You might be used to seeing strangers in public exhaling fruity clouds of smoke as you pass by, and wonder what all the fuss is about.
The truth is that most of the vaping products available contain nicotine. While some don’t, and others contain cannabis derived THC and CBD, the vast majority of vaping products are a great way to wean yourself off of cigarette smoking, and lend themselves to be a healthier alternative.
So whether you’re looking to quit smoking cigarettes or are simply interested in exploring the vape craze, we think these 7 tips will help to get you started.
- Invest in a good starter kit
If you’re new to vaping, it’s best to invest in a quality starter kit. As it is with many things, you get what you pay for. Luckily though, there are many quality starter kits on the market available for around $20-$30, and as long as you take care of it, it will last you for at least 6 months.
Compare that to buying packs of cigarettes regularly, and a vaping kit doesn’t seem too expensive afterall!
- It’s all about the taste
Because you’ll be using your vaping kit regularly, it’s absolutely worth it to dish out the extra cash for premium vape juices. You might save a few dollars on a lower quality product, but simply won’t enjoy it as much.
Vaping is all about the taste. There are countless flavors available, and you can mix juices to create your own custom flavors that you’ll love, so prepare your tastebuds and get creative!
- Know your Vape Juice
Speaking of vape juices, there are several factors you’ll need to consider when deciding on one.
Vape juices are commonly composed of a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. These might sound like dangerous chemicals, but they’re actually food-safe and harmless.
Make sure you know what you want out of your vaping experience. A vape juice with a high VG ratio will produce more vapor, while a higher PG ratio will produce a stronger hit to your throat. When it comes to these ratios, it’s all about personal preference, so you might need to experiment a little before you settle on a ratio you really enjoy.
Nicotine strength is another major factor you should consider. If you’re not interested in a strong nicotine buzz, you should go for a lighter strength, but if you’ve been smoking cigarettes for a while, you might need the extra nicotine boost to help curb your cigarette cravings.
If you’re in a state where marijuana is legalized, you can also find vape juice containing various levels of THC and CBD. This is a great option for anyone looking to avoid smoking while still enjoying the therapeutic experience that cannabis can provide.
There are also different strains of cannabis (sativa and indica) which provide a slightly different feeling. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences in cannabis strains, check out this article on Veriheal’s website.
- Be Careful When You Inhale (MTL/DTL)
Inhaling from your vaporizer for the first time can make or break your perspective on vaping.
Be careful when you inhale because you could end up coughing up a storm if you’re not careful.
There are two ways to inhale, mouth-to-lungs (MTL), and direct-to-lungs (DTL). If you’ve never smoked before or if it’s your first time vaping, try pulling the vapor into your mouth and then inhaling into your lungs.
This way, you reduce the risk of an uncomfortable experience.
- Vape Juice Maintenance
Keeping your vape juice fresh and potent is important for long-term users. If you keep your juice stored in a place with plenty of light and airflow, your juice will likely lose some flavor and potency.
If you’ve found that your juice has already lost some flavor, fear not. All you need to do is store it in a dark place (like the inside of a cabinet) for a few days and the flavor will be restored.
- Maintain your Vape
Maintenance is important with any device, and your vape kit is no exception. Make sure to check your battery and battery connections regularly, wiping clean any and all drips or leaks whenever necessary.
Clean your tank regularly. If you like acidic flavors like citrus and menthol, cleaning the tank regularly is especially important, as those flavors tend to eat through plastic tanks over time.
You can avoid this problem altogether by purchasing a glass or Pyrex tank.
Another important maintenance tip is to always make sure to change your coils when necessary!
- Avoid Vaper’s Tongue
Vaper’s tongue is a minor condition where you lose the ability to fully taste any given flavor. This might happen if you tend to use only one flavor, and can be resolved by simply switching to another flavor for a while.
So there’s no need to call the doctor, just try something new!
If you’re new to vaping, following the seven tips mentioned above will get you started, and help you get the most out of your new hobby!