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December 6, 2023 By Wild Orchard Co.

A Cannabinoid Pod Battle: CBD Pods vs. THC Pods

The technology behind vaping our favorite cannabinoids and strains isn’t brand-new anymore, and the market offers all kinds of options these days, including pre-filled 510 carts, disposable devices, bottled e-liquids, etc.  But, there’s one type of product that you might not know about: JUUL-compatible pods, which are replaceable pod cartridges that contain hemp e-liquid that’s nicotine-free.  Their major draw is that they easily snap on to the extremely popular JUUL vaping device, offering the ultimate discretion, while being all the more convenient if you already happen to own one.

So, we’re going to be comparing two types of JUUL-compatible pods: those that contain CBD, and those that contain THC.

CBD Pods and THC Pods: Which One is Best for Your Vaping Hobby?

We’re gonna dive into the two types of pods in a moment, but first, we want to talk about what these pods have to offer in general.  We already talked about their compatibility with JUUL devices, but let’s go deeper and talk about what happens when we vape hemp, in general.

To vaporize cannabinoids and terpenes, you need a device which contains a battery inside (in this case, a JUUL device, which you can find at most convenience stores), and that battery provides heat to the coil inside of the cartridge/pod.  By heating the coil, the vape oil inside converts from a liquid to a vapor, which you inhale one puff at a time.

Virtually all hemp pods, including CBD and THC ones, are sold in various strains.  That way, you can choose the more specific types of effects for which you want to feel, whether they be more mellowing (indica), more uplifting (sativa), or somewhere in between (hybrid).

Now, let’s illustrate the differences between CBD and THC pods.

CBD Pods

First, let’s cover CBD pods.  CBD pods contain full-spectrum hemp extract without any additional ingredients – basically, that’s the buds of the hemp plant in extracted oil form.  See, hemp naturally yields a very high amount of CBD (cannabidiol), which can make up anywhere from 10-25% of the composition of chemical compounds.  Full-spectrum hemp contains an additional 100 minor cannabinoids, along with terpenes, which give the plant its unique flavor.  The configuration of terpenes dictates the strain of the plant, and again, each strain has its own distinctive effects (indica, sativa, or hybrid), and flavor profile.

CBD pods are good for those who don’t want to get high, plain and simple, but want certain benefits of cannabis.  CBD is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid, and it’s legal in all 50 states, unlike certain forms of THC.  It’s also not going to cause a failed drug test result, as intoxicating cannabinoids will.

To summarize, let’s look at some pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Won’t get you high (if you are avoiding intoxicating products)
  • Can offer a multitude of plant benefits that are similar to THC
  • Won’t cause a failed drug test result
  • Legal in all 50 states

Cons:

  • Won’t get you high (if what you’re looking for is a psychoactive effect)

THC Pods

Next, we have THC pods, which can contain any form of THC – but usually, what you’ll find is delta 8 THC, a milder form of THC that is soothing and relaxing, while still producing a really enjoyable high.  THC pods are going to contain full-spectrum hemp extract plus delta 8 distillate – a purified extract of delta 8 THC.

This product will, of course, get you high, and that’s something that a lot of vapers are specifically seeking out.  Like with any vaping product, pods can deliver a high that kicks in after about 10-15 minutes, and it lasts for a couple of hours.  The effects can be quite potent, especially if you’re a beginner who has a low tolerance, and that’s something you’ll want to keep in mind when determining how many puffs you want to take.

Pros:

  • A really enjoyable intoxicating effect.
  • Stronger strain effects (THC cannabinoids can bring out the properties of terpenes in a more pronounced way).
  • Still rich in benefits that come from the various compounds of the hemp plant.
  • Usually a larger variety of strains to choose from.

Cons:

  • Illegal in some states (certain states have banned intoxicating cannabinoids, so check what your state has to say).
  • Likely to cause a failed drug test.
  • Risk of getting “too high,” which can cause impairment, anxiety, and paranoia (if you aren’t dosing mindfully).
  • Not everyone vapes hemp to get intoxicated.

Choosing the Best Pods for You at Wild Orchard

Every chemical compound in the hemp plant has its own innate value, whether it be a psychoactive cannabinoid like delta 8 THC, or a nonintoxicating one like CBD, that still retains a number of valuable potential benefits.  And, of course, the convenience of JUUL-compatible pods is undeniable, offering a majorly discreet and portable way to enjoy cannabinoids and terpenes on demand as you go about your day.

At Wild Orchard Co., you’ll find a diverse selection of JUUL-compatible pods, made with the finest cannabinoid and terpene extracts around, in strains that instantly draw you in.  Check out our collection today, and then treat yourself to an entirely new method for enjoying your cannabis vape routine.