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Why Vaping CBD Makes You Cough and How to Stop It

Joel Taylor - writer and editor for Cannabotech
By Joel Taylor
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Updated September 20, 2023.

Man vaping CBD e-juice while exhaling cloud of CBD vapour

With the growing popularity of vape culture, many people are turning to this route to get their CBD fix. However, it's not common to experience a sore throat or coughing at some time. Coughing after vaping CBD is a common side effect, especially for novice vapers, including those already used to cannabis smoking.

Before we address the reasons why CBD is making you cough, we must first address another question: Is vaping CBD safe?

A simple question with a more complicated answer. Inhaling anything into your lungs (smoke or vapour) is definitely not recommended, and you shouldn't start if you don't already do it. However, if you do vape CBD already, you can take a little solace in the fact that it's not quite as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.

If you do vape CBD and it hurts your throat or causes you to cough, it's a good idea to sort this problem out as fast as possible. A sore throat and coughing are pretty strong indicators of inflammation, which can aggravate the progression of a variety of respiratory illnesses.

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Reasons That CBD Is Making You Cough

1. Vape Juice Ingredients

CBD is not necessarily the reason why you cough after vaping. In most cases, other cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant might be the reason. This is especially the case when consuming broad or full-spectrum CBD vape liquids.

Terpenes are known to irritate the throat, which might lead to coughing. Besides terpenes, other ingredients like Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG) can cause allergic reactions in some people and aggravate the airways.

2. Dehydration

Although vaping involves inhaling vapour, which are water molecules suspended in air, it may still cause your throat to get dry and lead to coughing. The PG content in your juice might draw out most of the moisture when you are vaping CBD, causing a dry throat.

4. Underlying Health Issues

Having underlying health issues (both cardiovascular and respiratory in nature) could also lead to coughing when vaping. If this is the reason for your coughing, you should stop vaping immediately.

How to Stop Coughing While Vaping

Depending on why vaping makes you cough, any of these solutions might help:

  • New vapers might need time to adjust.
  • Choose pure hemp extract CBD e-liquid.
  • Use only lab-tested, high-quality CBD e-liquids.
  • Try using different inhalation techniques (slower or shorter).


As you can see, there are various reasons why vaping may make you cough. Hopefully the above solutions will help you continue vaping CBD without coughing in order to enjoy its potential benefits.