What are the advantages and disadvantages of CBD vaping?

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CBD vaping is a very popular way to consume CBD (cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive active ingredient found and extracted from hemp plants. In recent years, the potential health benefits of incorporating CBD into a lifestyle routine have become well-known, with people using it suggesting that it helps with reducing anxiety, pain, and inflammation. However, there are also some potential disadvantages to consider before anyone tries vaping CBD to see if it’s the best method for them.

This guide will explore both the advantages and disadvantages of vaping CBD, looking at how long it takes to feel the reported effects, convenience and more. At The CBD Flower Shop we have a range of guides on CBD for you to enjoy, and, as well as offering high quality CBD vaping products, we have a whole CBD shop for you to browse.

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What does CBD vaping involve?

When you choose to vape CBD, you are inhaling a vapour containing a particular amount of cannabidiol. This vapour has been created by a vape pen heating up a CBD e-liquid, and the vapour is then breathed in through the mouthpiece. When the CBD enters your lungs and bloodstream, and if it works for you, you should quickly feel the reported benefits, although further research is needed into how CBD interacts with the human system.

To vape CBD, you can either buy a traditional refillable e-cigarette, along with CBD e-liquids and other equipment, or disposable vape pens. Traditional e-cigarettes offer a more customisable experience, whereas disposable pens allow you to vape without having to maintain or refill your device, and are perfect for beginners.

Our guide on using CBD disposable vapes would be a great place to learn more.

Advantages of vaping CBD

Fast acting and effective

Vaping CBD is the fastest way to get your dose into your system, and to feel the potential benefits, whether that’s relief from pain, or to feel a sense of calmness. As discussed, when you vape a CBD e-liquid, the CBD is inhaled into your lungs where it can quickly enter the bloodstream in a process that is much faster than when taking edibles for example, which enter through the digestive system.

When you vape CBD, you can expect to feel the effects (if you feel any) after about 15-30 minutes and they could last between 2 hours and 6 hours. How fast and how long it lasts depends on a range of factors, including height, weight, and how much CBD has been inhaled – but if you want fast and effective results, vaping can deliver.

Take a look at our guide on ‘how much CBD should I inhale?’ [link]

Incredible choice of flavours

A huge benefit of vaping CBD is the huge choice of flavours available, especially if you have a sweet tooth. There is truly a flavour for everyone and it’s not just essential fruit flavours – you can indulge in dessert flavours such as cherry pie and apple fritter, and enjoy nostalgic sherbet flavours, refreshing mint, even tobacco flavours and beverages.

If you’re just starting, try flavours you think you’ll like from your existing tastes before experimenting, and opt for vapes that offer clean, smooth flavours.

Convenient and discreet

Vaping CBD is often described as convenient and discreet, which is very true, and one of the main reasons it’s so popular. Vape pens are portable and often lightweight, easy to fit into a pocket or in a bag whilst you’re on the go, the vapour dissipates quickly, and they don’t leave the same unpleasant odour that lingers on tobacco smokers. You can even get flavourless CBD e-liquids if you’re concerned about any smells.


Starting out vaping CBD can be a really affordable way to intake cannabidiol, and new starters don’t need to invest in advanced refillable pens and all the extras, as well as buying separate e-liquids. You can simply buy a disposable vape pen, ready to use, in your chosen strength for your dose (beginners should always start with a low strength).

You’re likely to find fair prices for the amount of CBD in each pen, or in each e-liquid, just ensure you check for third party lab test results and certificates to verify the CBD content.

No nicotine/good alternative to smoking

Vaping in general can be a good alternative if you’re a tobacco smoker looking to reduce or stop completely. Reducing and eventually cutting out nicotine – an addictive substance found in cigarettes – can help with this process and CBD e-liquids are nicotine free (always check the label). Of course, vaping over smoking has many benefits, including not smelling of smoke and being exposed to fewer toxins.

If you already vape and want to try something new, CBD vaping is a good and portable next step.

Disadvantages of vaping CBD

CBD vaping can be a safe and effective way to consume CBD for some people. However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects, risks, and safety concerns before starting. If you’re considering vaping CBD, it is important to talk to your doctor first to assess any personal risk factors, and if it could affect any medication you’re taking.

Potential side effects

Some of the potential side effects of CBD vaping include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

In addition, there are some potential risks and safety concerns associated with CBD vaping. These include:

  • The potential for lung injury, as has been seen with other types of vaping
  • The potential for CBD to interact with other medications
  • The potential for CBD to be contaminated with harmful chemicals

To reduce risks, always consult with your doctor before starting to vape CBD, and always buy high quality, third party lab tested and certified CBD products. You should also start out with low strength CBD vape pens and e-liquids. As further research is likely to occur, stay up-to-date with vaping industry news.

There’s a learning curve

As with most activities, there is a learning curve when it comes to vaping. You have to find the right refillable or disposable pen for your needs, educate yourself on vape strengths, find the flavours you most enjoy, and research vaping laws wherever you are, and wherever you travel to.

When you start, it’s important not to get overwhelmed and to focus on the basics, rather than the more advanced elements. Once you know what you like and what works for you, then you can look to further customise the experience, or try out vape pens with more options in terms of temperature settings and the resulting vapour.

Other CBD products

If using vapes pens to inhale CBD isn’t the best way for you to take in CBD as a supplement, there are a number of other CBD products that can be used instead, many of which are enjoyable and easy to add to a daily routine. They are also good options if you have concerns about dosage and the smell of CBD vapes.

These include:

  • CBD oils: A versatile product and another popular way to consume CBD. They can be taken sublingually under the tongue, or added to your favourite foods and drinks.
  • CBD tea flowers: To drink as part of your lifestyle routine, they can promote a sense of calmness. CBD tea flowers can be steeped in hot water to make a cup of tea.
  • CBD edibles: Including CBD gummies, easy to eat at home or on the go, and to manage your CBD dose effectively

Understanding which method or methods work for you will come with time as you gauge their effectiveness, the benefits you experience, and how much you enjoy the experience.

Benefits of other CBD products

The benefits of other CBD products are similar to the benefits of CBD vaping. They can be great ways to add CBD to a lifestyle routine that enables users to have a number of potential health benefits, including:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Reducing pain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Helping with sleep conditions

It is a personal choice which products work best for a person, based on a range of factors. CBD, the active chemical found in hemp plants, is incredibly versatile and it’s helpful to those looking to try it that it can be taken in many different ways.


Whilst there are both advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons, of vaping CBD for your dose, it can be a highly effective, fast acting, and an enjoyable way to take it. Vaping offers a huge choice of flavours, ideal if you don’t like the taste of CBD, and is great on the go or at home. Once you start vaping CBD there’s so much scope to try out different e-liquids and customise your experience with refillable vape pens, or to conveniently use disposable pens.

However, it’s important that you consult a doctor to assess any personal health risks and to decide whether vaping CBD is the right method for you. Fortunately, if you cannot vape or it isn’t your preference, there are many other incredible options available to you, such as edibles, CBD oils and CBD tea flowers.

Contact us today for more information on any of our CBD products, available to buy in our online store.

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