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.
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 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.
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.
Smoking can lead to lung cancer, heart disease, strokes, and a multitude of other deadly health conditions. It is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. We all know the risks; it’s on all of the labels and common sense dictates that smoking couldn’t possibly be a good idea!
CB1 receptors are primarily found on nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. This is how cannabinoids are able to generate effects dealing with pain and memory. CB1 receptors have also been found in organs and tissues like white blood cells, parts of the reproductive, gastrointestinal, and urinary tracts, and the spleen. It is believed that CB1 receptors also affect your appetite and sleep patterns.
Addiction to Nicotine
In another study in 2016, Addiction, Hindocha et. al. set out a series of examples in which vaping cannabis is accompanied by a reduction in tobacco consumption. According to these researchers: “there could be a reason to be optimistic about the potential of vaporizers. If vaporizers can reduce cannabis and tobacco co-administration, the outcome could be a reduction of tobacco use/dependence among cannabis users and a resultant reduction in harms associated with cannabis/tobacco. Indeed, if vaping cannabis becomes commonplace in the future, the next generation of cannabis users might never be exposed to nicotine or tobacco in the first place”.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 14% of Americans over the age of 18 — which translates to 34.3 million people — smoke cigarettes, and over 8 million use smokeless tobacco. Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death and one of the hardest addictions for consumers to quit.
But most of these smoking cessation protocols or “solutions” still leave the consumer with an addiction to nicotine — the highly addictive substance found in all tobacco products. While nicotine is naturally occurring in vegetables and our bodies and isn’t the primary cause of tobacco-related health problems, nicotine is incredibly addictive and will lead to serious withdrawal symptoms.