A subjective plus is the lack of taste and odor in nebulized CBD, and many people appreciate the absence of secondhand smoke or vapor.
Can you put CBD oil in a nebulizer though? As cannabis and its extracts are hydrophobic — meaning they don’t like water — this is only possible with some tweaking, which has been the main obstacle in the way of CBD nebulizers until now. And overcoming this roadblock is the main innovation claimed by three innovators now on the scene.
Instead of heating CBD oil to its activation point as with vaping or smoking, a nebulizer sends a mist of aerosolized CBD into the user’s mouth, providing a way to inhale the substance without irritating the throat and lung tissue. The first CBD nebulizers to market are jet nebulizers, which send compressed air through a specially formulated CBD water emulsion, turning it into micro particles that can be inhaled into the lungs.
The Pros and Cons of CBD Nebulizers
Advocates of CBD nebulizers say they’re healthier than other methods of using CBD, such as smoking or vaping. It’s safe to say that nebulizers are healthier than smoking, but a lot of the evidence against vaping is either tenuous or the product of a poor regulatory environment. If nebulizer emulsions can avoid the contamination and inconsistency that have raised concerns about many low-priced vape pens and CBD vape oils (at the moment, there’s not enough available research to say whether they do or not), then they would have a clear advantage over vaping from a health standpoint as well.
This benefit is magnified for those who seek to use CBD oil for its bronchodilatory effects. Studies have shown that in some cases CBD is as or more effective than common asthma and COPD medications albuterol and ipratropium in opening the airways and increasing airflow to the lungs — the research goes back to 1973, when a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “marihuana smoke, unlike cigarette smoke, causes broncho-dilation rather than broncho-constriction.” But while smoked or vaped CBD can cause irritation in the esophagus or lungs for some people, nebulizers can deliver the necessary medicine without causing discomfort of any kind.
In the unending search for lower impact and less paraphernalia-esque methods of CBD oil administration, a few medical marijuana entrepreneurs have turned over an interesting stone — the pulmonary delivery method known as the nebulizer, previously used exclusively for respiratory illnesses such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis.
There are few drawbacks to CBD nebulizers, but the ones that do exist might be enough to keep them from becoming mainstream. One is the cost, which likely factors into the niche distribution that currently constrains the devices. Even cheap models are hard to find for under $100, while mid-range devices can cost around $500.
Nebulizing is the only pulmonary delivery method that doesn’t require heating or combustion of the cannabis product. And unlike edibles, dosage can be controlled, too, which is especially beneficial for those using cannabis medically.
“There’s a whole industry now looking at water solubilization technology,” says Yaron Eshel, director of life sciences for iCAN: Israel-Cannabis. “So how do I get this oil and make it into very small molecules so that the body can absorb it? It’s called nanoencapsulation. It’s very standardized in the drug industry, very standardized in the food industry,” Eshel explains.
Updated: April 09, 2019
Eshel, for one, says he hopes nebulizers will become the gold standard, offering a scent-free, taste-free and healthier alternative to smoking or vaping.
A nebulizer is a device that delivers a mist of medicine that’s easily inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers have been used for respiratory illnesses such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and even cystic fibrosis for decades. They have proved an efficient way to administer medication to the body without irritating the lungs and throat.
A nebulizer is fairly simple in the way it functions. The jet in the nebulizer pushes compressed air through rubber tubing filled with CBD oil. Air moves at an extremely high velocity through the oil, turning it into a clean aerosol spray that flows through tubing to be inhaled by the patient.
Medical professionals and hospitals across the globe will attest to the benefits of using a nebulizer to administer medications. The effects of nebulized CBD will be much purer. Plus, since it becomes an aerosol, there is no residue or lingering odor that remains after use.
Nebulizers aren’t new in the healthcare world, but recently they have found themselves in a new position as the safest and cleanest way to use CBD
The reason why vaporizers can have ill effects on the body is because they use hot vapors, which chemically alters whatever is being vaporized. What this means is that not only are the medicinal effects minimized, but it can actually change the chemical structure of the medicine itself.
For quite a while now, vaporizers have been promoted as the safest way to smoke. Although it’s true that vaporizers do away with the smoke issue, some believe it’s still not as safe as it would appear. Recent studies indicate that vaping can suppress the immune system and weaken the respiratory mucosal system. It’s important to note, however, that these studies didn’t look at vaping CBD specifically. Rather the effects of ecigs vs traditional cigarettes.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of nebulizing as opposed to smoking or vaping.