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Although it may seem like a new trend, vapes have been on the scene for years. Today, they can be seen everywhere: vaping devices and their accompanying e-liquids have well and truly exploded onto the smoking scene, positioning themselves as a worthy competitor to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes are often marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking. Why? A few reasons:
- E-cigarettes could help you quit smoking traditional cigarettes – they do not contain tobacco, as traditional cigarettes do, but many of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco (hence why the Food and Drug Administration classifies them as “tobacco products”). Still, the nicotine content can be far less than that of traditional cigarettes.
- Unlike cigarette smoke, e-cigarette vapour doesn’t have a pungent smell.
- E-cigarettes have many of the same effects as traditional cigarettes, such as helping help you relax.
- There is a variety of e-cigarettes and vaporisers to choose from, as well as numerous e-liquids and vape oils to go into them!
Vape juices and oils come in various forms: some of them contain nicotine, others less than average, and some none at all! Battery-operated devices for alternative smoking include vape mods and vape pens. The design of vaping devices is also varied: devices can look like a small flashlight or a high-end accessory.
In recent years, a particular kind of vaping has emerged and subsequently spiked in popularity; that is, CBD Oil vaping. Though e-cigarettes were designed to be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, CBD vapes are a healthier option still! Naturally, you will have a flurry of questions: what even is CBD? Is vaping CBD oil safe? What are the benefits? We aim to answer all of your burning questions about CBD vaping in this read, so don’t go anywhere!
Introduction: the history of vaping
Hon Lik, a developer and research pharmacist from Hong Kong, created an e-cigarette prototype way back in 2003. He aimed to create a device that could be used in place of cigarettes, and thus spare people the risks associated with tobacco addiction, to which his father fell victim. The first e-cigarette had a self-contained power supply and evaporation system. In 2004, the e-cigarette was patented. Ever since, developers have constantly been modifying the vaping device to enhance user experience – it is an ever-evolving product, and an industry that booms around the world. Today, devices are largely pocket-sized, and come in the form of vape pens, e-cigarettes, vape mods, or pod mods.
E-cigarettes: safer than smoking?
Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco. However, tobacco is not the only cause of smoking-related health problems. There is an abundance of other harmful chemicals in e-liquids used for vaporisers and e-cigarettes. Even using e-cigarettes long-term can potentially cause lung cancer , emphysema, and heart attacks – begging the question, are e-cigarettes really any safer than traditional cigarettes? It has been observed that some e-liquids used for e-cigarettes contain carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) and toxic contaminants. Typically, these are found in fake e-liquids that contain compounds such as formaldehyde. In counterfeit liquids, the level of formaldehyde can be much higher than the recommended level for risk-free use and can become a risk factor in developing lung cancer.
Furthermore, the National Institute of Health discovered that e-cigarettes could cause DNA damage , which may also lead to cancer. In addition, various rodent studies have shown that e-cigarette smoke may cause cell mutation. The researchers assume that the same effects would be produced on human health.
Another study published by the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health also found that second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes pose a threat to other people, in the same way that passively smoking traditional cigarettes is dangerous. While the smoke from e-cigarettes typically has a nicer aroma than traditional cigarette smoke, it is not always safe to inhale both first-hand or second-hand, nonetheless. This is because there are increased concentrations of volatile organic compounds and particles thrown into the air, which passive smokers can then inhale. That being said, there is a lack of long-term studies that can prove that vaping causes cancer in the same way as traditional cigarettes. It is thereby challenging to determine whether a product or activity such as vaping e-cigarettes can cause cancer until they have been used and tested for a long enough period to draw definitive conclusions.
What’s more, between 2015 and 2017, there were a number of cases of exploding e-cigarettes, which would occur as people were using them. This happened due to the lithium-ion batteries connected to the e-cigarettes overheating.
Now that we’ve covered the risks of traditional (non-CBD) e-cigarettes, let’s discuss whether CBD-infused vape oils are any more risk-free.
