Beginner’s CBD Vape Guide

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Beginner’s CBD Vape Guide

Beginner’s CBD Vape Guide

Beginner's Guide to Vaping CBD

(And some other stuff too)

Greetings, reader! I’ll save you the humble background story and get straight into the facts. You are here because you’re interested in learning about how to vape CBD, get more out of your current CBD vaping setup, or determine if it’s worth it at all to vape CBD. If you’re interested in my personal background and why you should treat my information as factual and experiential, then you can click here to learn more. This “guide”, for the lack of a better term, will be in-depth and full of information many other sites may not disclose, or even be aware of in order to disclose that information. Feel free to always send us an email with questions, suggestions, or just to say hello!

Now onto the guide… thing…!

How is it possible to vape CBD?

The ELI5 version of how it is possible to vape CBD is that the chemical composition of CBD makes it possible to bind to other liquids that can be vaped. This includes vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, MCT oil, and other solvents, like borax (gross!).

The most common vaping liquid used for CBD is a toss-up between standard e-liquids (a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin) and MCT oil. MCT oil is an extract of coconut oil that isolates the fatty acids making it a tasteless, colorless, and odorless mixture. Vaping MCT can be unpleasant, as it is difficult to apply flavor profiles to. It is most commonly sold in “cartridges” that are disposable and usually screw onto the top of a pen or mod, or come with a battery and heating element that is also disposable (so much waste!).

The type of CBD vape Living Lotus CBD Co sells is a ratio blend of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. This “VG/PG” blend is also the same composition of liquids that a typical e-liquid with nicotine is comprised of. The difference is that LLCBD uses CBD instead of nicotine. Nothing on our shop page contains nicotine whatsoever. 

Using a VG/PG blend allows us to create a wide range of unique and succulent flavors that offer long-term satisfaction and variety. Typically, CBD vaped in this manner usually comes in a bottle with a dripper spout or dropper applicator to fill tanks and open-top atomizers. Vaping in this method provides the most versatility, best taste, and softest “hit”. We make every effort to provide a fulfilling and entertaining CBD vaping experience.

 

What do I need to get started?

There are three basic components to getting started. You will need a vape mod, a vape tank (otherwise called an atomizer, depending on who you ask), and of course the CBD e-liquid you will be consuming. More often than not, you will find vape mods and tanks sold as a single bundle. Similarly, you may also choose to use a vape “pen” instead of a mod which is simply a battery and voltage regulator that you can screw a tank or cartridge into. Pens, unlike mods, typically cannot have the wattage changed.

The Mod

A mod is what you hold while vaping and has the “on button”. It has a variety of styles and looks and can be expensive depending on your brand or manufacturer.

A typical mod and and tank/atomizer combo looks like this:

vaping mod for cbd

The term “mod” comes from the device’s ability to “modify” the various aspects of your vaping device. These settings include the batteries themselves, the wattage, temperature, heat-up time, visual displays, tank, and more. The most important aspect of a vape mod is its ability to change the wattage it supplies to your heating component (called an atomizer). Changing the wattage is crucial to ensuring you do not burn your liquid or wick, while also supplying the desired amount of CBD.

The Tank/Atomizer

A tank is what holds the e-liquid, making it ready for vaping. Tanks are usually cylindrical containers made of metal and glass that screw onto the top of a mod or pen (See the image from earlier). The tank is also what houses the “atomizer”. The atomizer is a collection of metal coils and cotton cloth.

If your atomizer is pre-built, it will look somewhat similar to the image on the right. You can just barely see the cotton wick through the keyhole vents on the side. At the center would be a metal coil that touches the cotton wick and heats up the e-liquid saturating the cotton.

Pre-built atomizer for CBD

If your atomizer is user-built, it will look somewhat similar to the image on the right. The wrapped metal coils are exposed (you trim them yourself and lock them in place with tiny metal screws). In this particular image, the cotton has not yet been fed through the coils, but generally is cut long and stuffed into the small well at the bottom of the atomizer.

RDA atomizer for CBD

A pre-built atomizer is machine produced, and has the coil and cotton elements encased in what is called the “coil head”. 

A user-built atomizer requires you to bend and cut the heating elements, and also insert the cotton wick yourself. The one shown above is assembled using pre-twisted coils (very cheap to buy). Some tanks actually can accept both, using what is known as a “drip tip” where you can drip your e-liquid into the same spout as you pull on for vape, instead of directly into the tank.

