How Do You Inhale CBD Vapor?

How Do You Inhale CBD Vapor?

Inhale CBD Vapor? Yes! It’s easy

There are so many potential benefits from vaping CBD. But folks that have never smoked or vaped might be wondering “How do you inhale CBD?”

Experienced smokers or vape-heads might scoff, but It’s not a dumb question.

Obviously, you want to get the most out of your high-quality cbd vape juice without having a 2-minute coughing jag.

Your CBD vaping experience should be as pleasant and calming as possible – especially if you are vaping CBD for anxiety.  Don’t worry – we’ll get you puffing CBD like a zen master.

But first – it helps to remember why you are breathing in CBD vapor instead of popping a gummy. It could make all the difference in whether you stick with it or not.

Benefits of Vaping CBD

First off, here’s a real quick rundown of the advantages of inhaling CBD over ingesting.

  • It’s WAY faster. By vaping CBD you can get it into your system in seconds.
  • Inhaling CBD is more efficient. You can lose up to 90% of it if you ingest it.
  • Vaping CBD gives you the best bang for your buck.  It might seem expensive, but the absorption rate is vastly higher than ingesting.
  • It’s convenient and discreet.
  • Breathing in CBD – in and of itself  – can help relax you.
  • Dosing is far more accurate. Depending on how you are feeling – you can easily adjust the dosage up or down.

So you see that inhaling or vaping CBD can be a super-effective tool for managing your pain or anxiety. At the very least – it is worth a try. So let’s dive in.

Get Your Mind Ready for Inhaling CBD

Vaping CBD could possibly change your life. However, It’s not as easy as swallowing a pill. Like meditation or exercise – it might take a little practice and some technique before you are comfortable with vaping CBD.

So, don’t get discouraged. It might take a little bit of resolve, but the relief you will get should be well worth the effort.

Above all, it’s important to know what to expect, so you won’t be put off.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What to Expect When Vaping CBD

woman looking at a CBD vape cevice

Firstly, you are going to have to inhale the CBD vapor into your lungs.

I know that sounds obvious, but you can’t just draw the CBD vapor into your mouth and expect any benefit. You have to breath it in deep.  If you’ve never smoked or vaped before, it might mean stepping out of your comfort zone.

So here’s a quick heads up for what to expect.

  • You will probably cough a little – at least at first.
  • A good quality CBD will have a pungent “cannabis” taste and odor.
  • You will have a little learning curve before you are proficient in inhaling CBD vapor.


Easy, right?  OK, now you know what to expect. Let’s do this!

Avoid the Cough 

Woman coughing

Nothing harshes your mellow worse than a coughing fit. Coughing sucks. But you probably knew that.

However, when you are vaping high quality e-liquid that is high in CBD and terpenes, it can irritate the back of your throat. Actually It’s almost a sign that your vape is loaded with the good stuff.

If you are experiencing this, a simple fix is drinking a sip of cold water mixed with honey before and after each puff. Old fashioned but it should help.

In addition to all the advice coming up that will help you vape pleasantly and cough-free, you will develop a natural tolerance for vaping CBD over time.

So stick with it. It’s worth it.

Keep it Cool

Additionally, if your device has a temperature, voltage or wattage adjustment, keep it on the lower end of the setting range. Heat is definitely a factor in irritation. Plus, high heat degrades the phytonutrients in CBD.

Keep your mod set to 4 volts or less for a vape pen, 120 degrees celsius and 50 watts or less for a sub-ohm vape mod. You can use the lowest setting recommended for your particular coil.


young man vaping CBD

Ultimately, inhaling CBD should be  a calming experience – especially if you are taking it for anxiety. Think of it like a little meditation if you like.

Remember – you are breathing the essence of one of nature’s miracle plants. Sorry to go all hippie on you, but CBD is a gift that we FINALLY have free access to. Vape with some gratitude.

If you can help it, don’t just shove your vape pen in your mouth and puff like a maniac.

Find a quiet spot to vape if you can, and relax for a minute to prepare yourself. It will enhance to whole effect.

Two Ways to Inhale

girl breathing out vape

Bet you didn’t know this, but there are actually two methods of inhaling CBD vapor.

  • Mouth to lungs
  • Straight to lungs

Mouth to lungs

is the way most cigarette smoker inhale. It’s a quick two-step process. They draw the smoke into their mouth and then breath it into their lungs.