CBD (or cannabidiol) is one of the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, another well-known marijuana constituent, CBD isn’t psychoactive , and doesn’t make you high. In recent years, the huge spike in CBD purchases has prompted a “green rush”. The known therapeutic effects of CBD have been an important reason for this trend. Some of the things cannabidiol can purportedly be used for include pain and anxiety relief, depression, inflammation , sleep disorders, and even as a supplement to epilepsy treatment. How does CBD work, then?
In each of our bodies, there is a biochemical, cellular communications network known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It consists of endocannabinoids – molecules that facilitate memory, cognition, the functioning of our inner organs and other biological processes. This system is also made up of cannabinoid receptors that bind to these endocannabinoids. CBD is believed to potentially exert effects over this system, affecting the way the endocannabinoids bind to our cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) receptors. Whereas THC, the cannabinoid we explored earlier, has a strong affinity for our receptors and attaches itself directly to them, CBD is believed to carry out much more indirect actions, and so does not bind directly to the receptors.
Unless otherwise stated, typical CBD oil that you see in tincture bottles is for oral use only . Oral CBD oil usually contains a carrier oil such as MCT coconut oil or olive oil – these are unsuitable for inhalation . In fact, previous research has indicated that inhaling an oral CBD product can cause severe illnesses, like lipoid pneumonia. So, do not vape a CBD oil that is not designed to be inhaled, even if there are no restrictions mentioned on the label.
There are a multitude of CBD-infused products that have been manufactured specifically for inhaling, and unlike traditional CBD oil for oral use, these products do not contain a carrier oil. These products are:
- CBD vape oil (sometimes referred to as CBD vape juice). This type of product does not contain an oil like MCT or olive oil as other CBD-infused products might. Though it is made specifically for vaping purposes, it can also be suitable for oral use as it is typically made from edible ingredients. Again, follow the guidance on the label. If there are extra ingredients like artificial additives such as PG, VG, or Vitamin E acetate, it should not be consumed orally. These additives may be included in a vape oil for additional flavouring, or for yielding greater vapour production. They may also thicken or dilute an e-liquid. To find out if a product is suitable for inhalation, check the label: usually, it will mention “vaping”, “vape juice”, “e-juice”, or “e-liquid”.
- CBD cartridges are slim e-cigarette tanks containing a CBD vape oil.
So, in a world where CBD can be taken in dozens of different formats, why choose vaping? There are a myriad of advantages to CBD vaping, which we will be highlighting below.
CBD vape oil may provide the same therapeutic benefits as CBD oils and tinctures taken orally or sublingually. Vaping this cannabis constituent may help you overcome nerves and stress; it could relieve pain, inflammation, insomnia, among other things. CBD vape oil is a natural substance that may be used to support and supplement your general health.
Inhaling CBD is also one of the fastest ways to absorb this molecule and deliver it into your bloodstream, the end destination. Inhaled CBD begins working with your endocannabinoid system as quickly as 1-3 minutes after you take it in, and the effects can last up to 1-3 hours. The reason for its speed is because the lining of the lungs is thin and covered in alveoli, through which the particles are instantly absorbed. By the same token, inhaled CBD boasts the greatest bioavailability of any CBD delivery method. This means the amount of CBD that enters the blood circulation compared to the amount of CBD in the product. Its bioavailability is thought to be somewhere between 34 to 46% , which is greater than that of capsules, tinctures, and most other methods.
With this in mind, vaping is the best method if you need immediate relief, be it from anxiety, severe pain, or nausea. Inhaling CBD is a natural alternative or supplement to many pharmaceutical medications, and will have a much quicker effect in many cases.
On the practical side of things, vaping CBD makes it easier to track how much CBD you are taking, thus helping you avoid taking too much. You can arguably measure the amount consumed more accurately than with orally-taken CBD tinctures, but more on dosing later. Furthermore, it is a much tidier, fuss-free affair compared to administering CBD oil under the tongue.
If you come from a background of smoking, and you are used to the practice of inhaling and exhaling smoke or vapour, CBD vaping will be a seamless transition for you, and a better match than using CBD oils or capsules.
Importantly , CBD is non-addictive . In other words, you will not develop a dependency on CBD and succumb to those debilitating cravings as you would with nicotine.