The cotton absorbs e-liquid from the tank or drip tip and the metal coils heat up when you activate the device. The e-liquid heats up to a temperature where it begins to “atomize”. The liquid literally begins to separate atom by atom as a result of the heat introduced from the metal coils, but it does not burn! This is why vape clouds appear thick and opaque and often have a pleasant smell. It is also why controlling the wattage of your device is so important, as too much heat can also begin to burn your cotton wick or even your e-liquid if too much heat is applied too quickly. Too much heat may also cause your atomizer to break.

There are two varieties of tank/atomizer combos, each with unique advantages and disadvantages. 

The first and most traditional tank/atomizer combo is what is known as an RTA, or “Rebuildable Tank Atomizer”. 

Like the name suggests, an RTA can be disassembled and rebuilt. Doing so will allow you to both clean it and replace the atomizing unit, which can lose effectiveness over continued use. RTAs generally store 3ml-5ml of e-liquid (a lot), making them ideal for being on the go and with little micromanagement needed. 

The key benefits to an RTA are:

  • Infrequent refills

  • “Plug-and-play” style parts that are quick to understand and install

  • Leak-proof (with a good quality tank and atomizer)

  • Easily change between flavors (if you have multiple tanks)

The disadvantages to an RTA are:

  • Can be expensive to maintain parts (replacing pre-built atomizers can get costly)

  • Can “gunk up” easily, even after short periods of use

  • May have limited airflow, and can therefore be prone to burning wicks or e-liquid with incorrect settings

The second, less common tank/atomizer combo is what is known as an RDA, or “Rebuildable Drip Atomizer” (sometimes also referred to as an RBA for “Re-Buildable Atomizer”. Since pre-built is so common, the term “rebuildable” tends to apply only to atomizers now).

An RDA is open-top and also rebuildable (see the image from earlier). It is not a sealed vessel and therefore cannot store a large volume of e-liquid. The atomizer and cotton wick sit at the center of an RDA where you quite literally “drip” your e-liquid on top of it until it is saturated and usable. Functionally speaking, the way it works is the same as an RTA, but with more versatility.

There are several key benefits to an RDA:

  • Richer tasting vape

  • Larger vape clouds

  • Softer hits

  • Extremely inexpensive to maintain parts

  • Can change flavors by only replacing the cotton

The disadvantages to an RDA are:

  • Can be difficult to assemble and replace parts, requires cutting coils and wicks, and using small tools (though inexpensive)

  • Will require frequent refills

  • May leak if over-saturated and left unattended or on its side

  • Typically not used for “mouth-to-lung” vaping

Lastly, there are always disposable cartridges, which can vary wildly by manufacturer on efficiency and quality. Cartridges often operate at a very low wattage, and therefore only deliver a limited amount of CBD per inhale. If you’re looking for a fuller vaping experience, use an RTA or RDA.

The E-Liquid

The last component is, of course, the e-liquid (vape juice, e-juice, etc). Just as important a component as the previous two, the e-liquid you choose will greatly determine how your vaping experience will play out.

Generally speaking, the vegetable glycerin component of e-liquid produces a softer hitting vape, while the propylene glycol component produces a flavorful vape, and is responsible for delivering CBD. At LLCBD, we do our best to find a quality balance between these two. Too little VG will cause the e-liquid to be harsh hitting and overpowering, while too much VG causes it to begin to lose its ability to actually deliver flavor and CBD. We use a 60% PG and 40% VG ratio in all our vapes. If you find that other brands tend to be harsh, check their ratio. Often you will find that they use a 70% PG – 30% VG ratio. It’s possible to adjust your device’s setting to accommodate either ratio, but we prefer the former.

For e-liquid, the last thing you will want to consider is the CBD concentration. The concentration that will work best for you is very subjective, so experimentation is always warranted. Some people need only a little, while others may need much more. We offer 100mg, 500mg, and 1,000mg CBD per 30ml bottle of e-liquid. That means the concentration per ml (one milliliter is about one full dropper) is 3.3mg, 16.7mg, and 33.3mg, respectively. Generally speaking, people often require around 15-60mg of CBD per day, depending on body weight, what symptoms are being treated, what form it is being taken in, and personal preferences. Vaping makes CBD more bioavailable than what a tincture may provide. Less CBD will be required if vaped than if taken sublingually to treat the same symptoms.

A great place to start is on our “Make Your Own” page where you can mix and match any of our available flavors (over 60!) to make a unique flavor combination of your own.

