Health & Wellness

CBD Juul Pods: Be Careful What You Buy

By Josh Hall
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UPDATE

Since this page was published a number of concerns have been raised about vapes, especially counterfeit and off-brand vape cartridges. Since Juul does not make CBD cartridges there is no way to truly understand the origin or quality of the oil you are purchasing.

Do not buy vape cartridges of any kind that do not come from a transparent source with clear test results.

The Juul hit the scene in 2017 and with it came an entirely new way to vape. The shiniest of the shiny new e-cigarettes looks more like a flash drive than a smoke. It also kind of acts like a flash drive in the sense that it can charge via your computer’s USB port. The small, handheld device uses containers called “pods” to hold its e-liquid, and its design results in less vapor output than other e-cigarettes.

Juul Labs, the device’s manufacturer, quickly went into growth mode by launching an all-out blitz on consumers who now favored these smoking alternatives to the real thing. Juul had a 33% share of the e-cigarette market by the end of that first year and the brand hasn’t looked back ever since, dominating fellow device manufacturers to the tune of what is reportedly now a 72% market share.

First, it’s important you understand that any CBD Juul pods you buy aren’t actually affiliated with Juul Labs. Rather, they are made by really smart and industrious companies who recognize the popularity of both CBD oil and Juuling and figured out a way to make a pod that’s pre-loaded with CBD oil. Kudos to them. You should also be aware that the process of using a Juul with a CBD-loaded pod is fundamentally the same as using a CBD vape pen. The “pod” itself is a vessel that holds the CBD oil, which gets heated, vaporized, and inhaled by means of the Juul.

Are CBD Juul pods safe to use?

This is always a heavy question to answer because there are a lot of variables at play here.

To start, any CBD cartridge or pod that does not come from a reputable retailer is dangerous, as may health issues have been linked to poorly made vape products.

Because of that lack of oversight, it’s imperative that you do your research on both the manufacturer of the product and the retailer carrying it. Each of these products should have clear descriptors on the packaging that details the amount of CBD included and receive testing from a third-party lab. Read reviews and do your due diligence before making a purchase.

Such as the case with any type of vape, users who have a lung condition like COPD should avoid Juuls entirely. With some CBD oil, there can also be a concern about chemical agents within the oil breaking down into cancer-causing compounds. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even issued warnings about the occurrence of these chemicals in e-cigarette aerosol.

Popular magazine Men’s Health reported that a Johns Hopkins study also found similar dangers—including toxic levels of lead—with the use of e-cigarettes.

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