Vaping is a popular alternative to traditional smoking. It’s also very different than smoking a normal cigarette. We discuss and answer some of the most common questions about vaping here.
If you are considering vaping as an alternative to smoking or wish to change the way you take CBD, you probably have some questions about it. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD vaping so you can become an expert on the topic.
1. Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking a Cigarette?
Vaping is considered a safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. Some reasons for this are:
The CBD vape cartridge in an electronic cigarette contains something called e-juice. Typically, e-juice is CBD mixed with a flavor of some kind. The flavor can be vanilla, chocolate, coffee or one of several other fruity flavors. The e-juice may or may not contain a small amount of nicotine, depending on the product. When vaping flavored cartridges, you inhale far less toxins and more flavor than with a traditional cigarette.
No Harmful Smoke
When vaping, you’re actually inhaling steam. This is better for your lungs than toxin-filled smoke. This also means that vaping is safe when around other people as it doesn’t produce any harmful smoke.
2. Are There Different Types of Vaping Methods?
There are two main types of vaping methods:
The most affordable method of vaping is conduction as it only requires a few parts. This is probably why it is also considered the most popular method. You can begin conduction vaping for as little as $5. Essentially, the CBD vape cartridge is inserted into the e-cigarette and comes into direct contact with the heating element. This produces a fast burn – anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds – and a rather strong combustion compared to other vaping methods.
This is a somewhat more costly method of vaping. Instead of the e-juice coming into direct contact with the heating element, hot air is used for heating. This method gives you more control over the heating temperature. It also makes the cartridge last longer because you are vaporizing the material instead of burning it. The hot air also heats the vape cartridge more evenly, which is far more efficient in the long run.
3. What Can You Vape?
There is really just one item that can be vaped. The CBD vape cartridge contains an e-liquid – also known as e-juice. This is the material you will insert into your e-cig to vape. In addition to being available in two different types (explained below) e-juices may contain nicotine and flavoring. Not all e-juices contain nicotine though.
4. What are the Different Types of E-Juices?
The two different types of e-juices are PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin).
PG (Propylene Glycol)
If you were to search for this on the periodic table, you would find it in the alcohol class. PG is a colorless liquid that is accompanied by a sweet aroma, which in turn makes this a pleasant product to inhale. Although this type of vape contains less toxins, it may be too harsh for first-time users.
VG (Vegetable Glycerin)
In simple terms, VG produces a thicker vapor than PG. While that may sound like a bonus, for some e-cig smokers, the thicker the vapor, the harder it is to absorb. VG also happens to be easier on the throat than PG as it is not as harsh. However, you may experience drying of the mouth with VG more so than with PG.
5. Are There Different Types of Vaping Products?
One of the many interesting things about vaping is the terminology. For example, CBD tincture is often referred to as CBD oil. In the world of vaping, the devices used for this method of consuming CBD have several different names. They all mean the same thing. Here is a list of the most common terms used:
As for what these devices look like, they vary in not just design but also in shape and size. To give you a bit of an idea, some vape devices resemble highlighter pens. Others may be similar to what a computer flash drive looks like. Then there are yet other designs that are bulkier and look box-like.
6. Can Anyone Use a Vaping Device?
Legally, you must be over the age of 18 to vape. Retailers who sell e-cigarette products will ask for proof of age if you appear to look younger. However, anyone over the age of 18 can use these products. In fact, its not uncommon to see individuals who are in their senior years vaping.
7. Is it Easy to Vape?
Vaping is not recommended for non-smokers. But if you have been smoking regular cigarettes for any length of time, you should find switching to a vape pen rather easy. The fact that there’s a heater in the device — and that it produces no smoke — may take a little time to adjust to, but hey, these are minor concerns.
Aside from all the different names for the device, vaping is popular and is fast becoming an alternative to smoking. If you are trying to quit that habit, vaping could be your answer.
Dr Elizabeth Blackwell is a double board-certified integrative and family medicine physician. Dr Blackwell expertise lies in functional and holistic medicine.
She is the director of medical services at the Pacific Clinics MD, a comprehensive clinic focused on chronic stress, gut health, decreasing inflammation, improving hormonal imbalance, weight loss resistance and helping women get pregnant. Dr Elizabeth Blackwell also has significant experience in working with cancer, dementia and chronic pain patients.
In recent times Dr Blackwell’s work has focused on exploring the effects of cannabinoid therapies. Dr Blackwell has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Well+Good, Vogue, Healthline, Forbes, Medical News Today, Harvard Health and more.