Vape liquid strengths: what do they mean, and which one is right for you? At Orange County we're proud to offer all of our CBD e-liquids in a variety of different strengths - but what do these differences in CBD concentration actually mean? Let's investigate.
What Do We Mean By Vape Liquid Strengths?
E-liquid always comes with a range of ingredients with varying concentrations on each component. Nicotine is usually one of those components that is altered in different strengths to meet the needs of different users.
Although nicotine is the most common additive where strength is concerned, other compounds like CBD operate with the same principles.
Our CBD vape juices display their strength in mg (milligrams), ml (millilitre), or as a percentage.
Vapers use different vape liquid strengths depending on their level of experience, the throat hit they are trying to achieve, the device they are using and whether or not they are trying to quit smoking.
We’re going to break down exactly what all this means to help you determine the best strength for you.
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring component of the hemp plant.
CBD works by interacting directly with a series of receptors found across the body called the endocannabinoid system.
This system is involved in a wide range of processes, including pain management and regulating internal conditions.
Due to its lack of psychoactive properties, the inclusion of CBD in e-liquids is purely for the benefit of this endocannabinoid interaction.
Although the use of terpenes has given us products reminiscent of cannabis strains, CBD e-liquids are not designed specifically to mimic any existing cannabis product.
This makes their use rather different to that of nicotine in e-liquids, however the principles of concentration and intensity remain the same.
In general the throat-hit of CBD is less harsh than that of nicotine. CBD is also non-intoxicating, meaning that unlike nicotine it cannot cause an addiction.
CBD concentrations can range from as low as 1500mg of CBD per bottle to as high as 2500mg or potentially further.
Various manufacturers also offer booster shots as a heavily concentrated CBD additive designed to be mixed with conventional e-liquid.
For many vapers, CBD e-liquids are their way into the CBD world thanks to their flexibility with vaping devices and fast acting effects.
Choosing The Right Vape Liquid Strength For You
If you are new to vaping, you should first consider the device you want to use and your preferred vaping technique before choosing the vape liquid strength to use.
These categories will help you decide what vape liquid strength is right for you.
Vape Liquid Strengths & Vaping Technique:
Vapers enjoy either mouth to lung (MTL) or direct lung (DL) techniques when vaping. MTL is a more traditional technique that several vapers use.
This technique allows you to draw vapour from your device into your mouth before fully inhaling it. With DL, you take one long draw from the device straight to your lungs without letting the vapour linger in your mouth.
MTL is slightly more manageable, especially to new vapers, whereas DL vapers require an e-liquid with higher CBD strength to help it maintain a strong throat hit whilst producing a large amount of vapour.
CBD is an eminently flexible e-liquid additive, being carried effectively both in MTL and DL vaping.
For most vapers of either technique a 1500mg experience provides a sufficient CBD dosage, however those who prefer a stronger hit tend to seek out the stronger 2500mg e-liquids.
Vapour production is a huge part of vaping, but whether you go for large or small clouds will be a matter of personal taste.
If you aim at low vapour production or discreet clouds that are similar to those produced by traditional cigarettes, you should get an e-liquid with a relatively low CBD strength. You'll also need to use a device with a tight airflow that delivers mouth-to-lung (MTL) inhalation.
For medium vapour production, use a device that delivers specifically MTL inhalation or one that has sub-ohm tanks with a restricted draw.
For those looking for massive clouds a high-strength CBD oil will give you the bets results. This should be paired with a device containing large airflow channels and powerful sub-ohm tanks. This can produce a powerful throat-hit however, and some vapers prefer a low-strength vape juice when making those big clouds for a more smooth experience.
In general an e-liquid with a higher level of vegetable glycerine over propylene glycol will result in much larger clouds. That's why our e-liquids are all made with a 60:40 ratio, to hit that perfect balance between smooth hits and massive clouds.
Your Vaping Device
When e-liquid were first introduced in the market, vapers had to use a device similar in size and shape to a conventional cigarette.
These vaping devices satisfied the initial purpose of vapes, which was specifically to help smokers trying to quit. However, when it comes to customisation and capability they were certainly limited.
Today vaping devices allow vapers to control their experience at every level, including setting a suitable wattage and changing the coil resistance.
If you use a higher resistance, the coil will take longer to heat up, meaning less vapour and less of a throat hit.
A lower resistance device, usually a sub-ohm, will quickly heat the coil and deliver more vapour and a stronger throat hit.
To get the most out of your vaping experience, find the right balance between the coil, the tank, the device, and CBD strength.
This might take a few tries, but once you get the correct balance you’re vaping experience will be unmatched.
E-liquids come in different levels of CBD strengths, whilst others contain nicotine and many come with no active ingredients at all.
Choosing the right strength is vital to ensure the quality of your vaping experience.
Too strong an e-liquid can cause all manner of unfortunate side effects, whilst too little may not deliver the effect you aim to achieve.
By explaining the principles around e-liquid strengths and the active ingredients that can be found, we hope that we have helped you to choose the right strength to ensure that you get the most from your vaping experience.