Vaping CBD Doesn’t Work?

Vaping CBD Doesn’t Work?

8 Things to Consider if Vaping CBD Isn’t Doing Anything for You

You heard that vaping CBD is a-MAZ-ing. It’s good for so many things. And you’ve seen CBD vape pens all over the place.

So you bought one. You popped it out of its package and took a few puffs.



No euphoria, no waves of calmness, no relief.

You feel exactly the same. Except $30 poorer.

Well, before you chuck that pen into the garbage and conclude that CBD is a sham, read this list. It just might get you back on the CBD train.

The CBD Movement

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The first thing to keep in mind is that the CBD movement is a “new” approach to wellness. I’m using quotation marks because it’s not really new.

It is basically holistic medicine, but CBD is bringing the concept to a huge segment of the population.

It’s about experimenting with different things in different amounts to find out what works for you.

So taking a few hits on a vape pen and quitting is kind of lazy – sorry.

It’s time to take charge. It takes a bit of effort, but the payoff is pretty big – health and wellness.

Here are 8 reasons why your first attempt at vaping CBD might not have worked for you.

1. Quality

bottle of hemp extract vape juice with a question mark

The first thing to consider is the quality of the CBD product you are vaping. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dubious CBD vape items out there.

If you have happened to buy one of these – aside from perhaps containing harmful substances – it may not contain as much CBD as stated on the package – or any at all for that matter.

If that’s the case, you can’t make any reasonable conclusions about whether CBD works for you or not.

Make sure you buy a reputable brand that readily provides recent, complete lab reports.

2. Concentration/Strength

If you buy a 30 ml bottle of vape juice that has 100 mg of CBD, you are getting less than a 10th of a milligram per puff! That’s an insignificant amount.

Make sure your vape juice has at least 1000 mg of CBD per bottle, or your pen or cartridge has 250 mg or more (500 is better). Otherwise, you are just inhaling carrier liquids.

3. Dosage

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As with any supplement, dosage is critical.

Depending on your age, size, gender, weight and body chemistry – the dosage you need may vary drastically from other people.

If you are not taking enough CBD – or taking too much – you are not going to get the results you are seeking.

First, you have to figure out how much CBD you are getting per puff.

It take a few minutes, but you can’t measure your dosage until you do.

Secondly, you have to take some notes and keep track of how many puffs – how much CBD – does the trick for you.

4. Reason Why You’re Vaping CBD

Why are you vaping CBD? Sleep, pain, anxiety, depression, inflammation?

Each issue may require different amounts and different timing to get you relief. Again, you are on an exploration. Keep trying until you find the right approach.

You may be vaping CBD for something that it’s just not going to help you with.

Further – depending on the reason, vaping CBD might not be the proper method. Topicals or tinctures might be more appropriate.

5. Expectations

Cloud of CBD vapor with a ladder

News flash: CBD is not a miracle cure.

With all the incredible success stories out there, it’s easy to think that a drop of CBD will fix everything immediately.

Well, the potential for CBD does seem to be more impressive than just about anything to come around before. But it’s just a plant extract after all – not a magic wand.

So it wouldn’t be a bad thing to temper your expectations a bit. If you notice some small improvements, you will be encouraged to continue.

Also – if you are healthy and feel good, don’t expect vaping CBD to make you euphoric. CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to give you balance – not get you high.

6. Full Spectrum Hemp vs CBD Isolate

full spectrum CBD vape juice

Most of the products on the market only contain CBD isolate.

But hemp contains hundreds of other beneficial compounds that work together quite differently than CBD alone.

If vaping CBD isolate doesn’t seem to do anything, consider trying a full-spectrum or broad spectrum hemp extract vape.

7. Time

As we said before, we have a network of receptors in our body called the endocannabinoid system. This system modulates many other systems and functions in our bodies.

But our endocannabinoid system is not used to being flooded with CBD. Often, when you start vaping CBD, your body is not sure what to do with it, and most of it is just discarded.

But over time, those receptors grow and change slightly to receive more and more CBD.

Consequently, for a lot of people, the effects of CBD increase with repeated use over a few weeks or even months.

So, stick with your CBD vaping for at least a month to see if this is the case with you. It would be a shame to stop right before the benefits start to kick in.

8. Indviduality

Everybody’s body chemistry is different. This becomes especially apparent when I talk to people about their experiences with CBD.

For some folks there is a dramatic, immediate result. Others have to experiment and tweak before there is anything noticeable.

And sadly, some get no significant benefit.

As incredible as CBD is, it does not work for everyone for every problem.

But there’s no way for you to know which group you fall into unless you try CBD with some sustained effort.

8 Reasons Vaping CBD Might Not Be Working

If you have tried vaping CBD/hemp and it’s not doing anything noticeable, before you quit, give it some more time and consider the following things that may be stopping you from getting the relief you’re looking for.

  1. Quality – Make sure you buy good hemp extract vape oil that is backed up with lab reports to prove it’s safe and has the stated amounts of CBD.
  2. Strength – Buy the highest concentration you can. Low strength vape products require a lot of puffing to get any CBD in your system.
  3. Dosage – Measure and increase your doses until you find the amount that works.
  4. Reason – Different issues require different doses and approaches. What works for anxiety might not work for headaches.
  5. Full Spectrum vs CBD Isolate – Consider trying a full-spectrum hemp extract rather than an isolate product. It could make a huge difference.
  6. Expectations – CBD is not a miracle cure. Don’t be discouraged if your problem doesn’t disappear immediately. Look for small improvements.
  7. Time – Our bodies require time to adjust to new supplements. Give CBD vaping at least a month before you decide whether it’s for you.
  8. Individuality – Keep in mind that each person reacts differently to CBD, hemp and its other compounds. What works for your friend may not work for you. You have to find your optimal product and dosage.


Even if you feel vaping CBD is “not working”, your body may already be changing and improving without you being aware.

Stick with it.

Change the products you are using, the dosages and even the time of day you are vaping CBD. You might just be one little tweak away from all the benefits hemp has to offer.

John Astrab


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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.

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