If you’ve read our blog in the past, you know by now that smoking hemp is perfectly safe, perfectly legal, and actually, pretty simple. Hemp is not like marijuana: because it’s nontoxic, it doesn’t get you high, meaning there’s no inherent danger in autonomously using hemp as a medicinal product to relieve pain, anxiety, and inflammation (to name just a few of the benefits of using hemp medicinally). Vaping hemp is also one of the most immediate means of physically getting hemp into your system so you can start feeling relief.
So what’s stopping you? If you’re looking to get into the vape game, you’re probably wondering how to choose the right hemp oil vape. Our guide on how to vape CBD oil gave an in-depth look at the process of using hemp oil vapes to inhale CBD; it also discussed some of the options currently available to you on the market—but how do you find a hemp oil vape that suits your unique lifestyle?
That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Read this guide, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right hemp oil vape for you.
Understand the Market
There are several different kinds of hemp oil vapes on the market today. Which one you choose will depend upon your unique lifestyle and identity. Let’s give a brief rundown of the two main choices you have when you go to buy your first hemp oil vape.
1. Tank or pen. You can vape hemp oil through two distinct yet similar devices—tanks and pens. They are similar in that they perform the same function (allowing you to get the hemp oil into your system quickly and efficiently), but the difference in the way each performs that function is very important to understand.
Tank style vapes are generally bigger and thicker than vape pens, and produce large, plumey clouds of vapor upon exhale. Vape pens, by contrast, are smaller, thinner, and produce very little vapor. Because of this, vape pens are usually the favored choice of hemp oil users who want to vape discreetly, and who want to be able to carry a device that is concealed, portable, and usable anywhere.
In terms of what you’re actually vaporizing in each device, tank style vapes use what’s known as e-juice, which is typically a mixture of hemp oil and other chemicals like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Vape pens use hemp oil proper. Typically, therefore, it takes less hits from a vape pen than it would from a tank style vape to feel the same effect.
2. Reusable or disposable. Vape pens come in two varieties—reusable and disposable. Disposable vape pens, the kind we make here at Curaleaf Hemp, are typically the favored choice of beginners, and of hemp oil users who just want to get going without the setup or hassle. Disposable vape pens are ready out of the box, comparatively cheaper, and remove the risk of chemical inhalation associated with wear and tear of the metallic heating coil within reusable vape pens. Both are fine choices—again, it’s just going to depend on your experience level, and on what you want out of each use.
Understanding Your Unique Lifestyle
Now that you understand what kinds of hemp oil vapes are out there, how do you choose the one that’s right for your lifestyle?
A great place to start is to think about your daily routine. If you’re working a nine-to-five, for instance, and have to take the train to and from work, you might prefer a vape pen over a tank style vape, because it will allow you to take discreet hits while commuting with crowds of people. If you don’t have as much contact with commuters throughout the day, on the other hand, a tank style might be perfectly suitable.
Another thing to think about is your personality type. When you’re choosing between reusable and disposable, for instance—are you the kind of person that is interested in the work involved with maintaining a reusable vape pen? Do you want to know the inner machinations of the device and be able to take diligent care of it? Or would you rather just not think about it, get relief, and throw away your vape pen when you’re done with it? Or perhaps it’s a mix of both: you consider yourself a technically inclined person, but you don’t care to really put in the work to maintain your hemp oil vape—you just want to use it.
For the potency, the efficiency, and the minimal hassle, you will never hear us at Curaleaf Hemp advocate for anything other than disposable vape pens when vaping hemp oil—but again, this is going to be a personal decision based on a number of factors that are completely unique to you.
Whatever the case, we hope we’ve helped you arrive at your decision a little faster. Happy vaping!