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How much CBD should you vape?

By Ryan Goo | Jul 16, 2019 in CBD Blog | 6 min read

CBD vape juice and dropper

Our customers often ask us "How much should I vape?" This is a question that is commonly asked when many of our customers are looking at our vape pens.

In this article, we will go over general tips that will help you gauge how much CBD can be found in vape pens. Currently, there is no universal measurement when it comes to vaping CBD. This is because every device, juice, and strength of a pull is different.

However, this guide can help you understand and better estimate how much CBD you are taking in. This way, you can avoid any negative side effects and enjoy all the benefits of CBD!

This article discusses how much CBD you should vape. Check out our "How to vape CBD article" to learn about CBD vape juice and tinctures.

What is CBD?

When looking at CBD for the first time, one might be confused about all the different ways to use CBD. CBD comes the cannabis plant. If the cannabis plant contains less than 0.3% THC, then it is considered hemp. The plant is broken down and CBD is extracted.

When supplemented, CBD gets absorbed into our body's endocannabinoid system. Users experience many positive effects of CBD such as inflammation relief, possible help with weight lossanxietyimproved quality of sleep, and much more.

CBD hemp can come in different ways such as full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum CBD contains hundreds of different phytochemicals including cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. CBD isolate contains pure CBD. 

CBD vape juices are different than CBD tinctures

If you're interested in vaping, make sure you find the proper vape juice. We've noticed that vape juice looks nearly identical to CBD tinctures. Tinctures are widely available and often come in the same type of dropper bottle as vape juice.

CBD vape juice is often confused with CBD tinctures. Make sure you are not vaping a tincture. Tinctures use medium chain triglycerides as their base (MCT) while vape juice uses propene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) as the base. A PG/VG base is the standard base for vapable juices.

We do not recommend vaping MCT despite some sources saying it's okay. For a full breakdown of what's vapable, read our how to vape CBD oil article.

Vaping CBD has the highest bioavailability

Bioavailability is the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed in the body's bloodstream. In this particular case, we are looking at CBD or cannabidiol. The amount of CBD that your bloodstream can take varies on the type of CBD oil you are using.

Bioavailability varies pretty drastically across tinctures, edibles, capsules, and vaping. Out of all the methods, vaping CBD is the most efficient and has the most bioavailability.

  • Tinctures - 20-30%
  • Edibles and capsules - 5-15%
  • CBD Vape Oil - 40-50%
Bioavailability is the amount of CBD that can enter your bloodstream. For example, CBD vape oil has a 40-50% bioavailability meaning your body will absorb about 4-5mg for every 10mg of CBD vaped.

How to calculate your dosage

Start with the lowest suggested dosage and go from there! This will help avoid any type of side effects such as dizziness, uneasiness, or excessive drowsiness. From there, you can gradually adjust and take more, finding the right amount that you feel comfortable with. 

We suggest using our CBD dosage calculator to figure out a serving that works from you. We have different calculators for different CBD products.

Check out our different CBD calculators:

Always remember the golden rule: You can work your way up, not down.

How much CBD is in each puff?

The amount of vapor produced can be very subjective. This can be dependent on many factors: how strong your device is, how long your draw is, how tight your draw is, the juice formula etc.

However, many devices state and average out to a range of numbers that can be helpful. A typical 1mL cartridge contains roughly 100-200 puffs.

If that 1mL cartridge contains 100mg of CBD, that means each puff can equal out to about 0.5 to 1mg of CBD per puff.

Some devices monitor how many puffs are left inside. This can be shown on a counter usually displayed on the device. For this instance, all you have to do is divide the number of puffs with the amount of CBD in the vape.

If your device has a tank that needs to be filled. You can use how much mL are dispersed from the juice container. Sometimes droppers show the mLs. You can then divide how much you put in by the amount in your container.

From there, you can judge how many puffs it takes to empty that tank!

It's hard to estimate the amount of CBD in each puff. A puff can be more or less potent depending on the power of the vape battery, the CBD vape juice, and how long of a hit was taken. The best way to measure is to calculate the amount of CBD per 1 ml of juice.

How much CBD should I vape per day?

Whenever you are trying a dosage, remember to try the smaller dosage and work your way up. As stated before, this will help alleviate any risks that extra CBD might cause.

Remember to also account for bioavailability and what method you are in taking your CBD.

80-150lbs

  • Low - 12 mg
  • Medium - 15 mg
  • High - 18mg

151-240lbs

  • Low - 18mg
  • Medium - 22.5mg
  • High - 27mg

240lbs+

  • Low - 22.5mg
  • Medium - 30mg
  • High - 45mg

    Here is a list of helpful recommendations:
  • Increase appetite in cancer patients – 2.5 mg CBD (best when combined at a 1:1 ratio with THC, if it’s available where you live)
  • Chronic pain – 2.5-20 mg CBD
  • Epilepsy – 200-300 mg CBD
  • Sleep disorders – 40-160 mg CBD
  • Social anxiety – 40-300 mg

Consider different types of CBD products

Vaping CBD is not the only way to take CBD. Popular products include tinctures or hemp oil, CBD capsules, CBD gummies, and CBD e-liquid or CBD vape pens. If vaping is not for you, consider other types of products.

  • CBD tinctures are the most common means of CBD products. Using CBD oil by sublingual ingestion provides quick and efficent way of absorbing cannabidiol. Most sublingual products are full-spectrum. Most CBD tinctures are easy to understand and have high-CBD amounts. Your daily dose can easily be calculated based on how much CBD oil is in the tincture and how many milliliters it contains. 
  • CBD capsules are the closest to your traditional medicine. The serving size is small and compact and contains a fixed amount of mg of CBD. Capsules take longer to ingest since your body has to break it down first. 
  • CBD gummies are a fun and flavorful means of supplementing cannabidiol. The CBD content is fixed. As with capsules, gummies can take a little longer to ingest because it has to pass through your digestive system. 
  • Cbd vape juice appeals to many people, not just vapers. Mixing high-quality CBD along with vape juice can create a fun way and efficient way to take in CBD. Vape juice is compromised of propylene glycol and natural flavoring. Your body absorbs the CBD the fastest by using a vaporizer the fastest. The drawback is there is no significant way to gauge your CBD dosage or milligrams of CBD when vaping. 

We hope this gives you a better understanding of dosages and the basics of bioavailability. To learn how to get started with vaping CBD, read our how to vape CBD article.

We are running a free CBD promotion if you are interested in trying CBD vapes for the first time.

*Always remember to check that your products are approved by the FDA. This article was written in the United States and abides by federal law. Be sure to check with any medical professional if CBD is right for you. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult a professional.

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