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.
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 .
Keep fighting the good fight