Lastly, whether it is our products or a competitors’, you will want to be sure that Lab Certified Purity Results are clearly displayed. Our lab results can be viewed by visiting and of our product’s pages, or by clicking this link. You will want to see a lot of “PASS” or “ND” tags, as well as verify that the concentration of CBD is equal to the advertised concentration. If you have any questions on interpreting raw lab results, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at support@livinglotuscbd.com, or use the form fields on this page.

Device Settings

Stated briefly in the previous section, the settings of your device can have a huge impact on the efficiency and satisfaction of your CBD vaping experience. While there are many settings available in a typical mod, specific to certain manufacturers or brands, there are a few to take note of and adjust before you fiddle with the other, finer, details. I will cover some common terms and what they mean in this section.

Wattage (Temperature)

The setting that will have the most impact to your vaping experience will be the wattage. This is also called temperature on certain devices, with some mods allowing you to switch between wattage and temperature modes. The primary difference is when you control for wattage, your temperature will be variable upon the resistance of the heating element (coils) you have, with your mod attempting to regulate wattage and not temperature. Likewise, when you control for temperature, the wattage will be variable based on the heating element. In my experience, controlling for either yields about the same results. The toughest part of dialing this is in just taking the time to find what is right for you, and for your specific device. In my personal experience, using between 30 and 40 watts works best. Lower concentrations of CBD e-liquids can push those limits upwards. The CBD contained in your e-liquid vaporizes much sooner than the actual liquid, so higher watts and temperatures may make the CBD harsh hitting.

Resistance (Ohms Ω)

Both of the methods to adjusting wattage and temperature are hinged around the resistance (Ohms, Ω) of your heating element. If you don’t know what an “Ohm” is, don’t worry. It’s a unit of measure invented by this guy used to measure how much a material “resists” an electrical current. Essentially, the higher a material’s resistance (higher the ohms), the better it is at allowing electricity to pass through it without heating. Many prebuilt atomizers will have the resistance in Ω stamped on the side of the atomizer, usually a number between .2 and 1.5. If building your own atomizer, you may want to invest in an ohm reader so that you can have somewhat of an idea of what your coils’ resistance will be. It’s a bit more advanced so I will skip it for the sake of this guide.

When it comes to ohms — thicker, longer, and denser coils provide a higher resistance. Anything above 1 ohm is what is known as “plus-ohm”. Shorter, thinner, and spread out coils (spread out meaning the loops are not touching at the top of the loop) will produce less resistance, and is typically known as “sub-ohm” for anything under 1 ohms. 

A plus ohm atomizer will take longer to heat up, but may produce a more controlled and softer vape. They also tend to last longer. A sub ohm atomizer heats up very quickly and is how you get the big hits. A sub ohm can have a lot of popping and hissing as the coil heats up sporadically in concentrated pockets of the wick. In my personal experience, I’ve had more success with plus ohm atomizers, as the equal distribution of heat works better for CBD vaping. Since they last longer, you will be replacing them less often as well.

In General

There really isn’t all that much to your device settings. Just be sure to work your way up from a low wattage or temperature until you get to a satisfactory vaping experience. You don’t want to burn your wick or destroy your atomizer by overheating it in a rush to get to the good stuff. If you have a pen-like device, you are usually just stuck with whatever settings the manufacturer designed it with. Pens operate at a lower wattage, so you will likely have something that is still a viable CBD vaping device.

Overall, don’t let the terminology get you flustered. Just work slowly from what you know and go from there. Many devices have “soft” or “normal” settings, or “heat-up time” settings, which are basically just pre-configured wattage settings. They may work well for you, but it’s always good to know exactly what the main components to a good experience are.

To reiterate what has brought me the most success; between 30-40 watts, plus-ohm coils, on either an RTA or RDA style devices.

Benefits to Vaping CBD (Over other methods)

Choosing between CBD e-liquid, sublingual tincture, capsules, topicals, or other methods can seem confusing. First, you must understand that not all CBD is alike (though extremely similar, so don’t wrack your mind over it too much!). 

You may have heard the terms such as full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate when discussing CBD. I will briefly cover what each means so that we can go over the benefits of vaping.

Full Spectrum

“Full spectrum” CBD is produced when hemp is processed in a way that allows it to retain various cannabinoids (including less than .3% of those cannabinoids being actual THC), plant terpenes, flavinoids, vitamins, and minerals. Many people using CBD claim that these things together produce what is known as the “entourage effect”, where the various components supplement the effects of CBD further. Full spectrum CBD should have a plant-like or earthy flavor and is almost always in liquid form. Full spectrum is most often around 85% CBD by solid components (the rest being the other cannabinoids, terpenes, minerals, etc).

