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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.

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.

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.

Josh Hurst is a journalist, critic, copywriter, and essayist. He lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and three sons. As a writer for Remedy Review, an independent CBD review site, Josh covers the relationship between cannabis-based products and the human body. 

When hemp oil is first extracted from the cannabis plant, it contains a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other botanical compounds. This hemp oil can be put through further chemical processes to refine it, separate all those "extra" ingredients, and yield something that's pure CBD, resulting in CBD isolate. To get more specific, CBD isolate is formulated with at least 95% CBD, although most isolate products have closer to 99% CBD content.

Made from Medterra’s 99.6% pure CBD extract, this non-GMO product is sourced from American hemp, and the Medterra website makes it easy to review the lab test results of your specific batch. Available in a variety of strength concentrations (500, 1000, and 3000 milligrams), Medterra’s CBD Isolate is a great pick because it offers easy dosing and highly informative packaging, along with an affordable price point. But perhaps most important is that Medterra is an established company within the CBD industry and is trusted by many for its safety, purity, and effectiveness.

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Since not all CBD products are held to the same standards, you'll want to take extra care when purchasing CBD products online by seeking out well-reviewed options with robust reputations. It's also a good idea to buy from trusted CBD brands that are transparent about independent lab results from third-party testing.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice; it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before consuming or using any of the products mentioned on this site.

If you want to reap the benefits of CBD from a topical product, you’ll find several high-quality options from Green Roads, a well-known CBD company that uses a licensed compounded pharmacist to formulate all of its products-including this muscle and joint cream. Available in two concentrations-150 or 350 milligrams of CBD isolate per bottle-the rub-on cream also taps ingredients like cooling menthol and soothing lavender extract for even more relief.

If you’re looking for another easy way to take CBD, FOCL is an up-and-coming company that has several THC-free CBD isolate capsules to choose from. Customer-favorite options include the ‘day’ and ‘night’ capsules, which can be purchased separately or together in a bundle, depending on your preference. Each capsule contains 5 milligrams of CBD extract, plus additional natural ingredients to promote energy and focus (for the daytime capsules) or a restful night’s sleep (when taking the nighttime capsules).