We review the CBD e-liquid line from Hemp Bombs, one of the most popular CBD product companies in the United States. If you like your CBD flavors on the sweet side, then you will love the selection of flavors from Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges. Learn more in the review.
Hemp Bombs CBD E-Liquid Review
Founded in early 2016, Hemp Bombs has since managed to become one of the most popular CBD companies in the US, offering a wide variety of products, from CBD oils and tinctures, to CBD gummies, syrup and even e-liquid. They have so much stuff available that visiting their site can actually be a bit confusing, especially if, like me, you don’t know too much about CBD.
Having never gotten the chance to try CBD (cannabidiol) in any form, let alone vaping it, I was pretty excited when Hemp Bombs contacted me about doing a review of some of their premium CBD e-liquid. As I mentioned, I had only read about it before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was curious to try it.
If you’re reading this, you probably know a lot more about CBD e-liquid than I do, so I won’t be going into details about it, but for those of you who are as new to this as I was, CBD e-liquids are the same as standard e-liquids except they have a concentrated amount of crystalline CBD isolate added to the base.
According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD is an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and could potentially be used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from neuroinflammation and epilepsy to anxiety and schizophrenia. But that doesn’t mean it’s only consumed by people suffering from these ailments. CBD is also known to be a relaxant, help you sleep better and provide an overall feeling of well-being.
Hemp Bombs produces all their products in-house, using hemp imported from Europe. Lab results available via the company website show that their e-liquids contain no THC or any other cannabinoids, so it’s legal to use in all 50 US states.
Hemp Bombs e-liquids are available in a variety of CBD concentrations, starting at 75mg, all the way to 4000 mg. It’s recommended that you start out with lower concentrations and move up if you are not satisfied with the results. For this review, I received five 16.5ml with a 75mg CBD concentration.
Before I discuss how effective Hemp Bombs CBD e-liquid was in my case, let’s first talk a bit about the flavors I received:
Exotic Watermelon Kush – This was one of my favorite of the bunch. It’s just a very simple watermelon flavor that tastes incredibly fresh. I could swear there is a bit of cactus mixed in there, as I could taste it very clearly on the exhale, but it’s not listed on the bottom, so I can’t be sure. If you like crisp, fresh watermelon, you’re probably going to love Exotic Watermelon Kush.
Sugar Cookie Kryptonite – To say I hated this flavor would be an understatement. Honestly, this could be the worst-tasting e-juice that I have ever vaped, and I have vaped a few in the last 8 years. It doesn’t even qualify as vapeable in my book, and the only reason I forced myself to try it more than once was for this review. But it really didn’t matter, this stuff tastes nothing like a sugar cookie, or any other type of cookie. Actually, it doesn’t taste like anything edible. It just has a rancid taste that reminds me of the old Chinese-made juices that passed as tobacco about 7-8 years ago, only a lot worse.
I am honestly tempted to think that someone made mistake and switched some bottles, because I have a hard time believing someone tasted this stuff and said ‘yeah, that’s a good sugar cookie’. I know taste is subjective, but this stuff wouldn’t appeal to anyone, I’m sure of it.
Wild Blueberry Jam – Following my experience with Sugar Cookie Kryptonite, this flavor was a very pleasant surprise. The name says blueberry jam, but to me this tasted more like a berry mix or berry smoothie. It was fresh, very flavorful and just sweet enough to make it enjoyable to vape. If you like berry flavors, this juice is good choice.
Vanilla Cupcake Swirl – Sadly, this particular flavor wasn’t very good, and I am tempted to believe that Hemp Bombs just doesn’t do good dessert flavors. The fruity ones I’ve tried were decent, nothing to write home about but definitely good enough to vape, even just to get the benefits of the CBD. Vanilla Cupcake Swirl and that “sugar cookie” stuff, on the other hand, are pretty bad.
I guess I could say that this flavor is better than the sugar cookie one, as you can actually taste a bit of vanilla on the exhale, but otherwise, it has the same rancid, chemical-like taste that I for one cannot get used to.
Roasted Colombian Coffee – I don’t know if it’s Colombian, but it definitely tastes like coffee. Like the other four flavors I tested, it’s a really simple e-liquid that, unlike some of the others, actually tastes like you would expect.
Now, I know that these are not some gourmet e-liquids. People basically buy them for the CBD content, but that doesn’t mean they can taste disgusting and no one will care. I care, and I seriously hope Hemp Bombs does something about some of these recipes, because they are downright horrible.
