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.
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.
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.
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.
A terpsolate is a combination of CBD isolate and a liquid terpene extraction. Terpenes add an additional dimension to the dabbing or vaping experience. When adding terpenes to an isolate you end up with a partial entourage effect. Terpenes can add an uplifting, positive, and energizing or sedating, relaxing, and calming tone to your isolate.
Hey Oli – wish I could have a good answer for you, but we can’t speak accurately to this question simply because we don’t extract plant material ourselves. I’d wager to guess that it’s not this straightforward, but you’d need to talk to someone working in the extraction industry for a definitive answer.
Most commonly, you’ll find CBD sold as a white powder. This powder is created by pulverizing a slab of isolate into fine dust. This powder can be used in a variety of ways including used directly or as an ingredient in other finished products.
Create Your Own Terpsolate
This one is very straightforward, just add isolate to an existing vape juice. You get to choose how much to add and control the overall potency. This is a great option for existing e-cigarette users looking to begin vaping CBD.
After the isolate is created, it should be screened at a lab, testing for potency and purity. High-quality companies will provide these lab reports to the end consumer to verify the purity and concentration of the final product. For more information on how to identify isolate-based products by their lab reports, see our guide.
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The appearance may make you think that CBD isolate is produced synthetically in a lab, but it is not. Like any other CBD-rich extract, isolate begins its life in plant form. Isolate can be sourced from either marijuana or hemp, though products publicly available for sale are exclusively derived from hemp. This is because hemp is bred to contain high levels of CBD and trace amounts of THC (the opposite chemical profile of most marijuana) to stay within the federal legal limit of 0.3% THC by dry weight.