Types of Vape Mods
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Types of Vape Mods

Intro There are all kinds of vape mods to choose from in today's market, which can make shopping a bit overwhelming. These differences are more than just brand or stylistic choices. You'll find unique features and uses as you explore the types of vape mods you may want. We've found that many beginners struggle to discern and choose between the different vape mods available.  Inside this article, the Firefly team discusses the different types of vape mods you can expect to find, what those mods are designed for, and how to pick the best vape mod for your vaping needs! What Is a Vape Mod? Originally, vape mods were "modified vaporizers." They were homemade devices (or heavily modified retail devices) designed to quickly create large plumes of vapor. These devices were used at a risk, as sparks, fires, and ruined vaping components were common.  The popularity of vape mods continued to grow, regardless of the difficulties, and eventually, mainstream vaping companies caught on. Nowadays, vape mods are high-end vaping devices with powerful batteries, plenty of precision heating features and are compatible with a wide range of vaping accessories (like vape tanks).  You should note that "vape mods" do not include all types of vapes. As you're reading, if a vape mod doesn't seem like a good fit, there are all kinds of vaping options that may be a better choice for you.  Different Types of Vape Mods While there are a lot of sub-categories of vape mods (which we will get into later in the article), there are two major categories of vape mods you'll find on the market: regulated and unregulated mods. If you're familiar with how to use a vape pen, then some of the features of a regulated mod may look and feel familiar.  Regulated Mods These are the mods you're most likely to see available. They're called "regulated" because there are circuit boards that act as fail-safes to prevent dangerous surges of energy coursing through your device. This can prevent damage to your battery, internal components and can prevent sparks and fires when using a powerful device.  Regulated mods have grown to dominate the market since they meet the needs of the vast majority of vaping enthusiasts, even veterans who want exceptionally large plumes of vapor created quickly and easily.  Unregulated Mods True to their name, these are mods that do not have a circuit board inside. This means power flows directly from your battery to your vape tank (or related attachment). These devices are not for beginners. You should have extensive knowledge of vaping devices, general electrical systems, and a solid grasp of Ohm's Law before using these vapes.  When in the hands of an experienced vaper, unregulated mods can provide unmatched vapor production. However, the risk of short-circuits, discharges, and even fires is very, very real.  Two Kinds of Regulated Mods: Tube Mod and Box Mod When you start shopping for a vape mod, box mods and tube mods will be the most common devices you run across. These are easy to find in your local vape store, dispensaries, and online e-retailers. These devices are similar but have some key differences.  Tube Mods Tube mods look a lot like vape pens, and they essentially are! They maintain the cylindrical design that vape pens are famous for, though they usually are thicker to accommodate a larger battery. Tube mods can also accommodate sub-ohm tanks in addition to clearomizers, which makes them a great choice for experienced vapers that want a more travel-friendly device. Tube mods can sometimes be limited with features (especially with variable heating options). However, they are often budget-friendly, and the support for sub-ohm tanks makes them a viable choice for cloud-chasing vapers.  Box Mods Box mods, as you might expect, are usually boxy in design. They have batteries with high mAh capacity (usually 1500mAh and up) and power a variety of useful features for experienced vapers. These devices are fantastic for vapers wanting to quickly and easily create enormous vape clouds or for vapers looking to use concentrate or dry herb vaping attachments.  Box mods will have plenty of features, compared to tube mods which may only support a single heat setting or a set resistance. Most box mods will have features like: Precision voltage control (being able to adjust the voltage by small increments) Precision temperature control (being able to adjust the temperature by a few degrees) Large, replaceable batteries Support for sub-ohm tanks Informative LED screens that show the above information in an easy-to-read manner You'll find a lot of variations within box mods, but you can expect to find the above features in most types of vape brands.  Unregulated Mod - Mechanical Mod When you see a mechanical mod, you may be surprised by the design. Even though they are meant for experienced vapers, these devices look very, very simple. The body of the mod will be a simple battery (usually in a cylindrical shape) that directly attaches to an atomizer. The only feature you'll find on a mechanical mod is the power button, which is used to fire hits.  Mechanical mods are used by vapers who build their own atomizers (which are called rebuildable atomizers, or RBAs) and coils. The idea is to create a highly customized vaping experience that is catered exactly to what the user wants. These unregulated setups create an unmatched amount of vapor, though they require immense expertise to properly build and use. Are Vape Mods a Good Choice for You? It completely depends on what you want out of a vaping device. For users who are more experienced, have a better idea of the specific features they're looking for, and are ready to pay a premium for a high-end device, vape mods can be an excellent choice. If you aren't sure what you want out of a device, we don't recommend investing in an expensive device.  However, if the common features of a vape mod (especially box mods) seem appealing, there are many entry-level options that won't break the bank. Take your time shopping and see if there's a box mod that's a fit for what you want! Pros and Cons If you're trying to decide if a vape mod is a good fit, consider the following pros and cons. While these specific pros and cons may vary between models or types of vape brands, it should serve as a good, general guide to helping you decide what device to buy. Pros Higher vapor production Better tasting vapor More powerful batteries for longer sessions between charges Precision heating settings to find the perfect option for your unique vaping needs Availability of a variety of attachments, tanks, and coils Cons Generally more expensive Require more maintenance and more expertise to properly operate Longer charge time Batteries may be sold separately  What Is a Pod Mod? Even though "mod" is in the name, pod mods are very different devices from vape mods. Pod mods are extremely simple, stripped-down vaping devices that are usually set apart by unique, modern-looking designs. Pod mods typically do not allow for precision heating, and most are draw-fire operated (meaning they don't have a power button).  Pod mods have grown in popularity due to their ease of use. All you do is connect a disposable or reusable pod to your device, and you can quickly begin vaping. Without the distraction of a full suite of features, pod mods are particularly popular among beginner vapers who are just getting started.      Anatomy of a Pod Mod Pod mods have a simple anatomy, and while the specifics will vary between brands, this is what you can usually expect to find: Mouthpiece Disposable or refillable pod (sometimes called a cartridge) An LED light indicating battery strength (this is often absent on lower-end pod mods) A port for charging (usually micro-USB). What Are the Characteristics of a Pod Mod? Since pod mods are meant to be simple, beginner-friendly devices, most will share common traits. If the majority of these characteristics are appealing to you, then a pod mod might be the device for you! Low Voltage You won't get super spicy hits with pod mods. The voltage provided will be low (around 15W or below). Low voltage keeps hits cooler, though it will restrict overall vapor production.  Intended for Nicotine Users The vast majority of pod mods are designed to use nicotine-infused vape juice (and more specifically, salt nicotine). Salt nicotine provides very potent doses (usually 20mg and higher of nicotine per cartridge). This makes them ideal for heavy smokers transitioning away from tobacco.  Portable Pod mods are usually small and discreet, which makes them a perfect choice for vaping on the go. Many pod mods have nontraditional designs that are not easily identified. This may be an ideal choice if you're trying to vape in public without drawing a lot of attention to yourself.  Mouth to Lung (not Direct to Lung) Most pod mods are mouth-to-lung (MTL) devices. Users first draw vapor into their mouths, then inhale the vapor into their lungs (instead of breathing vapor directly into their lungs). This is a trait that will mostly appeal to former smokers since you smoke tobacco cigarettes with a similar technique.  Are Pod Mods a Good Fit for You? Pros and Cons Trying to decide if a pod mod might be a better choice than a vape mod? Pod mods have distinct pros and cons that will make it easy to determine if the device will be a good fit! Pros Portable and light Discreet Beginner-friendly Ideal for former smokers Cons Low vapor production No variable heating options Disposable pods can get expensive Typically designed for salt nicotine, which is very potent What You Need to Know Before Using Pod Mods You've read a lot of information about pod mods, so take a moment to consider some of these highlighted facts. We've talked about most of these, but it's important to keep them in mind when trying to decide if pod mods would be a good choice for your vaping needs: Pod Mods Are For Beginners Pod mods aren't just beginner-friendly. They are for beginners. If you're an experienced vaper and enjoy using box or tube mods, you are going to be disappointed with how limiting pod mods are.  You Pay a Premium for Convenience and a Modern Design Pod mods have gained a loyal following being they are easy, convenient, and discreet. Unless you're using refillable pods, the cost of using pod mods is quite high. Even when compared to traditional disposable vape cartridges for vape pens, you'll see a premium price. If you're trying to vape on a budget, pod mods likely aren't for you (but there are many other great choices!) Pod Mods Have Nicotine Users in Mind If you don't like to vape nicotine, or are more interested in vaping THC or CBD, then a pod mod is not going to be an ideal choice. Most pod mods (disposable or otherwise) are designed to vaporize salt nicotine-infused vape liquid, so unless that's your goal, your needs will be better served looking at vape mods or even dry herb or concentrate vapes.  What Device Works Best For You? There's no clear-cut way to quickly determine which device is right for you. You'll need to take the time to consider your specific needs and see which kind of device might be best. If you're overwhelmed with choices, ask yourself some of the following questions. It will help narrow down your choices and make it more likely you get a device you love on the first try! What do I want to vape? (Vape juice, dry herbs, concentrates, or a combination) What's my budget? (certain devices, like box mods, are more expensive) Do I plan on frequently traveling with this device? (if so, consider a vape with a travel-friendly design) What features do I want on my vape? (Do you want to be able to change the temperature, or do you want simplicity and easy use?) Do I want a cost-effective device that needs maintenance, or am I willing to pay a premium for disposable choices? After asking yourself these questions, you may even discover that a vape mod isn't the right kind of device for you at all. For example, if you're interested in how to vape dry herbs, then the Firefly 2+ (which is not a vape mod) may be the best fit for your needs! Regardless, take your time to identify your needs and wants, and be patient while shopping for devices. It's the best way to find a fantastic device without a lot of trial and error! SHOP NOW
Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane?
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Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane?

