Some on a CBD oil journey ask "how much CBD should I vape?", sometimes uncertainty is about milligrams (MG) or how long to hold a hit in. The answer to both may surprise you. See, once I learned e-cigarette vape liquid is the most effective (for me), I began to test varying doses throughout the day on intervals. How many puffs of CBD vapor should I inhale? Find out the best dosage for Secret Nature vape cartridges in this guide. Learn how to find the perfect CBD dosage using various delivery methods and how to figure out if you are taking too much or too little.
How Much CBD Should I Vape?
When starting my CBD oil journey, I wondered how much CBD should I vape, once I learned e-cigarette vape liquid to be the most effective (and enticing) method for me. Really it depends on your vape device. Isn’t vaping CBD the best? It’s easy to do in public, it works fast, and you can control how much CBD you’re getting in your system throughout the day. It can be a little intimidating with all of the different options, though. There are a lot of different kinds of e-cigarettes and e-liquids, where do you start with dosing?
When figuring out how much CBD you should vape, you have to consider how long it might take you to get through a cartridge as well as the level of CBD in the oil. If you have a cartridge that is 200 milligrams in one milliliter, the average puff will yield 2 milligrams of CBD per puff. When you are just starting out, it’s important to keep your daily dose under 10 milligrams until your body has acclimated. From then on, you raise the levels gradually until you reach the point of relief.
How To Tell How Much MG in E-Liquid
It is almost impossible to tell how much CBD you get with each puff without watching each person through a microscope while they do it. It’s a good idea to monitor how long it takes to go through a milliliter of e-liquid to gauge for yourself how much you are dosing CBD.
The dosing differs between the type of e-cigarette, how long you are drawing the vapor, and how long you are holding it in. If you are just starting out, the best thing to do is get a starter kit that comes with an e-cig and replaceable cartridges. The starter kits we sell in our shop are between 100 and 180 puffs per milliliter, which is pretty easy math to figure out how much CBD is in each puff.
If it only takes you 100 puffs to get through a 100-milligram cartridge that is 1 milliliter, you would be getting 1 milligram of CBD in each inhale. If it were 180 puffs, you would get 0.55 milligrams in each inhale if you hit it the same way the same time with no malfunctions or alterations to your e-cigarette. Like stated before, using these calculations is just for a general idea of how much CBD oil you’re getting in each puff. If you are looking for a more exact dose, according to our CBD Dosage Chart, using CBD tinctures or pills are an easier way to be as precise as possible.
Once you get the hang of this whole vaping thing, you’ll be able to get customizable e-cigarettes you can modify to fit your smoking style. Just keep in mind the number of puffs will change with every change to the e-cigarette you make.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Now that we know how to figure out how to dose, how much CBD oil should you aim to take? Before you make any decisions, it is essential to consult your doctor before adding any medicinal changes to your routine. If you are taking any medication, there is a possibility that it can interfere with what CBD is trying to do for your body. Safety always comes first, even before enlightenment.
Once you get the go-ahead from your awesome doctor, you will probably already know that you need to start at a low dose. It can be dangerous putting large amounts of anything into your system. Just think about how too much caffeine can affect the body! Even in high volumes, CBD is well-tolerated, however you just never know with your body, so better play it safe.
A low dose would be less than 3 milligrams per sitting. If you have anxiety or pain, you might start feeling relief in minutes after taking your first dose as so many have. It is commonly recommended to start yourself with around 10 milligrams per day until you feel your body has acclimated and there are no adverse reactions. Gradually raise your milligram level over a few weeks to keep an eye on any side-effects.
How Long Should I Hold a Hit of Cannabis or CBD?
It’s a myth that holding smoke or vapor in your lungs after a hit makes the CBD or THC more effective. What you’re actually doing is depriving your brain of oxygen! Instead, try to take a puff and inhale air afterward . Learn more about how long to hold smoke in your lungs and remember to breathe!
At our shop, we have high-quality CBD e-cigarette starter kits, cartridges, e-liquids, and even disposable pens if you just want to check it out before you commit to a full-blown pen. If you have decided you might want to try a more precise method, there are great options for tinctures and pure CBD oil that can make dosing easier.
How Many Puffs of CBD Vape Should I Inhale Daily?
Vaping CBD for the first time is such a delicious and effective experience that it’s natural to overlook the small details. After vaping CBD for a while, however, you’ll start wondering:
- Am I vaping enough CBD each time I use it?
- Am I vaping the right amount of CBD throughout the day?
In this guide, all those details you might have glossed over will be magnified in fine detail. Let’s explore all the factors that go into selecting an ideal daily CBD vapor dose.
