Although entertainment hemp, medical hemp, CBD (Cannabidiol) are used in many ways in USA and Europe, vape (also known as electronic cigarette, atomizer, vaporizer) is one of the most popular intake ways in the market for many reasons.
What is a vaporizer
The vaporizer in Europe and America was first used to evaporate cannabis. It started with desktop devices and then introduced a more convenient handheld device, the vape pen. The vape pen includes an atomizer, a battery pack, a suction tank and a button for starting the device. The operation is very simple. The user needs to suck in the mouthpiece while pressing the button to activate the battery, thus heating the atomizer, which evaporates the powder, tobacco or liquid in the bin. This is similar to the common electronic cigarettes in China.
Why is cannabis vaporizer so popular
Compared with traditional methods, cannabis atomization devices are popular because they provide an easier, healthier and more convenient intake way to eating cannabis – using cannabis extracts or dried flowers through various devices.
This kind of evaporation cannabis has many advantages. For example, compared with combustion, evaporation is healthier for the body. Vape devices produce cleaner and healthier steam through complex processes, and the carcinogens and tar in steam are greatly reduced.
In a 2010 study, 20 volunteers who regularly used cannabis were given vaporizer for one month. Respiratory tract infection occurred in 8 cases. Twelve cases reported improvement of pulmonary irritation and corresponding improvement of pulmonary function and bronchial tract.
CBD vaporizer’s market is immeasurable
According to a recent study by Cowen & Co Investment Bank, a large number of respondents indicated that they were using CBD vaporizer (electronic cigarette) as a way of CBD intake, mainly for pain relief and anti-inflammation. What’s more interesting, the market value forecast analysts believe that the market will generate $16 billion in the next six years. Compared with $600 million to $2 billion in 2018, it has huge growth potential. The legitimacy of the U.S. federal government is a major impediment to growth.
California is the largest market for entertainment cannabis with the vaporizer for cannabis concentrate, as one of the most preferred forms. And the whole cannabis industry is moving towards evaporation. According to BDS statistics, vaporizer is becoming more and more popular in other states in the United States, with sales of vaporizer deviceds increasing by 69% in 2018.
Through vape pen, THC is more convenient to use, and users no longer need to worry about the odor of burning and the stealth of cannabis. According to Substance Use and Misuse magazine, 35% to 46% of people use vaporizer based on secrecy, while 29% to 42% use it for convenience. A study in the JAMA shows that evaporation produces a stronger effect (bioavailability) at the same dosage.
Based on CBD bioavailability study, the absorption rate of human body through atomization is 34-46%. When taken in the form of oral tincture, only 10% of CBD is absorbed by human body. In addition to absorptivity, inhalation helps treat acute symptoms and can be felt within a minute or two, usually lasting for several hours. The effect of oral CBD oil can last for 4 hours or longer, but the onset time is much slower than that of inhalation, which takes about 30-90 minutes.
With the vigorous development of cannabis market, cannabis is increasingly used in the medical field to treat Parkinson’s disease, some types of cancer, arthritis and many other serious mental diseases. It is also suitable for chronic pain management in elderly and seriously ill patients. These factors will greatly increase the demand for CBD applications in the next few years.
CBD vape is not only a substitute for cigarettes, but also a treatment for nicotine addiction.
Dr. Tom Freeman, a senior academic fellow at King’s College London, and Professor Yasmin Hurd, director of the Institute of Internet Addiction at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, both said that CBD is expected to be a new treatment for tobacco addicts.
The danger of smoking has long been known. Despite the continued decline in smoking over the past 10 years, there are still about 37 million adults in the United States who smoke, more than 16 million of whom have smoking-related health problems. It is also well known that quitting smoking is not easy, and nicotine addiction is the culprit. Thanks to the frontier research, we now know that CBD can help smokers get rid of this bad habit once and for all.
Principle of CBD in the Treatment of Smoking Addiction
CBD is beneficial to the treatment of nicotine addiction because of its effect on memory. When people form new memories, they are responsible for a process called memory integration. New memory first needs to form short-term memory, and then eventually into long-term memory. In this process, the “memory trace” is left. Scientists believe that CBD gives us the ability to erase or modify it.
When you ingest nicotine through cigarettes, it releases dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter, which is why you feel happy every time you smoke. As you consume more and more nicotine, the brain continues to create more memories, linking happiness to nicotine consumption, leading to addiction. In the case of nicotine addiction, the brain constantly craves it to release more dopamine, and consuming more CBD helps to suppress desire by affecting this part of memory. CBD also helps alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. Many people who quit smoking face many withdrawal symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, irritability, insomnia and anxiety.
Although only one study has studied the effects of CBD on nicotine addiction, the results are promising. The study, conducted by University College London, showed that CBD oil was effective in curbing nicotine addiction. The study involved 24 subjects in a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study, who were divided into two equal groups. One group was given placebo, while the other group was given CBD oil through an evaporator.
The results showed that there was no change in smoking habits in the placebo group, but the CBD oil group reduced smoking by an average of 40%. “We found that CBD seems to reduce the incidence of smoking addiction and anxiety, and may affect what is known as a reinforcing memory process, which reduces the pleasure of seeing someone smoking cigarettes,” the researchers said.
CBD vape is the best way to treat nicotine addiction
If you want to quit smoking with CBD, CBD can be ingested through capsules, tinctures or food. First of all, according to existing studies, CBD is highly safe and has few side effects. But the best strategy is to start with a smaller dose, especially when you feel extra tension, or when you are tempted or stimulated around, and usually let you reach for the cigarette. Vaporizer is the right choice for smokers, because it also helps to stop the “mouth addiction”.
CBD vape/ e-cigarette market in China
China is the country with the largest number of smokers in the world. As of 2018, the number of smokers in China was 306 million, and the sales of cigarettes amounted to 144.5 billion yuan, accounting for 44.6% of global cigarette consumption. According to the analysis report of China Tobacco Products Industry Market Demand Forecast and Investment Strategic Planning released by Prospective Industry Research Institute, in 2017, the global vape consumers reached 35 million people, and the sales of e-tobacco reached 12 billion US dollars, 13 times higher than in 2010, with an annual compound growth rate of about 45%.
It is believed that many Chinese people have tried many smoking cessation therapies: from nicotine patches, nicotine e-cigarettes, chewing gum to hypnosis, some people have overcome the addiction by willpower alone, but after all, it is a minority. CBD vape and e juice have a huge natural market in China. Although China currently does not allow the production of CBD e-liquid, there are many domestic manufacturers of CBD electronic cigarette hardware devices aiming at the market, of which Guangdong and Shenzhen companies account for more than half. Although they mainly export this hardware in international trade for the time being, in the near future, once China’s CBD policy is liberalized, these enterprises will have the advantage of leading the way.
CBD, as a potent cannabinoid in medical field, plays an irreplaceable role and value in anti-spasm, anti-anxiety, sedation, anti-insomnia, anti-vomiting, anti-inflammatory, anti-epilepsy, anti-tumor, neuroprotection, cardiovascular protection, liver protection, anti-bacteria, metabolism and immune regulation. If the e-cigarettes have rich CBD inside and do not nicotine or other carcinogens. It is believed that the health of Chinese smokers will be further protected.