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How to vape CBD for beginners

CBD can provide a number of healthy benefits. Let’s dissect it and explore our preferred method of CBD consumption.

You can take CBD in a number of different ways to relieve pain, wind down, or to support many of your important bodily functions.

What’s the best way to take it? Solutions like CBD oil are the simplest method but contain more than just the natural properties of CBD.

CBD flower is the purest form, but may not be as convenient. Let’s dissect it a little more and find out why we prefer to vaporize CBD flower.

Vaping CBD for beginners: What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol is one of many non-intoxicating compounds found in the hemp and cannabis plant. It’s legal in most of the 50 states, and has become more and more popular. CBD is one of the most prevalent active ingredients in the hemp plant, but it doesn’t cause a “high” like THC. Instead, it works quietly in the background and works in a variety of different ways.

CBD provides a number of benefits

Many people use CBD products as a natural chronic pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or to relax after a long day of work. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for many of our moment to moment bodily functions, and CBD is one of the core drivers of this network. Your stress and anxiety levels, sleep schedule, immune system, and even appetite are supported and regulated through it.

For example if you experience joint-pain, you can incorporate CBD into your lifestyle to alleviate some of the symptoms. CBD studies are still in their infancy, but according to the National Library of Medicine, CBD topicals have the potential to alleviate pain related to arthritis and inflammation.

If you suffer from anxiety or insomnia, CBD may help you as well. In some early studies, CBD has shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and sleep-related disorders with consistent, regular use.

The Pros & Cons of vaping CBD oil vs CBD flower

Vaping CBD Oils: Pros & Cons

Pros 👍 Cons 👎
A little more discreet Highly processed
More convenient Not as pure
Quick doses Added chemicals (ex. thinners)
Low quality CBD vape pens can have harmful effects on health

Bottom line

CBD oil pens can be a quick and simple way to bring CBD into your life, though it’s not as clean and comes with its fair share of health risks.

Vaping CBD Flower: Pros & Cons

Pros 👍 Cons 👎
CBD in its purest form More prep time required
No added chemicals Vaporizer and flower sold separately
You're in control of what you consume
Variable temperature for different effects
Cheaper in the long run

Bottom line

Vaping CBD flower requires an investment and a little prep to get started, but it’s the purest and cleanest method of CBD consumption.

The entourage effect and why it’s important

The different parts of a plant work better together than alone. When different compounds, like terpenes, mix with each other, their effects combine to create unique results. This is called the entourage effect. CBD flower includes this full spectrum of compounds for a well-rounded, complete experience.

CBD alone is great for good health, but its full potential is unlocked when it’s taken in its full-spectrum plant form, alongside the other natural compounds that boost its overall benefits.

Vaping CBD hemp flower is easy

Exploring the effects of CBD is easy with a vaporizer. Let’s take it step by step.

1. Grind

Most vaporizers work with both whole and ground flower, but ground flower is more consistent. Different heater types require different types of grinds. If you’re unsure, go with a medium, in-between grind.

2. Load the oven

Pack your vaporizer to the top with your ground herbs. For conduction vapes, fill it to the top and pack it down tightly. Repeat this until the oven is full and tight if you want to pack a lot.

For convection and hybrid vapes, fill it loosely to the top and then gently press it into the oven until it’s flush with the rim.

3. Turn it on & select the temperature

Some vaporizers require multiple clicks, a long press, or a simple switch of a dial. Check your vaporizer manual if you’re unsure.

For a potent and flavorful session, set your vaporizer to 385°F/196°C, or to the medium/middle preset temperature setting. When the vapors start to diminish, bump the temperature into the 400s°F / 205+°C to finish it off.

4. Inhale through the mouthpiece

Once it reaches the temperature, hit it! Give it a few slow sips through the mouthpiece to soak the herbs, then enjoy as you please. The first few hits will be light and flavorful, but will thicken up as your session progresses.

If you want to learn more about vaporizing dry herbs, see How To Vape Dry Herbs For Beginners.

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Vaping CBD for beginners: FAQ

Q: Which is better: CBD tinctures or CBD flower?

CBD tinctures

CBD tinctures are a simple method that comes in a tiny bottle. Just take a few drops and you're good to go. When the effects roll in, you can feel them for a few hours before they subside. You can find cbd tinctures in a wide assortment of flavors, or without any flavor at all.

Tinctures, however, take time to metabolize so the benefits of CBD take longer to take full effect. If you need immediate results, tinctures may not be the solution for you. Tinctures also contain a lot more than just raw CBD, like added flavors and other solutions. Be sure to check your labels for the full list of ingredients.

CBD Flower

Vaping CBD flower is the fastest way to reap the benefits of CBD, and it’s a little cheaper. You’ll feel the results within seconds of inhaling, compared to the minutes it takes with other forms. You’ll also get the most natural form of CBD, with nothing added and nothing removed. This is the purest, most natural form of CBD.


Dry herb vaporizers aren’t as convenient as pens with the prep time required, but it’s smooth sailing when ready to go. The effects are quick, but don’t last as long as oral methods. They’re a little quicker to roll out of your system.

Q: How much CBD to vape?

Everyone is different, so start off small and work your way to a comfortable dose. Test the waters and see what works best for you when using CBD. An easy way to start is to pack the oven full and space out your hits to see if there are any effects. You can stop whenever you’re satisfied.

Q: Is hemp flower the same as CBD?

Yes and no. CBD comes from the hemp plant, but hemp doesn’t always contain CBD. It can contain a number of other cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, and no more than the legal limit of .03% THC.

Q: Vaping vs smoking CBD flower?

Vaporizing your CBD flower is the way to go. It’s healthier, can save you more money in the long run, and provides varying effects through different temperatures. Take a look at Smoking vs Vaping dry herbs to see why it’s the best way to enjoy your CBD flower.

Q: What is the best vape for CBD?

We don’t believe there’s a best vape device for everyone. The best vape is the one that serves you and your purposes, and that’s different for everyone. To quickly find out which vape could be best for you, check out our guide to the Best Portable Vaporizers of 2022.

Written by

tyler hixon

Tyler is a writer and vaporist from Jacksonville, Florida, where you can find him reading on the beach, or on his longboard, carving up the streets of his neighborhood.

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