One of the things that makes the JUUL® e-cigarette so enjoyable to own is the fact that a vast ecosystem of third-party accessories has evolved around it. Those accessories have extended the functionality and usefulness of the JUUL® far beyond what its original creators envisioned, and nowhere is that more evident than in the existence of CBD JUUL® pods. While the JUUL® was originally conceived as the world’s most advanced nicotine delivery device, thousands of JUUL® CBD users around the world don’t actually use their devices for nicotine vaping at all.
Why would you bother using your JUUL® for CBD vaping? Because you can, of course! You’ve got your refillable JUUL® pods; you may as well try putting something different in them. To say that CBD is the fastest growing segment of the worldwide supplement industry would be a massive understatement. Millions of people are now using CBD; the CBD industry is growing so quickly that it may one day outpace the vaping industry. That’s really saying something when you consider the fact that the vaping industry sells one of the world’s most addictive substances.
So, what’s the deal with CBD JUUL® pods? In this article, we’ll enlighten you.
What Is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s one of the dozens of active compounds called cannabinoids in the hemp plant. If you’re unfamiliar with the nuances of hemp/cannabis, you may not know that the plant actually falls into two broad categories. One type of hemp – colloquially called marijuana – contains the psychoactive cannabinoid THC and is a controlled substance in most nations. Some nations allow the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. Medical marijuana use is legal in New Zealand under certain circumstances. A non-binding referendum on full cannabis legalization will be held during the 2020 general election this September.
The other type of cannabis is industrial hemp. Industrial hemp contains little to no THC and has no psychoactive properties. Industrial hemp is typically grown as a commodity and harvested for its strong fibres and nutrient-rich seeds. It is also rich in CBD; a full-spectrum extract of industrial hemp is likewise rich in CBD but does not produce a high like an extract of marijuana would. Industrial hemp and CBD are both legal in most nations, but New Zealand is a special case, as we will explain shortly.
Is CBD Legal in New Zealand?
At the time of writing, CBD is only legal in New Zealand with a prescription, although the 2020 cannabis referendum may ultimately change that. Right now, CBD in New Zealand works much the same as nicotine e-liquid in Australia. Once you have a prescription, you can either obtain CBD from a pharmacy, or you can import a limited supply from abroad for personal use. You can only import a three month’s supply at a time, and New Zealand’s laws regarding THC content in CBD products are very strict. If you’re going to import CBD, you should probably buy a product that’s made from CBD isolate or specifically labelled as being “THC free.” The trace levels of THC that are permitted in other nations may not be legal in New Zealand.
Why Do People Use CBD?
CBD has been extensively studied by researchers, and much of the data that has been gathered – while preliminary – is extremely promising. The only thing conclusively proven is that CBD helps to alleviate certain types of seizures. That discovery led to the creation of Epidiolex, a CBD-based anti-seizure medication now available by prescription in many nations.
The other potential benefits of CBD are supported mainly by preliminary research and anecdotal evidence, so perhaps the best way to learn about the possible uses of CBD is to examine the reasons why others are using it. In 2018, the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research published the results of a survey in which more than 2,400 people were asked why they use CBD. The most common reasons cited were chronic pain, arthritis, depression, insomnia, headaches, post-traumatic stress disorder and nausea.
Is Vaping CBD Better Than Taking It Orally?
If you’re considering buying or making your own CBD JUUL® pods, you may wonder why anyone would bother vaping CBD in the first place when it’s much easier to simply use oral CBD oil. If you’re a former smoker who quit successfully with vaping after failing to quit with nicotine gum, you know the answer to that question: It’s because inhaling a substance gets it into your system much more quickly. People who use CBD for quick relief from certain conditions will generally find vaping much more effective than using oral CBD products.
Can You Buy CBD JUUL® Pods?
Pre-filled CBD JUUL® pods do exist, but they are not available in New Zealand due to the laws we described above. Due to the expense involved in importing pre-filled CBD JUUL® pods, we recommend either buying CBD e-liquid – or making your own e-liquid – and using it with a refillable JUUL® pod instead. By doing one of those things, you won’t just save money; you’ll also have much greater control over what you’re vaping. We’ll explain why that’s important next.
How to Find the Best JUUL® CBD E-Liquid
The first thing you need to know about finding the best JUUL® CBD e-liquid is that you can’t vape oral CBD oil – or anything with Vitamin E or any other oil added – in your JUUL®. That’s for two reasons. First, oils are too thick for use in the JUUL®’s small pods. To flow efficiently from the pod’s reservoir to the atomizer coil through the two silica wicks, the e-liquid that you’re using needs to be fairly thin.
The second reason is because the jury is still out on the safety of inhaling vaporized oils. The information currently available suggests that Vitamin E, in particular, may cause severe lung damage when inhaled. Oral CBD oil may also contain other carrier oils such as olive oil and MCT oil. You should not inhale any of those substances.
The ideal CBD e-liquid for your JUUL® contains nothing but raw hemp extract or CBD isolate, vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). Added flavours or terpenes are also fine. Always check the ingredients of any CBD e-liquid before buying it!
When you buy a CBD e-liquid, it’s also wise to check its VG/PG ratio. VG is much thicker than PG, and an e-liquid with too much VG may be too thick to flow efficiently through your JUUL® pod. Ideally, you should select an e-liquid containing no more than 50 percent VG.
How to Make Your Own JUUL® CBD Pods
Did you know that you can make your own JUUL® CBD pods? CBD is soluble in propylene glycol, so all that you need is some powdered CBD isolate and a bottle of e-liquid containing PG. Don’t use a “Max VG” e-liquid; the CBD won’t dissolve, and as mentioned above, the e-liquid will be too thick to work in a JUUL® pod. Just as if you were buying a pre-made CBD e-liquid, a 50/50 VG/PG ratio is ideal.
You can choose whether or not to add CBD to an e-liquid with nicotine. Only when you make your own CBD e-liquid do you have the freedom to make that choice; you won’t find a pre-made e-liquid containing both CBD and nicotine. You may find, however, that the nicotine tends to counteract the effects of the CBD. Only you can decide what’s best for your wellness goals.
You may also find it helpful to get a precision scale and a small funnel. The scale will give you an idea of how much CBD you’re vaping. CBD isolate is more than 99-percent pure, and it is usually sold by the gram. So, if you add .25 g of CBD isolate to a bottle of e-liquid, you’ll know that the bottle contains about 250 mg of CBD.
The funnel will help to prevent spilling; CBD isolate isn’t cheap!
Lastly, you’ll need a refillable JUUL® pod.
To make your own CBD JUUL® pods, begin by weighing the quantity of CBD isolate that you want to add to your e-liquid. Remove the cap from the e-liquid bottle and gently pry off the nozzle. Place the funnel inside the bottle and pour in the CBD isolate. Replace the bottle’s nozzle and cap. Shake the bottle vigorously until the CBD isolate dissolves.
Finally, fill your JUUL® pod with the e-liquid according to the manufacturer’s instructions. As you use your CBD JUUL® pods, remember that the powder may precipitate out of the solution over time. Simply give the bottle a good shake each time you refill your pod.