ultimate guide to vaping CBD

Ultimate Guide to Vaping CBD

You’ve seen ‘em. Giant smoke clouds that come out of car windows and seem to disappear in an instant. It’s not smoke, it’s vapor. But wait! It isn’t just cloud chasers and young adults doing it. The CBD community and many health-conscious people choose vape over smoke across the world. “Vaping” has completely changed the way people inhale and enjoy THC and CBD.

Smoker? Many of your peers have reduced their daily nicotine intake and even quit the habit completely – freeing up their budget in the process. Enthusiasts of this innovative industry have found new, more efficient, methods for heating various liquids, juices, and mixtures for the casual consumer and cloud-chasing alike. Read on for some basics, history, how-tos, and one particular reason you should take notice.

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Vaping and e-cigs took the tobacco and cannabis industries by storm in the mid 2000s. The terms themselves “vape” and “vaping” became part of the lexicon and vaporizing became a part of everyday life and pop culture. Many people still haven’t tried vaping and you might have questions about how vaporizers work, where they came from and why people love it so much. If you’re a vape newbie, read on, as this section is a great intro to quench all your curiosities.


Vaporizing has quickly emerged as the preferred method for CBD consumption among health-conscious consumers. Vaporizers are personal devices that use convection or conduction to precisely and evenly heat your dry herb, waxes and other botanical materials in a chamber only to their vaporization point — a temperature cooler than the point of combustion. This process produces a pure clean vapor, rather than harmful smoke, that you can safely inhale to absorb the natural health benefits of herbs and oils.

Vaporizers offer a clean method for healthy consumers that want to enjoy the natural health effects of botanical herbs and waxes while avoiding the toxins, carcinogens and respiratory irritants that come from smoking. Vaporizers heat your dry herbs or waxes to a temperature cooler than the point of combustion, releasing the same yield of active compounds into the bloodstream and delivering the same level of biological effects, but without producing the damaging materials that can harm your lungs.

Vaporizers eliminate any and all dangerous chemicals and byproducts associated with burning herbs or wax, providing a healthier and safer consumption technique for those pursuing the natural health properties of herbs and oils. Their nutritious compounds enter the body very quickly when vaporized, offering near-immediate effects compared to other consumption methods.

What is Vape?

The definition of vapor is: “the gaseous state of a substance that is normally liquid or solid at room temperature.” Heating materials inside of an atomizer, usually a small tubular container with a heating element inside the middle or on the bottom, gives you a light mist. Set the temperature, if available, and experimenting with the length of inhales, wattage, voltage, and time between hits becomes an art form. Inhale, exhale. Very much like the act of smoking, but a healthier alternative at the press of a button (sometimes not even that).

What’s Inside a Vaporizer Cartridge?

What’s Inside a Vaporizer Cartridge?

Current market offerings for E-juice usually combine a mixture of flavoring, vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol.

Vegetable glycerin (VG), or glycerol, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, like coconut oil, soy, or palm oil. Palm and coconut oils are natural triglyceride mixtures; composed of three fatty acids esterified with glycerin. Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body, storing unused energy for later use. They are transported through the blood by lipoproteins.

Propylene Glycol (PG), also called propane-1,2-diol, is a synthetic organic compound with the chemical formula C3H8O2. It’s a viscous colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. You’ve likely breathed PG in already and didn’t realize it. Ever used an inhaler? What about clouds from a smoke machine? It can also be used in ice cream, whipped cream, and various other edibles.

Depending on the mixture of PG/VG and the material to be vaporized, the amount of vapor produced can vary from a mist to a large cloud. CBD vapor products mostly produce a fine mist that is only mildly noticeable. The scent, if any, usually lasts for a brief moment before dissipating.

Studies have shown that this vapor contains less carcinogenic molecules in parts per million than the traditional filter and rolled tobacco route. Many cigarette smokers flocked to the device when it first entered the market as a healthier alternative to smoking.

Timeline and Development of Vaporizing

1963 – Herbert A. Gilbert Invents the Vaporizer

Way ahead of his time, Gilbert patented and introduced the concept of the vaporizer in the mid 60s. He described it as, “a smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette.”  He wanted people to enjoy smoking without the harmful effects of inhaling smoke. It is thought by some that big tobacco suppressed Gilbert’s idea and that others simply waited for 50 years for his patent to expire.  

1980s and 90s – Eagle Bill’s Shake & Vape Pipe

“Eagle Bill” Amato was a Cherokee marijuana medicine man. His simple, portable vapor pipe, appropriately called “The Eagle Bill”, uses a basic glass pipe to vaporize herbs without producing any harmful, harsh smoke. The pipe is heated on the bottom of the bowl and shaken until a fine steam appears, then hit as a regular pipe.

2003 – Hon Lik Perfects Modern E-Cigs

Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, is known as the father of the modern e-cigarette. He basically took Herbert A. Gilbert’s concept and by utilizing current technology, perfected it by using a resistance heater to achieve optimal vaping performance.

Since original ideas and inventions entered the market, hundreds of iterations have leaped forward to define perfection through a product. Here’s a timeline rundown of how vape technology and hardware have progressed since introduction.

