Many people incorporate CBD into their daily routine for a range of reported benefits, including reducing the symptoms of anxiety, and improving sleep. One of the most popular ways to take CBD is through the inhalation of CBD e-liquids with either reusable or disposable CBD vape pens, that heat up the juice into a vapour that is then breathed in.
Inhaling or vaping CBD allows the potential effects of CBD to be felt faster than with other methods, is very convenient, and offers a consistent dosage – getting the correct dose is very important to ensure you get the results you’re looking for and that you don’t take too much CBD.
CBD dosage basics
Before you start vaping CBD, it’s important to understand what CBD dosage is, and the factors that can affect it for your usage. CBD dosage refers to the amount of CBD – the natural compound cannabidiol extracted from hemp plants – that you take either in one instance (per puff of a vape pen for example), or daily.
Each CBD e liquid should state the amount of CBD in mgs, so you can work out how much CBD you’re inhaling as the liquid in the pen goes down. You can also estimate it by how many puffs each bottle or pen provides, which is often stated. Whilst each individual’s daily dose will differ from person to person, there are maximums that shouldn’t be exceeded, so always check the manufacturer’s instructions.
Whilst more research is needed, many people take CBD vape juice to help manage stress and anxiety, to feel a sense of calm, to sleep better, even to help with skin conditions and pain management. By starting with a low dose, you can discover how much CBD you need to get the results you want, without taking too much CBD.
To vape CBD as a beginner, a good starting point would be with a low daily dose between 5mg and 10mg, and then gradually build this up until you get the desired effects. Anything up to 20mg daily is considered a low dose, but as a beginner you shouldn’t exceed 1omg per day until you understand how it affects you, and to limit any unwanted side effects.
What affects CBD dosage?
Your personal CBD dosage will be greatly impacted by a number of factors including;
- Your height
- Your weight
- What you are taking CBD for (and its severity)
- The concentration of the CBD you’re taking
- Your individual body chemistry
Generally speaking, people who weigh more may need more CBD to reach the desired effects than a person who weighs less, and someone with severe pain would need to take more than someone experiencing mild pain that’s trying CBD to see if it can help. Dosage can also change for the same person depending on their symptoms; one week a higher daily dose may be needed to reduce pain if they’re struggling, and another week symptoms may be mild enough that the dose can be reduced.
Always consult your GP or a healthcare professional before taking CBD and for help in understanding the right dosage for your needs and any potential risk factors.
Read our Ultimate Guide To CBD to learn more about taking CBD.
Factors to consider when inhaling CBD
If you’re vaping CBD for your daily dose, you should consider how the inhalation method affects dosage. To do this, you need to know:
- The mgs of CBD in the e-liquid
- How long it takes you to inhale (how many puffs)
- How many times you vape per day
With this information you can keep track of your daily dose and adjust it as required. For example, if you have a quarter of an e-liquid that contains 100mg of CBD, you will have had a daily dose of 25mg. If you inhaled this from five sessions, you know you’re averaging around 5mg per session.
Different types of inhalation methods
The best way to inhale is to vape high quality CBD with a CBD vape pen, breathing in the resulting vapour through the mouth.
Here are some of the basic ways to inhale CBD using a vape pen:
- Slow, deep breaths – This allows for efficient absorption and means you take in more CBD per breath.
- Short, shallow breaths – Allows you to really control and minimise your dosage and to get the full experience of the vape juice flavour.
- Holding onto the vapour – Once in your mouth, hold the vapour for a few seconds before inhaling to aid CBD adsorption, then exhale slowly and steadily.
When inhaling CBD, take breaks between sessions and if you’re using a reusable vape pen, check that the e liquids are compatible with your device. It is usually recommended to get a pen with a ceramic coil as these reduce the chance of ‘dry hits’ that can have an unpleasant burnt taste, and instead offer an improved flavour experience.
CBD concentration and potency
When you vape CBD, the CBD concentration and it’s potency in a vape product will have a direct impact on your dosage as it determines how much CBD you take in per puff and per session. It is essential that you check the concentration in any CBD vape juice that you use to ensure you get the correct dosage.