The basics: What is CBD vape?
A CBD vape is a vaporizer that produces CBD-rich vapor. In most cases, this term refers to CBD vape cartridges, which are disposable concentrate tanks combined with atomizers that connect to batteries using universal threaded ports.
The CBD vape’s battery supplies the cartridge’s atomizer with the energy it needs to convert oily CBD concentrate into gaseous vapor. Then, the other components in the cartridge allow the vapor produced by the atomizer to move into your lungs when you inhale.
CBD vapes come in many different varieties. Some of the things you should look out for in CBD vapes include:
- Type of CBD
- Strain-specific terpenes
- Added carrier oils
- Other additives like flavorings and thickeners
The best CBD vapes are organic, and they include CO2-extracted, full-spectrum hemp distillate. Even better, some CBD vapes feature added cannabis-specific terpenes, so they smell and taste just like your favorite cannabis strains while containing less than 0.3% THC.
What’s different about CBD when you vape it?
When you vaporize CBD rather than ingest it orally, it hits harder and faster. However, the effects of vaporized CBD only last around 60-90 minutes, which is less than half the average duration of effect of orally ingestible cannabinoid products.
If you’ve ever smoked or vaped cannabis, expect vaping CBD to smell, taste, and feel similar. Notably absent from the experience, however, are the intoxicating effects of THC.
How to dose CBD vape
Now we come to the question of the hour: How do you decide how much CBD to vape? We’ve broken the answer down into five separate chunks:
1. Understanding the CBD content in vape products
The extraction method used and a variety of other variables can impact the composition of CBD concentrate to such a degree that it might contain anywhere from 45-90% cannabidiol.
To sum things up, extracts that are more “natural” also usually take a nosedive in potency. More “lab-grade” CBD extracts, on the other hand, like isolate CBD, can be packed into non-cannabis carrier oils extremely tightly, leading to very potent, but low-quality hemp CBD vapes.
The first step in determining the correct daily dose of CBD vape is determining how much CBD each hit of vapor you’re inhaling contains. From there, you can start charting out the number of milligrams of CBD you want to inhale every day.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- The potency of CBD vapes varies depending on the manufacturer, so determine the total CBD content in your vape cartridge to find your first clue toward solving the mystery of the ideal daily CBD vape dosage.
2. Bioavailability and the pulmonary administration route
Cannabis scientists have weighed in on the bioavailability of the pulmonary route for CBD administration, and research has been conducted into the relative bioavailability of vaping disambiguated cannabis.
First, a definition of terms:
- Bioavailability is the rate at which your body can use a substance you have ingested
- The pulmonary administration route is a medical term for administering drugs and other substances via the lungs
Per WeedMaps , Legacy Research Institute neuroscientist Dr. Adie Rae suggests that the “lungs are far more efficient at getting CBD into the bloodstream.” Medical research indicates that the bioavailability of vaping cannabinoids like CBD may be 3-5 times higher than the bioavailability of orally ingesting them .
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Bioavailability can dramatically impact the ideal dosage of CBD vape since the potency of inhaling cannabinoids is so much higher.
3. Heat, hardware, and other factors
To calculate the proper dosage of CBD vape, it’s important to factor in the unique impact of your vaping hardware. Some CBD vape batteries, for instance, can be customized to heat CBD oil to different temperatures. Others always supply heat at the same temperature.
What’s more, battery cutoff time varies significantly among vape batteries. Taking a “normal” hit on one pen might provide an entirely different dosage than a similarly average hit taken with a different battery.
Even just a clogged airway can change the amount of CBD you inhale with each hit on your vape cartridge. To make CBD vape dosing an entirely precise science, you might need to factor in dozens of different variables.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- The heat at which you vaporize your CBD concentrate has a big impact on the amount of CBD it produces per hit, and the peculiarities of your particular hardware can subtly impact your CBD dosing calculations in countless other ways as well.
4. How long does CBD vape last?
We’ve covered all the major factors you need to keep in mind to figure out how much CBD to vaporize in each hit. Now comes the part where we translate that into how much CBD you should vape over the course of an entire day.
Let’s start by addressing one of the most notable drawbacks of vaping CBD — it doesn’t last as long. In most cases, the effects of vaping CBD last for around 60-90 minutes.
An hour or so after you take your last hit of CBD vapor, its effects will have essentially worn off. Some pleasant aftereffects might linger, but not the full blast of non-intoxicating CBD intensity.
So, you’ll need to factor in the rate at which you resupply your body with inhaled CBD as you determine your overall daily dosage. Do you want to take a 5mg hit of CBD vapor every 90 minutes? Or, would you rather vape 7mg of CBD every two hours?
