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Vaping for Beginners: CBD Vape Starter Kits
What Is CBD, And How Does It Affect You?
First things first, what is CBD? Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. One of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, it accounts for up to 40% of the plant's extract.
CBD (and THC) work by interacting with our body's endocannabinoid system, a regulatory system made up of naturally occurring molecules similar to those found in cannabis. Holy crap, that’s some science right there!
To continue, these endocannabinoids, as we refer to them, work like neurotransmitters, moving messages through the body to help maintain homeostasis (a healthy stable inside). Basically, it’s saying that our bodies and CBD are a match made in heaven. Hallelujah!
CBD has become famous for its medicinal properties. Celebrities, athletes, and wellness professionals sing praises of the benefits of CBD, including relief of stress, depression, anxiety, and a majorly effective anti-inflammatory. CBD vape oil is a great way to get all the feels due to its fast-acting effect and high bioavailability. Now that’s plant power!
What Happens When CBD Is Inhaled?
One reason why CBD vape oil has become very popular today is that the effects are immediate. No, you will not get high; however, after using a CBD oil vape, you will quickly start feeling the entourage effect caused by the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes all over your body.
Inhalation of CBD oil vapor has a typical onset of 1-3 minutes (vs. up to 90 minutes from an edible - wowza) and lasts 1-3 hours. The vapors carry the CBD into your lungs, where it is absorbed into your bloodstream, rather than going through the long, complex digestive process. The CBD molecules are then distributed throughout your body via your bloodstream. The fast absorption of CBD vape oil can help with pain flare-ups or anxiety attacks.
Another benefit of vaping cannabidiol is that it's discreet because it does not produce smoke or an odor like traditional combustion methods. In other words, you can vape with virtually no detection.
How To Choose A Vape Pen
When you choose a vape pen, we recommend you begin with a CBD vape oil starter kit. A starter kit will give you everything you need to be sure there is nothing else to purchase before getting your vape on.
There are two key things you need: a battery (power source) and CBD vape oil.
Choosing a CBD Vape Battery
The first factor to consider in how to choose a vape pen battery is its power settings:
If you are only vaping one type of oil in your vape, a single voltage setting is likely fine. We recommend the TribeMINI.
Other pens may allow you to toggle between 3 different settings to get a smaller or bigger cloud. For this purpose, we would recommend the Saber pop-up vape battery.
For Goldilocks style vapers who want it JUSTTTT right, a wheel style might be better for you. These offer an "infinite range" that you can manually adjust, like on our Wand CBD Vape Pen.
The next thing to consider is the size and transportability of your vape pen - are you going to leave it on your nightstand to relax before bed, or carry it around in your pocket or purse all day?
If you're going to carry your vape pen around in a purse or bag, we would recommend the Saber. If you have a messy bag, you’ll want to protect the tip by tucking the cartridge in on this one when you're not using it. Once you’re ready to vape, you can just pop it out.
If you just want something tiny that can fit in your pocket easily or you can even keep in your sports bra at the gym, a palm-sized vape battery like the TribeMINI is a good fit for you.
When researching how to choose a vape pen, the next area to consider is the vape cartridge. We recommend full-spectrum CBD in your vape cartridge unless you have a very stringent drug testing policy at work.
The FDA does not regulate CBD, so it’s crucial to always purchase from a trusted brand that provides lab results on a certificate of analysis - so you always know exactly what you’re getting. Many cartridges contain a lot of nasty extras, and you don’t want them in your body.
For the vape cartridge, we'd recommend starting out with only a half gram cartridge to see how fast you go through it - if you use it very quickly, you can upgrade to a full gram cartridge.
If that all sounds like a lot of work, here's what's up - you can also purchase an all-in-one, use of out the box, no-frills CBD disposable pen. It comes with a half gram of CBD extract and has no battery settings, power settings, etc - you simply take it out of the box and inhale. For beginners who are not really sure what they need or want, this is a great option.
For more regular vapers, a battery and cartridge combo is better because you can
Reuse the battery - when the cartridge is done you can replace it and
You can use your battery with other cartridges. For example, if you have your medical marijuana card or live in an adult-use state and have a THC vape cartridge, you can use the same battery for these.
So now that you know how to choose a vape pen, and which type of vape cartridge you may want. But what about the different CBD vape oil options?
There are different strains of CBD that have different flavors and aromas and are touted as being beneficial for different ailments. Depending on your needs, you can choose based on the strain.
For example, some of the strains we offer and what they’re used for include: