CBD is a cannabinoid, or chemical compound, within the cannabis plant. THC is another cannabinoid; at least 104 have been identified and we are just beginning to learn about their powers. CBD is touted for relieving pain, anxiety, and inflammation, just to name a few of its properties. THC is still banned in most states, so companies selling CBD in non-legal states typically use CBD derived from hemp. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but hemp is historically an industrial plant — used to make textiles, biodegradable plastics, and more — and lacks the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
In this episode, we're setting the record straight on one of the most polarizing ingredients out there. Learn what to search for when buying a CBD-infused product. (Runtime: 5 minutes)
CBD vapes are overtaking the shelves everywhere from high-end cannabis stores to gas stations. You may even see them alongside nicotine vapes, which may make them seem like a tempting alternative to smoking tobacco. Harvard Medical School cannabis specialist Jordan Tishler cautions that there is no evidence supporting using CBD vapes to wean yourself off nicotine ones, but he does say that they are healthier in comparison. "Vaporizing CBD would be better than vaporizing nicotine because it’s non-habit forming and doesn’t affect blood pressure and heart rate like nicotine does," he tells Allure.
Because CBD regulation by the FDA is complicated, there may be unhealthy additives in some products on the market. "Many [CBD products] inadvertently contain heavy metals and pesticides which are bad for you, and some of them contain nasty chemicals," Tishler says. While the government is still figuring out how to handle cannabis, do your research to make sure you buy a safe product. In legal states, you can buy vapes that contain both THC and CBD, often in ratios that offer much higher CBD with just a little bit of the psychoactive stuff. Some people find a little THC helps the CBD work better, although doctors caution that THC can work even in small amounts. "It’s probably the tiny bit of THC that’s making you feel good," says Tishler.
THC can be extremely beneficial, but if you don't want that psychoactivity, opt for a vape containing CBD alone. Some people prefer CBD isolates — which do not contain any of the plant's other medicinal properties — while other cannabis enthusiasts say "the more the merrier" regarding the chemical makeup of a product. A full spectrum oil contains all the terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids found in cannabis to work together. A broad spectrum means there are some, but not all, of the compounds. So which CBD vape is right for you? We rounded up 15 of our favorites.
Disposable CBD vape pens are vapes that contain a battery, atomizer and are pre-loaded with cannabidiol-containing e-juice. They generally resemble cigalikes, which are small cigarette-style vape pens. Disposables are designed to provide usually a few hundred puffs before they are depleted.
Introducing the Funky Farms Reserve Line. This broad spectrum crystal resistant distillate, also known as CRD. It’s sourced from hemp grown on US farms and contains no fillers. Available in multiple varieties including Granddaddy Purple, Pineapple Express and Natural. Get the funk, without the junk!
The RUBI isn’t your average vape pen. It’s ideal for high-strength CBD vape oils. The RUBI houses a 280 mAh rechargeable battery and comes with 1 mL refillable pods with flavorful ceramic coils. Kandypens has a strong reputation for their dependable vape pens and offer the RUBI with a lifetime warranty.
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This is the easiest way to enjoy Avida’s best vape juice flavors. Each vape pen contains 100 mg of CBD and features a 280 mAh battery which provides about 300 puffs.
Secret Nature full spectrum distillate vape pens are made with live resin extract. They’re rich in cannabinoids and terpenes for a tasty experience, with no artificial flavorings. They come in 700 and 1200 mg CBD, in a variety of sought-after strains and are available with a 1200 mAh rechargeable auto-draw battery.
Disposable CBD vape pens are one of the most practical ways to start vaping cannabidiol, especially for your first time. They generally don’t offer as much variety in terms of flavor and CBD strengths but are relatively inexpensive and couldn’t be easier to use. Since they are pre-filled, disposable CBD pens don’t require you to purchase liquid or any additional items. Just vape it, then chuck it.
Direct lung sub ohm devices are ideal for lower CBD strengths since they deliver more vapor each puff. On the other hand, MTL is best suited for higher amounts of CBD, since it would take a lot more puffs to achieve the same desired effect if you were to use the same concentration of cannabidiol in both devices.