CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape Liquid: Understanding the Key Differences

Understanding the difference
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on June 19, 2019

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With the cannabis industry still in somewhat of its infancy, there is a TON of confusion and misunderstanding out there surrounding the difference between CBD oil and CBD vape liquid. In fact, when it comes to CBD and cannabis terminology in general, it seems that the majority of people really have no clue what’s going on.

What’s scarier, though, is the fact that a lot of CBD companies don’t really have a clue what’s going on, either. Truth be told, the cannabis industry is probably in a bit of a “blind leading the blind” stage right now.

However, this is where we can (hopefully) come in and offer some sort of help and clarification. In this article, we’ll do our best to clear up any confusion and misconceptions regarding CBD oil, CBD tinctures, and CBD vape liquids. We get asked all the time “can I vape CBD oil?”, so we figured we might as well do a quick article on the topic to try and offer some sort of a definitive answer.

“Can I Vape CBD Oil?”

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Well, can you? To answer this question correctly, we have to be able to first distinguish between the terms “oil” and “liquid.” In general, CBD oils are concentrated products that are made to be taken orally (i.e. under the tongue). In other words, they are NOT made to be smoked or vaped with a vape pen.

CBD liquids, on the other hand (aka e-liquids, etc) are specifically made to be vaporized and inhaled as steam. So to answer the question correctly, no, you shouldn’t vape CBD oil – what you need is a vape-specific CBD liquid.

That being said, however, a lot of CBD vape liquid manufacturers out there are still using the term “oil” rather freely and loosely. For instance, they’ll label a product something like “CBD vape oil,” when in reality what they should probably be calling it is CBD vape liquid.

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Perhaps we’re splitting hairs here, (or perhaps we’re the ones that don’t know what the hell we’re talking about), but it is frustrating to know that a large portion of the cannabis industry doesn’t even know the correct terminology.

At the end of the day, if you’re going to vape CBD, make sure that you’re vaping a “vape-specific” product – you definitely don’t want to vape a CBD oil that’s made to be administered orally under the tongue.

CBD Oils vs. CBD Vape Liquid: Subtle Yet Significant Differences

Before we go any further, let’s do a little bit of clarification with regard to the differences between the terms CBD “oil” and CBD “tincture,” because we know that this is a lot to take in, and it’s likely enough to instigate an anxiety-induced panic attack.

In short, CBD tinctures are products that are made to be taken orally and administered sublingually (under the tongue). However, you will find that the term “tincture” is very commonly interchanged with the term “oil” – there’s rarely a discrepancy between the two.

What you should never see, though, is a product labeled “CBD vape tincture” – this would just sound ridiculous.

Whatever term you choose to use, it’s important to understand that all of these products (oils, tinctures, and vape liquids), are made using some kind of oil as a carrier for the actual CBD. In its pure, isolated state, CBD that’s extracted from the raw cannabis plant exists as a solid – it kind of looks like salt, actually. So, in order for it to be consumed and absorbed efficiently, it needs to be dissolved in a carrier oil that can be either burned (vaporized) and inhaled, or broken down by the body’s digestive system. This is where the real difference between CBD oil and CBD vape liquid comes in.

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CBD oils (or CBD tinctures) generally use some kind of food grade oil like olive or canola oil (or hemp seed oil, of course) as the carrier so that it can be absorbed and digested efficiently by the body.
Vape liquids, on the other hand, need to use a different kind of carrier oil because typical vegetable oils (like olive oil) are too viscous to be burned with vape pen heating coils.

What manufacturers typically do is use a thinning agent in order to make the carrier oil less viscous, which allows it to be vaped properly and efficiently.

If you try and vape an oral CBD oil or tincture, you’ll likely just get a weird, disgusting taste in your mouth, and very little CBD.

To read more about how CBD oils are made, and the potential dangers of CBD vape liquids, check out our in-depth article that discusses CBD Vape Pens.

Final Thoughts: CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape Liquids

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Hopefully, this information has been able to help clear up any confusion and misunderstandings you may have had in regard to CBD oil terminology. If you’re still a little hazy on the subject, though, here’s a general summary:

  • CBD “oil” is a broadly-used term that can technically be used to describe either oral (under the tongue) CBD products or vapable CBD products
  • The vast majority of products labeled “CBD Oil” are oral-specific products that are made to be administered under the tongue.
  • The terms CBD “tincture” and CBD “oil” are largely interchangeable; they both refer to products that are to be taken orally.
  • Some companies still refer to their CBD vape products as “vape oils,” but the more appropriate term is CBD “vape liquid”
  • CBD vape liquids are much less viscous (less syrupy) than CBD oils or tinctures – if you try to use a sublingual (under the tongue) oil in a vape pen, it’s probably not going to work very well

In short, if you’re wanting to try CBD in your vape pen, make sure that you use a vape-specific CBD liquid. Even though the terminology is ambiguous and confusing, there is definitely a difference between CBD oil and CBD vape liquid.

Also, let us give you a fair word of warning that there are some seriously sketchy products out there on the market right now. Given that CBD is still not regulated by the FDA, a lot of manufacturers are pretty much having free reign when it comes to labeling and marketing their products. Make sure you do plenty of research before deciding on a brand and make sure that the brand you do decide to go with has a solid reputation and plenty of reliable customer feedback.