Intro While vaping has been around for decades (you may be surprised by how long vaping has been around), rules and regulations about when and where you can vape are slowly catching up. This is especially true at airports and on airplanes, which regularly review and revamp guidelines for what you can and can't bring on planes.  Unexpected hurdles can cause major travel interruptions, especially if you have a high-end device you can't fly with! In this article, we'll detail exactly how to fly with your favorite vaping device. This includes not only following general guidelines for what you're allowed to bring but also the best safety tips to make sure your device gets from point A to point B without damage.  Let's tackle the big question first! Can you bring a vape on a plane? Can You Travel with Your Vape Supplies? If you want a regular hit of nicotine or need doses of CBD for health reasons, being able to fly with your preferred vaping supplies can make or break travel plans. Fortunately, if you're flying within North America (the U.S., Canada, or Mexico), you should have little to no problems flying with most vaping supplies, as long as they are strictly nicotine or CBD vaping products.  Can You Travel with Your THC Vape Supplies? You cannot travel with any kind of THC product. Currently, THC (the chemical compound found in cannabis that gets users high) is a Schedule 1 prohibited substance in the United States. Airports are governed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which means airports fall under federal jurisdiction.  Even if you live in a state that has recreational marijuana available, you should never bring it to the airport. If you have devices or glassware that has marijuana residue, that could be enough for confiscation or fines. The best advice is to leave your weed vape supplies securely at home! Can You Travel Internationally with Your Vape Supplies? It depends on which country you're going to. Many countries have outright banned all vaping substances and equipment. Do not attempt to smuggle vaping equipment into countries that have a broad ban. You could end up with hefty fines or even getting arrested.  Below, you'll find a list of countries that have a broad, strict ban on all vaping supplies: Argentina Brazil Brunei Cambodia China Dubai Hong Kong India Japan Norway Singapore Taiwan Thailand Turkey Venezuela Vietnam Just like in the U.S., the law about vaping tends to change quickly. Even if your destination country is not on this list, you should review the most recent regulations they may have regarding vaping supplies. Can You Travel with CBD and Hemp Vape Supplies? This is a gray area that travelers should be cautious about. It is perfectly legal to travel with hemp and CBD since both have been federally legal since 2018. However, law enforcement officers (and the TSA) may still confiscate anything that looks like marijuana, even if you have documentation to the contrary.  To avoid possible problems or loss of product, we don't recommend traveling with hemp since it can be difficult to distinguish from marijuana. CBD-infused vape juice and oils are easier to travel with, though you should still carry documentation stating that the products do not contain THC above the federal limit.  Carry-On Only: How to Transport Your Supplies If you are traveling to or within a vape-friendly country, you almost certainly can bring all of your vaping supplies (barring THC products, of course). However, there are certain rules on how you can bring them onto a plane. Namely, vape supplies can only be transported in your carry-on luggage.  This rule isn't unique to vaping devices, either. Any item that is powered by a battery cannot be stored on checked luggage. Any vape pen, box mod, or other vaping devices will need to be on your person on the plane. If for some reason, you can't carry it, you will have to throw it away before boarding the plane. Make sure you have carry-on space for your vape! Traveling with Vape Juice Your vape juice can be brought in your carry-on or your checked luggage. If you want to have it in your carry-on, you'll need to make sure that it is in a container that holds less than 3.4oz (100mL), which is the standard rule for all carry-on liquids.  If you have a bigger bottle you want to travel with, you'll need to pack it in your checked luggage.  Pack Your Vape Supplies Carefully The last thing you want is to break a high-end box mod or have a spill of sticky e-liquid. You should take time to properly pack all your vaping supplies to avoid damage to expensive equipment and unexpected messes!  Packing a Box or Pod Mod You should disassemble your device as much as possible before packing (especially removing any connected accessories, like vape tanks). Connection points are weak, which can lead to easier device damage should your bag get tossed around.  Once disassembled (as much as possible), wrap your device in bubble wrap, a shirt, or something that is soft and cushiony. You want to avoid getting abrasions on your device as well as cushioning it from damage from other items in your bag.  Finally, pack the device away from the outside of your bag. This will give ample protection from damage should something impact your carry-on or if you drop your bag. Most airlines also allow for a "personal item" (a small bag like a purse or backpack) to be always kept with you. If you have space for your vaping supplies, this would be an ideal storage area! Packing Vape Juice A vape juice spill in your carry-on can be an absolute traveling disaster. You can’t be too safe in making sure you prevent spills, so look at the following recommendations to keep vape juice in their containers! Make sure the lid of your e-liquid bottle is securely tightened.  Wrap masking tape around the bottle to close any holes that may leak.  Place the bottles in a Zip-Lock bag or other waterproof containers.  With multiple layers of protection like this, it will be unlikely that you will experience any unfortunate spills while traveling.   Packing Dry Herb and Concentrate Vapes While we don’t recommend traveling with your dry herb or concentrate supply (like hemp or CBD wax), the devices themselves can be brought with no trouble. Make sure to thoroughly clean the heating chamber before packing since the TSA may confiscate the device if it smells or has a residue that indicates marijuana or THC product use.   Once cleaned, wrap your device in a soft cloth or bubble wrap (similarly to how you would pack a disassembled box mod). Keep it away from the edges of your bag, and consider carrying it with you in your personal item instead of your carry-on.  Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane?  Yes! As long as you follow the above guidelines, you can bring your favorite vaping device onto your plane. If you are traveling internationally, be sure to check the legal status of vaping supplies. You can't check your vape devices, but they will be welcome in your carry-on or personal item. If you are traveling with CBD products, you should bring proof that it is not a THC product. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two, and TSA agents have the final say on what can and cannot be brought onto planes.  Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane Under 21? Surprisingly, yes! Even though you have to be 21 to buy vaping products, the TSA typically won't confiscate vaping devices from passengers under 21 years old. Their role is to keep dangerous materials off planes (not enforce age restrictions on certain devices or substances).  While we don't recommend those under the age of 21 vapes, those wondering if you can bring a vape on a plane under 21 can rest assured that they can.  Can You Vape in the Airport? Airports treat vaping as they treat smoking, and since you can't smoke at most airports, you won't be able to vape in most airports, either. There are a few airports (like Nashville International) that have designated smoking lounges where you can also vape, but those lounges are few and far between.  Currently, airports like Dulles International, Miami International, Barcelona International, and McCarren are some of the few airports that allow vaping in some capacity. They'll still have specific, dedicated spaces for vaping (just like they do for smoking), so double-check to see where their dedicated smoking areas or lounges are located.  You should always check the specific airports you intend to travel to in order to see if they have updated their vaping rules. Again, regulations regarding vaping tend to change quickly, so it's best to check the most up-to-date information available.  Specific Airline Policies on Vaping While each airline uses different wording in their policies, they all point to the same conclusion: you are never allowed to vape on a plane under any circumstance. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a clear policy prohibiting vaping on flights, and fines for vaping on planes range from $2-$4000.  If you've tampered with smoke detectors or are seen as ignoring the instructions of a flight attendant, you could be arrested and permanently banned from that specific airline (or flying altogether).  Simply put, it is not worth the risk. Never attempt to vape on an airplane.  How to Take Care of Your Vape Abroad Taking care of your vaping device while traveling abroad is simple. You'll want to follow the standard procedures of how to vape to keep your device in working order.  Keep in mind that vaping products or replacement parts may be more difficult to find (depending on the make and model of your device), so pack extras if you plan on an extended stay.  Of course, remember to make sure that vaping is legal in the country you're going to! Be Prepared for Safety There are a few tips you can follow to be sure you fly as safely as possible with your vaping device. This is all prep that should be done before you enter the airport: If you want to vape immediately after landing, make sure your vape is charged before boarding your plane. You are not allowed to charge battery-powered devices (like vapes) on planes. Empty all e-liquid out of your vape tank. It is possible your device will leak when the air pressure in the cabin changes.  Turn off your vape before boarding. While rare, devices can misfire (causing shorts or electrical fires), which is extremely dangerous if it occurs while in the air.  Stay Safe When You Travel As long as you adhere to the law, you won't have a problem traveling with your vape. Once at your destination, be courteous with your vaping, especially if in a different country. Even if vaping is legal, there may be different cultural norms regarding when and where you can vape. Be thoughtful and polite and be a good guest for wherever you may be visiting!   SHOP NOW
How to Clean Vape Coil
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How to Clean Vape Coil

