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How to Use a CBD Vape Pen

December 19, 2022 5 min read

How to Use a CBD Vape Pen

How to Use a CBD Vape Pen

The CBD industry is booming with new ways of consuming it. CBD vape pens are in high demand, but people don't know how to use them. The guide will explain how to use and shop and how they work.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is gaining popularity in people's lifestyles as it offers therapeutic benefits with no or minimal short-lived side effects. These benefits include alleviating body pains, anxiety, and stress and even treating sleeping problems. One of the common ways to harness the benefits is using an electronic device called a vape pen. The device vaporizes CBD oil into vapor inhaled directly into the lung tissues before being absorbed into the bloodstream. The device is easy to use, but newbies to vaping can have a problem.

Understanding CBD Vape Pen

A vape pen is a small handheld device shaped like a pen crafted with either a metal or plastic casing. It is used to vape nicotine e-liquid and other prescribed supplements. The cannabis industry has created an innovation of taking CBD oil by infusing it into the device. Therefore CBD vape pen is simply a small electronic device containing CBD e-liquid as the main active ingredient. According to Lacerda et al. (2019), CBD vape juice is made of hemp extract, glycerine for thinning, and flavoring to disguise the earthy bitter taste of most cannabis oil.  Upon extraction of CBD, the cannabinoid is highly diluted with organic carrier oils like hemp oil to create a concentrated solvent. The solvent is subjected to high pressure to make the CBD molecules split for easy vaporization by the vaping device.

How Does a CBD Vape Pen Work?

Vaping undergoes a lot of controversies among users. One issue is whether CBD oil can be used interchangeably in CBD vapes. The answer is no since the oil is too viscous to be vaporized by the Vape pen atomizer. Oleinik & Gleb (2021) explained that a CBD vape pen works by heating the fine CBD juice to create a vapor the user inhales to deliver the therapeutic ingredient into the bloodstream. It comprises three parts working simultaneously in vaporizing the CBD e-liquid. They include:


The battery is the heaviest part that powers the vaping pen. Some batteries are non-rechargeable, while others can be charged and are delivered with a charging device.


A cartridge is the housing chamber of CBD e-liquid and an atomizer. The chamber in some CBD vape pens can be disconnected to refill the juice if it runs dry. in some, it is permanently fixed with a pre-determined amount of CBD vape juice. The battery heats the atomizer in the cartridge to vaporize the liquid in producing CBD vapor


This small opening provides a smooth path for the vaped CBD juice to travel into the mouth and the lung tissues.


Each CBD vape pen varies; some are disposed of after use since the cartridge can't be refilled, while others are refillable and contain batteries recharged upon depletion.  Additionally, most vape pens contain a button to activate them. Some CBD vape pens require prime puffs to activate the atomizer before vaping.

How to Use CBD Vape Pens

Using CBD vape pens is easy and convenient. However, newbies to vaping can be overwhelmed and confused about where to start. According to Conuel et al. (2020), avoiding deep inhalation while vaping CBD using a vape pen is important since it can cause choking and overwhelming feelings. Start with short draws and gradually advance depending on your body tolerance and the optimal desired results. Nonetheless, if you decide to use CBD vape pens, it is essential to adhere to the following key steps:

  • Unpack the vape device and read the manufacturer's manual.
  • Confirm the quality and purity of CBD vape juice inside the cartridge by checking the certificate of analysis (COA) packed alongside the device. COA is a lab result from a third-party laboratory that displays the ingredients and chemical residues in the device.
  • Check whether the cartridge, battery, or mouthpieces are perfectly connected. If not, read the user manual to screw the parts together steadily
  • Press the button five times to activate the atomizer. If there is no button, try prime puffs to jump-start the battery in heating the coil.
  • When the vaping device has been activated, it will blink an indicator light to show it's ready for use.
  • Wait for a few seconds to allow enough time for CBD vape juice to be heated before vaping
  • Gently inhale the CBD vape through the mouthpiece and hold the vapor in the mouth as you gently allow it to go down into the lungs. Don't hold for long to prevent overwhelming yourself.
    Take another puff and wait for at least 2 minutes before continuing. Dosing CBD with vaping can be tricky; therefore, taking a break will allow you to feel the effects of CBD manifest and decide if you want more.
  • Turn off the device and store it in a cool room away from the light for the next use.

How to Shop for CBD Vape Pens

According to Berg et al. (2020), when buying CBD vape pens, consider the following key factors to narrow down your choice:

Manufacturer Reputation:

Avoid CBD vape pens from a poorly rated manufacturer and negatively commented on by other customers.

CBD Source

Shop for vape pens with CBD juice extracted from organically grown hemp. The plant ensures quality and highly potent CBD e-liquid.

Third-Party Lab Result

Avoid buying vape pens contaminated with chemical residues after analyzing COA.


Buy vape pens with high CBD potency


The battery's power for vape pens is estimated to be about 21mAh to prolong its lifespan.

THC Level

Avoid CBD vape pens infused with high THC contents above the recommended mark of less than 0.2% of the total juice weight.

Extraction Technique

CBD vape juice should be extracted using CO2 solvent or cold pressing since the methods ensure high-quality products. Some methods may contaminate the vape juice with biocompatible chemical residues.


Vaping is the fastest way to harness the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil. It is safe than smoking cannabis and primarily involves using a small electronic device called a vape pen consisting of a chamber housing the CBD e-liquid. The CBD vape pens work by vaporizing the CBD vape juice into an inhalable vapor. The juice is heated by an atomizer powered by a battery to split the CBD molecules into vapor. The vaping device is easy and convenient since it simply involves reading the user manual and inhaling the puffs through the mouth until you reach the optimal result.


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