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Can Vaping Cause Headaches?

Why Can Vaping Cause a Headache?

We’ll begin this guide by discussing the three most common causes of vape headaches. If you get a headache from vaping, it’s most likely caused by one of these three things.

Too Much Nicotine

There is a strong link between nicotine use and headaches. That’s because nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, which in turn reduces the flow of blood in and around the brain. This situation can be made worse if you use nicotine when you already have a headache. Some people also experience headaches when they haven’t had nicotine in a while, which underscores the importance of managing your nicotine intake carefully. We’ll discuss this at greater length shortly.

Dehydration

Dehydration is another common side effect of vaping that can potentially cause headaches. You’re probably already aware of the fact that you can get a headache if you aren’t drinking enough water, but you may not know that vaping can actually exacerbate this issue because vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol – the two most plentiful ingredients in vape juice – are both extremely effective absorbers of moisture. When you exhale the vapor, you’re actually removing moisture from your body and need to drink extra liquid to replenish it. Our INNOBAR products are made with a new type of e-liquid that contains 30 percent water and may help to alleviate this issue.

Sensitivity to Specific Compounds or Flavors

The final reason why you might get a headache from vaping is because you’re sensitive to a specific ingredient in the e-liquid you’re using. This isn’t common, but it’s worth exploring if you’ve already eliminated nicotine overuse and dehydration as potential causes of your vape headache.

 

How Can You Get Rid of a Vape Headache?

In the final section of this article, we’ll discuss the things that you can do to prevent a headache from occurring when you vape. If you’re reading this article, though, there’s a good chance that you already have a headache and are trying to figure out what you can do about it – so let’s start there. Here are a few of the most common things that people do to get rid of their headaches from vaping.

  • Stop vaping until the headache resolves itself. This is particularly important because if your headache is caused by nicotine use, the last thing that you want to do is continue consuming nicotine.
  • Drink some water. If you’re experiencing dehydration, it may take a while for your body to equalize – so you should drink a good amount of water before doing anything else.
  • Lie down for a while in a quiet place. Consider dimming the lights and taking a nap. If your headache is very severe, you might want to try putting a cold or warm towel over your head.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed on the label if your headache doesn’t resolve itself after a bit of waiting. This is another reason why it’s important to stop using nicotine when you get a vape headache; nicotine can actually interfere with some pain relievers and prevent them from doing their job.

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