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Vaping Pros and Cons

Disclaimer: A year ago this topic would have not even been allowed to make a presence on my site…but when one will try ANYTHING to bring some relief to a loved one who is suffering, things change. There are some affiliate links associated with most of my posts which I do get a small commission for a sale, but as always I am here to teach what I have learned while caring for someone with anxiety and complex PTSD.

Vaping: What I Know About Pre-vaping

I am actually surprised how hard it is for me to discuss this topic of VAPING. It has taken me a few years to actually come to grips with our changing world. I do not claim to be an expert on this topic by any stretch of the imagination, but I will be discussing the things that I have learned along the way.

I would have to say that I would consider SMOKING as the start of all VAPING.  I HATE the smell of cigarettes and I always have. I came from a very strict NO SMOKING POLICY in our home. I can’t even tell you if we ever had a smoker in the house except for one uncle that would go outside and smoke a pipe (and that smelled awesome).

Then moving on up to high school and college in the late 70s and early 80s we have the smoking weed (pot, dope, grass, reefer, Mary Jane) era. Then I lived through the no smoking in public places such as restaurants and hotels and stadiums which made me even more sensitive to the smell when I was exposed to it. I also raised three kids and more than once we had to chat about how BAD it was to smoke.

Then things began to change when we starting dealing with ANXIETY and complex PTSD.

Pros of Vaping

1. Safer than smoking.

2. Gives you more control over the intake and the output.

3. Cost vary but if you keep it simple and don’t get really fancy it isn’t bad.

4. Easily available in local gas stations, mini marts and on-line VAPING STORES.

Cons of Vaping

There are probably more CONS than I am going to list but keep in mind this is based on our personal experience along with some minor research via the web.

1. Slight learning curve if you are familiar with smoking a cigarette. We are in the KEEP IT SIMPLE camp. Nothing to fancy, just get the job done.

2. So many choices. I put this in the cons because it is actually ridiculous how many choices one needs to consider when starting out.

3. Stigma is still there.

What to Vape for Anxiety

Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming quite popular as a way to deal with a variety of issues. As you can probably guess, I was in the CBD research camp for quite a while before we decided to give it a try. As always I will be giving you a suggestion of where to shop on-line for some awesome vaping ideas below. Once again if you were to purchase anything I do receive a small commission but please feel no pressure. I am here for the information sharing aspect of being a caregiver and supporter and what we have learned over the years.

VaporDNA.com is a site that has it all. The way my daughter started was with a nice little disposable Vape Pen. Then moved on to the Pod system and cartridges. This is nice because it is a rechargeable system that lasts a long time without having to replace the pen. Very portable and rechargeable seems to be the way to go in the vape world. As far as what to vape? This site gives you choices…two examples of some many choices that have awesome reviews are as follows. YAMI VAPOR is quite popular and is described as a “warm flaky crust dessert filled with rich, smooth and sumptuous custard”. Personally for me that requires a fork not a vape pen but to each their own. The second one is more of a menthol called BRAIN FREEZE NAKED 100. Strange names for us older folks but the sites I have visited over the years all seem to agree the more bizarre the name the better. Instead of a dessert this one is more of a chill of strawberries, kiwi and pomegranate.

In the interest of being upfront I need to admit that I do not and have not ever used a vape pen or vape pod or even a regular cigarette. ever. but I have seen some amazing results when used at bedtime to get my daughter to sleep very sound for a few hours (which in our world is like heaven). I know there are all sorts of studies out there showing all the benefits that it can help with sleep and anxiety and my favorite, reducing the negative memories. I also know that there are BAD PEOPLE out there that have started messing with stuff that have made people sick, so it is certainly my recommendation that one buys from a reputable company like VaporDNA instead of say “meeting up with some guy on the corner at Sheetz or getting something from behind the curtain at the barber” . Just some examples of putting yourself and loved ones at risk.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that I was totally against VAPING a short time ago and IF all three of my daughters would ask me if I minded if they started VAPING, I would still say YES I MIND to two-thirds of them. But for the one that I have at home living with anxiety and depression and complex PTSD and a few other things I AM TOTALLY ON BOARD with her VAPING. Call me a hypocrite if you want but I saw things. I saw things that I had no control over and I could not fix. I saw things that no parent should ever have to see a child of theirs suffer.

