Vaping CBD vs. Vaping Nicotine - Should I Switch?

David Jadwin

Should people switch from Vaping Nicotine to Vaping CBD?  That’s is a question that often comes to mind when watching the news. Often, you will hear the latest statistics about nicotine vaping that highlight the rise of deaths and other lung injury cases.  After doing some research into both habits to compare them, we've come to the following conclusions.

Vaping CBD is a very effective way of realizing the potentially positive effects of CBD without the addictive, dangerous effects of nicotine.  Nicotine withdrawal will take place but can be eased by the CBD effects.  CBD vaping can still have potential negative side-effects if done excessively.  Let’s explore the differences between the two in more detail.

The Nicotine Vaping Scare

With all the illnesses, deaths and related negative press around nicotine vaping, it is important to understand the difference between vaping nicotine and the practice of vaping CBD.  The two are very different in their effects, purposes and safety. 

According to CNN Health updated on October 31, 2019:

As of October 29, 2019, there were 1,888 lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette products in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's an increase from last week, when there were 1,604 cases of vaping-related lung injuries.

Vaping related illnesses — many but not all of which are linked to THC-containing cartridges — seem to be increasing by the day. In addition, we know nicotine is a highly addictive substance and detrimental to the developing adolescent brain, a process which continues until the mid-20s.

As a result, it seems to make sense to stop or cut back on nicotine vaping.  The nicotine addiction being caused is significant and even more alarming is an entire new generation of nicotine addicts being created. 

Is It Safer To Shift To Vaping CBD?

Many people are shifting to vaping CBD – keeping the manual habit of a vaporizer, but without the harmful nicotine addiction and related nicotine vaping risks.  They are using it to quit their nicotine addiction while realizing the potential health benefits of CBD.

However, remember that heavy vaping of anything is not healthy.  If you’re looking to enjoy vaping occasionally without the addiction, CBD vape juice is a great alternative. 

There are a few potential side effects of vaping without nicotine: (1) irritation in the mouth, throat or airway caused by the two base liquids: propylene glycol and glycerol.   They are cancer causing when vaporized.  Ironically, nicotine tends to reduce this irritation, and (2) Inflammation caused by an immune system response, mostly occurring in the lungs and throat.

CBD vaping will not provide the “nicotine buzz” described later as nicotine effects.  That means, you can still have nicotine withdrawal symptoms.  Vaping CBD while stopping your nicotine addiction can ease the side effects of vaping without nicotine.

Also, CBD has a number of very strong health benefits.  CBD is commonly used to reduce anxiety, aid in sleep, reduce inflammation and in general, bring balance to the body.  Vaping CBD allows you to get the CBD directly into your bloodstream through your lungs, quickly and effectively.  Vaping CBD can be done anytime, but definitely doing it an hour before bed will help you to relax.

Effects of Vaping CBD Vs. Nicotine

Regardless of the nicotine vaping scares, vaping CBD has been around a long time and is one of the most effective methods to realize the effects of CBD quickly.

Vaping CBD allows it to enter your bloodstream almost immediately and be picked up by endocannabinoid system (ECS).  This system wasn’t even understood a few decades ago but there are receptors throughout your body and brain connected to it.  The function of the ECS is thought to moderate the body’s systems and resolve imbalances. In other words, CBD helps your body stay in balance, where Nicotine causes it to become unbalanced.

Vaping CBD will not satisfy the temporary craving caused by nicotine addiction, but it can also provide relief to pain, anxiety, depression and other maladies.  As a result, it often brings on a calming feeling. Unlike nicotine, CBD actually reduces adrenalin and has a positive impact on serotonin levels.

The table below shows a comparison of the effects:

table on effects of nicotine and cbd in comparison

CBD Vaping Product Options

CBD Vape Juice comes in a number of varieties and flavors, sometimes containing terpenes.  Terpenes are the organic compounds responsible for creating the unique aroma of each individual cannabis plant. Terpenes do more than determine the scent finger print, they also provide therapeutic benefits.  We will explore the details of Terpenes and their potential impacts in future blog postings.

Because picking the proper vape juice is important, one that is intended for vaping, we have provided some sample products below. They are available in other flavors and various dosages and can be used in CBD Vape Devices.

There are a number of different methods to vape. Larger Vape Devices with cartridges that can be refilled with vape juice. Pod-based Vape Devices that can be filled with vape juice.  All devices also have replacement pods or cartridges available as needed over time.  Vape Cartridges that are prefilled and can be used in a cartridge device.  Finally, very popular are the one-time use Vape Pens that come with a specific flavor of vape juice, or even Terpenes.


In conclusion, the onslaught of negative press and news about the dangers of nicotine vaping are causing regulatory and governmental actions. Because of this and the potential health impacts, people are beginning to rethink their behaviors.  Many individuals are looking towards CBD vaping as an alternative.  CBD vaping has some possible negative side-effects. But as we described, CBD vaping has many more positive attributes without the nicotine addiction than nicotine vaping.

Looking forward, we are still learning about the Endocannabinoid System and the potential health effects of CBD.  Vaping is an extremely effective delivery mechanism to benefit from CBD and an interesting alternative to stop nicotine vaping.

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