While CBD is going strong in the past couple of years, especially since the Farm Bill 2018 reform made hemp-derived CBD legal, it’s still somewhat of a mystery for many people. Even though there are dozens if not hundreds of companies that are in the CBD business, very few of them go into detail about their products, specifically in regards to the correct dosage. If you sit down and decide to do some research on how much CBD should you vape, chances are you’re going to stumble upon numerous guides, many of which are vastly different from one another, making them somewhat inconsistent and hard to rely on. However, we’ve made a comprehensive guide that should offer you a better insight into correct CBD dosages, safety, potential risks, and whether it’s actually worth taking CBD in the first place.
How to Figure Out the Dosage
While vaping is one of the most popular methods of CBD intake, mainly because it’s convenient and relatively discreet, it’s also one of the most challenging methods because it’s quite hard to tell how much CBD you get into your system with each puff. Some people like taking big breaths while others don’t, so it’s somewhat of a challenge to standardize and gauge. However, there is an easy way of figuring this out. All you have to do is monitor how long it takes you to go through a milliliter of CBD. For example, if it takes you 200 puffs to go through a 100-milligram cartridge (that is 1 milliliter), that means you would be getting 0.5 milligrams of CBD with each puff. As you can tell, this isn’t a rocket-science level of math, but on the other hand, it’s not really a super-precise way of tracking your intake. With that being said, once you get the hang of it, you will be able to tweak and customize your pen to suit your smoking style.
How Much CBD Should I Vape?
Now that we’ve figured out how to gauge and measure your intake, it’s time to cover the question everybody asks first – how much CBD should I vape? If you’re a first-timer, it’s a good idea to start by consulting your physician, especially if you’re already taking medications and undergoing therapy. While CBD is known to be fairly safe, it can still interfere with other medications. Once you’re in the clear, it’s time to think about the dosage. It’s no secret that first-timers and beginners are advised to start with relatively low dosages. Starting with a high dosage could lead to potential issues even though CBD is well-tolerated even in high dosages. However, every person’s body is different, meaning everyone reacts differently to the same (or similar) dose of CBD. As far as how much CBD is considered a low dose, it would be around 3 milligrams per sitting, about three times a day. In other words, 10 milligrams of CBD in three sittings is probably the lowest dose that will actually make you feel better. For instance, people who suffer from anxiety and stress-related issues have said that they felt better and calmer after a couple of days of taking 10mg/day. Of course, your mileage may vary, depending on your physique, age, and even gender. In case 10mg/day doesn’t really work for you, don’t worry, you can gradually increase the dosage once your body becomes used to your new habit. Raise the mg levels for a few weeks and monitor your progress closely in order to figure out whether you need more (or less) CBD to accomplish the desired effect. So, in conclusion, you should start with a relatively low dosage of about 10mg/day and gradually increase it until you find your sweet spot.
How Long Should I Keep It in My Lungs?
There is a potentially dangerous myth going around for years that says holding smoke longer in your lungs will make CBD more potent or effective. This is NOT the case and most people feel different when they hold the smoke for long because they are actually depriving their brain of oxygen rather than somehow boosting the effectiveness of CBD. Cannabinoids are absorbed into your bloodstream in a matter of milliseconds. Therefore, there is really no point in holding the smoke in your lungs longer than a second or two, mostly because you’re going to cause more harm than good.
Can You Vape Too Much CBD?
The short answer is – no, not really. However, just because CBD is known to be a pretty safe and non-toxic compound, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about dosage and potential overuse. Even though you can’t really overdose on CBD, taking too much of it can cause some issues such as gastric distress. For instance, many people who regularly vape CBD tend to be confused by the slower onset of CBD oil in other forms (edibles, capsules). Consequently, they increase the dosage without realizing that it takes time for your digestive system to process the edibles. The result is usually not so severe (prolonged sleep, upset stomach), but it can still be classified as “taking too much CBD.” So, while it is borderline impossible to overdose on CBD, you shouldn’t experiment too much, and more importantly – you shouldn’t push to extremes even if it’s relatively safe.
Risks Involved With Using a Vape Pen
It should be pretty clear by now that vape pens are safe, especially compared to using regular cannabis. However, it’s still essential to point out that there are potential risks involved, no matter how safe vaping is. For example, the industry is still somewhat poorly regulated, meaning you can end up buying a defective and potentially dangerous device, especially if you opt for cheaper options, which are in most cases just imitations of the “real deal.” Another thing you should keep in mind is that the CBD industry as a whole is still in its infancy and that there is a lack of long-term evidence of both the advantages and disadvantages of vaping. While there are studies that have suggested that vaping is safer than smoking, more research is required.
Is Vaping Really Worth the Effort?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question; it all comes down to how you feel and which methods of CBD intake suit you the most. Many people start these conversations with questions such as – “how much CBD should I vape for pain relief?”, “am I going to OD if I take too much?”, “How often do I have to vape CBD?” but they rarely ask the question – “which method would be the best for me?” which should, arguably, be the first question you should ask.
In general, vaping is a safe, discreet, and hassle-free, which is why it’s so popular among avid CBD connoisseurs. However, that does not mean it is automatically the perfect method for you personally. With that being said, we would recommend you start with vape pens if you’re a complete beginner, although it’s ultimately up to you to figure out what suits you the best. As long as you use it in moderation, you should be fine (just like with everything else in life).
Direct vs. Indirect Vaping
Not many people are aware of the fact that there are two different ways of taking in the vapor. Direct vaping involves inhaling the vapor directly into your lungs without holding it in your mouth. If you’re looking for discretion, direct vaping is probably not the best idea since it produces the most vapor and hits the throat hard. This particular method is usually used by experienced veterans who already know what they are getting themselves into. Indirect vaping involves holding the vapor in your mouth for a couple of seconds in order to lessen the impact of the vapor on your throat, which makes it quite beginner-friendly. This method is also used by individuals who are trying to quit smoking because it’s very similar to how cigarettes are smoked (without the adverse effects). Indirect vaping is also great if you’re looking to enjoy the flavor of your CBD liquid since holding it longer in your mouth results in a satisfying taste. If you’re not sure which of these two methods would work best for you, don’t hesitate to try them both, and you’ll soon be able to pick a favorite. If you would like to know more about CBD, its benefits, methods of consumption, and other CBD-related subjects, feel free to read our other articles!