Vaping & Anxiety – My Experience

I want to preface this blog post with this, the choice to use vaping as a tool for my anxiety was a personal choice and one that I made for myself. I am not saying that vaping is the answer to all my problems or that it is any better than smoking. Instead, I will explain how vaping has helped curb some of my anxiety, especially at night.

Back in May, my anxiety was at an all-time high. I was looking for ideas on how to get through some of my night-time anxiety. A fellow blogger and mental health advocate talked about how she used non-nicotine vaping as a way to help her anxiety. She explained that there are so many types of vape pens out there, and some have nicotine, and others have none. It was a personal choice for her to use one without nicotine, and it was helping her anxiety immensely.

I talked to a friend about it, and she told me about one that she uses that is also helpful. As I have expressed on this blog, I quit smoking several years ago, and I used smoking as a coping mechanism to combat anxiety. It really sucked, and I have only seen my anxiety increase since I decided to quit smoking. It was the right decision, but I knew eventually there was a possibility I would go back to smoking.

I did my research, and I found some vape pens that have no nicotine and some that just a bit of nicotine–and I decided on a pen that had some and I bought it hoping for the best. So far, my experience has been a good one, and during some of my panic attacks at night, using my vape pen has helped me get through some tough nights. I do use it throughout the day, which is also helpful. I have seen a curb in my anxiety since about June of this year.

I am not saying for you to go out and get a vape pen means you will no longer have anxiety. With the pressures of graduate school, writing my book, and my freelance work it helps to have something to turn to when my anxiety spirals. It is not a cure-all, and I am working on reducing anxiety and depression with working on my sleep. Vaping is just something I have found that works for me, and I am always honest here on my blog about my experiences. If you go down that route, do some research, and make a decision for yourself. Stay strong in the fight.

Always Keep Fighting

James

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34 Replies to “Vaping & Anxiety – My Experience”

  1. Anything, anything to not feel anxious and depressed. I understand, I’ve no way to control it, still finding solution to how to control it in public. Last year, I had strong urges to smoke, but I didn’t want myself to get into another deepshit. Not that I’m against smoking, but common, it is bad for health.

      1. Yeah, I meant that too, that it helps. Having your own coping mechanism is necessary. At this moment I have none, in the process of finding one.

  2. I’ve been vaping for 8 years. I’m not saying its good for you in the long term but no one really knows what the long term side effects are yet. I haven’t had to use my inhalers or nebulizer for my asthma since I stopped cigarettes and switched to vaping. I have found that it really helps with my anxiety but I’ve been trying to lower my nicotine levels over time to try and make it less addicting. If it works for you, then go with it. I know it’s better than cigarettes even though a lot of the media may say it isn’t.

  3. I’m guessing some people would try to shame people for using vaping to cope but I don’t think those people realize that sometimes the coping is less harmful than failing to reduce the effects of what you’re coping with. Anxiety can really mess with our sleep, but also with our stress response system and our immune system.

    For those wondering what I’m talking about, anxiety can trigger the release of the hormone cortisol, which suppresses ‘non-essential’ functions to prepare for using a burst of energy on the fight or flight response, but one of those ‘non-essential’ functions is our immune system – cortisol is supposed to be temporary, for a temporary suppression, but if we’re not being able to reduce the levels of cortisol it continues messing with our immune system. Sleep (something anxiety interferes with) is one of the methods our body uses to reduce excess cortisol.

  4. I’m currently using cigarettes to help me. I had quit for 2 years straight and started again when things become so bad it had my anxiety and depression all over the place let’s not mention my bipolar. I intend to quit just needed to find something else to help. Didn’t consider vaping it would be healthier for myself and my children. Thank you for the post. We all have to do what we have to do to survive it would be wrong to shame someone if you don’t agree with their method unless it’s something extremely harmful to self or others. Be blessed and no matter what always remember we got this!

  5. It’s amazing to me how much we have changed culturally around smoking. My first job, you could smoke at your desk and most companies had a smoking room. I think adults should be able to make choices they like even if its bad for their health. Thats the libertarian in me I suppose. You do you, if it helps you get through the day thats cool. Youre old enough not to need a lecture on the hazzards.

  6. When my anxiety was at its highest levels, I was still smoking like a fiend. It seemed that was the only thing that could calm me. Needless to say, it made it worse in fact.
    March 2016, I quit smoking and turned to vape (recommended by a friend who had the same problem). I started off at the highest nicotine level back then, and now I’m at a 3. (The lowest before 0). I agree with you wholeheartedly, it is very calming… No issues with anxiety in several months. It was one of the best decisions I made.
    Excellent post! Here’s to anything that keeps anxiety away!!!

