Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a cannabinoid that is found naturally in hemp and cannabis plants. Known for its soothing and relaxing effects and because of its non-intoxicating properties, CBD is a popular vaping extract for many people.
Though easy to use, CBD can be complex, especially when learning how it affects your body and working out the correct dosage you should follow.
This article will explore just how much CBD you should aim to vape. We’ll draw on what science, law-makers, and manufacturers say to help you work out the best dosage possible for your needs.
We’ll also share CBD vaping tips and tricks so you can get the best experience from every puff.
Firstly, how does CBD work?
Firstly, to understand how much CBD you can take, you should know briefly how the substance affects your body and what too high a level will cause.
As a naturally occurring plant extract, CBD works on receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is connected to your nervous system, helping keep you healthy and respond correctly to illness, stress, and injury.
The ECS system can also regulate critical bodily functions like learning, memory, sleep, immune responses, and eating, to name but a few. Once inhaled, vapors transfer from your lungs to your bloodstream, diffusing throughout your body.
The use of CBD can help activate people’s underperforming ECS systems. Higher doses of CBD over a long period can have some adverse side effects, including diarrhea, vomiting, and drowsiness. For this reason, finding the correct dosage is key to enjoying the benefits of CBD to its fullest.
How much CBD should I vape?
Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t established standard guidelines for CBD doses. As such, it can be difficult to determine just how much you should take and whether you’re taking too much or too little at a particular time.
Below are some factors to take into consideration when working out a dosage that works for you:
1. Body weight
Body weight can be one of the most useful metrics in measuring the amount of CBD you should take. But it’s important to remember that it’s not an exact science, and some people will be more tolerant of CBD, irrespective of their size.
But generally speaking, smaller people won’t need as much e-liquid to feel their effects. Likewise, a person with a larger body weight might need more milligrams of CBD to get their hit. So how do you use weight exactly to calculate CBD usage?
A general guideline used by many who vape CBD is that you use 1-6mg of CBD for every 10 lbs of body weight you have. People weighing 150 lbs may take between 15-90 mg daily.
2. When in doubt, always start low
One of the best ways to establish a healthy dosage for CBD vape juice, especially if you’re new to vaping, is to start with a low amount and slowly build your tolerance.
Start with the lowest mg cartridge on the market, which ranges from 1 ml. You may find that this small number can work perfectly fine for you. But if you want to increase your dosage, increase it to 5mg and monitor your feelings frequently.
Vaping CBD can differ greatly from other CBD products like gummies or capsules. That’’s because vaping has a quicker activation in the bloodstream. Even though you might take larger amounts of CBD as edibles, don’t assume you can start at a higher dose when vaping.
Several studies have aimed to see the maximum amount of CBD a person can withstand. A review in 2017, for example, found that a person can tolerate CBD doses of up to 1,500 milligrams per day – but every person is unique, and your tolerance may be completely different!
3. Working out the CBD dosage
You’ve bought your vaping device. You’ve bought your CBD oil. How do you know how much you’re taking per vape?
Many CBD cartridges will have their sizes listed on the packaging, but transferring milliliters into milligrams and how much CBD extract is present can be challenging. And without proper regulations, some CBD product packaging will not have clear instructions or information, making it hard to work out dosages.
People often use the number of puffs in a cartridge to calculate the CBD they inhale with each drag. Though not an exact science, you can divide the mg of CBD oil in your cartridge by the number of puffs listed.
For example, a 0.5ml cartridge with 100mg of CBD and with 100 puffs will contain 1mg of CBD per puff. But if the same-sized 0.5ml cartridge contains 300mg of CBD, you can expect each puff to contain up to 3mg of CBD.
That said, the amount of CBD you vape per puff can vary depending on your technique and the length of a drag you take. By taking longer to inhale, you may be inhaling more CBD per puff, thus limiting your device’s longevity considerably.
4. The type of CBD you are vaping
There are many different types of CBD, each one affecting how much and how often you can and should vape.
Each type contains ingredients and plant components that can affect your body differently. For example, some contain psychoactive extracts that cause a “high” and should be vaped in smaller quantities.
Below are the three most popular ones to be mindful of:
- Full-spectrum CBD products are perhaps the strongest on the market, as they contain several naturally occurring plant extracts, like terpenes, to heighten their potency, smell, and taste.
- Broad-spectrum CBD contains plant extracts but is virtually free of the psychoactive THC component. There may still be trace amounts, but they are less potent than full-spectrum.
- Isolate products contain no other plant compounds, including the psychoactive THC. As such, it has lower risks than stronger variations and can be used to treat a range of conditions like anxiety, pain, and inflammation.
It stands to reason that both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD vape oil will pack a bigger punch than isolate products. Isolates do not contain other cannabinoids, like THC, so you should not expect a “high.”
Another thing to be mindful of with CBD products is bioavailability. This is the amount of CBD that can be absorbed by your body and the speed at which this happens. The higher this value, the more potent and fast-acting your puffs will be.
- Be patient when vaping – it can take up to 15 minutes for CBD to affect you. Avoid over-vaping to compensate for this delay.
- Start vaping small amounts to acclimatize your body to CBD. A 5mg amount is the perfect introduction.
- Remember certain CBD oils, like Isolates, do not contain any THC and won’t provide a “high.” Broad-spectrum CBD may still have trace amounts of THC.
- As you vape CBD, note the dosages and puffs to familiarize yourself with your tolerance. Increase or decrease frequency accordingly.
- There is little research on the long-term effects of vaping. Organizations like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have linked vaping CBD extracts with increased lung injuries.
- Vape oils have some of the highest bioavailability in CBD products. Capsules and gummies are alternatives that work slower.
- Consult your doctor and follow their recommendations if you’re using CBD to treat medical conditions like pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
Vaping has become one of the most effective ways to experiment with and reap the benefits of CBD. It offers a great alternative to edibles and tinctures and can be easily increased or decreased, relevant to your tolerance.
Vaping is also beginner-friendly and can help remove the stigma of public cannabinol use that still affects the industry.
That said, there is a limit to how much CBD you should vape. Our article has shown that there is no ‘one-size’ fits all approach, and the number you should aim towards is relevant to your lifestyle and general health.
Especially if you’re using it to treat your health condition, it is wise to consult your doctor and consider their recommendations. They may have experience in the field and know what dosage you can start on.
Please comment below if you still have questions about how much CBD you should be vaping or have some useful information to share with other readers.
- Body weight can be a valuable indication of how much CBD oil you should vape. Aim for 1-6mg per 10 lbs to start with.
- If you are new to CBD oils, consider starting at the lowest dosage possible and increasing by 5mg to gradually build your tolerance.
- The type of CBD oil you’re vaping can directly impact the amount you should vape.