Why Do Vaporizers Make Me Cough?
This is an all-too-common question beginners ask upon using a vaporizer for the first time. If you've been smoking for a decade or longer and suddenly switch to vaporizer, you may notice that you cough more than usual. This is somewhat confusing to many users, because coughing goes hand-in-hand with smoking, not vaping. So, what causes this phenomenon and how can you stop it?
You Are Sick
One possible reasons why you are coughing is that you are sick. This has absolutely nothing to do with the actual vaporizer itself, but rather your body is weak and more susceptible to the elements (including vapor). The good news is that vaping certain types of herbs or essential oils may boost your immune system function while relieving common symptoms of illness. If you are experiencing nasal congestion, for instance, try vaping some peppermint or spearmint. Not only do they offer a delicious flavor, but they are also helpful at clearing out the sinuses, making them particularly beneficial when you've caught the cold or flu virus.
Temperature Is Too High
Of course, another possible reason why you are coughing is that your vaporizer's temperature setting is too high. Hot vapor will tickle your throat so to speak, triggering a natural coughing reaction. This doesn't happen for everyone, but many people will in fact cough when exposed to hot vapor.
So, what's the best temperature to use when vaping? You can read more about the "best" vaping temps by visiting http://vapesrush.com/blog/whats-the-best-temperature-to-vape-herb/, but a good rule of thumb is to set your vaporizer between 350 to 385°F. This is the sweet spot in which your vaporizer will produce a smooth, clean vapor without it being too hot. Of course, your vaporizer may need some adjusting to achieve this temperature, so play around with the settings if needed.
Your Vaporizer is New
Vaporizers need a little bit of time to become "broken in." When you initially purchase a new vaporizer, it may still have some dust and other impurities on the heating element, which can cause you to cough. There are a few ways to prevent this from happening, however, one of which is to thoroughly clean your vaporizer before using it. Wiping down the heating element and other components with an alcohol wipe should remove impurities such as this. Alternatively, you can crank it up to the highest temperature setting, wait 5-10 minutes, and it should be good to go.