Anything that can bring relief to someone who deals with these mental health issues and complex PTSD is worth giving it a try.  Also a side note that if VAPING is not your thing VaporDNA has many other options for relief.  They have edibles such as CBD gummies and Cherry Rings.  My favorite for pain is a CBD pain relief Patch and Balm.  In addition there are syrups, vaporub, tinctures, vape juice and more.  Go check it out 2% Reward With Every Order.

Keep fighting the good fight

Tammy

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Tammy C

14 Comments

  1. Nice article about vaping, you and your family’s story were interesting. In my case it is pretty different, I have been growing hemp and researching new high-CBD strains of hemp since 2001. The weird part of the story is that I haven’t been vaping or even smoking most of the time during my “career”, motivators for my research have been friends of mine struggling with pains due to MS. However, vaping is much safer than smoking in many ways. Thanks for sharing this article!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments.  Struggling with pain due to MS or not being able to sleep because of past trauma.   I applaud your research.  I hope you find a strain that provides the help you are looking for. I appreciate you taking the time to read my article. 

  2. I like the information provided, is it true that bad quality vaping products can lead to severe lung damage? It has been a trending topic and it has prevented me from trying the vaping route. I would assume its due to the hidden chemicals that’s found in the liquid, but I could be wrong.

  3. Hello Tammy C,

    Mental health a very important aspect of one’s life. I personally had never smoked or used a vaped in my life. But I have suffered from anxiety and depression for few years. And now that I read your article, I think vaping might really be helpful when we have breathing difficulties due to panic attacks. Could you please tell me whether the effect of vaping instant? And also I would like to know whether the vaping consider as a longtime treatment?

    I really appreciate you taking time to write these articles about mental health. This could be really helpful for people who are looking for that one helping hand while they battle through one of the most difficult battles in their lives.

    May you and your family always truly be happy! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comments.  My daughter tells me that when she is having a severe anxiety attack or her PTSD has her on high alert,  vaping will act much quicker than if she were to go and take her oral medicine.  

      As far as long term therapy we hope not.  Between her medication regime and her talk therapy we hope to be able to get a handle on her anxiety and PTSD, but until then we “vape on” when needed.

  4. I think the subject is very controversial. I like that you addressed the subject but I think you could have added more information on the pros and cons. I also think perhaps you could have addressed the fact that there are people getting lung infections that have not been seen by doctors in the past and that some of these have been fatal. Perhaps just your personal opinion on this would have been helpful to the reader. I would also addressed the way some of these vape products have been advertised. There are lawsuits against some of these companies for targeting the underage teens.

    Over all I wish there had been a little more content to the post.

    • Thank you so much for your comments on my Vaping article.  I appreciate you taking the time to read my article and give some advice.  

  5. There has never be a time I categorized vaping as a good habit. This may be due to how I knew it. Only gangsters and hooligans endorse the culture in my area. Am not yet clear with the idea of smoking or vaping to get rid of anxiety and I don’t even know how I can be convinced with it. It is fascinating to see that CBD can be administered to the body through vaping. How about the repercussions with the lungs like that of cigarettes?

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my article on vaping. I have read your comments and have to agree that vaping is not a “good habit” but rather a “get through the day necessity”  in our home.  

  6. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a vigorous ingredient obtained from the hemp plant. According to research, this ingredient does not cause a”high” to a person if taken. According to the World Health Organization, CBD has no known serious health issues associated with it. There has not been any legislation banning its use.

    It is known to treat many health issues including epilepsy, seizures, chronic pain, insomnia (sleep disorder), and anxiety.

    As Tammy has said, any one with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can conveniently go for the CBD for relief.

    • Thank you for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on all the health issues CBD is known to treat.

  7. Thank you for this great article. I was wondering about the pros and cons of vaping, and so I appreciate that you put all this together in one comprehensive article.

    I also dislike the smell of cigarette smoke. It really bugs me and I would prefer if people would Vape instead of smoking because at least it wouldn’t smell.

    Thank you for explaining about vaping CBD. I have also heard of people using CBD to help with a lot of different issues. Great article and I hope this continues to work for you.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article and give such kind comments.  

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