the curb. The long list of medical conditions CBD is effective against ranges from insomnia and anxiety to severe issues like chronic pain and pediatric epilepsy.

Aside from its medical benefits, cannabidiol can be used in diverse ways, ranging from tinctures, edibles, and topicals to vaping. Arguably, vaping is the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD since it doesn’t have to go through the digestive tract. It’s absorbed straight into the blood, and it acts on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) faster than it would have through any other means.

However, coughing is often associated with vaping, and it can make the entire process frustrating and unenjoyable. So, why do you think some people tend to cough when they vape? For starters, your lungs and the lining of your throat are extremely sensitive. And while you may think that CBD is the big bad that sends you into hacking coughs, that’s not the case. The chances of you descending into a coughing fit after vaping CBD isolate would be zero to none.

The real culprits are terpenes. These are aromatic organic hydrocarbons produced by the cannabis plant, just like cannabidiol. Terpenes are also medically beneficial, and when used in concert with CBD the combination is even more effective. This has been termed the entourage effect. However, they are very strong chemicals, and they can be quite acrid and irritating when heated. So a vape with a higher concentration of terpenes will be harsher on the throat.

The second culprit is the carrier liquids the CBD is dissolved into. While few people seem to have a reaction to MCT coconut oil, quite a number of people are somewhat allergic to vegetable glycerin (VG). Propylene Glycol (PG), on the other hand, packs quite a punch. Not to mention, the carrier liquids turn into hot, dry vapor when vaporized, and this will irritate the lungs and throat lining. Many users find it easier on their lungs when they set the vaporizer to a lower temperature.

At the end of the day, chances are you will put up with some sort of irritation when you vape CBD. Investing in vapes with milder carrier liquids, vaping at lower settings and keeping a glass of cold water close by will help. Ultimately, with more use, you will become accustomed to the harsh, hot air and will therefore cough less.

Experts believe that few CBD users have such helpful information, and this could explain why the more successful CBD companies like Youngevity International Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) invest a lot in consumer education.

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