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Determining how frequently you will use CBD throughout the day based on its 60-90 minute duration of effects will be critical in finding your ideal daily dosage of CBD vape.
5. How frequently should I vape CBD during the day?
So, at what exact rate should you vape CBD throughout your waking hours? That’s up to you.
According to Statista , the average person is awake for around 16 hours every day. Divided into 90 minute chunks, that’s approximately 10 CBD vape sessions if you want to keep your hemp vibes going nonstop.
If you’d rather leave some time between your CBD vapor vacations or you only want to use CBD at certain times, you might only vape CBD five times every 24 hours, or you might even find more than 10 doses to be preferable.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Use this as a baseline: An average person awake 16 hours per day would need to use CBD approximately 10 times every day to maintain this cannabinoid’s non-intoxicating effects continuously.
Stay safe, and consult your doctor
Keep in mind that nothing on this page or anywhere else on secretnaturecbd.com is intended to be used as medical advice. We aren’t doctors, and most importantly, we aren’t your doctor.
Many mainstream physicians are now open to the potential benefits of CBD. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of vaping CBD. Make sure to bring plenty of supporting information to show your physician you’ve chosen a reputable, high-quality brand.
Secret Nature offers the highest-quality CBD vapes on the internet
There’s nothing like Secret Nature when it comes to CBD vapes. We made a name for ourselves with CBD flower, but now we’ve truly outdone ourselves when it comes to Secret Nature Full Spectrum Live Resin CBD Vapes .
Each Secret Nature vape cartridge has dozens of glowing verified customer reviews. The cartridges themselves contain raw CBD nectar collected from only the best indoor-grown organic hemp plants.
To complete our cartridges, we fuse them with live resin cannabis terpenes derived from your all-time favorite cannabis strains. If you’ve ever wanted to see what Gelato or Durban Poison are like in CBD form, now’s your chance.
CBD vape serving size FAQ
Any lingering questions? Let’s take care of those now.
1. Can I develop a tolerance to CBD vape?
We don’t know enough to say if it’s possible to develop a tolerance to CBD in vapor or any other form. Preliminary scientific research hasn’t delivered any data supporting CBD tolerance , but the idea hasn’t been disproven either.
2. What dosage of CBD and THC should I vape together?
Research indicates that CBD and THC might interact in the brain in surprising ways . Remember to follow all laws and regulations, and use the criteria we’ve covered in this guide to determine how much non-intoxicating CBD vapor to throw into the mix.
3. Can I vape too much CBD oil?
So far, no cases of CBD overdose have been reported, and scientific research hasn’t supported the idea that it’s even possible to overdose on CBD. Your body might find ways of telling you, however, if your CBD vapor ingestion habits aren’t entirely in tune with its needs.
4. Are Secret Nature vapes live resin?
Secret Nature CBD vape cartridges contain live resin terpenes, which is the part of CBD concentrate that is most benefited by live resin extraction. The remainder of the concentrate comes from Secret Nature Raw Nectar, a CO2-extracted, full-spectrum CBD extract we derive from our top-shelf CBD hemp flower.
CBD Dosages for Vape, Oil, Tincture, and More
Content reviewed by Sarah Neidler, Ph.D. Written by Dave Kriegel.
Since there is no universal recommended dosage for CBD, finding the right one for you isn’t an easy task. There are a number of factors that go into determining your personal dosage to get the results you are seeking from CBD. Some of these major factors include:
- CBD strength
- Delivery method
- Body weight
- Body chemistry
- Severity of condition
In addition, cannabidiol acts on multiple molecular pathways in the body, so everyone’s experience will be different based on the factors listed above, according to experiments conducted at King’s College London. In this guide, we will show you how these variables play a role in determining how much CBD you should take.
How much CBD should I take?
There is no direct answer to that question, but delivery method of CBD plays an important role in determining dosage. Each delivery method has its own unique potential for your body to absorb the cannabinoids. This is a concept known as bioavailability, which we explain in greater detail below.
Before you can determine your CBD dosage, you will need to know exactly how much CBD you are getting in the first place, expressed in milligrams (mg) on the label. This can be confirmed by looking at lab test reports for the product to make sure they contain the exact amount of CBD as advertised.
You can always experiment with slightly higher or lower potencies until you find what works best.
The thing about CBD is that it’s not exactly cheap, and taking an excessive dose isn’t necessarily going to provide any additional benefits. On the flip side, if you’re not taking enough, you might not even notice the benefits, which can be just as much of a waste of money. Here are some of the most common ways of taking CBD, and how to determine your dosage for each one.