Compared to nicotine, CBD vape oil contains much less carcinogenic or other toxic substances. Among reputable CBD companies, the ingredients used in CBD vape products will be as natural as the compounds of typical CBD oil and will not use harsh, unnatural additives.
CBD refinements: full-spectrum vs broad-spectrum vs isolate
Similar to CBD oil for oral use, CBD vape oils come in different refinements: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other useful active compounds directly from cannabis. Full-spectrum products typically also include trace amounts of THC. Depending on where you are, the maximum THC permitted per product will either be 0.2%, 0.3% – sometimes up to 1.0%. Here in the UK , the THC concentration must not exceed 0.2%; any product that has more than this amount is considered illegal. Note that even products that allow up to 1.0% THC will never intoxicate you, as there is not enough THC to do so.
Broad-spectrum CBD vape oils contain all the same cannabinoids and phytochemicals as full-spectrum CBD, except for the THC. This means it has gone through additional processing to break down and ultimately banish all the THC in the batch.
With both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, it is thought that the various cannabis compounds are more active, and may produce better therapeutic outcomes for the user when they are all present in one product. This has become known as the “ entourage effect ”. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products, then, are considered to be more effective than CBD Isolate.
CBD Isolate: This is the most-heavily processed refinement there is, because it involves more extraction to remove every last cannabinoid and active chemical from the batch of oil, in order to isolate the cannabidiol. So, CBD Isolate, as indicated by its name, is CBD on its own. As you may have guessed, this means that there can be no entourage effect, simply because there is no ‘entourage’ of chemicals working together. Interestingly, CBD isolates don’t have the earthy aroma of the cannabis plant, as the other refinements do. CBD isolates are excellent for a user whose sole interest is in cannabidiol and no other constituent of cannabis.
Are there any risks with CBD vaping?
As with everything in life, there are some risks to bear in mind when it comes to CBD vaping. Though it is generally considered to have a good side effect profile, CBD may cause adverse reactions , and CBD vaping is no exception. Some of the previously-recorded side effects of CBD may include:
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
If you notice any severe reactions, cease using the CBD immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
Producing CBD vape oil minus the contaminants can be expensive. That’s why companies and manufacturers may cut corners to lower their production costs. One way companies do this is by adding vitamin E acetate and THC to dilute and thicken the products without affecting their flavour and smell.
Another potential risk of CBD vaping, and CBD intake generally, is that it may interact with your medication(s). If you take medication(s), it is strongly advised that you consult your doctor or healthcare provider before beginning a CBD regime to prevent potential interactions.
Now that we’ve run through the risks associated with CBD vaping, let’s explore the practices we can execute to ensure that we minimise the risks.
Firstly, you should always buy CBD vape liquids only from reputable manufacturers. How do you guarantee a company’s reputability? Find the up-to-date lab certificate for every CBD product and read reviews . Note that all-natural premium CBD products are not typically priced under £30.
In terms of lab test certificates, or certificates of analysis (COAs), ensure that they are no more than 6 months old, and that they are easy to find on the company’s website. A company that is hesitant to provide a COA is a company that has something to hide. Third-party lab test certificates verify a product’s safety by outlining the contents of the product and declaring contaminants if there are any. Over on our website , there is a COA for every CBD-infused product in our marketplace.
Have a look through the list of ingredients: a good tip to remember is that your product(s) shouldn’t contain many compounds that you can’t pronounce. Also, beware of the fact that it is illegal to sell CBD vape juice on Amazon . So, if you come across any CBD vape oils on their platform, it is most likely going to be a counterfeit.
Regarding reviews, ensure you find a trusted site such as Trustpilot, where you know reviews will be authentic. It is important to check how the product(s) you are interested in was received by your fellow consumers. If there are not many reviews to speak of, or reviews are consistently damning of the products or company, we strongly recommend avoiding the company and their products.
Finally, vaping CBD oil (or any other vape juices) is not recommended if you have respiratory problems such as asthma or emphysema.
How does one choose a CBD vaporiser?
CBD vape oil comes in a slim cartridge, which can only be inserted into a battery-operated vape pen.