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32 comments
  1. Sheryl Moss
    Got it!

    Ok, so I have concluded from the above that CBD oil is better for medicinal uses and CBD vape is better for recreational purposes.

  2. Lisa
    Cbd vaping vs oil

    I saw someone ask about the effects of vaping CBD effecting the lungs but I didn’t see an answer. Can you further elaborate on this? I’ve been using blue bird cbd oil for my fybermalysia but still have alot of pain. Anything better out there? Thank you

  3. Bobbi Norton
    How long hold smoke on when vaping cbd

    When vaping how long to hold smoke in

  4. Jason Salisbury
    Try to know the difference

    CBD oil is definitely different from CBD vape liquid. If you are vaping for the first time, or are new to all this and haven’t yet tried vaping the e-liquid, you might feel this is quite good. But you have to try the e-liquid to know the difference.

  5. April Evans
    Any help appreciated

    Question, I have terrible anxiety, I purchased a bottle of 500mg CBD oil. I started with one dropper full, and have worked up to 3 droppers within a week. I feel absolutely no difference in anything. I have put it under my tongue and mixed it into a 4 oz drink. It is not easy to get down as the taste is horrible, but I make it work, as the desperation sets in to not feel like everything is collapsing in on me… Is there something I’m doing wrong? Or something someone could suggest to try? I really don’t want to vape… Is it absorbed better through vaping than orally. I am open to suggestions. TIA.

    1. Marlene
      sometimes less is more

      I am hoping by now you have come to find a solution since it has been a couple months. However, if not or if someone else is reading this with the same issue… I recommend reducing rather than increasing the amount you are taking in in the beginning. if you are body is deficient it has to build up to the utilization of the Hemp/Cbd you are now providing it with. Once you find the proper dosing for your own system you will begin to feel and see the effects much more clearly. There IS NOT a one size fits all dosage with CBD. YOU MAY also want to change products. NOT ALL CBD products are created equally and some will work better for one than others.

    2. Apryl
      Tinctures not working for anxiety:

      Tinctures have a cumulative effect. If you weren’t using CBD regularly beforehand, it might take a few days or weeks for it to build up in your system. You have to take it on a schedule, like you would a medication. I have horrendous anxiety. The inside of my mind is basically a tornado that I have to try to focus and function in. Personally I use a dropper of tincture, and micro dose with 1/4 to 1/2 dropper every 2 to 3 hours. If you need something for panic/anxiety attacks that acts immediately, I would recommend getting a vape pen for instant effects, and continue to use the tincture. Side note: I take choline twice a day also, it helps the memory issues that come along with extreme anxiety. I hope you find something that helps you. Best of luck my friend.

  6. Les Green
    Interesting read

    They sell CBD oil in pretty much every corner shop where I live (in the UK) – really makes you wonder what is actually in these products as some are as cheap as $6 for a bottle!

  7. Elisabeth
    CBD Drops multi-use tincture

    A Vape shop employee recommended I mix 1 MG dose with my favorite vape juice. He picked out Select CBD Drops 1000 MG Multi-use tincture. He even mixed in the products for me and told me to let it sit for a little before vaping. After coming home, I googled and now I’m unsure of what he sold me is actually made for vaping.
    Ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, CBD, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Peppermint extract, Stevia extract.
    Doesn’t sound like any of the vape-juice ingredients you mentioned
    Please tell me that it is, in fact, a vapable oil!

  8. Jamie Thomas
    Waw!

    This is so interesting!!! I have been using CBD oil for years and never knew it couldnt be vaped, I dont personally vape but this is really useful info!

  9. Mark
    Vape - unhealthy?

    I use an Enhanced CBD spray now – sublingual. I’m always afraid to Vape. I just think any of thee impurities could adversely effect my lungs long term. None of this stuff is FDA regulated and I’ve read stories about people getting a “gummy” residue in their lungs that can lead to pneumonia. The CBD I use works within 5 minutes or so, what is the advantage to vape? Is it worth the potential health risk?

    1. Sandy Howard
      CBD Spray

      Mark, what spray do you use that works in 5 minutes? I need that.
      I have arthritis in my knee and doing the sublingual now. Been a couple of weeks
      and I think it is helping but still have some pain.

  10. J
    Terpenes Or tincture

    I’m am going to google this after haha, but is terpenes another word for vape liquid? I am assuming it is another word for tincture?

    1. Sandy Howard
      Meaning of Terpenes

      Green Roads offers high-quality CBD terpenes oil. These products are a blend of CBD and terpenes extracted from the industrial hemp plant. Terpenes are the aromatic and flavorful component of plant essential oils. A well-known terpene is a limonene. … These flavored CBD terps come in many varieties.

    2. Tom

      No, terpenes are organic compounds. They are what gives different plants thier flavour, so in cbd liquids they have different strains of marijuana terpenes to give the flavour of traditional “weed”.

  11. Nancy
    CBD oil/ vape juice mixed

    Does anyone know if I can use CBD oil mixed with a little Vape juice in order to use it in my Vape pen? I understand that CBD oil is not to be used straight in the pen and only juice but if I mixed the two does that make it better?

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