Without a doubt, the most cost-effective way to vape is to get a reusable vaporizer or vape tank. Buying your own bottles of vape juice, dry herb, or wax gives you so much more bang for your buck than buying disposable cartridges or disposable vapes. However, you only get to enjoy the savings if you properly maintain your devices.  One of the most important pieces of maintenance for vape tanks or heating chambers is to make sure that your vape coils are kept clean. While it isn't necessarily hard to clean vape coils, it's very easy to ruin coils (or even entire tanks) if you don't clean them the proper way.  Curious about the best way to keep your vape pen, tank, and coils clean? In this article, we’ll teach you how (and more) below!   Why Is Cleaning Your Vape Important? There are several reasons why it's important to clean your vape on a regular basis. Let's take a look at some of the most important reasons below: Maintenance Check When you take apart your vape to clean it, it gives you an opportunity to visually inspect the internal components of your device. For vape juice pens, it's a great chance to see if the heating coil needs replacing, if you need to replace the wick material, or if there are any other parts or components that don't look quite right.  For dry herb and wax vapes, it's a chance to prevent vapor path clogs before they start. If you're using a conduction vape pen, it's also a good chance to see if the heating coils just need to be cleaned or need to be replaced entirely.  Maintain Quality Flavor A clean vape makes for clean tasting vapor, and dirty vapes are a common cause for burnt tasting flavors. Your heating coils will eventually need to be replaced, and towards the end of their life, they will create nasty, harsh vapor that can ruin a quality vaping session. Regular cleaning will avoid this issue almost entirely, which is why it should be part of your vaping habit. Improved Overall Vaping Experience A well-maintained, clean vape just makes for a better overall experience. Not only will your flavor be consistently delicious, but you'll avoid making your vape a nasty, sticky experience. You may find it difficult to use a touchscreen on a vape covered in residue, while devices with physical buttons may stop working entirely if they get gunked up.  What Are the Components to Clean in a Vape Device? The specific components that you'll want to focus on will vary depending on what the vape is designed to do. You'll also see some variation based on specific brands and models, though the following information will give you a good idea of what to expect with most general devices: What Are the Components to Clean in an E-Liquid Vape? E-liquid vapes have the most parts to consider when thinking about regular cleaning. This is because more advanced vape tanks (like those with rebuildable atomizers) have several intricate parts that need to be removed for cleaning. First, you'll see the drip tip (or the mouthpiece). Originally called drip tips because you would literally drip vape juice into this piece onto coils, these pieces now are basically mouthpieces. You will want to be sure to keep this part clean since vapor will always make contact here on its way to your lungs.  Next, you have the vape tank (the device that holds your vape juice). They will usually have a lid that connects directly to the drip tip, and that lid needs to be kept clean, as it is part of the vapor path. Inside the tank, you'll find heating coils (or a heating element that heats your juice) and possibly a wick that soaks up vape juice to be placed into contact with the coils.  What Are the Components to Clean in a Dry Herb or Wax Vape? Dry herb and wax vapes are usually simpler than e-liquid vapes. Wax vapes will have a heating chamber with coils, which connects to the mouthpiece. Dry herb vapes might have heating coils (if they are conduction vapes), which will lead to a mesh filter before opening into the vapor path.    If you're using a convection vape, you may or may not have exposed heating elements. Many convection vapes use built-in heating chambers or walls that require little cleaning or maintenance, but they also can't be replaced. They will usually have a mesh screen (like conduction vapes), and the mesh screen in both styles will need to be replaced on a regular basis.  When to Clean Your Vape Device Usually, you'll want to do a minor clean on your vaping device once every 1-2 weeks, with a deeper clean every month, but it’s dependent on how often you are using your vape device. This will help avoid experiencing unexpected burnt flavors and will help keep your internal components in working order.  There are also other specific instances that you may need to make an unscheduled clean. Common reasons include:  A Burnt or Unpleasant Flavor We've mentioned this several times, but a bad vapor taste almost always means you need to clean out your device. It can also help diagnose other problems if the nasty flavors persist after cleaning.  Low Vapor Output If your vapor path is clogged or your heating coils are caked with residue (a common problem with wax vapes), you'll notice a significant decrease in vapor production. A clean may be needed to clear out clogs so you can get bigger, more satisfying hits.  Changing Vape Juice Flavors If you're using a vape juice device, you'll usually want to clean the tank out if switching between flavors. This is because the residue of the previous oil will remain (and will still be saturated into the wick). If you want crisp, authentic flavors from your juice, you'll need to clean the tank when you change out flavors.  What Are the Common Cleaning Techniques? Whether you're looking for a quick clean or a more thorough, deep clean, there are several techniques you can rely on to get solid results.  Standard Liquid Cleaners The most common cleaning techniques involve a liquid cleaner, like rubbing alcohol or warm water. A quick warm water rinse is great for basic cleanings, while more in-depth cleanings benefit from rubbing alcohol or other dedicated cleaning agents. While household agents (like vinegar) are often used, we encourage you to follow your manufacturer's recommendations. If you are cleaning inside of a vape juice tank, you should not use rubbing alcohol (also called isopropyl alcohol). It ignites easily and is extremely dangerous if vaporized and inhaled. Dry Cleaning (or Burn-Off Cleaning) This is a great technique if using a dry herb or wax vape with coils that have caked-on residue. You'll remove any vaping substance from inside the heating chamber and crank up the heat to the coils. When the coils have cooled, you can use a cotton swab with a cleaning solution to brush away any lingering gunk that may still be on the coils.  This technique is similar to how some ovens self-clean, and it's a great strategy for cleaning off newer coils. Older coils may not be able to use this strategy well since coils lose their ability to reach peak temperatures over time. Ultrasonic Cleaning If you have ever gone to a jewelry store and watched them clean jewelry in a small bath of water, you've seen ultrasonic cleaning in action. The water acts as a medium for ultrasonic vibrations to travel, which effectively knocks off the dirt and grime that may have built up inside your device.  You'll get an excellent clean from these devices, though you'll want to consider the upfront cost of this kind of cleaner, as well as any maintenance it may need for long-term use.  How to Clean a Vape Tank Depending on how dirty your vape tank is, there are several different methods you can use to get it comfortably clean. You may be able to get away with just a warm water rinse, or you may need a heftier cleaning agent (like baking soda) to get the job done.  Water Rinse If your vape tank just needs a quick clean, then a water rinse is ideal. All that a water rinse involves is: Disassemble your vape tank. Allow warm water to run over each individual component. Place each component on a towel to air dry.  For bigger parts of the vape tank, you can use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to gently dry it, but air drying is the best way to safely and thoroughly dry the internal components. Deep-Clean Soak If your vape tank needs a more thorough clean, soaking is the best way to tackle stubborn residue. There are several cleaning agents for soaking to consider, including:   Grain alcohol (do not use rubbing alcohol) Vodka Vinegar Baking Soda Lemon juice Dish soap and warm water With each of these cleaning agents, you'll let your vape tank soak for 1-2 hours. Afterward, thoroughly rinse components under running water and allow them to air dry.  Ultrasonic Cleaner Finally, if you opt to invest in an ultrasonic cleaner, simply take your vape tank apart, fill your ultrasonic cleaner with water, and allow the device to go through a cleaning cycle (usually around 10 minutes). You'll want to follow included device instructions for more specific instructions, but the process is very simple regardless of which cleaner you end up with.  When to Replace Your Vape Tank While vape tanks with proper maintenance can last for a long time, there will come a time that you need to replace the tank. Common signs include dwindling vapor production (even when primary components are replaced and clogs are removed), a stubborn, unpleasant flavor, or persistent leaks.  How to Clean Your Vape Coils If you just want to clean your vape coils, the process is easy! The most important step in cleaning vape coils is to make sure you are only cleaning your vape coils, which means the other components need to be removed. For most vape tanks, this includes removing the drip tip, top cap, the bottom base, and the quartz or plastic tank cover.  Once the vape coil is isolated, you'll soak it, as we discussed earlier. You can use warm water and dish soap, vinegar, baking soda, or grain alcohol, and you'll soak for as long as you think you need to (usually 1-2 hours, but a longer soaking session won't damage the coils).    After soaking, rinse the coil in running, warm water for 20-30 seconds, and allow it to completely air dry before reassembling your vape tank.  How Long Do Vape Coils Last? The life of a vape coil will depend largely on how often you use it, how well you take care of it, and what you are vaping. For example, coils used for wax vaping have a very short lifespan compared to coils in vape tanks, but a heavy vape juice vaper may need to replace their coils more often than a casual wax vaper.    In general, heating coils can last up to a month, though this will depend on the factors we mentioned before.  How to Clean a Vape Pen? Vape pens usually require much less cleaning than a vape tank will (especially if using prefilled, disposable cartridges). However, you'll still want to keep residue from building up on the outside of the device (which will naturally happen as vapor comes into contact with the outside of the pen).    To clean a vape pen, take a dry cloth and wipe down the outside. This is usually all you'll need to do to keep a vape pen from getting sticky, gross, and hard to use. If you need a more thorough clean, wipe the device down with a damp rag. You'll never soak a vape pen or use harsher cleaning agents (like the ones we mentioned before). Conclusion Keeping your vape coils and vape tanks clean is pivotal to keep your device long-lasting and your vapor tasting great. Luckily, most cleaning for any style of vape is relatively simple and straightforward. Just be sure to put in the occasional time to keep the device clean and to keep watch of any signs that you need a deeper clean or a component replaced.  Looking for a long-lasting, easy-to-clean dry herb vape? Then take a look at the Firefly 2+. It's simple design makes it easy to maintain, but its high-quality components consistently provide some of the best-tasting vapor cannabis vapes have to offer!   SHOP NOW
What Is a Vape Pen?
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What Is a Vape Pen?

Intro  With vaping continuing to grow in popularity, it can be hard to keep track of all the different kinds of vaping devices that are available. While veterans may be able to easily navigate the differences, beginners can easily be overwhelmed with choices, especially if terms are used seemingly interchangeably (like "vape pen").  If you've ever been confused about what specifically a vape pen is, then this article is for you! We'll deep dive into what those devices are, what features they usually offer, and how to best take care of vape pens for long-term use.  What is a Vape Pen?  A vape pen is a small, cylindrical device that is able to produce vapor. It includes a battery that powers a heating element within an atomizer. That atomizer is in contact with your vaping substance, and when heat is applied, that substance vaporizes and is inhaled by the user.  True to their name, vape pens typically look somewhat like ball-point pens. This makes vape pens an ideal choice for discreet, public use and usually makes for easy travel. Vape pens can be used to vape a variety of substances, including nicotine-infused vape juice, dry herbs, concentrates, and cannabis oils.  What Are the Different Types of Vape Pens?  Vape pens were one of the first styles of vaporizers available on the market, which means you'll find a huge variety of devices today. Take a look below to see some of the different kinds of vape pens available today. Disposable Vape Pens  Disposable vape pens are complete vaping systems ready to go out of the box. They are not designed to be refilled, so once the vape juice inside is used up (or the battery dies), the pen is thrown away. Disposable vape pens can come filled with e-liquids (often infused with nicotine) or cannabis oils, like THC.  