For CBD vape juice
Vaping happens to be one of the most effective delivery methods. CBD can be inhaled in quite a few different ways. The most popular ones are CBD vape juice and CBD oil cartridges.
First, confirm that you have a CBD product designed for vaping. CBD tinctures are not made for inhalation and are only for oral use. They often come in the same style bottles, with similar labels as vapeable CBD—so just check to be sure.
Next, you might be wondering; how much CBD is in each puff? While it is a common question, there is no single answer. It can depend greatly on your vaping style—whether you take bigger direct lung hits, or smaller mouth to lung puffs. It’s even more dependent on the total potency of CBD in the vape juice.
Fortunately, it is relatively simple to determine exactly how much CBD is in your device. We will stick to the most common methods, CBD e-liquid and cartridges, and then we will show you how to apply that to dosing with other methods of delivery including flower and concentrates.
The first thing you’ll need to know is the potency of your CBD vape juice. This should be listed on the bottle in mg. Next, you’ll need the size of the bottle in mL. Divide the total amount of mg by the amount of mL and now you have the strength in mg per each mL.
The last thing you’ll need to know is the liquid capacity of your vape. Most vape tanks typically hold anywhere from 0.5 mL to over 5 mL, depending on the size and style of the tank. Cartridges usually have total capacity and potency up listed up front, which is pretty convenient for easy dosing.
Example: If we have a 30 mL bottle of CBD vape juice containing 1000 mg CBD in total. We would divide 1000 by 30 and get approximately 33. That means each mL of that bottle contains about 33 mg. If we put that into a 1 mL cartridge or vape tank, that means we now have 33 mg of CBD in it. If your vape tank holds more than 1 mL, multiply it by the total capacity of your tank. For example, if we have a 2 mL capacity tank, now our total CBD content has doubled to 66 mg per tank, and so on.
Now each time you finish a tank, you’ll know exactly how much CBD you took in. This will give you a good starting point for figuring out your ideal dosage for vaping CBD.
If you’re using a vape mod and want to take it a step further, some devices have a feature that counts your puffs. Reset the puff counter before filling your tank with CBD, and see how many puffs it takes you to finish it. This might take some repetition to obtain an average, but then you can divide the CBD capacity of your tank by the amount of puffs you took. This will give you an idea as to how much CBD you get from each puff.
For CBD flower and concentrates
For vaping high CBD hemp strains or concentrates, dosing isn’t as cut and dry, but it can still be worked out easily. Remember, 1 gram converts to 1000 mg. CBD concentrates are labeled by the total amount of CBD per gram or half gram, and often as a percentage. For example, if a gram (1000 mg) of CBD concentrate contains 50% CBD, which is 500 mg of CBD, then every 0.1 g dab is going to contain approximately 50 mg of CBD. This is where lab test reports are needed to confirm these numbers.
If you have CBD-rich flower containing 20% CBD, then each gram is going to contain about 200 mg of CBD. If you only vape 0.5 g of it, then you just vaped approximately 100 mg of CBD. Likewise, if you vape 2 grams, then you just vaped 200 mg CBD. (The same formula would also apply to smoking.) Most CBD pre-rolls contain 1 gram of bud.
For CBD oil and tinctures
CBD oils are oil-based tinctures that are taken sublingually, which means taken under the tongue. They are not the same formula used for vaping—we can’t stress this enough. However, finding your dosage is actually a very similar process. The graphic above can also be applied to CBD oil dosages.
First, you’ll need to divide the total amount of CBD per bottle by the size of the bottle in mL. This will give you the amount of CBD per mL, which is an important number to know.
Most CBD bottles come with a dropper that is designed to pull exactly 1 mL of liquid when you squeeze the rubber bulb. Some bottles will actually have the measurements in mL on the dropper itself for added precision.
Once you know how much CBD is in each mL, you’ll know how much to take. A 1 mL dropper holds approximately 20 drops of liquid.
If you really want to get technical, you can divide the mg/mL by 20 to get the amount of CBD in each drop, but it’s not necessary to count each drop.
Tip: Hold the CBD oil tincture under your tongue for at least 15-30 seconds before swallowing so that it gets absorbed into the blood vessels. Otherwise it will have to pass through your digestive tract.
For CBD gummies, edibles, and capsules
CBD edibles and CBD capsules are similar in their effectiveness in that they both must pass through the digestive tract. For this reason, your ideal CBD gummies dosage is going to be identical to your ideal dosage for any kind of CBD edible. One of the most significant advantages of these delivery methods is that they utilize predetermined doses.