  7. Hey James, hope you’re getting better with your anxiety! I’m happy you found something to help you in this phase; I just want to bring to your attention that vaping can produce many harmful chemicals that can affect us if we take it for long term ! but again its like a balance, where your main priorities(what bothers you the most) come first! thank you for helping others by writing this post!

  8. My husband does not smoke so by default, I do not smoke either. If I was single or dating someone who smoked, I likely would be a smoker. Vaping is appealing to a lot of people including stressed out Uni students but what turns me off of vaping is knowing how toxic the substances in vapes are, and the detrimental side effects that it would have on my lungs (I am a carrier of the genetic (rare) type of COPD). Based on that research and what I’ve gathered to come to my own conclusion as to whether vaping would potentially help my anxiety, I decided that the cons outweighed the pros which is why I don’t vape. Blue raspberry vaping fluid smelled good as I often walked to class with someone who vaped, and that one happened to be her favourite.

    An alternative to vaping? I recommend essential oils. I’ll use them in my house, and I also use the roll-on essential oils. Essential oils are fantastic for anyone who suffers from anxiety.

      1. If you’re new to essential oils, I recommend getting a roll-on that you can use when you’re out and about. My favorite is peppermint. My favorite peppermint roll-on is by DoTerra because it’s very potent. My mom bought it from a neighbor but those products are $$$. Any brand will work but do try to test them out in store if you can. Not all brands carry the same strength and potency.

        I find Saje to work well (they have a roll-on “farmacy pack” of 5-6 roll-ones that are good for different things (each one says what it’s intended for) and these are good for people starting out with essential oils. However, I find them to be a bit weak for me. My favourite scent from Saje is called Energy which I still use because I really like it. Also, Lavender essential oils can help with sleeping but I don’t care for the scent of lavender much. Peppermint is good for headaches. I get a ton of headaches and migraines so I rub the oil on my forehead and under my nose when I’m stressed.

        If you’re at home and feel anxious, I recommend buying an essential oil infuser and getting essential oils you add to the water to infuse the house with. These oils quite potent and I like them a lot. I wrote a post about which ones I use which can be found under “My Favorite Things” on my blog.

        A lot of people prefer peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils. When I’m infusing I prefer tropical scents from The Body Shop… but that’s just me. Everyone has their own unique preference of what works for them! Definitely give essential oils and roll-on essential oils a try! 😊🌺

  9. It sounds like it is the ritual that helps out with the anxiety.

    Just a little food for thought, Nicotine as an agent is a stimulant, which ultimately can increase dopamine production and increase the effects of anxiety. This is what can cause the relapse into habitual behaviors. The rise and subsequent crash creating a need to have further rises.

    Interesting experiment. Outside of the use of nicotine, it sounds like you found something that works for you. I had no idea of non nicotine vape pens, and will look at these to possibly recommend as anxiety reducing health habits. Without the drug present, I can see how it can even have an aromatherapy benefit. Thank you for the suggestion.

      1. I still question the ingredients that they use in the vaping liquids (are these ingredients safe to inhale?) including the non-nicotine varieties.

  10. Glad you were able to find something that works for you! It is good to see how others help combat their anxiety. Honestly, probably won’t go vape myself but it gives me a better perspective when I think about vaping and people who vape.

  11. You certainly have a right to vape. Personally, I don’t partake. However, health consequences aside you as an adult have a right to do it.

    Here is my blog post discussion such in light of SF’s recent ban. Please excuse the picture couldn’t find a better one from WP free fair use library.

    *** you would think with the popularity there would be more vaping pics***

    https://invertedlogicblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/polemics-26-the-fault-within-attempting-to-regulate-our-faults-a-case-against-regulation-of-e-cigarettes/

  12. This is really interesting, I can relate a lot to what your saying. I have really bad anxiety and vaping makes me feel like I can breath as strange as that seems.

  13. This is great! I quit smoking cigarettes a year ago and started vaping and smoking Juul to help me with my anxiety. It works, I don’t get addicted to it like I did with cigarettes, and I love that it doesn’t have any negative impacts on the people around me (i.e. odor, uncomfortableness). Glad you found something that works for you, even if it’s not the most “accepted” way to do it. You’re not harming anyone, so keep doing what works!

  14. I have been looking into this for myself. I definitely would choose a no-nicotine pen only because I know that the risk of addiction is more so in my family. But I have only been hearing good things about vaping and the reducing of anxiety. Thanks for this post.

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