Reusable Vape Pen Batteries  Reusable vape pen batteries are the most common vape pen style available. The battery is built inside a pen-like chamber, and most are designed to connect to a 510 threaded cartridge. This kind of vape pen can use disposable, prefilled cartridges or can use refillable, reusable cartridges or tanks. This style of a vape pen usually has nicotine-infused vape juices or cannabis oils in mind for use. Dry Herb Vape Pens  You may associate dry herb vapes with larger, box-like designs, but genuine dry herb "pens" are available. They maintain a smaller, pen-like design (though it will still be thicker than a vape pen for e-liquids), with a chamber to heat dry herbs. You typically sacrifice chamber and battery capacity for the discreet pen design, so keep that in mind when choosing a device. Concentrate Vape Pens  Since concentrates don't need a wide surface area to heat, most concentrate vaporizers will sport a pen-like design. The heating chamber just needs to be wide enough to house a heating coil, though there are several genuine vape pens that are made specifically for concentrate vaping.  Pod Mods  Finally, pod mods are hefty vape pens that are geared towards heavier vapors. Unlike box mods, which are larger and bulky, pod mods offer a slimmer design while still offering plenty of power. Pod mods are much thicker than a standard, reusable vape pen, but their comfortable, cylindrical form factor is still far less conspicuous than a standard box mod.  Pod mods are generally used for e-liquids with nicotine, though pod mods can also handle a variety of accessories and attachments. Depending on the specific brand, you can find pod mods that can handle dry herb or concentrate attachments, too.  What Parts Make Up a Vape Pen?  Depending on the specific brand of pen, you'll find small variations in the design or offered features. However, you can count on finding the same core components across devices that allow the vape to work. There are three major designs that you'll experience; e-liquid vape pens, dry herb vape pens, and concentrate vape pens.  E-Liquid Vape Pens E-liquid vape pens will typically have a battery at the base of the device. As you move along the device, the battery will connect to some kind of atomizer. Unless you're using a disposable vape pen, the atomizer can be disconnected from the battery, which allows for cartridge replacements or easier refills.  The atomizer connects to the vapor path, which is how vapor can flow from its container where it is heated. Finally, the vapor will flow through a mouthpiece, where users can take puffs of tasty clouds! Dry Herb Vape Pens  Most dry herb vape pens do not have a removable heating compartment. Usually, the battery (which is still usually located at the bottom of the device) is wired directly to the heating chamber. This is because the heating chamber of a dry herb vape requires a lot more power than an atomizer does, and a built-in heating chamber allows power to more safely and easily flow. The heating chamber is where you will load dry herbs into the device. How much dry herb you can load will depend on the brand or model choice, though it's usually much less than a standard dry herb vape.  Once loaded, the heating chamber heats the dry herb (using either convection or conduction heating), which creates vapor. From there, vapor will pass through a mesh filter (usually connected directly to the heating chamber), where it will follow a vapor path to the mouthpiece.  Concentrate Vape Pens  Concentrate vape pens have some of the simplest designs you'll find in a device. The battery serves as the base and connects to the heating chamber. Depending on the device, you may be able to remove the battery base from the heating chamber, which is helpful when performing routine maintenance.  Inside the heating chamber are the heating coils. The concentrate is placed directly onto the heating coils, which will later heat up to super-high temperatures. Heating coils in a concentrate vape pen will eventually need to be replaced, and most devices allow for easy coil exchange for easy overall maintenance.  When the vape is turned on, the heating coils create vapor from the concentrate, which will travel through a vapor path through a mouthpiece. Concentrate vape pens can be made to be slimmer than dry herb vapes since less space is needed for concentrate than for dry herbs.   How Do Vape Pens Work? Regardless of the style you use, vape pens work in similar ways. A battery provides power to a heating element (which can be a heating chamber, heating coils, or an atomizer) that heats a provided substance enough to produce vapor. The vapor is then inhaled through a mouthpiece by the user.  While that process can vary greatly depending on the specific features a vape pen may offer, or what the pen is designed to use, the basic process typically remains the same for most vapes with a pen design.  Benefits of Vape Pens Vape pens offer a lot of benefits that other designs struggle to match. If you're thinking about purchasing a vape pen, consider some of the following benefits: Discreet Public Use The vast majority of vape pens (including many pod mods) can be concealed in a closed fist. This makes vape pens ideal for inconspicuous public use. If you need a device for vaping while out and about, a pen design may be a good fit.  Easy Portability Most vape pens can be disassembled and easily transported. Even if you don't plan on vaping publicly, if you want to have a device that travels easily, vape pens easily fit the bill. Even if your device can't be taken apart (like most dry herb vape pens), their overall design still lends themselves to be convenient travel companions.  Ease of Use Vape pens are really, really easy to use, which is why beginners flock to them. Connecting a cartridge or loading a heating chamber is very straightforward, and most vape pens aren't loaded with a full set of complicated features. If you want a quick, easy vaping experience, vape pens offer an enticing solution.  Tips for Choosing the Best Vape Pen If you're interested in a vape pen, you'll be faced with a huge variety of choices. In order to help narrow those options down, ask yourself some of the following questions to help guide yourself to an ideal product: What Do I Want to Vape? First, decide what you want to vape! Do you want to vape e-liquids or dry herbs? Do you want to be able to vape a variety of different choices? Determine what you want your vape pen to be able to handle, and you'll narrow down your choices quickly.  How Much Do You Want to Spend? While vape pens tend to be budget-friendly, you'll still face a pretty broad price range. Basic pens can be as little as $10-15, while pod mods can be upwards of $100 or more. Landing on a price ceiling before shopping will help to make a faster decision. What Features Do You Want? Are you ok with a basic vaping experience, or do you want precision heat control, an extra-large heating chamber, or compatibility across a broad range of attachments? Determining what features you want and which you can live without is a great way to narrow the field of choices.  How to Clean a Vape Pen? Vape pens are pretty easy to keep clean, though how you do so will depend on whether you have a vape pen for e-liquids, dry herbs, or concentrates: Cleaning an E-Liquid Vape Pen There's not much mess to clean up with this kind of vape pen since the entire vaping process is usually completely enclosed. Should light residue buildup on the outside, just use a dry cloth to wipe it down. If you spill vape juice when refilling a cartridge, wipe down the outside thoroughly.  Cleaning a Dry Herb Vape Pen After every vaping session, you'll need to dump out the heating chamber and clear any remaining spent herb. You should never store dry herb in a heating chamber (that can lead to stick residue buildup and clogs). Occasionally, you'll need to change the mesh filter once it becomes clogged, and most dry herbs vape pens come with spare filters.  Cleaning a Concentrate Vape Pen Cleaning a concentrate vape pen can be a little trickier since you're dealing with extra sticky wax concentrate. When you're done vaping, allow the heating coils to completely cool and rub-down the interior with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. You want to use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol, just enough to give the coils a good scrub.  You should never store concentrate in the heating chamber of your vape pen since it can potentially clog the vapor path or slowly seep into the sensitive electronics underneath. Remember, you'll need to occasionally replace the heating coil regardless, and it is often a reason that your vape tastes burnt.  How to Fill a Vape Pen? If you're using a dry herb or consecrate pen, just open the heating chamber and place your cannabis or wax inside. If you're using an e-liquid vape tank, the process can be a little more complicated, and there are general steps you can try (which will vary depending on the specific brand of vape you have): First, power the device off and detach the vape tank from the vape battery. If using a top-fill tank, unscrew or move the top of the tank to reveal the tiny refill hole. If using a bottom fill tank, flip the tank over and unscrew the covering to reveal the refill hole. Use a syringe (or a bottle with a syringe tip) to refill your tank to the desired level. With top-fill tanks, replace the tank cap and reconnect the tank to the battery. With bottom-fill tanks, replace the bottom of the tank, ensuring it is completely fastened. Then, flip the tank over. Check for any drips or leaks. If there are, flip the tank over and more securely fasten the tank cap. If there are no leaks, reattach the tank to the vape battery. Again, these steps will vary, though they should serve as a good general guide of what to expect when refilling an e-liquid tank.  How to Charge a Vape Pen Regardless of type or model, the vast majority of vape pens have internal batteries (or batteries that cannot be removed). This means they'll have a charging port (usually Micro-USB) and an included USB charging cable. Many vapes do not come with a power adapter (or the part that plugs into the wall), but you can use any you have available, like those for most mobile phones.  Conclusion Vape pens are an excellent choice for beginners, but their versatile and travel-friendly design has continued to draw veteran vapers who may be looking for a secondary travel device. Regardless of what you want to vape, there is a pen-like device for it, which means they are a great, low-cost way to try all kinds of vaping substances.  If you are interested in vaping dry herbs and are interested in moving to a high-performing device that moves beyond what a vape pen will offer, consider the Firefly 2+. It uses special convection heating to provide a world-class taste of your favorite dry herbs!   SHOP NOW
How Much Do Vapes Cost
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How Much Do Vapes Cost?