If you are wondering how many CBD gummies you should eat, you first need to find out how much CBD is in each gummy. Luckily, most packages state the exact amount of CBD per gummy. If by some chance your package only states the total amount of CBD, then you can just divide that by the number of gummies (or capsules) per bottle. This will tell you exactly how much CBD is in each one, which is essential for figuring out how many and how often you should be taking them, based on your individual needs.
For CBD topicals/patches
CBD can provide a unique range of benefits when applied topically. This is done using CBD creams, lotions and transdermal patches.
Patches are going to be the most convenient in terms of dosing. They are labeled by their total CBD content, and generally state how long they remain active for, which could be up to 12 hours. By the end of that time, you should have gradually received the full amount of CBD from the patch transferred to your bloodstream.
Creams and lotions, on the other hand, are not as precise. The reason is because there is really no system of measuring how much you are using at any given time. If you want to get crazy, you could weigh the container and subtract the difference in weight after usage. I doubt most people are going to do that, especially when you’re more concerned about getting rid of your pain.
A more practical (but less accurate) method is to just eyeball it. Start with the smallest amount possible, and gradually increase until you find relief. Make note of the particular strength and brand that worked for you, then stick with it!
For best results, we recommend using CBD creams in conjunction with another method of delivery, ideally vapes and tinctures.
What is bioavailability?
Each CBD delivery method possesses a specific level of bioavailability. This refers to how much CBD content can actually get absorbed into your bloodstream. Vaping has by far the highest bioavailability, a fact recognized by drug companies. It can provide similar results to capsules, edibles and tinctures, while requiring you to use less product. This makes it one of the most efficient delivery systems for cannabidiol.
Tinctures are slightly less effective than vapes but more effective than edibles and capsules. Topicals fall between tinctures and vape oil in terms of effectiveness. Lastly, capsules and edibles tend to have the lowest bioavailability than other systems of delivery, making them the least effective options.
- CBD capsules and edibles: 5-15%
- CBD tinctures: 20-30%
- CBD topicals/patches: 35-40%
- CBD flower/vapes: 40-50%
So, if you vape 10 mg of CBD, your body can only absorb 4-5 mg of it. Keep this in mind when calculating your dosage. This applies to vaporizing CBD flower in a vaporizer.
If you happen to change your method of delivery, you’ll need to adjust your dosage according to its bioavailability. That means you can have a tincture with the same amount of CBD as in a vape, and your body might only absorb half that dose of CBD when taken sublingually in tincture form. You may need to compensate for this to get the proper dose.
Does the type of CBD affect dosage?
Another important factor to consider is the type of CBD you are taking. The main types are full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Since full and broad-spectrum CBD is said to provide the entourage effect, as a result of the interaction between various cannabinoids, you might find that they are more effective for you.
In some cases, the same dose of CBD administered in the same fashion can potentially be more effective if it is full spectrum. Broad-spectrum CBD provides this effect without the THC, making it a good alternative to full-spectrum CBD if you are concerned about the THC. For the record, most full-spectrum CBD products don’t contain more than 0.3% THC. Last but not least, make sure you are getting your CBD from a reputable brand that does lab testing and makes the results available to you.
CBD dosage chart and tips
This chart will give you a general idea of to how much CBD you should take based on your body weight. Start low, and gradually work your way up until you find a satisfactory dosage for you.
Keep in mind, your dosage is subject to change based on the condition you are trying to treat. Also, these dosages are for taking CBD orally, so if you’re vaping it, you might not need as much due to the higher bioavailability of vaped CBD. Here are a few recommended doses:
- Increase appetite in cancer patients – 2.5 mg CBD (best when combined at a 1:1 ratio with THC, if it’s available where you live)
- Chronic pain – 2.5-20 mg CBD
- Epilepsy – 200-300 mg CBD
- Sleep disorders – 40-160 mg CBD
- Social anxiety – 40-300 mg
Use this guide as a reference, but keep in mind that finding your dosage typically may also require some trial and error. You may also want to consult your doctor if you are using CBD for medicinal benefits, especially if you’re taking medication.
You should now be able to figure out the right dosage for a variety of CBD products. The process starts with knowing exactly how much CBD is in them, and how much you are absorbing. The next step takes some experimenting, as you need to figure out what works best with your body chemistry, based on what results you are looking for from the products you choose.
As you have seen, there is a lot that goes into determining how much CBD to take. The best practice is to always start as low as possible, then gradually work your way up. Once you have found the lowest possible dosage that works for you, there’s no need to overdo it. But if you feel like you’re not getting enough, you can always increase in 1-5 mg increments until you discover what works best.