As our knowledge of cannabidiol grows, so do our options of which CBD product is more effective. In our last article, we touched on the topic of which edible product type (gummies or softgels) is more effective and beneficial for your lifestyle. This article will similarly touch on which inhalable product type is better for your preferences: pre-rolls or CBD vape juice. Both are inhalable types, meaning the bioavailability is high due to reaching your bloodstream via your lungs. We’ll be touching on some pros and cons of both, which product type is more readily available, and the cost for immediate versus long term purchases. Before we get to that, let’s briefly recap on why hemp differs from marijuana, despite both coming from the cannabis plant.
Brief Recap of Cannabis, Marijuana, & Hemp
The word “cannabis" is often used interchangeably when speaking of either marijuana or hemp. In reality, cannabis is actually the mother plant for both. The difference lies in the arbitrary number regarding the total THC content. If the plant or product contains 0.3% THC or less, it is referred to as hemp. If the plant or product contains more than 0.3% THC, it is referred to as marijuana. This may seem like a ridiculous and pointless number, and many would agree with you. However, the 2018 Farm Bill set the standard for differentiating between the two, though some lawmakers are actively looking for a more accurate definition of what should separate both marijuana and hemp. You can read more about the differences of marijuana and hemp here.
To make matters even more confusing, hemp-derived CBD will not get you high, as the endocannabinoid receptors are completely different. Yet many hemp-derived psychoactive cannabinoids (like Delta-8 THC, Farm Bill Compliant Delta-9 THC, HHC, THC-O, etc.) can indeed get you high, despite containing 0.3% THC or less. These cannabinoids bind to different receptors within your ECS that offer a less-intense more subdued high. If you’re looking to steer clear of any intoxicating effects, make sure your product contains the “C” compounds like CBD, CBN, CBG, and so forth. Now that we’ve briefly gone over the differences and common confusions of the cannabis plant, let’s take a look at the differences between CBD pre-rolls and CBD vape juice.
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CBD Vape Juice
This product type became popular once the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, though you may not see it very often as the vape industry underwent intense scrutiny several years ago. CBD vape juice is used by loading up a traditional vape device (usually a sub-ohm/low-wattage tank or refillable pod cartridge) and firing on low wattages to produce a thick cloud of vapor. CBD vape juice comes in a variety of strengths and flavors, similar to traditional e-liquid.
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Are There Benefits of Vaping CBD?
If you’re already a seasoned vaper looking for an easy way to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle, you might want to consider cannabidiol-infused e-liquids. Most CBD vape juice can be used with traditional vaping devices, meaning you won’t need any additional hardware or prior knowledge to start using. Vaping CBD also adds a measure of discretion and on-the-go convenience. You’ll be able to vape outdoors with no pressure to finish the entire tank in a single session (as opposed to smoking), you can swap out flavors as often as you like, and you can choose how frequently to use the CBD e-liquid throughout the day. Since there’s no skunky smell or burning acrid smoke, you won’t have to worry about disturbing those in your near (or far) proximity. Lastly, CBD vape juice contains a very simple ingredient list: VG (vegetable glycerin), PG (propylene glycol), cannabidiol, and flavoring. You’ll be able to choose the amount of CBD in your e-liquid, offering a more personalized approach to your overall intake.
What Are Some of the Cons of Vaping CBD?
If you’re a newbie in the cannabidiol world, vaping CBD comes with a steep learning curve. You’ll have to acquire some costly equipment (vape mod/pen style vaporizer, batteries, coils, etc), research the proper wattages for CBD vape juice, become familiar with lung hits vs. throat hits, ensure your coil is primed before initial use, and much more. Vaping CBD takes practice and can get frustrating if you’ve never vaped. Most vapers are kind enough to help you understand the process, but it may take a great deal more patience if you begin your cannabidiol journey with CBD e-liquid. Lastly, you may not like some of the flavored CBD vape juices, meaning they could lay dormant on the shelf, expire, or degrade from non-use. If you’re not already familiar with vaping, you may want to gravitate towards some of the more user-friendly CBD options like edibles and tinctures.