Intro  Whether you're trying to quit smoking tobacco or looking to pick up a fun hobby, the cost of vaping is a question on the minds of many beginners. It can be difficult to navigate the costs of different devices, as well as determining what your long-term costs will be. How much do vapes cost, and what other expenses can vapers expect to face ongoing as they enjoy the benefits of vaping? In this article, we'll do more than talk about how much vapes can cost. We'll also talk about the specific factors that can impact your budget, the price of particular vape parts, and the best ways to get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to vaping. How Much Does Vaping Cost?  The cost of vaping is going to depend on the specific device you choose and what you decide to vape. It can even come down to how you vape, so you can understand how it can be difficult to nail down a price.  For now, let's take a look at different vaping devices that could impact your overall costs: Disposable Vapes  While disposable vapes are very convenient, they will also usually be your most expensive option for vaping. After all, you're buying an entire vaporizer when you need to refuel, so your costs will be consistently high. If being cost-effective is one of your priorities, disposable vapes will be a poor choice.  Disposable vapes are typically geared towards new entrants to vaping or tourists. In general, you can expect disposable nicotine vapes to cost $5-15 apiece and cannabis vapes to cost $30 - 60 apiece. Prices will vary depending on specific strength and brand. Disposable Cartridges  Disposable, prefilled cartridges will be more cost-effective than disposable vapes. You keep and reuse your battery, so you're only buying cartridges as needed. It's less wasteful and more budget-friendly. Disposable, prefilled cartridges usually range from $1-5 apiece, with prefilled cannabis cartridges costing $15 - $40.  Again, prices will vary depending on the specific brand and strength of the cartridge you've chosen. Refillable Vape Kits  The most cost-effective way to vape is to have a permanent vaping device (like a box mod with a refillable tank) and to buy bottles of vape juice. You'll pay more upfront for the device (which can range from $20 to several hundred dollars, depending on your specific setup), but your long-term costs will be much lower. Buying vape juice by the bottle is extremely cost-effective. For example, 60mg of vape juice will range between $10-$20, but a disposable vape pen with 5mg of e-liquid could cost close to the same amount. The downside of refillable vape kits (like box mods) requires regular maintenance to perform long-term. If you don't like to tinker or play with your vaporizers, the cost savings may not be with the time investment for you. Dry Herb and Concentrate Vape Kits  For those that prefer to vape concentrates or dry herbs, there are a wide variety of devices that are ready to use out of the box. Unlike vape juice kits, dry herb and concentrate vapes require far less maintenance to maintain a high-end vaping experience. If you want to enjoy CBD or THC in a cost-effective way, then a reusable dry herb or concentrate vape is a great choice!  Factors that Impact Cost  There are a lot of different facts that will impact your overall vaping cost, even after you have decided what method of vaping best fits your needs: What Are You Vaping?  The substance you have chosen to vape will impact your budget. Wax concentrate and e-liquid vapes tend to have more budget-friendly designs. Dry herb vapes (since they need a large heating chamber) tend to run more expensive, even when considering off-brand devices or low-end devices.  Plan on vaping more than one substance? Then you'll need to invest in a device that is designed to handle more than one category of vape material. Generally, this requires more specialty components to be built into the vape, which will raise the front-end cost of the device you choose. Convection vs. Conduction If using a dry herb vaporizer, how it heats cannabis will affect the cost. Convection vapes (that use hot air to evenly bake dry herbs) usually require larger heating chambers that are lined with a heating element. The larger surface area required in a convection vape increases component costs, which will usually make these devices more expensive. Conduction vapes (which rely on direct contact with a heating element to produce vapor) require less surface area for heating, which allows them to be less expensive. Of course, they will heat less evenly and may provide a sub-part vaping experience, so keep that in mind if you plan to vape cannabis seriously.   Battery Capacity  Batteries eventually lose their ability to recharge, which means batteries with higher capacities will have a longer lifespan. High-end devices sometimes allow the batteries to be replaced, which will save you from needing to buy a completely new device. The higher the capacity the battery has (measured in mAh), the more expensive the battery will typically be upfront.  Preferred Accessories  If you plan on using accessories with your vaping device, you'll want to be sure to include their price in your budget. Accessories include spare mesh screens, heating coils, wicks, specialty mouthpieces, and more. What accessories you can use depends on the type of vape you have, though most mid to high-end devices have some accessories to choose from. If you are brand new to vaping, then you may want to consider a vaping kit. These kits will not only include the device but will include some extra accessories (which are often screens, heating coils, and/or cleaning tools). You'll usually get a bit of a discount when compared to buying these accessories separately.  Additional Costs Associated With Vaping  There are a few other niche items that you may want to consider when creating a vape budget. While not all devices will need these, you should keep them in mind in case you fall in love with a device that does require it: Spare Battery or Specialty Charger  Most vapes are charged with a micro-USB cable, which is usually included with the device. Depending on what kind of device you choose, you may want to buy an additional battery or a specialty charger to avoid untimely vaping interruptions.  Cleaning Solutions and Tools  You need to keep your vape clean, and this is especially true for concentrate and dry herb vapes. Over time, the resin from the wax and cannabis will build up and can impact the flavor of the vapor being produced. There are some specialty cleaners available, though a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol is usually enough to keep your devices clean.  Specialty Vape Oils  E-liquids tend to be the most cost-effective substance to vape. If you are interested in vaping CBD or THC oils, you'll need to budget for a much higher price. Prefilled oil cartridges range in price (usually around $20-75, depending on strength and brand). Knowing that you're vaping more expensive oils may influence how much you're willing to pay upfront for a device.  Replacement Parts  If you plan to invest in a high-end device, then you'll need to consider the cost of replacement components. While usually inexpensive, common replacement components can be more expensive (depending on the brand and quality of what you buy).  For example, heating coils for concentrate pens can be made from several kinds of materials, like ceramic, quartz, or titanium. Each of those materials has a different cost, with ceramic and titanium being the most expensive. If you want to use high-end components in a high-end device, be sure to budget for it! How Much Are Vape Coils?  Vape coils are a common heating element used in box mods or concentrate vaporizers. Coils are usually inexpensive (capping out at around $5 a coil), but how much you vape will impact how often coils need to be replaced. If you plan to heavily vape every day, you may need to replace your coil weekly, though most users can use a single coil for several weeks.  How Much Are Vape Pens?  Vape pens are a great choice for those who want to avoid the waste of disposable vapes but don't want to deal with the maintenance required in a box mod setup. Vape pens can use prefilled cartridges or refillable cartridges, though most can't handle a vape tank that is common on box mods.  Vape pens have a broad range, starting as low as $5 and topping out at around $30-40. If you want a device with a full suite of features (like precision temperature adjustment), you'll begin looking at box mod setups.  Cost of CBD Vaping  Many people look to vaping to take advantage of the numerous health benefits that vaping CBD may provide. Since extracting CBD requires more processing than other additives (like nicotine), CBD vape juice and oils are comparatively more expensive.  CBD oil cartridges and bottles of vape juice range from $20-75, depending on the brand and the concentration. The price is much higher than nicotine-infused vape juice, though the potential health benefits often make it worth the cost.  What about Advanced Vapers?  For the majority of vapers, the upfront device cost, accessories, basic components, and what you want to vape will be the biggest factors that determine how much it costs to vape. However, advanced vapers (particularly those that enjoy vaping e-liquids) may consider more advanced components, which will impact the price of their vape.  Sub-Ohm Vaping  Sub-ohm tanks can get expensive quickly. These are specialty vape tanks that have an electrical resistance lower than 1ohm. This means that a lot of electrical currents can flow at once, which allows sub-ohm tanks to produce an enormous amount of vapor in a very short amount of time. These tanks typically range between $30-100 (and this is without a battery). You can usually buy tanks in a kit that includes a battery, and you can expect some kind of bundled discount. However, some tanks are sold as individual items only, and their price can often dwarf entire vaping devices.  Rebuildable Atomizers and Mechanical Mods  Advanced vapers may consider other specialty tanks, too. Rebuildable Atomizers (or RBAs) offer a premium e-liquid vaping experience, but they require a lot of hands-on setup and maintenance. You'll also be buying internal components (like coils and wicks), which can add up pretty fast if you're not careful! Mechanical mods are vape batteries that connect directly to the vape tank without a chip-set interface. This means it's easier to blast power into your tank (and mechanical mods are generally less expensive). However, they require precision knowledge of what your tank can and cannot handle. Beginners can easily burn out a vape tank by using a mechanical mod, so it's best to leave accessories like that to veteran vapers.  High Coil and Vape Juice Cost Most advanced vapers love making big vape clouds, which require a lot of vape juice. The more e-liquid you vape through, the more you'll have to buy. You'll also need to remember to replace components like heating coils more regularly since you're working your device so much and so hard.  How to Save Money on Vaping  We've talked about the different factors that can increase your vaping costs, but now it's time to talk about how to keep costs low!  Avoid Disposables  If you have the option to avoid disposable vapes or disposable cartridges, doing so will keep your vaping costs down. Buying e-liquids by the bottle and using refillable tanks is vastly easier on your wallet than sticking to disposables. It's easy to find nicotine-infused or CBD vape juices, though CBD and THC oils are usually only sold as prefilled, disposable cartridges.  Build-It-Yourself Tanks  If you're using an RBA tank, taking the DIY approach to certain components can save you a lot of money. For example, you can buy wire and make your own heating coils instead of buying them prefabricated, and you can buy wick material in bulk. It takes a significant time investment for this kind of hobby, but you see savings immediately! Make Your Own E-Liquid  For hardcore hobbyists, you can make your own e-liquid to save on buying from a store. If you're interested in trying, we recommend following some established recipes before venturing off on your own. You should always make sure that any component you put in a homemade e-liquid is safe for vaping.  Which Vape Should I Buy?  The vape you should buy is the device that's the best compromise between what you want and what you can afford. If you value convenience above all else (and a tight budget isn't a concern), then you may decide to stick to disposables. If you want to be more budget-conscious, you may decide to invest in a reusable vape battery and tank while buying bottles of e-liquid.  We recommend following these steps when deciding what kind of vape to buy: Determine your budget Decide what to vape Identify needs or wants Locate the device that best fits all three If you're brand new to vaping, you may want to try some budget-friendly products just to experiment. Once you know for sure what you're looking for, you can more comfortably invest in a more expensive product that better fits your vaping needs.  Summary  There are a surprising number of factors that can impact your vaping costs. It's why it's important to take the time to research different products and identify what you really want or need out of a vaping device. Remember, the most cost-effective option may not be your best option. Time investments should be considered just as much as financial ones! For those considering getting a high-end dry herb vape with an emphasis on vapor flavor and quality, we encourage you to take a look at the Firefly 2+. It uses our unique convection heating technology to consistently produce some of the world's best-tasting dry herb vapor.  If you have questions about dry herb vaping or more, reach out to us! We'll help to guide you to an ideal device that will satisfy your vaping needs.   SHOP NOW
How Long Has Vaping Been Around?
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How Long Has Vaping Been Around?