A vape pen is a small gadget that heats an electric coil, which then heats the chamber containing the CBD vape oil. When the liquid reaches a specific temperature, it turns into vapour, which you then inhale.
There are hundreds of different vape pens on the UK market: some vape pens are designed mainly for CBD consumption. Low-cost devices typically have fixed temperatures, while more expensive and advanced vape pens have both temperature and voltage control. The latter gadgets are preferable, as different cannabinoids are activated at different temperatures.
Tips on dosing CBD vape oils
Your CBD dosage depends on different factors entirely unique to your biological makeup, such as your weight, CBD tolerance, age, metabolism, conditions you may have, and many others. Everyone is different, with different endocannabinoid systems, meaning doses are not uniform, and there is no “one size fits all” solution.
Usually, a CBD vape cartridge will contain around 100 mg of CBD. This means that on average, with each puff you will inhale 1-2 mg CBD. If you are a newbie to the CBD world, start with a couple of puffs (1-2 mg) every 6-8 hours, and assess the potential effects. If you feel good, and you haven’t experienced any adverse effects, such as nausea, dizziness, or any of the other immediate effects we listed earlier, you can start to slightly increase your dose, continuing with the same routine until you reach an amount that is perfectly suited to you.
We don’t want to say that overdosing on CBD is impossible, but it is certainly very unlikely. CBD is considered to be non-toxic, meaning there is no point at which a dose can be lethal. That being said, you can experience negative side effects in some instances, as we have already explored. In the unlikely event that you swallowed 20+ tinctures all at once, you would not feel well – so definitely do not do that.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) asserts that healthy adults should not consume more than 70 mg of CBD per day. Some users that take CBD for severe symptoms like debilitating pain may consume up to 200 mg per day. However, it is strongly advised not to take doses as high as this unless under medical direction.
To avoid adverse effects as best you can, start with small amounts. On occasion, you may experience increased feelings of hunger or have red eyes. A reminder: CBD vape oils do not make you high, so if you feel strange sensations, it could mean that you have accidentally purchased a counterfeit product that exceeds the legal concentration of THC.
Inhale, exhale. It’s simple!
Need a reminder of everything we have been through? In no particular order, here’s a list of the key takeaways from this read:
- In case you missed the memo, nicotine-laced e-cigarettes are not the same as CBD vape oils. CBD vape oils do not tend to contain any nicotine or the other harmful, carcinogenic chemicals that are typically featured in e-cigarettes.
- There are a number of practical and wellness perks to vaping CBD.
- CBD vape oils may come in the form of a full-spectrum refinement, a broad-spectrum refinement, or as a CBD isolate.
- Adverse reactions can happen! Keep an eye on how your body responds to CBD.
- CBD is non-intoxicating, non-toxic, and non-addictive.
- When it comes to dosing, start low! And try not to exceed 70mg per day.
- Never put a CBD oil for oral use into your vaping device. Only CBD vape oil is fit for inhalation.
- Don’t use CBD as a substitute for medications. If your doctor has said you can, use CBD as a supplement to your medications, alongside a healthy lifestyle.
- There are tonnes of vape pens on the market – from basic ones to those that are more advanced. Do your research to avoid ending up with a dodgy one!
- Find a lab test certificate, check ingredients and read reviews.
Now that you have learnt of all the ways CBD vaping can jazz up your life and help support your wellness, you can now make an informed decision on whether you are the right candidate for CBD vaping. If you think you would prefer to take CBD in some other format, why not have a read of our other articles about CBD capsules and softgels, CBD tinctures, CBD topicals, transdermal patches, bath bombs or edibles? There are options for everyone, and if we’ve spurred your interest in CBD and brought you a step closer to beginning your CBD journey, then that for us is enough!
Verified by a Healthcare Professional
Anastasiia Myronenko is a Medical Physicist actively practicing in one of the leading cancer centers in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree in Medical Physics at Karazin Kharkiv National University and completed Biological Physics internship at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Germany. Anastasiia Myronenko specializes in radiation therapy and is a fellow of Ukrainian Association of Medical Physicists.