CBD pre-rolls are exactly what they sound like: a company took the time to roll up joints for you ahead of time and offers them ready to go right out of the box. If you’re not familiar with how to roll up a joint or would like to save some time doing it yourself, pre-rolls are quite an attractive option! Some companies offer single pre-rolls whereas others offer containers that hold several at a time, often making it more cost-effective to buy larger quantities. Some pre-rolls are created using flavored rolling papers, making it even more unique in its consumption. Many pre-rolls come coated in kief, whereas others are plain and focus on the raw flavor.
Are There Benefits of Smoking CBD Pre-rolls?
The popularity of CBD pre-rolls has surged in recent years due to the ease of use. One huge benefit of smoking pre-rolls is the amount of time it saves compared to rolling your own joint. Gone are the days of grinding up flower, loading it up into a rolling paper, tamping down, and sealing. Simply grab a lighter, ignite the tip, and puff away! While some users prefer to create their own joints, pre-rolls can significantly cut down the amount of time it takes leading up to lighting up. Another benefit of pre-rolls is that smokers will already be familiar with how to properly smoke/inhale, be unbothered by the acrid scent, know the proper holding and ashing techniques, and snuffing out if your smoking session needs to be cut short.
What Are Some of the Cons of Smoking CBD Pre-rolls?
Pre-rolls are ideal for smokers looking to shift from traditional tobacco/marijuana and incorporate CBD into their “puff, puff, pass” routines. However, if you’re not familiar with smoking already, you may struggle knowing how to use pre-rolls properly. Additionally, pre-roll smoke is somewhat difficult to deal with if you’re not accustomed to it, meaning you may cough, choke, or be turned off by the acrid scent. You may burn holes in your clothes, singe your fingertips, smell like smoke, and may get frustrated by the amount of times you may need to re-light the pre-roll. Those with asthma or other respiratory issues may struggle to use pre-rolls due to the strong smoke and may be better suited to CBD vape juice for a smoother cloud of vapor. Lastly, if you opt to not smoke the entire pre-roll, you may be unsure of the total amount of CBD you’ve consumed. Depending on how large the pre-roll is, you may be fine with taking a few hits and saving for later, though it may be difficult to know exactly how much of the pre-roll was used or is available for future use.
Depending on how familiar you are with inhalables, you may prefer pre-rolls or CBD vape juice. A good rule of thumb is if you already smoke, pre-rolls may be an easy switch. If you vape, incorporating CBD vape juice into your daily routine can be a nearly seamless transition. Those looking to quit smoking may also benefit from vape juice, allowing them to also take up e-liquid infused with cannabidiol. Both inhalables offer significant CBD absorption due to bypassing the digestive system and directly entering the bloodstream via the lungs. Yet it truly depends on which one you’re more comfortable with. There are pros and cons to both, but ultimately, its up to you which one is “better” for you!
Here at ERTH Wellness, we’re proud of the inhalable products we carry and are excited to share them with you! Our CBD vape juice comes in five unique flavors: Grape Candy, Wintermint, Green Apple, Juicy Watermelon, and Blue Raspberry. Users with sub-ohm box mod setups can opt for our 500mg strength while pod device users should use the 1000mg strength option. Our CBD pre-rolls come in an exciting variety of six unique flavors: Blue Dream, Clementine, Granddaddy Purple, Pineapple Express, Watermelon, and Cherry Blossom. Each pre-roll comes with a full gram of CBD flower and ranges from sativa, indica, and hybrid selections. For our non-inhalable users, feel free to check out our collection of gummies, softgels, tinctures, topicals, and even Pet CBD.
No matter what product you choose, you can rest assured that you’re getting a quality premium product. All of our products have been subjected to rigorous testing by third-party independent labs to ensure purity and potency; the results of these tests are available by scanning the printed QR code on the product’s packaging or by clicking on the embedded link. In our next article, we’ll be looking at ways to tell if you have a cannabis allergy and possible ways around it. Check back soon for this and other in-depth articles surrounding the wonderful world of hemp and all it has to offer. See you there!