We’ve all heard the running joke about a television or computer being obsolete by the time you get it home. The speed in which emerging technology floods the market means the shiny new thing we once clamored for will be outdated before we know it (R.I.P. PalmPilot!). Believe it or not, the device we most commonly associate with the “e-cigarette” made its debut in 2003. While traction was slow in those first few years, the market exploded around a decade later as smokers sought out what they perceived to be healthier (and more flavorful) ways to get their fix. But leave it to emerging technology to make the traditional e-cigarette—with its cylindrical shape, neon lights, and billowing cloud of vapor—look passé.
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.
One of the attributes most closely linked to emerging technology is ingenuity. And if you’re a regular visitor here, you may have read about all the creative ways manufacturers and cultivators are using CBD in everyday products. There’s CBD tea, CBD gum, CBD bath bombs, and yes, CBD Juul pods.
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.
Probably the most significant advantage to using a CBD Juul pod is that it maximizes the bioavailability of the compound. By vaporizing the oil, you’re able to reap the benefits of CBD much more rapidly and efficiently since you’ll have direct access to the bloodstream through the lungs. On the contrary, CBD that you consume in oil form, such as with a tincture, can lose some of its oomph as it passes through the liver.
Though scientific research concluding the breadth of what CBD can do for our bodies is still nascent, the research that’s already out there is impressive. We think it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to fight off pain and inflammation. Studies have also indicated CBD’s ability to diminish the symptoms and anguish involved with social anxiety, and some treatment plans have included CBD in the fight against generalized anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This is always a heavy question to answer because there are a lot of variables at play here. First, we’ll answer the CBD part of the equation. Yes, CBD is generally considered safe to use by many reputable healthcare outfits, including the World Health Organization. You aren’t at risk of developing an addiction, and there are no recorded overdoses on CBD. And unlike its cannabis compound cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating—that means it won’t get you high, despite the many powerful benefits. However, as with all CBD products, CBD Juul pods are not subject to scrutiny by a governing body like the Food and Drug Administration.
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.
Thanks to another technological advancement—the internet—CBD Juul pods are pretty readily available. There are now dozens of companies selling them across the web and with different potencies and in a variety of quantities. You’re also likely to find a mind-blowing assortment of deliciously sounding flavors that include cannoli, blueberry mint, banana split, berry blast, and others. Juul Labs sells its e-cigarettes online and in brick-and-mortar locations ranging from smoke shops to corner convenience stores and at a very reasonable price.
Unless you have a crystal ball, it’s hard to even speculate on what the next big trend in e-cigarettes will be. But, one thing we do know is that the Juul has taken the world by storm. Given its discreet appearance, low price point, abundance of flavored pods, and now, the ability to seamlessly add CBD to the mix, we expect the Juul’s prominence in the market to continue.
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