There are many reasons why you might come into the world of vaping. Perhaps you are looking for an alternative to cigarette smoking or are trying to quit smoking and want to find a way to help you reduce your intake.
Or maybe you are a marijuana user who wants a discreet, portable, and convenient way to ingest. Or perhaps you're just interested in trying marijuana or nicotine for the first time.
Whatever the reason is that you are reaching for your first vape, you might not know exactly how to use your first vape. It’s okay — you’re not alone. Many vapers had no clue how to use one the first time they picked up a vape. That’s why we are here to help.
Here is a simple, easy-to-follow guide for first-timers on properly hitting your vape. We’ll cover everything from basic use to answering common questions first-time vapers frequently have. Let’s dive in!
What Is a Vape?
Vaping is a smoke-free method of inhaling nicotine, marijuana, CBD, other extracts, and drug-free flavored vape juices. Vaping does not involve the combustion of a smokeable, so there is no fire, and the resulting vapor is much lower in temperature than the smoke from a cigarette or cigar.
Vaping also comes with another fun twist compared to other forms of smoking, and that is all of the interesting and exciting flavors available. From fruity flavors to dessert flavors and more, you can have the flavor experience of your dreams.
How Does a Vape Work?
The way a vape works can be somewhat complicated if you get into all of the little details, but here is a brief overview of the basic process that is going on inside your pen.
Vapes use a battery, which provides an electrical current to the atomizer. The atomizer is a device that contains a piece of metal that, when exposed to electrical current, gets hot.
Inside the atomizer is a wick made of cotton, soaked in your vape liquid of choice. This heat causes the vape liquid to turn into vapor, which you can inhale and enjoy.
Some vapes are disposable, meaning that the battery is only single use, and the vape should be disposed of when it runs out. Others are rechargeable, meaning you can refill the pods and recharge the battery to reuse the pen repeatedly.
Both are great options and work in nearly identical ways, with minor differences in the battery and pods that allow for recharging and refilling or replacement.
How To Hit a Vape: Step by Step Guide
Now, what you’ve been waiting for — the California Honey Vapes step-by-step guide to properly hitting a vape.
Step One: Button or No Button?
The first step to hitting your vape is figuring out if your vape pen uses a button or if it is self-activated. This will determine the exact steps you need to take to get your vape working.
All you have to do is look at your vape pen and see if there is a button on the body of your vape pen. If you don’t see one, you don’t have to worry about it. If you do, you’ve just saved yourself from looking like a fool the first time you try to hit your pen.
Some pens have a button to turn the vape off and on, and it may still be self-activated.
Step Two: Press Your Button (if You Have One)
To activate the battery of a vape with a button, you have to push the button. Your battery will provide an electrical current when you pull on the device in automatic vape pens. With a button, however, pushing the button closes the circuit and sends electricity to the atomizer.
Step Three: Hit Your Pen
Now, you can place the mouthpiece of your vape into your mouth and pull to get the vapor into your mouth and lungs. Make sure you are inhaling strongly enough to get the vape into your mouth and lungs, and be sure that you are inhaling into your lungs.
If you are only getting the vapor in your mouth, you can do some cool smoke tricks but won’t feel the impact of whatever it is that you are vaping. Be careful not to take too big of a hit the first time, as this can lead to lots of coughing and an unpleasant first experience with your vape pen.
Start with a small pull of only about two seconds, and slowly increase as you get more comfortable. Even if you are an experienced smoker, you may find a different feeling in your lungs that can make you cough as if you’ve never smoked before.
Step Four: Hold It
For step four, you’ve got it easy - all you have to do is hold on to the vapor. If you are smoking a nicotine-free vape juice and just enjoying the flavors of your vape, then you don’t have to worry about this step too much. If your vape liquid contains nicotine, THC, CBD, or something else, be sure to hold it in your lungs.
This is because your lungs absorb the chemicals and give you the effects of the drug you are vaping. You should aim to hold your hit in your lungs for at least as long as you pull. A few seconds is enough for your lungs to get the desired effects.
Step Five: Exhale
Last but not least, let your inner dragon come out and blow that smoke. Be respectful, and do not blow the vapor directly at anyone, particularly strangers. You can also blow it out of your nose if you want, and there are plenty of tricks you can do if you have the patience to learn.
Vaping FAQs: The Most Common Questions
After the step-by-step guide, you should have all of the knowledge you need to get started with any vape you may have. But sometimes, you might have a few additional issues, concerns, or questions that deserve an answer.
Here are the most common questions we get about vaping from first-time users.
1. What If My Vape Isn’t Working?
The first thing you need to check if your vape isn’t working is whether your vape is a new disposable or a fully charged rechargeable vape with juice in the cartridge. If your vape is charged and has juice, make sure you are pressing the button if there is one, and double-check the battery.
Then, check to ensure you are pulling hard enough if it is not a button-related issue. Many vapes have lights on the bottom or side that turn on when the pen is active, so you know if it’s working. You must pull hard enough for the pen to activate, so make sure you are pulling hard enough.
If you still have no luck, you may have a bum pen, need new vape coils, or have a clog in your pen. There are solutions to these problems, but if you are using a disposable, you are better off just getting a new pen and trying again.
2. What Can I Do To Prevent Coughing?
If you find that you can’t keep yourself from coughing when you hit your vape, there are a few things that you can do to help. First and foremost, try hitting your pen for a shorter amount of time to intake less vapor. The more vapor you take into your lungs, the more likely you will cough.
If that doesn’t help, you may also be holding on to your vapor for too long. Try limiting your hold in your lungs to a few seconds maximum. Give yourself time to absorb the nicotine or other drug in your system. Two seconds is enough, and that should help with the coughing.
3. Can I Recharge a Disposable Vape?
Short answer — it is possible sometimes, but a lot of work and not necessarily worth it. If you are new to vaping and don't yet know the ins and outs, you might find it particularly challenging to take apart your vape and recharge it.
You cannot, however, refill a disposable vape. The pods are not meant to be refilled and can cause a sticky, spilling mess if you try to refill them. Check out our USB rechargeable batteries if you want a pen you can refill or recharge. You can also just keep it going with new disposables in our dozens of delicious flavors like insert and insert
4. What Does Vaping Feel Like?
Many factors can influence how your vape feels, from the brand, flavor, size, type of e-liquid, size of your hit, and many other factors. The largest factor, however, is the contents of your e-liquid. Vaping nicotine will feel different than CBD, Delta 8, or THC.
In general, vaping kind of feels like inhaling a cloud. But sometimes, it can feel like you can’t fill your lungs again after a hit. This is normal and just means you're taking a big hit, and scaling back could be helpful.
Nicotine can give some users the feeling of a headache, and some say it helps to relax their minds and boosts them. CBD can give users a feeling of relaxation as well. THC can support sensations of well-being and happiness.
How To Properly Hit a Vape: Wrap Up
Hitting a vape can be confusing for first-time users, but with a little help and guidance, you can hit your first pen like you’re already a pro. The steps are simple, and in no time, you’ll be vaping like an expert.
Just make sure you know if you need to hit a button or not, pull hard enough, don’t take too large of a hit, and give your lungs some time to absorb the chemical compounds in your vapor. If you follow these steps, you know you’re hitting the vape correctly every time for optimal results.
California Honey Vapes is the perfect place for you if you're looking for delicious new vapes. We have everything from nicotine free, five percent nicotine, and even Delta-8 disposable vapes, so you can have what you need at a moment's notice. We also have more cool guides and tips on our blog.