Can Vaping Get You High?
Have you ever looked at someone vaping as they walk down the street and wonder if whatever is in their tank can get them high? The answer is a tricky one, because it honestly depends on what’s in their tank! In this article, we’re going to talk about the different things you can put in your vape tank and the effects of each.
A few years ago, very little was known about vaping and it was often negatively connotated with cigarettes. Now we know that vaping, cigarettes, and marijuana all have their distinct categories, though you can often interchange one substance with the other. For example, if you tap out all of the ground-up tobacco in a cigarette, you can easily toss in ground-up CBD flowers or weed and smoke the cigarette easily. If you’re vaping, you can add THC oil to your regular vape juice and get high off of that (we highly discourage doing this, as the Vitamin E acetate can be extremely dangerous to your lungs). Each of these three types of products require special tools and setups to be used properly. Vapes require a vape setup, e-juice, and charged batteries; weed requires rolling papers, bowls, pipes, bongs, and lighters; and cigarettes require nothing more than a lighter. But which one of these can get you high?
The honest answer is only marijuana can get you high, whether you smoke marijuana, use a THC vape juice, wax, oil, or additive. This is due to the psychoactive element of THC that is only found in marijuana. Your followup questions would be, “what about CBD?” CBD is made from the same hemp plant but lacks the THC element found in weed. CBD is growing in popularity due to its healing properties and similar scent to marijuana. However, CBD products are only allowed to have 0.3% THC and many companies offer third-party lab testing to ensure these readings are accurate.
Vaping, on the other hand, contains no trace elements of CBD or THC in their ingredients list. Vape e-liquid only contains VG (vegetable glycerin), PG (propylene glycol), artificial/natural flavorings, and occasionally nicotine (depending on which nicotine level you use:0mg, 3mg, 6mg). However, some people are very sensitive to nicotine and may experience a “nicotine buzz.” This nicotine buzz can cause you to feel slightly disoriented or dizzy if you vape it for the first time or increase your usual nicotine level. Nicotine can also cause a euphoric or relaxed sensation to the user, making the user feel like they are indeed “high.” But this buzzed sensation fades quickly and doesn’t leave you hallucinating or unable to function normally. There is something called nicotine poisoning which can indeed cause hallucinations, but the nicotine level required to get to this level is dangerous and can cause violent stomach cramps, vomiting, and other symptoms.
You may have heard on the news a few months ago that users were adding THC to their vape to get a more pleasurable vaping experience as well as get them high. This was never socially accepted as the only way to get THC additives is through the black market and underground dealers. There is no regulation for these THC additives, which is why it was so dangerous and illegal to sell/use them. The vitamin E acetate in THC often left the user sick, with permanent lung damage, and in several cases, the user actually died. The media pounced on vaping like a savage wildcat, all too eager to preach about the dangers of vaping.
Vaping may very well have been outlawed had several of the impaired users not come forward and admitted they added THC to their vapes. These users also admitted that their nicotine-based vaping alone didn’t deliver enough of a high to satisfy their cravings. Unfortunately, several states still pushed forward to eliminate flavored vape juices entirely, impose incredulous taxes for the flavored e-liquids, and to dictate which stores could sell vape juice at all. This hurt so many vapers and vape shops to the point where vape shops shut down permanently and vapers were forced to go back to cigarettes. Vapers across the country howled and protested at this excruciating unfairness. Some of the states rescinded their statements and actions to simply more careful scrutiny of the industry, whereas others stubbornly refused to admit that they had been wrong about vaping.
All of this takes place while marijuana is on the cusp of being legal throughout the country, for both medicinal and recreational purposes. The one product that can cause hallucinations is becoming legal, while something as simple as vaping aerosol is being portrayed as dangerous for our youths. I am in no way opposed to the use and enjoyment of marijuana, but I urge you to think about the ethical and beneficial standpoints of vaping before you start making judgements. Medical marijuana has been used for decades, and I look forward to when recreational and medical marijuana are recognized as a way to relax and help people throughout the country.
I understand that this may be a tough standpoint for some, but it all falls under the umbrella question of “does vaping get you high?” The answer is that vape juice with nicotine can create a slight nicotine buzz, depending on the nicotine level in the e-juice you're vaping. Marijuana and THC additives are the only thing that can get you high, and CBD is an available alternative for those seeking the medicinal value without ingesting the psychoactive element of THC. I hope that I’ve been able to shed some light on this subject, and I hope that any users reading this article can find peace about what they’re smoking or vaping. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us via phone, email, or social media! This blog is meant to offer as much information as possible to those looking for answers. Check back with us soon for a review of one of our most popular e-juices and their brands in our next article! As always, may your tank always be filled with delicious e-liquid and may your clouds always be puffy and full of smooth, refreshing flavor!