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How To Vape – What You Need To Know
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How To Vape – What You Need To Know

Posted: October 01, 2018

Learning to vape is much easier than it seems. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know when it comes to vaping. To learn how to vape appropriately, you must first be familiar with what vaping is, the devices needed to get started and the different vaping techniques. Read our helpful guide below and learn all you need to know about vaping.

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Vaping E-liquid

E-liquid comes in two different forms, with or without nicotine. Most e-liquid contains nicotine with or without flavour additives and is vaped instead of smoking a cigarette. Other types of e-liquid are nicotine-free and vaped merely for flavour. E liquids or e-juice, as it is commonly called, that contain nicotine typically come in 6 different strengths ranging from 0 to 24 mg of nicotine per millilitre of e-juice.

Typically you can purchase premium e-liquids either in cartridges or in a dropper bottle- this will vary depending on what type of vaping device you have. Some come as prefilled kits, as interchangeable e-liquid pod systems and even as a disposable electronic cigarette as well as a wide array of dropper bottles that are mostly universal for e cigs and vape devices.

Dry Vaping

This type of vaping involves using dry herb material. Dry vaping is typically done using a desktop unit or portable device which you will learn more about below. Dry herb vaping generally refers to vaping dried hemp flower, but other herbs and tobacco can also be vaped in this manner.

Vaping CBD oil

What is important to acknowledge here is that there is a difference between CBD oil and CBD e liquid. CBD oils are designed to be taken orally or applied directly to skin. Attempting to inhale your regular CBD oil  through your vape device direct to lung will not yield positive results.

If you are looking at choosing to vape a CBD product then choosing a CBD e liquid is the way to go. These have been designed specifically for inhaling direct to lung. By the same breath, attempting to drop CBD e liquid under your tongue or into drink or food can be harmful and will undoubtedly cause adverse effects.

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Now that you know about the different products that you can vape let's look at the various types of devices needed to do so.


An e-cigarette or disposable e cig is a small disposable device that looks similar to a regular cigarette. These devices are typically small electronic components that contain a pre-filled pod system with a built in atomiser that requires no buttons for activation and are utilised simply by taking a drag similar to how you would puff a cigarette. Generally these kinds of devices produce less vapour than vape pens, most smokers prefer this type of device as it is an easier transition from cigarettes to vaping.

Vape Pen

Vape pens are similar to e-cigarettes however they are typically much more powerful and larger. Vape pens usually have a longer battery life and are utilised with tanks that you fill with an e-liquid or CBD oil of your choice.

Advanced vapers tend to choose these types of devices because of the vape mods that can alter the amount of e liquid that you can store in the device as well as an increase of battery power and aesthetic to name a few.

When you refine your vape device with vape mods it is possible to increase the vapour production, produce more smoke or vapour and get a smoother hit as well as increasing or decreasing the throat hit.

Pre-filled Cartridges

Pre-filled cartridges are simply cartridges that are preloaded with a vapeable liquid such as CBD oil that can be simply screwed onto a battery suited for the cartridge. These can be called pod vapes or vape pods- be sure to check the compatibility of the vape pod with your device.

Empty Cartridges

There are also empty cartridges that can be utilised for vaping on several different devices that you can load with your choice of e-liquid or CBD oil available at most smoke shops and online at Ice Headshop.

Atomizer Coils

Coils are an essential part of almost every vaping device, these coils are the heating element for your e-liquid of choice. These components have to be replaced in most devices on a regular basis as they tend to wear out with use.

Coils are typically activated in vaporising devices by pressing a button which in return heats the atomizer coil allowing you to vape the product in your cartridge or vaping device. Some vaping devices such as e-cigarettes do not require the coil to be replaced as they are pre-installed and designed to last for the longevity of the pre-filled tank & are then disposed of.

It is possible to buy both high and low resistance coils - the latter making more vapour and preferred by experienced users. High resistance coils on the other hand are better for new users and those trying out new flavours. Some coils are designed as higher resistance coils that can be heated for longer and more often before the need to replace them.


Now that you know more about the products and devices for vaping let's look at how to vape safely and responsibly for the best results and experience. There is one thing that matters the most when it comes to learning how to vape and that is the type of device that you are utilizing. Whether you have a vape kit, a vape pen with vape mods or an e cig there a few ways to use these different devices.


If you are vaping an e-cigarette that is pre-filled with a nicotine e-juice or CBD oil typically all you have to do to vape is simply place your lips around the mouthpiece and take a drag, sometimes a small button needs to be pressed in order to heat the coil.

The inhaling technique is similar to that of a regular cigarette making it an easy transition for those that are trying to stop smoking. Smokers crave the feel of the device in the fingers as well as the throat hit and the nicotine. E-cigs make it easy to reduce the nicotine level that you intake, this can help with stopping smoking cigarettes.


Vaping with vape pens or personalised vaporisers require a few more steps.

  1. When vaping with these types of devices the first thing to do is to make sure that you have a fully functional atomizer coil installed. To learn how to install the atomizer coil for your specific device, it is best to refer to the user manual, all pens come with the correct atomizer coil so there is no danger of getting it wrong.
  2. Once you have ensured that your atomizer coil is installed correctly you will need to fill the empty tank with a CBD vape or vape juice of your choice. When utilizing an empty tank and adding a vape juice or e-liquid of your choice, you will need to fill the tank to its appropriate level and wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes to allow the cotton in the tank to soak up the juice.
  3. Then screw the tank to your vape device or simply enjoy once the tank is filled. Once your device is ready and loaded with an e liquid or oil of your choice you will want to turn on or unlock the device. Once the device is on you will want to make sure that it is set at the lowest recommended setting which you can find in the user manual. Vape kits ordinarily come with comprehensive instructions to help you to vape properly.
  4. Once the settings are appropriately set, in order to inhale vape, merely place your lips on the mouthpiece while also pressing the button on the vaporiser at the same time and breathe in.

That’s it, you are now on your very own vaping journey!


When dry vaping whether it is dried hemp herbs or dried tobacco you will want to make sure that your herbs are fully ground before adding them to the vaporiser tank that came with the device. When utilising these types of vaping devices, it is essential that you remember that the vaporiser is essentially working like an oven.

Vaping dry herb requires you to wait a few seconds in between each drag to allow the vapor to form inside of the device from the dry herb. When vaping dry herb, it is recommended to hold your hit as long as possible to allow as much of the vapour as possible to be absorbed into your body.

Things to Remember When You Start Vaping

When you are new to vaping or transitioning from smoking the sensation of vapor entering your lungs may seem a little harsh at first. Often people who are new to vaping will also sneeze or cough after taking a drag.

Until you are used to vaping and used to the sensation of vapor in your lungs, it is best to stick with a low power setting and take smaller hits. Once you are comfortable utilizing your vape setup, it’s recommended that you play around with different settings, inhale methods, and airflow options until you find what works best for you.

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We hope that this article helped to take some of the confusion out of the topic when it comes to how to vape. No matter what device or products you utilize it is always best to do more research into the specific suggestions offered by the manufacturer for using those devices and products. For all of your vaping, liquid, and CBD vape oil needs visit Ice Headshop today!


The information listed above is general information pertaining to vaping. There are no medical studies that solidify that vaping is medically safer than smoking. This information is for personal use and education only and should not be considered medical advice.

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