Can You Mix CBD With Nicotine?
Have you wondered what might happen if you combine CBD oil with a nicotine-based e-liquid? It’s a common question and one that raises quite a number of interesting points!
Those who already enjoy vaping nicotine infused e-liquids wonder if this may somehow negate the potential benefits that CBD may have to offer.
As we’ll see from exploring this topic, the relationship is a complex one.
Do Not Combine Sublingual Oils With E-Liquids!
First of all, we should make it clear that under no circumstances should anyone combine oil designed for sublingual use (taken under the tongue) with e-liquid.
CBD products intended for oral or sublingual intake use a carrying agent such as olive/coconut/hemp/MCT oil that simply doesn’t mix with the Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) found in e-liquids.
While they may appear to be similar to the eye, they are very different substances!
Oils are not designed to be heated whereas the VG and PG used in e-liquids are capable of producing vapour and a ‘throat hit’ that simulates conventional smoking.
Mixing the two together will in all likelihood damage your device and can potentially even be dangerous – after all, who wants to vape olive oil? Really?!
CBD Contains No Nicotine
Another point worth clarifying early is that CBD extracts contain no nicotine. Good quality CBD oils contain nothing other than cannabinoids and all the natural goodness from the hemp plant.
There are a small number of CBD e-liquids that also include a measure of nicotine, but so far these are quite rare to find in the UK (they are far more popular in the USA). Whether or not this is a good thing is really a matter of personal taste.
Specially configured juices that contain both compounds are obviously going to be ‘safe’ to use, but as nicotine is included there’s going to be the risk of becoming ‘hooked’. Nicotine is an additive substance after all!
Most (often self-identifying) ‘purists’ would argue that for this reason that it’s best to vape CBD independent of any nicotine.
You Can Blend CBD E-Liquids & Nicotine Infused E-Liquids
But what if you’re a daily vaper who enjoys a particular flavour that’s not yet available in a specially defined style?
Well, there’s no reason why you cannot mix a CBD e-liquid (most of these are unflavoured) with a nicotine-based product.
The only thing to potentially look out for is making sure that the liquids are broadly similar in regards to their VG & PG mix.
With a few exceptions, the majority of CBD e-liquids adopt a similar ratio to most e-liquids, just keep an eye out for those designed with sub-ohm (heavy cloud producing) vaping in mind as these may not combine so well.
Much More Research Is Needed
Most of what we know about the interaction between cannabinoids and nicotine stems from the findings of studies that have focused upon classic cannabis consumption.
These have specifically looked towards THC (of which only a microscopic amount is retained in CBD products) and nicotine. Very little has been done relating purely to CBD – and the truth of the matter is that how it binds with our endocrine system is still far from understood.
There’s no evidence – either scientific or anecdotally – that combining nicotine with CBD makes either substance more or less addictive.
Taken at face value, nicotine is perhaps the best known addictive substance on the planet whereby we’ve never encountered anyone physically addicted to taking any kind of cannabinoid supplement. Quite simply, hemp contains no addictive substances.
One interesting aspect of research that’s worth considering is that people who take cannabis without tobacco (nicotine) in a habitual, high intake style do experience a shrinking of the hippocampus that relates to depleted memory retention.
On the flip side, people who take cannabis alongside nicotine tend to experience an expansion of the hippocampus that actually enhances memory.
Whether or not that’s related to a specific cannabinoid compound is still to be identified – so again, much more scientific research needs to be done.
So where does this leave the many thousands of people interested in finding a way to add some CBD supplementation to their routine nicotine fix?
If you want to monitor your cannabinoid intake, we’d advise you to have a separate vaping setup besides your daily vaping device. It’s simply easier to measure.
For those of you who are happy to enjoy CBD as you vape throughout the day (and there’s absolutely no harm in doing this), you can opt for either a specially infused e-liquid – with or without added flavours – or consider one of the new ‘additive’ style products recently released to the market.