CBD concentration – how much CBD in mgs is in the product – tells you how strong or potent it is. Expressed as a percentage, CBD concentrations of up to 10% are considered low strength, 20-30% is considered medium strength, 40-60% is high strength, and 60%+ is ultra high potency.
Personal tolerance level
The more you vape CBD, the more you’ll understand the right amount for you to inhale as you note the results and any side effects. As everyone is unique, you should start with a low dose and build this up to get the results you want.
At some stage, depending on your individual needs, you may find that you have a personal tolerance level where you don’t want to exceed a certain daily dosage. As stated, a range of personal factors affect dosage, so work out what’s right for you without exceeding the manufacturer’s limits.
Calculating CBD dosage for inhalation
Calculation methods for CBD dosage
You can work out your daily dose by keeping track of how much CBD is in the CBD vape juice that you’re inhaling, and how much of that vape juice you inhale on a daily basis.
For example, if you have a cartridge with 100mg CBD and you vape a quarter of it in a day, you know you have inhaled around 25mg of CBD.
Recommended CBD dosage for inhalation
In the UK the FSA recommends that a healthy adult has no more than 70mg of CBD per day. Whilst it is recommended to stay under this upper limit, there is no definitive dosage for inhalation as it depends on so many personal factors. Instead, it is about a person starting with a low dose of 5mg to 10mg per day for several days, and then increasing it until their needs are met, without exceeding any limits.
Increases in CBD should also be gradual and around 5mg per day to allow you to take note of the effects on your body and if you are achieving the desired effects, without taking too much CBD or more than you need.
CBD inhalation dosage FAQ
Discover answers to some of the most common questions when it comes to inhaling CBD.
If you inhale too much CBD then you may experience some negative side effects, although it is important to note that it is not considered to be intoxicating or life threatening to the user. If you inhale too much CBD you may experience vomiting, diarrhoea, and drowsiness.
As soon as you realise, stop inhaling CBD and seek medical assistance. Make sure anyone helping you knows the product you’ve used, how much you have inhaled, and your height and weight.
Whilst it is possible to overdose on CBD (through inhalation, edibles and more), it is thought to be an extremely rare occurrence as humans typically have a high tolerance. To avoid overdosing, always follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, never exceeding the maximum. You could also keep a log of how much CBD oil you have vaped and how much CBD in mg this is per day to ensure you don’t take too much.
This depends on a range of personal factors including sex and weight, and the potency of your chosen CBD product, but it is possible to inhale too little CBD for your requirements. An indicator of this would be feeling none of the reported effects you are looking for, and if you are inhaling or ingesting less than the advisable minimum dosage (if stated).
If you feel like you’re not inhaling enough CBD for your needs, gradually increase the amount safely, and make a note of any change in response.
Beginners should start with a low dose to see how it impacts them before considering any increase in dosage. Starting between 5mg and 10mg a day would give you an idea of how CBD affects you, which could then easily be increased gradually.
When you inhale CBD you can feel the effects very quickly and depending on a range of factors, the potential effects could last between 2 to 6 hours. Every individual will be different, but height and weight can impact how long effects last, and of course, how much CBD you have taken.
Whilst possible it generally isn’t advisable with e-liquids and vape pens as it would make dosage more complicated and under the right circumstances, could add to clogging in your pen’s coil and damage to your pen. It is much easier to find an e-liquid you like, vape it, then try another e-liquid you want afterwards, rather than combining them.
It is best to always follow the manufacturer’s storage instructions and shelf life for each individual CBD product. Generally, it is sensible to store CBD oils and disposable vape pens in a cool, dry environment where they won’t be in direct sunlight. This protects the cannabinoids from degrading and losing their potency. You should also leave CBD in its original packaging and store it upright.
Taking CBD through vaping or other methods can interact with medications. It is advised that anyone thinking of trying CBD should consult with their GP or healthcare professional before using it.
If you experience negative side effects from inhaling CBD, stop use immediately and get in touch with medical services as required. Some negative side effects can include dry mouth, drowsiness, and light-headedness. It is not advisable to inhale CBD if you have respiratory conditions.
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