How Many Puffs of CBD Vape Should I Inhale Daily?

Medically Reviewed By Naheed Ali, MD, PHD
How Many Puffs of CBD Vape Should I Inhale Daily? - Secret Nature

Vaping cannabidiol (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 a 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:

  • Ingredients
  • 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?

Vaping CBD is one of the most effective ways to absorb CBD into your system. Your body absorbs it through your lungs and into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive tract, so you can experience the effects much more quickly than with other methods. 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. Moreover, you must also exercise caution when choosing your CBD vape because some manufacturer do not reflect their actual CBD and claimed quantities. According to a 2020 study, only three (3) of the twenty-five (25) products from commercial outlets were close to the amount of CBD they claimed to have on their label. Fifteen (15) had significantly less CBD than claimed, two had far more, and five made no claims at all.

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:

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.

In other words, vaping CBD can deliver a higher concentration of CBD to your bloodstream, with a more rapid onset of effects.

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.

The key to determining how much CBD you should vape per day is to experiment with your vaping routine and see what works best for you. You may discover that vaping a lower dosage of CBD more frequently is preferable to vaping higher dosage at long intervals. Thus, when determining your overall daily dosage, you’ll need to account for the rate at which you resupply your body with inhaled CBD. 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 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 whether CBD tolerance can be developed in vapor or any other form. Among the impressive number of acute and chronic studies in humans, no tolerance to CBD was reported in the study of Bergamaschi et al., which was cited in an update study on the safety and side effects of CBD. However, further studies are needed to clarify the reported results. 

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.

5. How often should you puff a CBD vape?

Throughout the day, you can puff your CBD vape as often as you like. Most users find that a single puff every 45-90 minutes is perfectly sufficient. Others only take 3-4 hits of CBD vape throughout an entire day.

Unlike some other substances, it is not considerably dangerous to experiment with dosing as you find the perfect amount of CBD vape for your needs. Taking too much CBD is very unlikely to cause any real harm — the worst that might happen is you could experience moderate gastrointestinal stress or fall asleep.

6. How much CBD should you inhale at a time?

Most users will be content with 3-4 inhalations of CBD flower or 1-2 hits of CBD vape per session. Since vapes usually contain 2-3 times the amount of CBD present in CBD flower, a single vape hit contains the equivalent of a few puffs of flower. Whether you inhale CBD flower or CBD vape, the doses we’ve described above contain around 30-50mg of CBD each.

7. Should I hold in CBD vape?

It’s up to you whether you choose to hold vapor containing CBD in your lungs or not. Unlike the case with smoke, it does not appear to be considerably dangerous to hold cannabis vapor in your lungs since it only contains easily absorbed oils.

Smoke contains a variety of solid particulates that are best to get out of your lungs as quickly as possible. Pure vapor shouldn’t contain any particulate matter, however, which at least significantly reduces (if not entirely eliminates) the potential danger of holding substances in your lungs.

8. How does vaping CBD make you feel?

Vaping CBD should make you feel potently relaxed within seconds. No matter which way you use it, CBD will not get you high, but vaping this cannabinoid allows it to enter your bloodstream and make its way to your central nervous system with massively increased velocity and intensity compared to oral ingestion. When you ingest cannabinoids orally, your liver filters out the majority of these active molecules and significantly delays their passage to your brain. Your lung lining, however, is designed to absorb certain types of oils, allowing CBD to pass through with much higher bioavailability.

9. Will vaping CBD relax me?

Yes, vaping CBD is almost universally described as having a relaxing effect. Whether the vape contains terpenes from an indica, sativa, or hybrid strain, CBD is inherently relaxing, a trait that cannot be covered up by any terpene profile. CBD has also been also reported to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. However, more research is required because the results are based solely on animal models.

Every individual is different, however. There is no guarantee that vaping CBD will be relaxing in your particular situation, and you could easily have better results with one strain than another. Indica-leaning strains, for instance, generally have quite relaxing effects, so indica terpenes synergize well with CBD in vapes.

10. Does CBD vape affect your lungs?

No, vaping CBD should not negatively impact your lung health in any way as long as you follow a few basic precautions. First and foremost, only ever use CBD vapes that contain nothing but CO2-extracted CBD distillate derived from organic, indoor-grown hemp and organic, strain-specific cannabis terpenes.

 Unnecessary and harmful ingredients like vitamin E acetate, propylene glycol (PG), and polyethylene glycol (PEG 400) could certainly hurt your lungs if present in CBD vape products. PG and PEG 400 when combined with CBD may risk to exposure harmful formaldehyde level. Even terpenes derived from plants other than cannabis (“botanical terpenes”) can be harsh or harmful, so always prefer vapes that contain genuine cannabis terps. To avoid risks, it is important to purchase CBD products from sellers whose products are legitimate.

11. Will vaping CBD show up on a drug test?

It is very unlikely, but nonetheless possible, for THC to show up on a drug test after using a CBD vape. High-quality CBD vapes, after all, contain full-spectrum CBD extract, which can include up to 0.3% THC.

At these levels, THC will never accumulate enough in your nervous system to make you feel high. It will, however, gradually accumulate in your body’s fatty tissues where it is excreted over time. If you consume enough full-spectrum CBD over a short-enough time window, testing positive for THC is a possibility you should prepare for.

12. How long does one puff of CBD vape stay in your system?

If you only take a single puff from a CBD vape cartridge, any tiny amounts of THC you may have ingested should clear your system within 3-5 days. When you vape a lot of full-spectrum CBD every day for a long time, the THC that is gradually deposited into your body can stick around for up to 30 days. The less THC that accumulates, though, the faster it dissipates, so a single puff won’t result in any cannabinoids — THC or CBD — staying in your body for very long.

13. Can vaping CBD make you feel dizzy?

Vaping CBD should never make you feel dizzy. In some cases, though, using CBD for the first time can be overwhelming and result in a feeling similar to dizziness. If you continue to experience sudden dizziness after hitting a CBD vape cart, discontinue use, and seek medical attention.

14. What are the symptoms of vaping too much?

If you vape too much nicotine, you could hurt your heart, throat, or lungs. If you vape too much THC, you could hallucinate or develop a habit. If you vape too much CBD, though, the worst that’s likely to happen is you might decide to turn in for the night a bit sooner than you expected.


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