Vaping has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and it can be a fun, easy means of getting your daily CBD. If you’re tempted to buy and try your first vape, here are some of the most common mistakes that beginning vapers make.
1. Buying a Poor Quality Vape or E-Cigarette
Your vape experience comes down to two things: your e-cig and your vape oil. A great e-cig should be easy to use, have a good battery life, and provide a thick vapor. Unfortunately, not all e-cigs are created equal, and the growing popularity of vaping has led to a market saturation of cheap, low-quality e-cigarettes.
As a beginner, you probably don’t want to spend too much on your first vape, but you also shouldn’t skimp. While a high price tag does not necessarily equate to high quality, cheap e-cigs tend to make oils taste unpleasant and are often more prone to leaks and malfunctions. Do your research online, read reviews, and ask friends who know better. Don’t give in to sales pressure. You don’t need to go over your personal budget, but you should also go into this with the understanding that you’re making an investment.
2. Buying Poor Quality Vape Liquid
Vape liquid is the other part of the equation. Much of this comes down to personal preference as you have your choice from a wide range of different flavors and formulations. The main thing to keep in mind if you’re using your vape for CBD is that you cannot vape regular CBD oils or tinctures. Regular CBD oils are too thick to burn properly, resulting in an unpleasant taste with very little vapor. CBD vape oils use thinning agents to reduce the viscosity and allow for thick vapors.
The main thinning agents you’ll find include:
- Propylene glycol (PG)
- Vegetable glycerin (VG)
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
- Medium chain triglyceride oil (MCT)
Each thinning agent offers subtle differences, but if you want larger vapor clouds, more flavor, and a generally smoother experience, most people recommend finding a vape oil containing more VG.
It’s also important to be wary of poor quality vape liquid because some manufacturers will use harsh chemical thinning agents to cut costs. These chemicals can potentially end up breaking down into dangerous carcinogenic residue.
3. Starting Too Big
While you don’t want to skimp on quality, don’t feel the need to immediately start at an expert level. The market is full of vape equipment, accessories, and oils, along with plenty of salespeople trying to get the upsell. It can be easy to get discouraged when you start out with a complex vape rig or kit with all kinds of technical features.
Think about why you want to vape in the first place and where you plan to vape. Do you want big clouds and big control? Or do you want pure simplicity, convenience, and ease of use? While you don’t always need to choose one or the other, as a beginner, you’re better off focusing on an e-cig that’s easy to use and easily portable. For example, our Alternate Vape CBD Vape Shot Kit features basically everything you need to get started in one simple package. This includes a vape pen, charger, case, and one CBD cartridge. It’s easy, discreet, and perfect for beginning vapers.
4. Vaping Like You’re Smoking
Despite the similarities, vapes are significantly different from cigarettes, joints, and pipes. Cigarettes specifically are designed for to burn more quickly the harder you puff on them. Even those beginners who are not familiar with smoking tend to make the mistake of taking short, fast, hard puffs on their vapes. You will get less vapor, and eventually, you may suck some vape liquid into your mouth.
Instead of quick, sudden inhales, take softer drags. Keep your puffs gentle, long and even to get those thick clouds while avoiding accidentally drinking the liquid.
5. Forgetting to Charge Your Battery
It’s usually not a big deal to forget your lighter as you can usually find someone with a light or matches to help, but with a vape, you don’t have that option. There’s not much you can do if you forget to charge your e-cig aside from waiting until you can get back home.
The best solution is to make sure your vape is charged for at least an hour before you have to leave the house. That should give you a solid few hours of active use. If you do not have that option, consider investing in a power bank to charge on the go. You may also consider carrying your vape’s USB cord wherever you go, but that can get complicated as it involves finding a free outlet. If your e-cig’s battery can be replaced, it’s a good idea to keep one or two spare batteries on hand just in case.
6. Forgetting to Maintain Your Vape
An e-cigarette is a device, and like any other device, it requires regular maintenance to work properly. Without regular maintenance, your vape will not operate optimally and may be more prone to malfunctions, which means potentially having to buy another e-cigarette.
Some general maintenance tips:
- Keep your vape clean. Wipe down the mouthpiece frequently. Rinse and clean your vape tank at least every time you switch out the liquid so that you don’t get a strange mix of flavors.
- Replace your coils regularly. This mainly depends on the amount of use. Some coils may last a few weeks, while others may only last one week. Some signs of a worn out coil include a generally crusty or damaged looking coil, a burnt taste when you use the vape, and general operational issues with your vape.
- Keep an eye on your battery. Most should be fairly rugged, but if you notice that it’s not lasting more than an hour, even on a full charge, then it likely needs to be replaced.
Vaping is a fun, compact way to use CBD in public, but make sure you stay safe. Never keep an activated vape in your pocket or bag. Turn it off and use the locking mechanism. If the power button does not lock, invest in a dedicated vape carrier.
If you want to get into vaping, check out Healthy Hemp Oil’s extensive range of vaporizers and vape oils.