Thinking of Vaping THC, CBD and Other Oils? Here’s the Information You Need to Get Started

Last updated on October 21st, 2018

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Can You Vape THC, CBD and Other Oils?

Many ecig companies are selling vaporizers and vape pens for herbs, oils, wax and other concentrates. You can use essential oils for vaping, anything from peppermint oil to hash wax, but most vape companies don’t sell those substances. They don’t care which oil or concentrate you use. We do!

Before you buy your oil (or CBD e-juice), you should know how they differ, how to purchase them legally, and why formulas (and quality) can vary.

What’s the Difference Between Cannabis, THC, CBD and Essential Oils?

All About Cannabis

Marijuana Flower

You’re probably familiar with the name “marijuana”, but you may not know that its botanical name is Cannabis Sativa.

Cannabis is a herbaceous flowering plant that is widely used for hemp fibre and oils, but it is also a “medicinal plant” that has been enjoyed over 10 thousand years across many cultures for it’s beneficial attributes.  Some cultures have considered it sacred.

Unless you’ve been severely sheltered from the real world, you probably know that Cannabis (a/k/a marijuana) has also been widely used for recreation use in much the same way as alcohol. For decades marijuana was illegal throughout the U.S. Why?

Here’s an interesting factoid – Courtesy of PBS

Fear of marijuana

After the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Mexican immigrants flooded into the U.S., introducing to American culture the recreational use of marijuana. The drug became associated with the immigrants, and the fear and prejudice about the Spanish-speaking newcomers became associated with marijuana. Anti-drug campaigners warned against the encroaching “Marijuana Menace,” and terrible crimes were attributed to marijuana and the Mexicans who used it…By 1931, 29 states had outlawed marijuana.

After several subsequent laws criminalizing the unauthorized use of marijuana, the U.S. finally passed less stringent regulations and the use of marijuana is legal in certain states. More on that later!

Cannabis leaves can be smoked, or vaped in specially designed vaporizers. 

What Is THC?


THC chemical symbol

THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with different receptors in the body to produce a wide range of effects. THC is the chemical that gets you high, and usually (but not always) produces a feeling of euphoria.

THC oil is only legal in states that permit either medical marijuana, recreational marijuana or both. It can be vaped in vape pens and vaporizers specially designed for that purpose.

What is CBD?


CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Like THC it is also a cannabinoid, but CBD is harvested from hemp (not cannabis flowers). It will not get you high because it should not contain THC. The best brands of CBD are 99% THC free.

CBD is legal in all U.S. states. The FDA permits the sale of hemp CBD to be sold as a food supplement – not as any type of medicinal product. CBD, like many herbs and supplements, are used for ailments including pain management, seizures and sleep disorders. The medicinal properties of CBD have been confirmed by millions of users and medical practitioners.

CBD oil and e-liquid can be vaped in vape pens and vaporizers designed for that purpose.


All Oils, concentrates and waxes formulated for vaping are distilled. They are not true “oils” because they don’t have any lipids (animal or vegetable fats). They come in different thicknesses and consistencies.

What About Other Essential Oils?

essential oils

Many essential oils are taken from the flowers, fruits, seeds, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of an aromatic plant. Some common essential oils that are known to have therapeutic properties are Chamomile, Eucalyptus and Lavender to mention only a few.

These oils are legal to vape but they must be formulated for vaping. 

Vaping Oils is Different from Vaping E-Liquids

Here is some advice from DirectVapor regarding Vaping Oils

Vaping with essential oils is slightly different from other vaping methods. With dry herbs or even regular e-liquids you are often trying to take a large draw and fill your lungs. In this case, you should be taking a shallow draw. Since many of the positive effects of essential oils have to do with their scent and the way they awaken your senses, you should take your time and vape slowly. Always make sure you properly clean your device and accessories prior to switching to a new oil.  

As mentioned earlier, you can buy CBD e-juice if you prefer to use a vape pen or vaporizer made for juices rather than the thicker oils.  Since those devices are more economical and more readily available, CBD juice may be the way to go. 

We recommend Hot Juice – Check out our review!

Whether you choose CBD oil or e-liquid, remember, it usually doesn’t take a lot to feel the relaxing, pain relieving effects, so always start with a small amount.

Here are some guidelines from Hot Juice.

Depending upon your requirements and expected effects, selecting the correct milligram dosage of CBD vape juice will affect each user differently. If you’re unsure of how CBD will impact your vaping, it’s best to start at a lower dosage and work your way up slowly until you experience the desired effects. CBD absorption will vary dependent upon a broad spectrum of factors, however, it is suggested that users implement the slow build principle of personal investigation to best decide what milligram of CBD is optimal for their needs. 


Where is Cannabis, THC and CBD Legal?


Where is vaping legal and prohibited in the U.S. Map

“Medical” marijuana is now legal in twenty nine states plus the District of Columbia. You need a prescription to by leaves and THC oil.

Nine U.S. states plus the District of Columbia allow both medical and recreational use of marijuana. You do not need a prescription in these states as long as you use them within the state.

Four state still prohibit the use of marijuana.

Buying CBD Oil

Woman with laptop on sofa

CBD oil is available in all states. That said, you should know that in states where marijuana is illegal, you can buy CBD oil made from HEMP – the woody part of the marijuana plant. Still, there are no set regulations and unscrupulous sellers are out there.

Why CBD Oil Formulas Can Vary

Just like e-liquids, you have to choose a company that sells Lab-tested CBD oils that have the correct potency and do not contain any fillers.


We recommend CBDVapejuice for high quality CBD Oil and wax made from Hemp. Just Click the Images to Get Current Pricing.



CBD Drips

CBD drip


CBD Dabs

 CBD wax

CBD Vape Pens


CBD Vape Pen

In states where marijuana is legal, you can buy CBD oil made from the potent marijuana flower, but you will need a prescription and it cannot be shipped to you if you live in another state.


As mentioned earlier, botanical oils such as lavender, chamomile and peppermint are legal, but few are formulated for vaping. They are best used with an inhaler or rubbed onto your skin.

Note:  You can vape botanicals in dry herb form if you use a vaporizer designed to take dry herbs. Davinci sells legal dry herbs and amazing vaporizers for herbs and oils.

Read: Review of Davinci Herbal Vaporizers

If you’re still serious about vaping fruit and floral essences, We recommend diacetyl free Kai’s Virgin Vapor e-liquids. You can purchase “Afterglow” (which contains lavender, pomegranate and bergamot), “Bed of Roses”, and “Blue Violet”. Virgin Vapor’s website also includes a Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Page.

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Where to Get the Best Vape Pens and Vaporizers Where You Can Add Your Own CBD and Other Essential Oils

Now that you know all about vapable THC, CBD and Other Oils you’re probably either disappointed or ready to buy a device for vaping those oils. Most Ecig companies that sell vape pens for e-liquids, oils, herbs, waxes and other concentrates sell only the hardware. A few companies do sell CBD in disposable vape pens, or CBD filled cartridges.

They’re all listed in our Guide – Best Vaporizers for Cannabis, CBD and Other Essential Oils. You’re sure to  find  to the perfect pen, vaporizer or pre-filled cartridge for your needs.

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