Does CBD Vape Get You High? Understanding Its Effects

Despite CBDs surging popularity in recent years and more and more understanding of its effects - there are still many people who are unsure whether it gets you high. And that's not a big surprise. After all CBD is derived from cannabis plants which is generating confusion regarding its psychoactive effects. That's why it's important to understand the distinction between CBD and THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana causing the high).

While both CBD and THC can be found in cannabis plants, CBD does not exhibit the same intoxicating effects that THC is well known for. When you use CBD products in the UK or EU you are not consuming THC in noteworthy amounts - so you won't experience a high. Vaping CBD instead provides a range of potential benefits. All without causing the euphoria associated with marijuana. Many people find CBD vaping to be a great natural and non-intoxicating way to support their wellbeing.

Key Takeaways

  • CBD vapes do not get you high as they don't contain THC.
  • It's important to understand the differences between CBD and THC.
  • When you choose the right CBD vape products there is no risk of getting high.

Does a CBD Vape get you High?

CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which is rich in non-psychoactive properties. It is specifically designed to provide a range of health and wellness benefits without inducing a high. When using products like Harmony's high CBD vape pens, you can expect a calm and relaxing sensation rather than a feeling of being stoned.

So, why exactly doesn't CBD make you feel high? It's because CBD interacts differently with the receptors in your brain compared to THC. CBD has a subtle effect on the body, promoting relaxation and a sense of well-being, but it won't get you high or impair your judgement.

Vaping CBD oil with a CBD vape pen is one of the preferred methods as it offers a convenient and efficient way to experience the benefits of CBD. It allows for fast absorption into the bloodstream, delivering the soothing effects almost instantly.

Understanding CBD and THC

When talking about cannabis-derived products it's essential to understand the difference between CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) first. Both are compounds known as cannabinoids (or, more precisely, phytocannabinoids) derived from the cannabis plant. However their interaction with our bodies is very different and produces distinct effects.

CBD is a non-psychotropic compound found primarily in hemp. This is a variety of cannabis sativa with very low THC levels that grows large and leafy. Historically it was primarily used for its seeds and fibre. In recent years it has gained more and more popularity for its potential therapeutic benefits [1]. According to science CBD could help by reducing inflammation, chronic pain [2], anxiety [3] - and improving sleep [4]. Since it does not have intoxicating effects it won't make you feel "high" [5].

THC on the other hand is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. It is the main compound responsible for its mind-altering effects. When you consume products high in THC it binds to specific cannabinoid receptors in your body - with the result of producing the familiar "high" feeling.

Now let's talk about vaping CBD. Harmony is a popular brand in the UK and EU that offers a wide range of CBD products - among them a great selection of vape products. When you vape CBD the compound enters your bloodstream directly through the lungs, bypassing the digestive system [6]. According to many users this allows for faster and more effective relief for various symptoms. This method of consumption is a great alternative to traditional forms of cannabis use like smoking.

So while vaping CBD may help you feel relaxed and reduce stress - it will not produce the same psychoactive effects as THC [7]. This means you won't experience the "high" feeling or any other impairment. Furthermore it is a safe and - above all - legal option in the UK and EU. Due to its non-psychoactive nature CBD is considered as non-addictive with no risk of abuse or dependency.


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High Strength CBD Vape: How to Use

First and foremost: Choose a reliable CBD e-liquid! Harmony is a well known European brand that offers a diverse selection of CBD vape juices and other CBD-infused products. When selecting a vape juice you may come across terms like full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum means that it is a whole plant extract containing all the cannabinoids, including a small trace of THC. However as long as the product stems from hemp, this trace is going to be really small (under 0.2-0.3%) and the product is going to be perfectly legal and non-intoxicating. Broad-spectrum contains multiple cannabinoids but no THC. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, containing 99+% CBD and no other cannabiniods.

Next up - it is crucial to select the right CBD vape pen. There are disposable CBD vape pens and cartridges and reusable ones. Disposable pens or cartridges are pre-filled with CBD e-liquid and can be thrown away once used. If you consider this product we advise you choose one where only the cartridge is disposed of but the battery can be recharged. This makes it a lot more sustainable and better for the environment. Reusable pens require you to manually fill the vape juice and charge the pen. Both types of vape pen have their advantages. Disposable pens are more convenient and low-maintenance - while reusable pens give you the flexibility to choose the CBD e-liquid flavour and strength you prefer.

Once you have your CBD vape pen and e-liquid ready it's time to consider which dose of CBD to take. The ideal amount varies for different individuals - depending on personal factors like metabolism and cannabinoid tolerance as well as the effects you are looking for. In any case it's a good idea to start with a low dose and slowly increase until you find the ideal amount. Keep track of how much you're vaping and pay attention to the effects it has on your body before taking further steps.

Finally: Always be mindful of the legalities around vaping CBD in your area. The UK and EU have specific regulations on CBD products and they are generally perfectly legal. Make sure you buy from trusted sources that follow the necessary guidelines and provide third-party lab reports (COAs) of their CBD products.


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Choosing the Right CBD Vape Products

You might already have noticed that there are various types of CBD products. You should be aware of the differences in their effects and purposes. CBD tincture, oil or gummies for instance can offer a slower release compared to vaping CBD. CBD topicals like creams and balms work more localised without having a big whole-body effect. 

Also in terms of strength CBD vape products can vary widely. To find the right concentration for your needs start with a lower strength and gradually increase it if necessary. Keep in mind that due to the different uptake between product types your ideal strength in a vaping product might be lower than the one of an edible product. 


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To ensure the quality and safety of your CBD vape products always choose a reputable brand like Harmony. You should also look for products from organic and sustainably sourced hemp to guarantee that you're consuming pure CBD without any harmful additives like heavy metals or pesticides. 

Last but not least be conscious of the type of vaping device you use. Make sure it's compatible with your liquid. This goes especially for more concentrated distillate vapes as they might require specific setups. Standard PG/VG based vape juices are generally compatible with most standard vaping devices. Remember: do not add normal CBD oil to your vape pen! It is not designed for that purpose as it contains vegetable oils that might harm your lungs when inhaled. Always look for specific vape oil, aka vape juice or e-liquid.

By taking these factors into account we are sure you will find the perfect CBD vape product that suits your needs and preferences. Enjoy the benefits of CBD knowing that you've made an informed choice regarding the type, strength and purity of your product. Keep in mind that the effects of CBD may vary from person to person - always listen to your body and adjust your usage accordingly!


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