You sip the vapor into your mouth and then breath it in. You can practice if you like.

During the sipping part your lips will be pursed. When you are ready to inhale, your mouth will open up to bring in the vape along with some fresh air.

For most of CBD vape devices this is the way you should vape. Breathing highly-concentrated CBD straight in will probably send you into a coughing fit.

Straight to Lungs / Direct to Lungs

If you are vaping CBD from a sub-ohm mod (the kind that has a tank on top and makes a lot of clouds) and vape juice, the vapor is less concentrated and you generally draw it straight into your lungs.  That’s what this system is designed for.

Making vape clouds can be a highly enjoyable thing to do. And it can be more of a pastime.

There is really not much to explain about this method. You just breath in and then blow out the vapor.

The remainder of the article will deal with the mouth to lungs method.

Count – Take Consistent Puffs

It’s well worth practicing to take consistent puffs. Why? Because when you vape CBD you are essentially dosing medicine. You want to draw in the same amount each time.

The only way to do that correctly is to find your standard drag. And counting slowly an deliberately with each pull will help you measure it.

Also, counting slowly is another way to calm your mind and concentrate.

In general, a standard puff on a mouth-to-lung device is three seconds. One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three.

And for a sub-ohm tank mod, the standard is one full second. On thousand one.

Find “your” puff and it will help you know how much CBD you are inhaling.

Nice and easy

OK, relax – remember?  You are not in a contest to see who sucks in the most CBD in the shortest amount of time. Be deliberate, mindful and smooth – like you are doing tai chi .

Bring in Lots of O2

OK, you’ve calmly sipped the CBD vapor into your mouth. Now open your mouth wide bring to to your lungs along with lots of air in a nice, slow, deep breath.

Breathing in a ton of air with your vapor will make it a lot cooler and less acrid. You will be much less likely to cough.

Hold It In

Holding in the vapor for a count of 5 is ideal. Counting slowly is a timeless way of settling yourself down. Additionally,  it helps you absorb the most amount of CBD.

However, it’s not entirely necessary. You will still get the effect if you breath it in momentarily.  Plus, if you’re a newbie, holding in the vapor at first might not be too easy.

Try working up to a slow, deliberate count of 5.

Savor the Taste

bottle of cbd vape juice

Remember that I said to expect a pungent cannabis flavor? Well, if you are vaping high quality stuff, it will be loaded with terpenes. These super-beneficial  phytochemicals are extremely aromatic.

Not everyone loves the flavors right off the bat.

However, cannabis aficionados are like wine lovers. They appreciate the various essences and write reviews about them – talking about notes of lemon zest, pine, dank earth and spice.

If you don’t like the taste, try different brands. Also, I’m betting you will begin to gain an acquired taste for full-spectrum CBD over time. 

So while you’re holding in, savor the complexity of this wonderful stuff. It adds greatly to the experience.


Breath Out Slowly

Girl inside vaping CBD

You’ve done it. You inhaled all the goodness of CBD. You’ve even held it in for a few seconds, and you’ve noted a distinct pine resin flavor.

Now it’s time to let it go.

Purse your lips again and breath out the remaining vapor in a nice, relaxing exhale.

Aaaaahhhh.  I feel better just talking about it.

Wait For it…

Finally, before you puff again, relax and wait a minute or two. When you vape CBD it gets into your bloodstream pretty quickly. Concentrate on how you are feeling.

If you feel you need another hit, go for it. Nice-and-easy-like.


There is definitely a difference between smoking a cigarette and inhaling CBD/hemp. Vaping CBD should be a pleasant experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are inhaling a CBD/hemp vape product.

  • Relax – Find a quiet place and prepare yourself
  • Be mindful – You are breathing in an incredible plant extract
  • Keep it cool – Set your device to low wattage/voltage/temperature
  • Take in lots or air – Take a nice, deep breath
  • Count – Slowly and deliberately count as you inhale
  • Breathe out Slowly – Let it out slow and easy
  • Concentrate – On the flavor and how you feel after each puff

So there you have it. If you take just a little time to turn inhaling CBD into a little relaxing ritual, it will vastly improve the overall benefit you will receive.

Vape on, my friends!


John Astrab


All information, content, and material of this blog post is for informational purposes only and not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

Remember – the decisions about your health are ENTIRELY up to you.

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