Although it may seem like a new trend, vapes have been on the scene for years. Today, they can be seen everywhere: vaping devices and their accompanying e-liquids have well and truly exploded onto the smoking scene, positioning themselves as a worthy competitor to traditional cigarettes.
What You Should Know About CBD Vape Oil
Vaping CBD oil has fast become one of the most popular methods of consumption due to easy dosing, convenient usage, and fast-acting effects. With the vast range of CBD vape oils available on the market, it is vital to understand the difference between vape oil and other CBD products, as well as the benefits and risks involved with vaping.
What is CBD Vape Oil?
Vape oil from Kats Botanicals, also known as vape juice, contains CBD distillate and terpenes naturally derived from fruit extracts.
A vape pen is composed of a mouthpiece, a tank or cartridge, an atomizer that contains the heating element, and a battery. Pressing the button activates the atomizer, which superheats the vape juice inside the cartridge, instantly turning it to steam.
The Benefits of CBD Vape Oil
Compared with other methods of consuming CBD, vaping offers several distinct advantages. Find out why using CBD vape oil might be the right choice for you.
CBD Oil and Vape Oil Are Not the Same
Unlike other varieties of e-Juice, Kats Botanicals CBD Vape Oil is made from food-grade ingredients that can be consumed orally like CBD tincture. However, it is important to remember that CBD tincture cannot be vaped.
The carrier oil found in tincture is too viscous to flow efficiently through the vape pen, limiting the vaporization process. This can potentially damage your vape pen and your lungs. Some CBD tinctures may also contain additives such as vitamin E, a healthy and important nutrient, but dangerous if inhaled.
CBD vape oil is formulated using CBD distillate, which has a thinner texture than a tincture. It is devoid of any waxy residues or lipids that could clog the pen or change it into harmful substances when heated.
CBD Vape Oil Acts Fast
Inhalation is one of the fastest known delivery methods for CBD. The lungs contain a dense network of blood vessels that are extremely efficient at transporting the CBD to your bloodstream. This also means CBD vape oil has a higher bioavailability than other forms of CBD so that you can obtain the same benefits with a lower dose.
Research suggests that CBD reaches its peak concentration three minutes after inhalation, making CBD vape oil a great option to quickly experience the benefits of CBD.
Vaping CBD Produces the Same Effects as Other Consumption Methods
Despite the relative speed at which vaping CBD oil works, it still has the same effect on your body as edible, sublingual, and topical products.
CBD interacts with the bodyвЂ™s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which produces its own naturally-occurring cannabinoid compounds to regulate mood, appetite, fertility, and pain sensation, among other functions. The ECS is made up of receptors, primarily CB1 and CB2 receptors, in the central and peripheral nervous systems and the immune system. It also contains endocannabinoids and proteins that work to activate or inhibit these receptors to elicit certain effects.
In all its forms, CBD works to augment and enhance how these proteins and endocannabinoids interact with the ECS receptors. No matter how you choose to take your daily dose of CBD, youвЂ™ll still receive the same amazing health benefits.
CBD Vape Oil is Not Psychoactive
Because Kats Botanicals CBD Vape Oil contains full-spectrum CBD distillate, there are only trace amounts of other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the formula, including delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis that produces a high. While it has been linked with certain health benefits combined with CBD and other phytocannabinoids, the potential for a negative reaction to the psychoactivity often outweighs the health effects.
However, Kats Botanicals CBD Vape oil contains less than 0.3% THC so you can enjoy the calming benefits of CBD and terpenes without the side effects or psychoactivity of THC.
CBD Vape Oil is Completely Legal
In 2018, the Farm Bill passed making it legal to grow and sell products sourced from cannabis plants. However, there is still some confusion about the legality of using CBD products.
The CBD oil used in Kats Botanicals Vape Oil is derived from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp differs from the plants used for medicinal cannabis due to its naturally low THC content. According to federal law, any CBD product made from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC is legal for consumption.
However, if you are concerned about failing an occupational drug test, Kats Botanicals CBD Vape Oil contains less than 0.3% THC, which means it may show up on more refined drug tests. If you want to enjoy the beneficial effects of CBD worry-free, try our edibles or CBD isolate crystals, which only contain 99.9% pure CBD.
