Vaping has its fair share of pros and cons. However, many consider it to be way better than traditional smoking, which isn’t the case. Vaping shouldn’t be considered as an improvement. It should be seen as a means to quit smoking, as it’s much less harmful. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference when it comes to choosing between vaping and smoking. But we recommend not doing both though.

That said, let’s get down to the essentials of vaping and vape pens. Vape pens have a heating component that heats up the cannabis (duh) enough to turn substances in it like THC, CBD and terpenes into vapor. And then you inhale and enjoy.

If you are interested in trying vaping for a change, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1) Types

Vape pens come in several varieties including dry herb vaporizers, concrete vaporizers and hybrid vaporizers. With dry herb vaporizers, you can vape cannabis flowers. With concentrate vaporizers, you have to use cannabis concentrates of preferable potency. With hybrid vaporizers, you can vape cannabis flowers and concentrates.

2) Proper maintenance

Vape pens require proper maintenance which means you will have to clean your vape pen regularly so that it lasts a while. This doesn’t mean you should clean it after every session. If you intend to vape regularly, we recommend cleaning it once a week. This brings us to our next tip.

3) Understanding how to clean vape pens

To clean your vape pen with a permanent cartridge, you need to disassemble it first. Next step is to remove the ash or residue. You can use a pipe cleaner to finish cleaning. If all of this sounds tiresome, you can get a disposable vape pen. Use it and discard once it’s empty. There are also vape pens with disposable cartridges.

4) First time

If this is your first time vaping, understand that how you vape can make or break the experience. If you are using smaller vapes with high nicotine, you need to draw the vapor slowly into your mouth, hold it inside for 2 seconds and then breathe it in from your mouth to your lungs. Exhale and you will feel that sensation vape enthusiasts love. If you are using larger vapes for the first time, you need to draw the vapor quickly and directly into your lungs, and then exhale.

5) Adjusting the dose

If this is your first time, we recommend beginning with a dry herb vape pen. Concentrates are more potent and may take even experienced cannabis smokers by surprise. Make sure you always begin with low doses, and then work your way up.

6) Always keep extra batteries and charger

No one wants to have a dying vape when they desire a hit. So always carry two additional batteries and a charger with you just in case. This way, while one battery is being used, the other can be charged. So your vape pen will always be ready for you.


If you take time to understand vaping better, it will improve your vaping experience for sure. Interested in learning more? Come visit us at Vapor Loft, Kansas City. Our staff will be delighted to answer your questions and show you some high quality vape products.

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