Are CBD Vapes legal?

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This article explores the legality of CBD e-cigarettes. In recent years, CBD (cannabidiol) has gained significant popularity as a therapeutic compound. The rise in interest has led to various methods of CBD consumption, including CBD e-cigarettes. However, questions often arise regarding the legal status of CBD e-cigarettes, particularly in relation to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This article aims to clarify the nature of CBD, the distinctions between THC and CBD, the legal framework surrounding CBD e-cigarettes, the varieties of CBD e-cigarette liquids, and the shipping regulations. By delving into these aspects, we will provide a comprehensive understanding of the legality of CBD e-cigarettes.

The growing trend of CBD vapes

CBD e-cigarettes, also known as e-pens or vaporizers, have gained traction in the e-cigarette market due to their potential health benefits, ease of use, and social and recreational features. The CBD e-cigarette market size was $2.0 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $28.43 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 22.28%. This provides a vast market opportunity for e-cigarette importers and distributors.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common compound in cannabis. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the “high” associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the “high” associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol.) CBD has gained popularity due to its potential therapeutic benefits, resulting in a wide variety of CBD products such as e-cigarette liquids, edibles, and topicals.

What is THCdelta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. According to NIDA, THC activates the brain’s reward system by signaling the release of the brain chemical dopamine.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in mood and pleasure. THC triggers the release of higher-than-normal levels of dopamine, causing people to experience feelings of euphoria. People usually consume THC by smoking marijuana, but they can also find it as an ingredient in capsules, foods, and liquids.

Most countries prohibit the sale of THC (except for medical marijuana products), except for a few states in the United States that have legalized the recreational use of THC by adults.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are two of the best-known and most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They share some similarities but also have significant differences, especially in effects, legality, and therapeutic applications. Below is a detailed description of their similarities and differences:


1. source: both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, compounds found in the cannabis plant.

2. Chemical structure: THC and CBD have the same molecular formula (C21H30O2) and have similar chemical structures, but with slight differences that produce different effects.

3. Interaction with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS): Both THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a role in regulating a variety of physiological processes including mood, pain perception, appetite, and improved sleep.


1. Psychoactive properties:

THC: THC is a psychoactive compound that causes the “high” associated with marijuana. It binds to CB1 receptors in the brain, leading to euphoria, altered perception, and cognitive changes.

CBD: CBD is not psychoactive, which means it does not produce a “high”. It does not bind to CB1 receptors and does not produce the toxic effects associated with THC.

2. Legal status:

THC: The legal status of THC varies. Many places regulate THC, and while recreational use may be illegal, they allow some form of legal medical use.

CBD: The legal status of CBD is more relaxed in many areas. Obtaining it is possible as long as you extract it from marijuana and it has a very low THC content (usually less than 0.3%).

3. Medical applications:

THC: THC has a variety of potential medical applications, such as pain relief, control of nausea, vomiting, and appetite stimulation. However, its psychoactive effects limit its use in certain situations.

CBD: CBD is popular for its potential therapeutic benefits and does not have the psychoactive side effects of THC. People use it to control anxiety, reduce seizures, alleviate pain and inflammation, and it may potentially treat various other conditions, including insomnia and certain neurological disorders.

4. Side effects:

THC: THC can produce side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, impaired coordination, and memory problems. It can also lead to addiction or dependence in some people.

CBD: People usually tolerate CBD well, and it has fewer side effects. But, depending on the body’s constitution, some people may experience mild side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, and changes in appetite.

The legal framework of CBD

Understanding the legal status of CBD is fundamental to assessing the legality of CBD e-cigarettes.

U.S. position on CBD vapes

U.S. federal position on CBD

As the world’s largest consumer market for CBD products, at the federal level in the United States, the Hemp Cultivation Act of 2018 and the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp and the sale of hemp-derived CBD products, including e-cigarettes, provided they contain less than 0.3% THC. However, each state has its own regulations on CBD, so it is necessary to check specific state laws.

The EU’s position on CBD vapes

Unlike the U.S., Europe has made it clear that the sale of CBD isolate (pure CBD) products (including e-cigarettes) is legal, but there are strict restrictions on CBD products containing THC. The restrictions include that CBD vape liquids cannot contain more than 0.2% THC.

CBD vape liquid types:

CBD e-cigarette manufacturers offer various e-liquid options with differing CBD concentrations, flavors, and CBD extract types, the following are some of the CBD e-cigarette manufacturers that offer common e-liquid types:

Full spectrum CBD vape oil:

Contains a variety of cannabinoids, including CBD and trace amounts of THC (usually less than 0.3% THC).

contains a variety of terpenes and flavonoids from the cannabis plant, providing a diverse flavor profile.

May offer a potential entourage effect where the combination of compounds enhances the benefits.

Broad spectrum CBD vape liquid:

Like full-spectrum CBD e-cigarette liquids, they remove or reduce THC to non-detectable levels (below 0.01% THC).

Contains a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that may produce an entourage effect without the psychoactive effects of THC.

Offers a broader range of potential benefits while addressing the legal issues associated with THC.

CBD Isolated vape liquid:

Contains pure CBD in an isolated form with all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids removed.

Completely free of THC, making it the right choice for those who want to avoid THC.

Since it is a pure compound, it provides precise dosing and consistency.

Flavored CBD vape liquid:

CBD e-cigarette liquids usually come in a variety of flavors to suit different tastes. Common flavors include fruits, desserts, mint, menthol, and more.

Flavors are added to enhance the e-cigarette experience and mask the natural earthy taste of marijuana.

Customized CBD vape blends:

Some manufacturers allow customers to create customized e-cigarette liquid blends by selecting their preferred CBD concentration and flavor combination.

This option provides a personalized e-cigarette experience tailored to individual preferences.

Terpene-infused CBD vape liquids:

Terpene-infused e-liquids contain added terpenes to replicate the flavor and aroma of specific cannabis strains.

These terpenes can also provide potential benefits and contribute to the e-cigarette experience.

CBD Vape Transport

A few points that need to be clarified before shipping CBD e-cigarettes:

1. CBD e-cigarettes and CBD vape liquids do not check the CBD itself, but rather the amount of THC in the CBD.

2. Before shipping CBD e-cigarettes, the supplier should provide the importer with a third-party lab report (Certificate of Analysis or COA) to prove the CBD and THC content in the liquid, as well as other chemicals in the product.

3. The vast majority of importing and exporting countries have strict controls on the transport of CBD e-cigarettes, CBD e-cigarette devices, and CBD e-cigarette liquids must be transported separately, and shall not be transported in the form of a whole unit.


In summary, CBD e-cigarettes are legal in most countries and regions, although there may be some regulatory differences between countries and regions. Federal regulations in the United States allow the sale of CBD e-cigarettes with a THC content of less than 0.3 percent, and CBD e-cigarettes are also legal in Europe, provided that the THC content of the CBD vapor does not exceed 0.2 percent. In addition, due to the unique nature of CBD vapor, CBD e-cigarette devices, and CBD e-liquids must be shipped separately.

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