Intro  Since vaping became so popular seemingly suddenly, many are surprised to learn that vaping has been around for decades. While modern vaping has taken the industry to new heights, the humble beginnings of the industry can shed light on why vaping came to be in the first place.  Below, you'll learn about the history of vaping, as well as what triggered the population boom that the practice currently enjoys today.  A Brief History of Vaping  While vaping as we know it has been around for decades, the predecessors of the modern practice have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptians would take a variety of herbs and oils and heat them on stone plates, which created vapor and fumes they enjoyed inhaling. While not "true" vaping, it certainly set the stage for contemporary smoking methods.  Hookahs, a smoking method using a water pipe, also have ancient origins. They originated in the Middle East and still continue a high level of popularity. Tobacco smoking has driven a lot of the development of modern smoking, but it was also one of the driving forces of the first modern vape being developed.  Who Invented Vaping?  Herbert Gilbert, an American scientist, filed a patent in 1963 for a "smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette." He was the first in the world to do so, and his vaping device, while unrefined, had many of the modern components found in modern vaporizers. It used a battery to heat vape liquid, which would create vapor that the user could enjoy.  Gilbert's vape juice, like modern vape juice, was infused with nicotine. He had intended to use his vaporizer as a smoking cessation device (similar to how vaping can be used today). He also made his vape liquid with a variety of flavors, marketing the product as a weight-loss tool since users could "vape" their favorite sweet dishes.  Before His Time  Unfortunately, Gilbert couldn't get any manufacturers to invest in the large-scale manufacturing of his device. Smoking was still widely accepted, highly profitable, and the famous Surgeon General's report warning of the dangers of tobacco use wouldn't be released until 1964. Despite his passion, Gilbert never saw success from his patent.  Eventually, his patent would expire, and vaping would be largely ignored for several more decades.  A Winning Design  It wouldn't be until 2003 when modern vaping would begin to take hold. Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, became interested in novel tools to help people stop smoking when his father (who was a heavy smoker) died of lung cancer. He was inspired by Gilbert's original patent but modernized the design to make it more user-friendly and convenient.  The design he made would become the first modern e-cigarette. It was small, discreet, and looked very similar to a cigarette, but it produced vapor-infused nicotine instead of smoke. Unlike Gilbert's design, Lik's exploded in popularity. It spread across Asia, Europe, and eventually the United States.  While vaping has changed significantly since 2003, we can all thank Hon Lik for bringing it to the world stage. How Long Has Vaping Been Around?  Depends on who you ask! Most will say that Herbert Gilbert officially brought the modern idea of vaping to the world, making the first battery-powered device that vaporized specialty liquid. Others may say that it was Hon Lik who made the first successful vaporizer design and brought the practice to the world stage.  Others may say that "vaping" has roots that are centuries old, looking to ancient practices like baking herbs and inhaling the fumes (like the Egyptians did). Regardless, the heart of the practice has been around for centuries! How Vaping's Popularity Grew  Lik's design helped vaping become a more widespread practice, but his e-cigarette (which was limited in its functionality) isn't what caused vaping to really explode. While vaping steadily grew for the next several years, a brand-new design hit the market in 2010. It was a new product called a box mod.  Unlike the e-cigarettes and vape pens before it, box mods offered a full suite of features, a super-hefty battery, and enormous vape juice capacity. These features allowed vapers to easily create enormous vape clouds (which were similar to the smoke production from a hookah). Vapers loved the product and vaping exploded in popularity.  The Arrival of Pod Mods  While box mods really helped vaping explode, there were still barriers of entry that were difficult for some customers to overcome. Box mods were expensive, required a certain level of expertise to use, and needed regular maintenance to upkeep. For more casual vapers, box mods didn't scratch the convenience itch that so many had.  In 2015, yet another product entered the market. This time, it was Pax Labs and their now-famous JUUL products. They introduced a disposable, pre-filled vape that even brand-new vapers could quickly pick up and use. This shook the market up again, with a new wave of disposable vapes (and refillable vapes with similar designs) entering the market. Unfortunately, pod mods like JUUL were a little too accessible to teens, especially minors who are not old enough to vape). Due to the skyrocketing popularity of nicotine-infused, fruity-flavored vape juices, the USA banned certain flavored vapes in 2020. Modern History of Vaping  The modern history of vaping really begins with Hon Lik and his e-cigarette. His design kicked off the vaping craze, and while true e-cigarettes are often seen as dated nowadays, they were what kickstarted the modern vaping industry.  Since then, modern vaping has enjoyed several milestones, like box mods and pod mods. Vaping other substances, like dry herbs and concentrates, have also enjoyed increased popularity due to the acceptance of vaping increasing.  Modern Vaporizers: Components and How They Work  While the heart of a vaporizer hasn't changed much, a lot of new pieces of hardware have been developed and added since the humble days of the e-cigarette. Take a look at some of the common components found in today's vaporizers: Batteries  Just like in Gilbert's design, all modern vapes have a battery. While they vary in size or charge, they all serve the same purpose: to provide power to a heating element to produce vapor. Many vapes have built-in batteries that can't be removed, while others (like box mods) have replaceable batteries.  Atomizers  The atomizer is what the battery is providing power to. The atomizer can have a variety of heating elements (like cotton wicks, mesh coil, or other options) that will heat to vaporize the juice you have chosen. How the entire process works is simple! First, the battery provides power to the atomizer, which will heat high enough to vaporize e-liquids. Then, the tank will drip liquid onto the heated atomizer, which will vaporize. The vapor travels through a designated vapor pathway, through a mouthpiece, into your lungs! Atomizers are the most basic kind of heating element for e-liquids. While they do an excellent job of providing the authentic flavor of what you are vaping, they aren't very efficient with the juice. This will lead to frequent refillings, which may not be a dealbreaker for hardcore flavor-chasers, but casual vapers may not enjoy the regular maintenance.  Fortunately, there are two modern versions of atomizers that provide a more efficient vaping experience: cartomizers and clearomizers.  Cartomizer  A cartomizer operates similarly to an atomizer, except it has a special component called a polyfill. A polyfill acts kind of like a wick, where it will soak up e-liquids and control how much juice is vaped at a time. This gives much longer vaping sessions since this is a much more efficient use of vape juice. You'll usually trade convenience for a slightly duller flavor. Clearomizer  As the name implies, a clearomizer is "clear," so you can see your chosen e-liquid inside. More importantly, clearomizers generally use a wick-feeding system (as opposed to the polyfill system in a cartomizer or a drip system in an atomizer). The wick allows vape juice to be used efficiently (so there are less refillings) and provides an excellent flavor.  Clearomizers are newer to the market, so they offer a lot of advantages. However, they are not without their drawbacks. Namely, if you want to try a new juice flavor, you'll need to replace the wick (which is often too technical for beginner vapers). Clearomizers are also significantly more expensive than cartomizers or atomizers, but you certainly get the quality you pay for.  Tanks  Juice tanks (sometimes called cartridges) refer to the entire piece that holds your vape juice. They will include your atomizer (or whatever modern variation you'll be using), as well as the vapor path that connects to your mouthpiece. Tanks can come in a variety of configurations, including RBA tanks, which are meant to be opened and tinkered with by experienced vapers. Mouthpiece  Finally, all modern vapes have some kind of mouthpiece. Glass, plastic, and silicone are common materials for this component, which all have their own pros and cons for use. Vapes that tend to run hot (like box mods) will usually have longer mouthpieces to distance your lips from the heated components.  The Future of Vaping  Vaping isn't going anywhere for a long time, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't expect changes. We really don't know much about vaping since modern vaping hasn't been studied that closely. There was a huge scare in 2020 when people were mysteriously getting a vaping illness (which turned out to be black market THC cartridges with harmful additives).  There's still a lot we don't know about how vaping affects the human body, and the more we learn, the more that our view of vaping may change. For now, vaping is often used to help stop smoking tobacco or simply as a hobby. Many vapers enjoy CBD oils to help treat a variety of physical ailments, like chronic pain or anxiety. Others avoid vaping juices altogether and instead opt to vape concentrates or dry herbs with specialty devices like the Firefly 2+ Vaping dry herbs directly avoids a lot of the fears associated with using atomizers to vaporize e-liquids.  The more we learn about vaping, the more we'll talk about it! Be sure to check back to this knowledge base regularly to learn the latest on vaping.   SHOP NOW
Vaping Make You Gain Weight
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Does Vaping Make You Gain Weight?

Intro As popular as vaping is, there are bound to be all kinds of weird myths surrounding the practice. You may be surprised to find that many of the facts you think you know about vaping are half-truths at best or complete fabrications at worst. One of the most common myths we're asked about is whether vaping makes you gain weight.  There are a lot of different reasons this myth persists, and this article is going to get to the bottom of them. We’ll explore a few common myths about vaping, whether or not vaping makes you gain weight, and why some of these beliefs exist in the first place. The Myths Vape juices come in a wide variety of flavors, and it's not uncommon to find sweet, candy-oriented juices. Some have thought that, because these flavors mimic candy, that vaping them might cause weight gain.  Vaping Is Calorie-Free   Fortunately, you have no need to worry about ingesting calories through vaping, regardless of the flavor. While most vape juices have "calories" listed, you don't absorb any of the calories when vaping. You'd need to actually swallow and ingest the juice to produce a caloric intake (which we absolutely do not recommend).  Even if you could ingest the calories from vape juice, it wouldn't be enough to gain weight. A bottle of vape juice may have 4 calories per mL, which is negligible. For reference, an entire cup of grapes has about 62 calories. You'd have to be vaping through several bottles of day, several times of the week, for the caloric content to impact your weight.   Why Do Vape Juice Bottles Have Calories Listed?  The nutrition facts that list calories on a bottle of vape juice reflect the calories of the ingredients listed. Technically, all objects have calories since calories are just a measure of the "energy" in a given object. Gasoline has a high caloric count, but that doesn't mean you want to eat it! The main components in vape juice (like vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol) have calories, too. However, those aren't calories you need to be concerned with since the only way to make use of them is to actually swallow the juice.  So, Does Vaping Make You Fat?  There is currently no evidence to suggest that vaping can cause any kind of weight gain, regardless of the brand, flavor, or recipe you vape. As we mentioned earlier, you can't ingest the negligible number of calories that are present in vape juice anyway (because you're breathing it in, not eating it).   Vaping Dry Herb   There is nothing in e-liquids or vape juice that will make you gain weight when you vape. While dry herbs are completely different substances, there are no dry herbs you can vape that will make you gain weight, either. However, there are some side effects of certain dry herbs that could cause you to gain weight. Namely, the munchies! If you vape marijuana, you're going to inhale a dose of THC, which is the compound responsible for creating marijuana's traditional ‘high’. THC accomplishes this by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in your brain. These receptors affect the strength of your appetite, which is why vaping marijuana is associated with increased appetite.  Since a THC-induced appetite isn't necessarily fixed by eating, you could end up eating a lot. If you vape weed on a regular basis (and consistently succumb to the munchies), you definitely could gain weight. Be sure to keep that in mind if you regularly vape. Vaping Concentrates  Vaping concentrates is the same story as vaping dry herb. You should just be a little more cautious when vaping THC concentrates since the concentration of THC is far greater than what is found in loose-leaf marijuana. Much like dry herb and vape juices, there is nothing in concentrates that will cause weight gain by vaping. Why You Could Gain Weight After Quitting Vaping  If you are transitioning away from vaping e-liquids infused with nicotine, it's not uncommon to notice some weight gain. While this may cause alarm, there's nothing to be concerned about. The common reason people gain weight when they move away from vaping is because they are no longer regularly consuming nicotine.  Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco and many kinds of vape juices. It is also a stimulant, and research shows that stimulants can suppress your appetite. So, when you stop using a stimulant (like nicotine), you may notice a rebound in your appetite, which means you will want to eat more. More eating means it's more likely for you to gain weight. Overall Metabolism Decrease  Aside from having a renewed appetite, you may experience weight gain after you stop vaping because your overall metabolism slows. Research shows that nicotine can increase the calories you burn while asleep up to 7-15%. This means, even if you effectively control your caloric intake, it's possible to gain weight because your body is burning through calories more slowly. One Craving for Another  As you work your way through the withdrawals of nicotine, you may experience the urge to "replace" nicotine with something else that stimulates your brain. For many, that replacement can be rich, calorically dense foods (especially foods high in sugar). If you replace vaping with eating high-calorie foods, you definitely could experience some unexpected weight gain.  