If you're new to vaping, welcome! It’s only natural that as a beginner you want answers to a lot of basic questions, such as:
- What is vaping?
- Is it simple or complicated?
- What's the best device for a beginner like me?
- Can I vape anywhere?
- How long should a hit last?
- What flavors will suit me?
Don't worry, we've got all the answers. This article will clear the smoke! From what vaping is to how vapes work, you’ll know everything about vaping and much more in this ultimate how-to-vape guide for beginners.
What is Vaping?
First of all, you need to know what vaping means. Let’s clear the smoke!
Vaping is a practice in which vapor is breathed in and then breathed out. That vapor that comes from a personal vaporizer, often called PV. The term comes from the word “vaporize,” which means to change from a liquid or solid state to a gas.
Unlike smoking, vaping is a new practice. But although people have been vaping for just about a decade or so, it has quickly become very popular. Vaping involves inhaling vaporized e-liquid through a device called a vape pen or any other device.
The first vaping devices were introduced in 2003, and they used batteries and atomizers to create vapor from liquid nicotine or other substances. Today, there are many different types of vapes on the market that can be used with different types of e-liquids. Each variety gives you a different vaping experience and allows you to customize your vaping experience based on what you like best.
Did you know that you can even vape with dry herb if you aren't into vaping liquid? These special devices ensure you use dry herb and no liquid, but have all the benefits of a regular vape.
How to Choose Your First Vape Device
The next important step for you is to know what type of device will suit you best. While there are many different types of devices on the market, we know how overwhelming it can be when choosing one for your first vape. Here are two kinds of vapes that are most popular among cannabis fans:
- Convection vaporizer
- Conduction vaporizer
While it is true that vape pens and devices can be pretty pricey, here’s a simple solution: read our guidelines, and you're well on your way to finding the best-quality vape device, so you know you won't be wasting your hard-earned cash.
First off, not all devices or vape pens are created equal—and different devices are suited for different types of vapers.
- Look for an easy-to-use interface: a simple interface is always a good idea, whether you’re new to vaping or have been doing it for years. If you don’t have to overthink it every time you take a hit, you can concentrate on enjoying the flavor.
- Make sure that the flavor isn’t too strong. As a beginner, you want to be able to enjoy the subtlety of different flavors without feeling overwhelmed by them. It can also be quite challenging to inhale if the flavor is overpowering, so make sure whatever brand you choose has a range of flavors with light and subtle tastes.
- A good beginner device will also give a light hit that isn’t too strong or uncomfortable for the user. It should be easy to inhale without causing a lot of coughing or phlegm. Nowadays, most e-cigarettes are designed to be low wattage and produce a smooth experience.
How to Choose a Vape that Suits You
To start vaping, you’ll need to purchase some e-liquid. Many online retailers make it easy for you to choose the best e-liquid for your needs. Also, you have to work out what cannabis potency you would need compared to the usual intake. Most people new to vaping choose a lighter potency. These are not harsh and allow your body to get used to vaping instead of taking a hit from a bong or a joint, or even the slower onset of an edible.
Think about what kind of cannabis you want: Indica, sativa, or hybrid?
What is the potency you need? Now, not all e-liquids are created equal—there are a dizzying number of flavors and strengths out there to choose from. We recommend opting for a lighter potency since you're just starting out. It's not as harsh as other methods of cannabis intake (like smoking from a bong or joint), and it won't hit you as hard as an edible.
How Long Should Each Hit Last?
One of the top questions asked when people wonder how to vape for the first time is: how long should each inhalation last? When vaping, your hit should follow the golden rule. Don’t know the golden rule? Don’t worry. It’s easy enough to remember: simply start with a slow inhalation, and keep it steady. The perfect hit lasts about 4 to 6 seconds, but this can vary depending on the kind of device you're using and the wattage of your vape. The higher the wattage, the less time you need to inhale.
Top Tips for Beginner Vapers
Vaping can be a fun, easy experience if you follow the dos and don'ts for your first vaping experience:
Dos and Don'ts: Keep Your Vape Clean
Keeping your tank clean and free of residue is crucial because a dirty tank can alter the vapor and flavor produced. Always give your tank a quick clean before refilling. This will prevent buildup from ruining your vape experience (as well as ensure your vaping safety).
Dos and Don'ts: Switch Up the Flavors
One of the most common problems that vapers experience is an inability to taste their vape. This is caused by what's commonly referred to as 'vaper's tongue'. What it basically means is that your tastebuds need a refreshing change.
Dos and Don’ts: Keep Your Mouth Clean!
You risk developing mouth, tongue, and gum problems when you vape without properly brushing your teeth. Fact is, merely brushing your teeth is alright, but your mouth won't be thoroughly cleaned without brushing your tongue as well. In addition to a toothbrush, use mouthwash and floss to ensure that you regularly remove all particles and deposits in your mouth. This is especially true if you use a sweetened flavor in your vape.
Dos and Don’ts: Ask for Permission to Vape in Public
Before you vape at any location, it’s always wise to seek permission from the owner of the place. This practice should be followed even if you are at a friend's house. Before you vape in a friend's home, make sure you ask if it is okay. The vapor may bother people around you if they don't know what it is. While vapor does not smell or leave any residue, it is polite to ask those around you if they are comfortable with you doing so.
Dos and Don’ts: Respect The Rules
Often we see that designated areas are marked out for smokers. But don't just assume that it is okay to vape there. Check if rules are in place for vaping. In fact, as a beginner who is yet to figure out the dos and don’ts of vaping, it's a smart idea to get a smaller vape device that doesn’t stand out too prominently. These types of vapes let off smaller puffs of vapor, and you'll still be able to enjoy it without bothering anyone around you.
Dos and Don'ts: Never Leave Your Vape to Charge Throughout the Night
It is a misconception among many beginners that charging your devices overnight is harmless. This can damage your device and wear out the battery.
Dos and Don'ts: If You’re Thirsty, Don’t Ignore It
When you start vaping, you’ll notice that your mouth gets dry. Drinking water helps, but it's hard to remember to drink when you're busy. That's why it helps to keep a water bottle handy while you're vaping. Once you get used to vaping, you won't forget to stay hydrated and will be able to keep vaping as long as you want. Some vapes contain ingredients that tend to absorb water molecules faster. So you may notice you get a dry mouth more often than you used to! So, just keep a water bottle close at hand and stay hydrated.
Vaping for Beginners: More Top Tips
Vaping can sometimes be tricky, especially for inexperienced users wondering how to vape for the first time. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Don’t compromise on quality
2. Know what flavors you like
The Bottom Line on Vaping for the First Time
While these vaping tips are meant for beginners, this guide will come in handy for seasoned vapors as well. Remember to be polite when you’re out and about because not everyone appreciates a thick cloud of vapor, and choose your vape liquids and devices with care.