Vape Hardware Development

Vape Hardware Development

Pull to vape pens: These 2-part “pull-through” style vape pens pretty much kicked off the whole vape industry. They consist of a battery that takes a pre-filled cannabis oil cartridge. One of the most well-known examples this style vape pen would be the “O” pen. The “O” pen’s greatest feature is that all you need to do is inhale to activate it—meaning there’s no on button. You inhale and the “O” pen is immediately activated. These types of vape pens contain between 100 to 150 hits per cartridge, perfect for beginners and those on a budget.

Box Mods: Probably the most popular type of vape device right now, box mods are designed to offer alternatives to the vaping experience and more power. They boast extended battery life, power, and unparalleled customizability. Vape mods are larger than vape pens and usually offer the following additional features: variable voltage, wattage, and temperature setting.

Ceramic:  “Ceramic” refers to the coating used in the heating coils in their atomizers. Ceramic users and makers claim that their vapes have a longer life, self-cleaning properties, absence of dry hit and a better rendering of flavors. Another claim is that ceramic coils withstand very high temperatures without emitting chemicals, so they are safer for the user. However, some also believe that ceramic can also flake off after time.

Top Feed Clearomizers vs a Bottom-wick Atomizer:  Top coil clearomizers are typically very easy to clean, which needs to be done every once in a while, especially in between changing flavors. Top feed clearomizers are also very easy to refill and offer a good vaping experience when you first get the tank (or when it has a fresh atomizer). Some say top feeders have less flavor and a burnt taste due to dry hits.

A bottom wick atomizer, also known as a bottom feed clearomizer, or bottom feeder, is a clearomizer that has the atomizer (heating coil) at the bottom of the tank. The Bottom Coil Clearomizer Tanks have very short wicks that are hard to see and offer consistently great vaping, good flavor, and no burnt taste

Wattage, Voltage, and Ohms: Voltage and wattage are electrical measurements. How are they measured? It’s all about the resistance and ohms are the measurement of electrical resistance. In your mind, picture a hose with a little water flowing through it. When you twist the faucet open, the stream of water creates pressure inside the hose. If you put your thumb over the hose opening, cutting off the output a bit, the pressure increases, yet you’ve haven’t touched the faucet.

Likewise in vaping, the amount of heat produced by the atomizer or tank is determined by wattage: when you adjust the wattage on your tank, you adjust the amount of heat produced.

If you want to increase the vaping wattage on your vaporizer, you also have to fine-tune the voltage or resistance levels. Lowering the resistance and pumping up the voltage gives you more vapor, better hits, and possibly more flavor.

Open top vs container-types: Open system vaporizers are the most popular vape devices, they include vape pens, box mods, atomizers and tanks. You can replace coils, refill with e-liquid and use the same tank or atomizer on several mods. Because so many parts are interchangeable, they are extremely versatile.

Closed system vaporizers are vape products which use non-refillable cartridges. These have a precise amount of e-liquid and most of the time you cannot use cartridges or pods from other brands. Although great for an entry level vape, these types are becoming less and less popular.

Benefits of Vaping CBD

Benefits of Vaping CBD

On the go or in the office, CBD vape pens are excellent alternatives to smoking. CBD, virtually non-detectable THC, is safe to consume through vaporized mist where you need it when you need it. Here are 5 reasons why you should vape CBD.

Faster, stronger, better

Ingesting CBD oil or taking capsules is great, but vaping is more portable and compact than either. During vaporization, CBD enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream rather than passing through your gut and liver. This allows for nearly four times as much CBD to enter your circulation, and a faster absorption rate, for a maximum bioavailability. This means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of CBD.

Vape > Smoking

It doesn’t matter what you’re smoking, inhaling burning matter isn’t a normal function of our body. Tobacco smoking is widely known to not be good for you and is known to cause several cancer types, mostly lung cancer. Smoking too much cannabis may cause acute bronchitis or inflammation in the large airways in the lungs. CBD vaporizers eliminate these types of problems. Heating CBD oil at low temperatures creates a smooth vapor steam rather than harmful smoke, which is far better for your lungs.

100% Legal, No Medical Recommendation Needed

Perhaps the best thing about hemp-derived CBD is that it is available to everyone. You can purchase CBD vape pen kits online and a plethora of other CBD oil products online or on the phone, and have them shipped right to your door, no doctor’s note required. No detectable THC, no psychoactive effects, no problem.

Small, regular doses

When it comes to cannabis and hemp products, how do you know exactly how much you’re getting? What’s the right dosage or serving? Buying a disposable cartridge ensures you’re getting a measured dose of CBD oil (also frequently referred to as CBD e juice, weed vape juice, CBD e-liquid, hemp vape oil, and other terms) each time. Vaporizing devices make it easy and convenient to take small “hits” of CBD throughout the day.


Pen vapes are low key, easy-to-hide utensils. You can use them in the hall, in an elevator, on a train, maybe even in the bathroom! They create very little odor, so no worries about the smell of smoke lingering on your clothes.  Easy to stash and access, plus they give you CBD servings at the touch of a button.

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You don’t have to be a smoker or a toker to enjoy vaping. Anyone and everyone can take part in the benefits of vaping CBD oil. CBD vape oil products contain non-detectable THC and zero nicotine and make it a healthy alternative to get your daily serving of CBD. Plus, it works faster and more efficiently. Imagine that–vaping can be healthy!

HempMeds is currently changing our supplier of vaping products. We urge you to check back frequently to see what exciting new vape products we will soon be offering to our customers.

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