Food Tastes Better  When you stop vaping (depending on how much you were vaping and what flavor), you may find that you can smell and taste better. When you find that foods have a suddenly richer, more vibrant taste, the temptation to overeat may be present, which would contribute to weight gain.  Weight Gain Is Possible, but Not Guaranteed  Of course, quitting vaping doesn't mean you will gain weight. For the vast majority of the population, the only way to gain weight is to consume more calories than you burn. While an increased appetite and a slower metabolism make it more likely to gain weight when you stop, eating nutrient-rich foods and exercising can help you maintain your current weight levels. Vaping and Weight Loss  Since nicotine is an appetite suppressant, many look to vaping as a way to control their weight. There definitely is research that suggests that vaping can contribute to weight loss, but vaping nicotine e-juices should only be part of your overall weight-loss strategy.  Regardless of how you're vaping nicotine, it can come with unpleasant side effects when you try to stop. The side effects include irritability, headaches, and even anxiety and depression. These symptoms only last up to a few weeks, and if you can manage to get past the worst of them, the withdrawal symptoms quickly begin to fade.  Vaping as Part of Your Weight Loss Strategy While you should keep the side effects of nicotine withdrawal in mind, there's new research that suggests vaping can be an effective tool in your weight loss. Even with the drawbacks of nicotine, the advantages of avoiding obesity may outweigh the cons. This could be true even for those that are not moving from tobacco to vaping since that study suggested the sweet, candy flavors may help reduce cravings for the real, sugary thing.  Additional Research to Back Up These Claims  There's more research to suggest that nicotine may be an unexpected partner in mitigating weight loss. In an animal study involving mice, nicotine use reduced insulin resistance in obese rats, which helped to lower their overall glucose levels. This can help reduce your cravings for sugar, which can help you control your weight more effectively.  These newer studies regarding nicotine are promising since there's already a mountain of literature about the concerns of chronic, long-term use of nicotine. For those that have struggled with weight loss, nicotine might be a short-term solution in jump-starting your weight loss journey.   Always Consult Your Primary Care Physician  As with any new health regimen, you should always consult with your primary care physician before introducing something new into a weight-loss regimen. This is especially true if you have pre-existing conditions that nicotine may make worse.  For example, nicotine may increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. If your doctor thinks you're already at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, they may dissuade you from using nicotine as a method to lose weight.  While newer research suggests that nicotine might be a helpful weight loss tool, you should always make the decision to begin using it under the consultation of your doctor. This not only includes the use of nicotine but any significant diet change (like intermittent fasting) or the introduction of intense exercise.  Removing Weight Gain Fears  Making sure to maintain a healthy body weight is important. After all, the health risks of obesity are very serious. However, you can rest assured that vaping e-liquids will not contribute to unexpected weight gain. Here's a quick summary of why you don't need to be concerned: Vaping does not ingest calories (even with sweet, candy flavors). Currently, there is no research to suggest that any ingredient in common e-liquids would cause weight gain. While stopping nicotine use can cause short-term weight gain, it's not a guarantee. Focusing on eating nutrient-dense foods and getting regular exercise have a far greater impact on your weight than any kind of vaping or nicotine use. While the risks of nicotine use should be considered, weight gain is not a problem you need to be concerned with when considering vaping.  Conclusion Vaping causing weight gain is a myth that has been debunked for quite some time. Also, keep in mind that you can enjoy vaping without using nicotine at all. There are many e-liquids that are sold without nicotine, which allows users to enjoy making giant clouds of delicious tasting vapor.  Others vape for medicinal reasons. For example, many look to CBD-infused vape juices to treat pain or avoid e-liquids altogether, opting to vape dry herbs like hemp or marijuana. If you've considered vaping dry herbs, we recommend using the Firefly 2+ to do so. 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Firefly 2+ vs. Pax 3
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Firefly 2+ vs. Pax 3

Serious dry herb vapers know that a high-quality dry herb vaporizer is pivotal. High-end components are required to quickly create vapor while keeping the flavor crisp, clean, and authentic to your dry herb.  Some of the popular dry herb vapes include Firefly 2+, Pax 3, Crafty, etc., which are ultra portable and offer top-most quality performance. Out of these, people often draw a comparison between Firefly and Crafty or “Firefly vs. Crafty”, as both are the most trusted names in the industry. However, Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 are also highly rated and often, it can be difficult to fully understand what makes these vaporizers stand out from one another. In this article, we'll discuss everything from how these devices look, feel and perform. By the end, you'll have the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your vaping needs. Design and Features One of the most obvious differences between the Pax 3 vs. the Firefly 2+ is the design. The Pax 3 is made to not look like a vaporizer at all. It's an excellent choice for those that plan on vaping in public and prefer to have a more discreet choice.  The Firefly 2+, on the other hand, is noticeably a dry herb vaporizer. While it lacks the ability to be discreet, the design allows for advantages like larger dry herb capacity and a more robust heating system.  Features In terms of physical features, both the Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 are simple and straightforward. The Firefly 2+ uses magnetic sealing to keep the heating chamber from accidentally opening. It also has a double-sided sensor instead of a physical button to fire the device, which significantly reduces the likelihood of the device accidentally firing while in a pocket or purse.  The Pax 3 also uses a magnetic sealing system and makes use of a traditional firing design, including a physical button. While this will be more familiar for vapers, it also increases the likelihood of accidental firing while in tight storage.  Vapor Quality and Taste Both devices offer superior vapor quality and taste compared to other lower-end devices, though there are a few subtle differences. The Pax 3 creates fantastic vapor from dry herbs, but many users report disappointment when using the device to vape concentrates due to limited temperature options.  The Firefly 2+ shines in this category. It is consistently rated as one of the best dry herb vaporizers for taste, largely due to the advanced convection heating technology used in the device (the Pax 3 uses standard conduction heating). The Firefly 2+ also has a wider temperature range than the Pax 3, making it more ideal for concentrate vaping.  Ease of Use Both the Firefly 2+ and the Pax 3 are extremely straightforward and easy to use. As we mentioned earlier, the Firefly 2+ uses a double sensor hold to fire the device to create vapor. The Pax 3 uses a traditional button that serves to power the device on and fires the device. Despite the design differences, both are very easy to use.  Ease of Loading Dry Herb Both devices offer easy ways to pack your preferred dry herb. The Pax 3 just requires dry herb to be ground and tightly packed. Since this device uses conduction instead of convection, it is extremely important that the dry herb be packed as tightly as possible.  When packing the Firefly 2+, you'll want to loosely pack dry herb (instead of a super tight pack). This is because the device uses convection heating, which means air needs to be able to pass through the dry herbs. If you have packed your bowl and are struggling to pull a hit, you may have packed the bowl too tightly.  Use a Grinder Regardless of which device you use, you must use a grinder for your dry herb. This allows heat to be evenly distributed and avoids a scenario where you have completely spent burnt ash mixed in with dry herb that hasn't vaporized yet. It will also reduce the likelihood of clogs in the vapor path, which can be tricky to fix once dry herb gets stuck in that area.  Kit and Accessories You'll find a bit of a difference between what the Pax 3 and the Firefly 2+ offer in terms of accessories. Take a look below to see what each offer. Pax 3 Accessories While you need to pay a bit more to get this entire kit (usually around $50), it's worth the price to have a full suite of useful tools. You can expect to have: Standard multi-tool to help pack and clean out the heating chamber Concentrate insert to vaporize wax and specialty oils Half-oven lid, which allows for partial packing of the bowl 3 replacement screens, which you'll need to keep dry herb particles from clogging the device Firefly 2+ Accessories The Firefly 2+ offers less in terms of accessories, but it also needs less because of its design. While other accessories are available for separate purchase, the standard kit will come with the following: Charging dock Cleaning kit to keep your heating chamber clean and clear of debris Concentrate pads to vaporize wax and specialty oils USB 3.0 Cable Heating Performance When you look at how these devices heat, you'll spot a major difference between the Pax 3 and the Firefly 2+. While both devices have received performance upgrades from their previous version, how the device's heat is also a primary difference when looking at the Pax 3 vs. Firefly 2.  Pax 3 and Conduction Heating The Pax 3 uses conduction heating to create vapor. This means the dry herb needs to be in contact with the walls of the heating chamber so heat can be directly transferred, which creates vapor. It takes around 15 seconds to reach your desired temperature with the Pax 3.  Firefly 2+ and Convection Heating The Firefly 2+ uses convection heating, which means no contact is needed between the heating chamber and the dry herb. Instead, the air is quickly heated (about 5 seconds), which is evenly distributed across your loaded dry herb. This creates a smooth, consistent vaping experience, which is why dry herb vapers overwhelmingly prefer vaporizers with convection heating. The Pax 3's heating chamber is an enormous improvement over the Pax 2, and while it creates a solid vaping experience, it still doesn't match the quality of the Firefly 2+. Battery The battery life and charging time is another difference you'll see between these devices. The Firefly 2+ has a 750mAh battery, while the Pax 3 has a 3500mAh battery. The Pax 3 will allow you to vape through more bowls before you need to charge (between eight to ten, depending on your temperature settings), and the Firefly 2+ will get you through about four to six. While the Pax 3 has a longer battery life, it also takes much longer to charge. It can take up to two hours for the Pax 3 to reach a full battery charge, while the Firefly 2+ only takes an hour. What kind of battery performance is best will depend on your preferred style of vaping. While the Firefly 2+ has a shorter overall battery life, the design allows for the battery to be replaced (with spare batteries readily available). If you plan on vaping while traveling, having a spare battery will be a great choice to keep your vaping sessions uninterrupted.  Mouthpiece The Pax 3 focuses on a discreet design with its mouthpiece, while the Firefly 2+ focuses on maintaining as high of a taste quality as possible. The Pax 3 offers two different mouthpiece types. The first lies flush with the body of the vape, which is ideal for discreet public vaping. The second is a silicone mouthpiece that sticks out from the body.  Which mouthpiece you choose will depend on your vaping preference. The flush mouthpiece requires your mouth to touch the body of the vape. For some, this may be uncomfortable as the body of the vape heats up during use. The silicone mouthpiece is more comfortable, though it makes it much more apparent that you are vaping.  The Firefly 2+ offers a food grade, BPA free plastic mouthpiece that extends slightly from the body of the vape. The mouthpiece connects to the glass vapor path, which means you get very crisp vapor that retains the authentic taste of your dry herb. For "flavor chasers" (vapers who value taste above all else), the glass pathway is a huge selling point for the Firefly 2+. Cleaning and Charging Both devices are easy to clean and charge. After each vaping session, both devices should have their heating chambers dumped out and any remaining debris removed with a cleaning tool. This will prevent resin and oil from building up inside, potentially affecting vapor quality or creating clogs within the vapor path (which are difficult to clear once present).  The Pax 3 uses a charging dock to recharge, and the Firefly 2+ uses a traditional USB plug-in. Remember, the Firefly 2+'s design allows for batteries to be swapped out, so keep that in mind if you plan to travel.  Smartphone App Both devices make use of a smartphone app to access control of their respective heating features. The Pax 3 allows you to more easily see the five different heating options it provides. However, if you don't have access to the app, you can still select these options directly from the device.  The app for the Firefly 2+ offers an enormous range of options. Instead of cycling through a few preset heating options, the app allows users to select a heating range between 200-400F. Without the app, you're limited to cycling between 320-420F (160-215C).  If you find a setting you like, you can use the Firefly 2+ app to configure your preferred heating option as an on-device selection. That way, you can access your preferred temperatures without needing to be connected to an app at all!  Note: The app (for either device) is only accessible through Android devices or PC's. Apple banned vape-related apps in 2019 and have not yet reversed this decision.  Firefly vs Pax: A Comparison Between Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 Product  Firefly 2+ Pax 3 Type of heating element Convection Conduction  Heating element material Borosilicate glass bowl Stainless steel Capacity About 0.15 g About 0.3 g Removable battery Yes No App & bluetooth capability Yes Yes Draw duration About 10+ seconds About 5-10 seconds Charging duration About 45 minutes 2-3 hours  Heat up time 3 seconds 30 seconds Smoothness of vapor Very good Good Conclusion Both the Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 offer high-end solutions to vaping dry herb. If you're having trouble deciding between the two, here's a quick summary of what each device does well: Pax 3 Discreet design High-capacity battery Generous bowl capacity Firefly 2+ Superior vapor flavor (with both flower and concentrate) Wide range of heat preset Super fast 3-second heat up time Still, have questions? Let us know! 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How Does CBD Make You Feel?