Regarding the effectiveness of these CBD e-liquids, I can’t really say that I’ve been impressed with them. Maybe it’s the low CBD concentration I was sent, I’m not sure, but I didn’t really felt any changes to my mood after vaping them, at least not during the day. This was my first experience with CBD, so I’m pretty sure I would have noticed if it made a serious impact. I don’t suffer from any chronic pain, anxiety or any of the conditions that CBD is supposed to help with, so I can’t comment on e-liquids’ effectiveness in that regard, but in terms of “complete relaxation” and overall good feeling, I really didn’t feel any changes.
CBD is also supposed to help you sleep better, and I have to admit that on the occasions when I vaped it late at night, before going to bed, I did feel very sleepy and actually fell asleep very fast. It could have been the CBD, I guess, but it was also past midnight and my weekdays are usually very tiring, so it could have been just exhaustion as well. The placebo effect could also play a part.
Overall, my experience with Hemp Bombs CBD e-liquid has been inconclusive. As I understand it, CBD doesn’t really work for everyone, or at least doesn’t have the same effect, so even though I didn’t feel any significant improvement to my mood and well-being doesn’t mean that you won’t either. But I also can’t say it worked wonders, when it didn’t. maybe I’ll try a higher concentration next time, just for comparison.
These e-liquids were sent to me by Hemp Bombs, for the purpose of this review.
Hemp Bombs CBD Carts Review
The wide flavor variety and good selection of concentration levels make Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges some of the best around. They have a great airflow that provides a low draw resistance. They also work well with any type of compatible battery. People who like more neutral flavors will be disappointed, but everyone else will be satisfied by the wide variety of flavors available.
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Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges are available in concentrations of 125 mg, 300 mg, and 1000 mg in the following flavors:
- Arctic Spearmint Blast
- Crisp Honeydew Melon
- Crushed Pineapple Paradise
- Glazed Chocolate Donut
- Roasted Colombian Coffee
- Farm Fresh Strawberry Milk
- Bangin’ Fruity Bedrock
- Sugar Cookie Kryptonite
- Sweet Mango Seduction
- Vanilla Cupcake Swirl
- Exotic Watermelon Kush
- Whipped Marshmallow Dream
- Wild Blueberry Jam
Flavor Quality and CBD Concentration
Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges have a good airflow, which makes inhaling from them feel comfortable and effortless.
When it comes to the sheer choice of options, Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges can’t be beat. They are some of the best CBD cartridges because flavor selection is among the most comprehensive and exhaustive in the industry. The variety of concentration levels is very good as well since there is one for users of all experience levels. The 125 mg cartridges have 12% CBD and the 300 mg carts have 30% CBD. The lowest level is a great place to start for beginners and is also great for light to moderate CBD users. The middle 300 mg concentration is good for intermediate users, while the highest 1000 mg concentration should be left for heavy users or people who use CBD for medical, rather than recreational, purposes.
The flavors are all good, though anyone who is looking for a fairly simple, straightforward flavor might find themselves stymied by all the sweet, fruity flavors on display. The flavors I tried do taste good and were quite similar to their descriptions. However, they do tend to be on the fruity and sweet side, so if you want something a little more restrained, you can try the Sun State CBD Cartridges instead. And if you want CBD that is full spectrum, doesn’t have any additives, and comes with a battery, then there is the Phenopen for you to try.
The Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges feature silicon thread protectors to prevent the thread from wearing down.
Speaking of those additives, all Hemp Bombs CBD cartridges have a 70/30 VG/PG ratio. VG stands for vegetable glycerine and PG stands for propylene glycol. Both are commonly found in e-liquids in varying ratios. VG provides the vapor clouds and PG gives vapers the strong throat hit that many of them crave. The ratio of VG and PG in the Hemp Bombs carts means that they give you big clouds and a mild throat hit, which makes them great for new and veteran vapers.
For those of you worried about the purity of your carts, Hemp Bombs uses third party testing to assure you that their products contain mostly CBD and negligible (less than 1%) amounts of THC. You can check their website to check out the lab results for yourself, though they only show the results for the 125 mg and 300 mg CBD carts. However, it’s safe to assume that the 1000 mg carts have similar results.
The tapered mouthpiece feels good when you’re vaping from it and the airflow is good because of the four air holes near the top, each of which is 0.9mm in diameter. One thoughtful design detail is that each mouthpiece has a silicon thread protector. It helps to ease the action of screwing the cartridge on or off your favorite 510 battery and it helps to keep the thread from wearing down. That’s great for both pen style batteries like the G Pen Nova and conceal batteries like the HoneyStick BeeBox Pro.