The entourage effect can be something highly subjective, as I personally have not noticed differences between the various types of CBD extracts.

Broad Spectrum

“Broad spectrum” CBD is produced by extracting MOST of the cannabinoid profile of hemp. It eliminates the extraction of THC and, in doing so, also eliminates some of the various CBD cannabinoids. While it is not “full”, it is still the majority of the plant’s components. Often, companies may introduce plant terpenes to this kind of extract to make it more plant-like for those people looking for an authentic hemp experience but in vape form. Similar to full spectrum, broad spectrum CBD is almost always in liquid form and is around 85% CBD by plant mass.

Isolate

“Isolate” is CBD in its purest form and is almost always is in the form of powder or a crystal. The substance is visually white, and shouldn’t have a distinct smell of any kind. It is 99% (or more) pure CBD by mass. Isolate CBD is a versatile compound that is easily incorporated into edibles, creams, and vapes! We use CBD isolate in our vapes so that the flavor you choose is not overpowered by the terpene profile that is associated with other forms of CBD extracts.

Methods

Phew! Ok. So, how should you take CBD? It will be largely based on your personal preferences. Keep in mind that there are some basic differences between the methods. If you suffer from anxiety or sudden changes in mood that leave you feeling anxious, vaping may be the best method. It is fast acting and readily available at a moment’s notice. It can be easily transported and vaping has become common enough that you won’t look out of place or strange taking a few hits during a break at work or out in public. Vaping CBD is also often associated with helping cigarette smokers quit their habit (it did for me!).

Other methods such as sublingual or edibles are slow acting and will require premeditated usage. This may be an excellent option for you if you are someone who suffers from neurological or physical ailments that CBD is known to help alleviate symptoms of. Taking CBD in these methods will become habitual and, for people looking to just treat symptoms and nothing else, this is may work the best.

Currently, we do not sell tinctures or edibles, but we promise this will change soon 🙂

The most important thing: How to blow sweet looking O's

Haha! Just kidding, but I wanted to wrap up this guide with something fun. For this, I will refer you to this hilarious but informative WikiHow on how to blow smoke rings. If this gif from the WikiHow doesn’t get your motor going, I’m not sure what will:

About The Author

Living Lotus Author Owner

Oh… You made it this far! Cool! Well since you’re here, I’ll introduce myself. My name is John Melching. I’m both the author of the post you see above and also the owner of Living Lotus CBD Co! This will be the first post in a series of informative ones. I have no intention of creating “blog spam”. Posts to this blog will consist strictly of information designed to assist curious minds, and will be infrequent! Since I receive many queries from customers just looking for some general help on getting started, I figured a blog post on the matter was warranted. Future posts like the legality of CBD, its chemical nature and medicinal benefits, drug test screening, and more will have to come at another time!

As a long time CBD vaper myself, I eventually grew annoyed with the lack of variety (and pricing!) in the market. So Living Lotus CBD was born! As the owner, I am not afraid to share what I’ve learned up to and during my time creating and running Living Lotus CBD Co. It is often difficult to get credible information, as so many people are very happy to share their anecdotes over the internet based on so little information. So, the above article is my best attempt at sharing my personal knowledge, which was formed over years and with a LOT of trial and error.

>I’ve used all kinds of vapes and devices. Pens, mods, tanks, and everything in between. Spent perhaps around $2,500 on cheap, better, and best parts and electronics. Thrown a lot of junk away. Kept a small amount. 

I’ve taken CBD in many forms as well. I’ve dabbled in vaping raw hemp flower, but always found the smell overwhelming and off-putting, so I didn’t touch on it in this article. Regardless, I always went back to vaping CBD. Personally, I enjoy the “hobby” that it is. I like being able to interact with something rather than putting a dropper of liquid under my tongue and waiting. Obviously your preferences may be different. Vaping CBD assisted me in quitting smoking, which may very well be a positive feedback cycle with vaping itself. Go figure!

In addition to simple personal use, I’ve built and reassembled devices thousands of times in order to get the perfect flavor ratios on the vapes that we currently sell. There are specific ratios to every flavor, and those ratios are only discovered through extensive testing. Being familiar with every nook and cranny of a vape device, and all its settings, is something I am very accustomed to.

If you feel any of the information contained within the above post is inaccurate, or your own information conflicts with mine, please let me know by sending an email directly to me at john@livinglotuscbd.com. I’d be happy to know your thoughts. Until then, thank you for reading and thank you for visiting this page and feel free to leave any comments below!

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