Buying Substandard Vape Oil is Dangerous
Not all CBD vape oils are created equal. The CBD industry is currently unregulated and unscrupulous companies may make their oil using substandard ingredients, flavorings, and additives; which could be harmful when inhaled.
Some hazardous additives to look out for include vitamin E acetate, which is highly irritating to the lungs and breaks down under high heat into a substance called ketene. Another is cuticle wax, which is a naturally-occurring product found in raw hemp oil.
At Kats Botanicals, we use only the cleanest ingredients of the highest quality. To ensure your safety and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision, Kats Botanicals CBD Vape Oil is sent to a third-party testing facility for an independent analysis.
Testing helps determine the concentration of CBD in the oil, and ensure that the product is free from residual solvents from the manufacturing process. We believe in full transparency with our customers so the results of these tests are accessible upon request.
Full-Spectrum Vape Oil Offers Added Benefits
Although some vape oil pens use CBD isolate to provide you with your daily dose, at Kats Botanicals, we believe in the synergistic power of full-spectrum CBD to achieve the most beneficial experience.
The mechanism by which cannabinoids and terpenes interact is known as the Entourage Effect. This phenomenon is said to enhance CBD oilвЂ™s impact on the ECS and elicit a broader range of effects.
Kats Botanicals full-spectrum CBD distillate contains high levels of pure CBD and its precursor cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). CBDA is the inactive form of CBD and offers different benefits and effects. The additional carboxyl group on the CBDA molecule allows it to interact with the ECS differently and bind to a variety of receptors, including serotonin which is responsible for mood regulation.
Our full-spectrum distillate also contains cannabidivarin (CBDV) and cannabigerol (CBG). CBDV is naturally found in hemp strains high in CBD and is one of the latest cannabinoids to garner interest from the scientific community. CBG is considered the Rolls Royce of cannabinoids due to its relative rarity and is the parent molecule to the three main cannabinoids found in hemp, CBD, THC, and CBC.
CBDA, CBDV, and CBG may boost your wellbeing so you can seize the day and settle in at night after a busy schedule.
Finally, our full-spectrum vape oil contains terpenes derived from fruit. These provide aromatherapeutic benefits, and flavor the oil with delicious fruity scents for a pleasant vaping experience.
Find the Right Dose
The best way to enjoy CBDвЂ™s effects without any side effects or risks is by finding the correct dose. CBD dosage is dependent on age, weight, metabolism, and frequency of use. Dosage also varies according to the delivery method and bioavailability of the CBD product.
Because CBD vape oil has a high bioavailability, often the dosage contained in a cartridge is much less than you would find in a tincture. It is recommended that you inhale approximately 10 mg of CBD per puff.
It is important to remember that because vaping CBDвЂ™s effects tend to come on quickly, they are also metabolized faster by your body. The effects of vaping CBD typically last between 30 minutes to 1 hour, so you will need to dose more frequently than other products.
Kats Botanicals CBD vape pens contain 250 mg of CBD, widely considered the ideal dose for vaping. The compact pen combined with the pre-measured dose is a convenient, portable, and discrete way to enjoy full-spectrum CBD. Each pre-loaded vape pen is equivalent to approximately 25 servings; however, we overfill the pens to ensure you get the most out of your vaping experience.
Our disposable CBD Oil Vape Pens come in four delicious flavors, including Strawberry Cough, Pineapple Express, Banana OG, and Watermelon OG. When youвЂ™re done vaping, simply throw the pen away. ThereвЂ™s no mess, no measuring, and you can keep your writing-style vape pen in your purse or on your desk.
Choose Kats Botanicals for High-Quality, Safe CBD Vape Oil
Kats Botanicals take pride in offering the best CBD vape oil on the market. Our formula contains pure and potent CBD isolate, and FDA-approved additives to facilitate the vaporization process. All testing data is available upon request, and our experienced staff is ready to answer any questions you have about vaping CBD products or the benefits of CBD.
CBD vape oil is quickly growing more and more popular in the United States. This is how you can get your daily dose of CBD fast and easy.