Can You Snort CBD? Is CBD Insufflation Safe?
Short Answer – NO, do not snort CBD. It is a completely unresearched area, and the nasal passage is extremely delicate. There are many safer, tested, and effective methods such as CBD Oil, CBD Edibles or CBD Vaping. People are vaping CBD, drinking it in cocktails, eating CBD in confectionary and sweets, and even using it in their daily self-care routines. Can CBD become any more versatile? The answer to this question has become more apparent with the growing number of unique CBD products on the market. And, one of the most recent consumption methods that is raising interest in the CBD community, is snorting. After all, if people are vaping, smoking and even eating CBD then it begs the question, can you snort it? Then there is also the question of, just because you can… should you? Snorting does not have the best image, thanks to its immediate association with cocaine (and other drugs). This highly addictive and dangerous drug is commonly taken through the nose and snorted. Because of this, the moment the word “snort” comes up in conversation, reactions are not positive. Due to this negative connotation, it’s not a popular method to snort CBD, and it’s still a ‘touchy’ subject on CBD information platforms. For good reason… New To CBD? Suggested Read: How Safe is Vaping CBD?
Could Snorting CBD be an Effective Consumption Method?
As mentioned above, snorting CBD is not a popular method of consumption at all. For the most part, people seem to ask about it because the purest form of CBD Isolate is a powder – similar to many illicit drugs which are popularly taken through the nose. The research on snorting CBD is very limited. There is no solid information that can prove its efficiency or safety at all. As a result, we cannot recommend it at all and hope to encourage you to stick to more tried, tested, and safer consumption methods – such as vaping or CBD oils. There are, however, a few essential things that are known about inhaling substances through the nose that may be applied to CBD.
Insufflation in medicine
Snorting, also known as insufflation, is used for many medical purposes. These include respiratory assistance, nasal drug administration, anaesthesia, and other critical care. Of course, there is a very good reason why medical professionals use this consumption method for medical purposes. Snorting is considered to offer a more rapid onset of action when compared to oral ingestion because of the way it enters the body. The nasal membrane, or the inner part of the nose, is very porous. This allows for a significant amount of the substance to be directly absorbed into the blood vessels lining the nose. As a result, the substance may enter the bloodstream quicker, and thus offer effects faster. Unlike oral ingestion, the substance does not need to be broken down by the stomach. Therefore, it may be absorbed almost immediately. However, there are so many unknown factors to taking CBD Isolate via insufflation, we seriously don’t recommend this method. The unknowns of this could result in a lot of damage: from light irritation, to a perforated septum, (you probably don’t want to google image search that term…), to even more serious effects. There just isn’t any reliable scientific information online about any of this. As a result, we simply we can’t recommend you try it. There are so many extremely effective safe alternatives, which are more affordable too.
Sublingual method vs. snorting method
One could argue that taking CBD sublingually would offer the same effectiveness as snorting; the blood vessels under the tongue absorb the CBD. It may, in fact, actually be more effective – it is easier to hold the CBD under your tongue for a longer amount of time than keeping CBD in your nostrils. Once again, the actual efficiency of CBD taken through the nose is still unknown. Although we know that snorting can be effective for other medical drug use, we cannot say that CBD is the same. A number of people have shared their CBD snorting experience online, and the experiences seem to be mixed. However, the number of these user experiences is small, and cannot be used to determine the efficiency of this consumption method, or it’s safety.
What Potential Risks Could Occur from Snorting CBD Isolate?
- None loss
- Blockages of nasal airways
- Chronic halitosis
- Crusted skin in the nasal passage
- Collapsed nasal passages
- Chronic nosebleeds
- Damage to the cilia (hairs inside nostrils)
- Hole in the nasal septum (perforated septum)
- Hole in the roof of the mouth
- Chronic runny nose
- Inflammation of the nasal tissues
- Loss of sense of smell
- Nasal obstruction
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Saddlenose deformity (broad, flat nose)
- Sores in the mucous membrane of the nose
- Spinal fluid leaks out of the sinuses
- Whistling nose
Snorting CBD is extremely unresearched. It could be worse than this or it could not be…we just don’t know. This is just something we cannot recommend trying. Definitely do not make this a regular consumption method.
How Snorting CBD Works
Snorting is actually trickier than it may seem. To safely snort a substance there are a handful of important factors to take into consideration.
Firstly, the ingredients found in the substance can make a big difference for its safety. Simply inhaling a substance for the sake of it is definitely not safe. You need to know exactly what is in the material you are about to snort. This is where the importance of the CBD form of the product comes into play. Not everything with “CBD” on the label can, or should, be snorted.
One of the main CBD options that seem promising for this unique method of consumption is CBD Isolate. CBD Isolate crystals are one of the most ‘pure’ CBD forms available. They are purified, concentrated compounds of CBD.
Why does this make it a promising option for snorting? Well, CBD crystals are anywhere from 90-99% CBD – essentially meaning it’s CBD in its purest form – BUT with 1-10% of relatively different compounds which we can’t know how they could affect your nasal passage.
When it comes down to it, people seem to just associate white powders with snorting and that’s probably why you have ended up here on this article.
Another factor that may make CBD Isolate a promising option for snorting is its form. Very fine powders are usually the safest to inhale through the nasal passages, and CBD crystals can be made into just that.
By crushing CBD Isolate crystals, users may obtain a very fine powder that can be inhaled. However, once again, the lack of information on this option makes it dangerous.
As mentioned above, just because you CAN snort CBD… should you?
One could argue that snorting CBD is an effective form of bioavailability through the blood vessels in the nasal passage. However, so is taking it sublingually through the blood vessels under the tongue, or vaping.
If you are interested in snorting CBD, there are new products coming out which allow you to take CBD like a nasal spray. This method may be a much simpler and safer way to take it, rather than snorting CBD Isolate Crystals.