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How Does CBD Make You Feel?

Intro CBD has continued to steadily grow in popularity over the past several years. Between the potential to treat chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even certain kinds of addiction, CBD has developed a large, loyal following and is likely here to stay! For those that are new to CBD, they may have concerns about how it will physically make them feel. Many people who have tried medical marijuana can't tolerate the strong high it often provides, and those looking to CBD may have similar concerns. How does CBD make you feel, and what effects should a new user be most aware of? In this article, the experts will give you the details of some of the benefits of CBD, how CBD physically makes you feel, in addition to a variety of answers to common concerns new users have.  What Is CBD Vaping? CBD vaping is used to describe ingesting CBD specifically through a vaporizer. You can find disposable vaporizers pre-filled with CBD oil, disposable cartridges with CBD oil, and even bottles of CBD vape juice meant for use in a box-mod and vape tank setup.    CBD vaping is one of the most popular forms of vaping due to the unique advantages it offers. If you've never vaped CBD before, consider some of the following benefits that it provides: Easy, quick access to getting a dose of CBD Quick physical impact (faster than swallowing tincture oil or edibles) Cost-effective and easy to find in physical and online retailers While CBD vaping most commonly refers to oil or vape juice setups, it can also refer to dry herb vapes that use hemp or wax vapes that use CBD concentrate.  What Are the Benefits of CBD? CBD has the potential to offer all kinds of health benefits to its users. While the only FDA-approved treatment involving CBD is for severe seizures, there are a number of other hopeful treatments that are promising in preliminary research:  Relief From Chronic Pain and Inflammation If you suffer from chronic pain or inflammation, CBD may offer a fantastic alternative to traditional pain management. Research suggests that CBD can be used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, including chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.  In fact, CBD as a pain management tool is one of the reasons it has grown so popular so quickly. It stands as an alternative to opioids, which can lead to addiction and other less than savory side effects.  Treatment of Depression and Anxiety CBD may offer an alternative for depression and anxiety treatment, especially for those who struggle with the side effects of traditional selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs). For those that struggle with anxiety (including associated with PTSD), CBD may offer effective treatment. Human studies involving CBD and depression are still few and far between, but studies using animal models have demonstrated that CBD may provide effective treatment of depression. It could even be effective in treating severe psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.   CBD to Treat Opioid Addiction Opioid addiction (formally called opioid use disorder, or OUD) is difficult to treat, and current FDA-approved medications often have their own harsh side effects. Animal studies with mice showed that CBD reduced the ability of opioids to trigger the "pleasure center" of the brain and otherwise reduced the tendency to seek out more.  Treatment of Insomnia While studies are still few in number regarding how CBD can help with sleep disorders, early research is very promising. While it requires heavier doses, studies show that CBD can have a sedating effect on those that struggle to fall and stay asleep. That same research shows that, across various sleep disorders, CBD use provided a net increase in sleep. CBD Vape vs. CBD Oil Flexible vaping terminology can cause confusion among those who are new to both CBD and vaping. While terms like oil or vape juice are often used interchangeably, they can also refer to two distinct products.  CBD Tincture Oil CBD tincture oil is sold in jars with an eyedropper and is meant for oral consumption. A few drops are placed under the tongue and swallowed, often providing potent, long-lasting effects. If you can't count on vaping throughout the day (or want something that will last through the night), CBD tincture oil may prove to be a fantastic fit.  CBD Vape Juice CBD vape juice (sometimes called vape oil or e-liquids) is a product specifically formulated for vaporization. It will usually contain a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), which are fantastic for making vapor and terrible for consumption. You should never directly ingest vape juice, regardless of whether it has CBD.  How Does CBD Work? CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis (THC being another popular cannabinoid). As a cannabinoid, CBD can interact with the human endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered in the 1990s, and our understanding of how exactly it works is still improving.  That being said, scientists feel somewhat certain that the endocannabinoid system can influence the following common functions: Appetite Mood regulation Sleep cycles Memory formation and recall Anecdotally, these possible functions correspond heavily with how we know THC or cannabis affects the body. Smoking weed often causes the munchies, can help relax or trigger paranoia and can affect the ability to form short-term memories.  If you have ever heard that it's essentially impossible to overdose on cannabis, its interaction with the endocannabinoid system is why. Cannabinoids don't interact with parts of your brain related to a function required for living (like your heart beating), so there's no overdose risk.  Effects of Vaping CBD If you have never vaped CBD or cannabis, you may be curious exactly what the experience is like. While the best teacher is experience, there are some common effects you can expect to experience when you vape CBD. Since you're vaping, most will feel these effects very quickly. Relaxation If you vape a heavy dose of CBD, you'll likely feel relaxed or sleepy. If you're thinking about using CBD to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, taking several strong puffs shortly before going to bed may help you fall asleep fast! The effect happens quickly, which is why vaping CBD may be a useful tool in treating acute anxiety. Focus or Energy If you take a small dose of CBD, you may experience heightened focus or a little boost of energy. For some, you may also still feel the relaxing/sedating effects we described before, but they're less frequent with weaker doses. How Does CBD Make You Feel? How CBD makes you feel is a person-by-person experience. It will also depend on what strain of cannabis the CBD is derived from (unless you are consuming CBD-isolate products) since different levels of background cannabinoids and terpenes can affect your overall experience.  In general, most can expect to feel the following when using CBD products: Relaxed Calm Sleepy Focused If you take too much CBD too quickly, you may experience more negative feelings. While less common, they can occur. If you experience these, think about adjusting your CBD dosage or how fast you take it in: Anxious Irritable Again, CBD impacts different people in different ways. We recommend starting with a low dose and working your way up to a level that feels good! How Long Does It Take to Feel CBD After Vaping? The time will vary from user to user, as well as how strong your dose is. However, most people who vape CBD will feel some kind of effect within 15-30 minutes after their first puff. When you inhale the vapor, CBD is absorbed through your lungs directly into your bloodstream, which is why it hits so much more quickly than if you eat an edible or swallow oil from a tincture.  If you have waited within that time frame and you feel little to no effect, take another puff! You may need several hits of CBD vapor, especially if you are using CBD to treat acute pain. As long as you take it slow, try slowly increasing your CBD dosage until you feel a solid effect.  Does CBD Get You High? CBD does not get you high. The substance found in cannabis that is responsible for the traditional high users feel is THC, which is a psychoactive cannabinoid. Full-spectrum CBD products (or products that have the "full-spectrum" of cannabinoids found in cannabis) will have trace amounts of THC. These trace amounts are not enough to give a user any kind of high.   CBD can produce some physical effects that could impair you. While you won't be intoxicated (like with alcohol or THC), strong sedative effects may be a problem if you need to use CBD throughout the day. As we've said, when you start using CBD, start with low doses and work your way to comfortable amounts. Will CBD Vape Make Me Fail a Drug Test? It is possible that certain CBD products will cause you to fail a drug test. If you are drug tested regularly, it is vital that you understand the difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.  What Is Full-Spectrum CBD? We mentioned full-spectrum CBD earlier, but it's good to highlight it here again. Full-spectrum CBD products contain mostly CBD and trace amounts of other cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis. If you use full-spectrum products on a regular basis, you may test positive for THC use, even if you have only been using legal products.    If you have been using a dry herb vaporizer with hemp, consider that a full-spectrum product, too. For those looking to enjoy CBD but need to avoid any amount of THC whatsoever, then consider CBD isolate products. What is CBD Isolate? As the name implies, CBD isolate has "isolated" CBD. That means it is the only cannabinoid present, including small, trace amounts. True CBD isolate won't test positive on a drug test (because there isn't any THC at all), but you need to be sure you are buying from a brand that is selling real CBD isolate and not a knock-off. Reputable brands that sell CBD isolate will have laboratory tests available demonstrating that their product is pure. You can also expect to pay much more for CBD isolates than full-spectrum products since the refining process for isolates is much more labor-intensive. Cost aside, CBD isolate offers a great solution for those that want to use CBD but can't risk failing a drug test. Conclusion CBD is a product that so many consumers have come to love. It's important that you buy from reputable brands that offer genuine CBD and have the lab reports to prove it. This becomes even more important if you are seeking out CBD isolate in order to avoid failing drug tests. If a price seems too good to be true, it likely is!  Many vapers that can safely enjoy full-spectrum products look to vaping hemp in a dry herb vaporizer since it offers a cost-effective, potent source of CBD. For those looking for tasty, potent puffs of hemp, we recommend using the Firefly 2+. It uses premium convection heating to create consistent, delicious puffs of vapor for hemp or your favorite dry herb! SHOP NOW