Caffeine Inhalers Guide
It was only a matter of time before we started putting caffeine in our vaporizers. Our energy-obsessed culture has put caffeine in everything from lip balm to hot sauce. At the same time, new vaporizer technologies have brought vaping e-liquids, cannabis, tobacco, and dry herbs to the masses.
So it makes sense that someone would invent caffeine products you can inhale.
Find out everything you need to know about Caffeine Inhalers, Caffeine Vaporizers, and Caffeine Vaping today in our complete guide.
What is Caffeine Vaping?
New vaporizer devices with names like the Eagle Energy Vapor work in pretty much the same way as other vaporizers: you vaporize an e-liquid and inhale the resulting water vapor to deliver ingredients directly into your lungs and blood stream.
Instead of delivering pure caffeine into your lungs, caffeine vaporizers use active ingredients like:
These are similar ingredients to the ones found in energy drinks like Red Bull. So basically, you’re inhaling a Red Bull into your lungs.
The NY Times recently interviewed the Canadian entrepreneur who created the Eagle inhaler. Here’s what he had to say about the invention:
“It’s for when you’re on the chairlift skiing, when you’re hiking, when you’re driving in the car,”
The Eagle inhaler and other competing devices are popping up at drug stores, supermarkets, and gas stations across North America. The most convenient way to order them, however, is to buy online.
How Do Caffeine Vaporizers Work?
Caffeine vaporizers contain a heating element that activates the active chemicals in the e-liquid. The active chemicals get turned into a vapor.
A typical caffeine inhaler contains about 500 puffs and costs around $9. Every 10 to 20 puffs is like drinking a cup of coffee (150mg of caffeine). Nevertheless, an inhaler like the Eagle inhaler contains just 2mg of caffeine. The buzz comes from energy-boosting ingredients like guarana, taurine, and ginseng.
Caffeine content, however, varies widely between devices. One company named Rush Energy released a caffeine inhaler last year called Vapor Stick. That disposable device contains the same energy as about 15 energy drinks – but with no sugar or calories.
Is Inhaling Caffeine Safe?
One doctor interviewed in the WSJ report said that inhaling caffeine raises questions about safety, although he didn’t definitively say whether it was safe or unsafe.
The problem lies with the rate of absorption: the rate of absorption when inhaling caffeine is faster than your body is used to with coffee and energy drinks, so the drug levels in your bloodstream go up much more quickly.
The FDA has not reviewed caffeine inhalers to determine their safety.
In 2011, the Massachusetts General Hospital issued a report on caffeine inhalers. That report said that “caffeine used in moderate doses has been shown to be safe”, although vaporizers have more potential to be abused than, say, coffee and energy drinks because of the ease of consumption.
That report also clarified that most caffeine inhalers aren’t actually “inhaled”: the particles in the inhaler attach themselves to the back of your throat, and then you swallow those particles.
Ultimately, the report concluded by stating that caffeine consumption has been proven safe when consuming between 200mg and 700mg per day (2 to 6 cups of coffee). If you can stay within that limit with caffeine inhalers, then “certainly it is safe to consume a couple of cups of Java per day – or just a couple of puffs from a caffeine inhaler.”
What Does it Feel Like?
Inhaling caffeine is a unique experience, to say the least. Depending on your flavor and type of caffeine inhaler, it basically feels like inhaling an energy drink.
When you inhale, you get a candy-like sweetness throughout your mouth – kind of like if you vaporized a Jolly Rancher.
You won’t feel anything after the first few drags. But by the fifth, sixth, and seventh drags you should start to feel more of a buzz.
By the time the tenth drag rolls around, you should start to feel a full body buzz similar to the buzz produced by an energy drink like Red Bull (as opposed to the brain-focused buzz of something like coffee).
The compounds used in caffeine vaporizers vary between manufacturers, so your experience will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Popular Caffeine Inhalers
There are a number of companies on the market already selling caffeine inhalers. Here are some of the most popular options you can buy today:
Eagle Energy Vapor
This Canadian startup recently released its Eagle Energy Vapor product. It contains caffeine in the form of guarana extract along with taurine and ginseng. There are 500 puffs in each vaporizer, and you need 10 to 20 puffs to start feeling a buzz. There’s no sugar and no calories in each serving.
— 10 Pack: $74.99
— 3 Pack: $20
The company recently launched a campaign on IndieGoGo where you can pre-order your own package of Eagle Energy vaporizers before they’re officially released.
Caffeine Vape Stix by Energy Shisha
This UK-based company sells disposable caffeine vaporizers with either 0.3mL or 0.6 mL (“Double Strength”) of caffeine.
Each Vape Stix costs €5.60 and shipping is available around the world. You can also buy the following products from the site:
— Vape Stix Multi Pack (12 Pack): €61.14
— Caffeine Vape E Liquid 10mL: €5.60
Each Vape Stix contains 250 puffs and comes with a black plastic tip with a stylish white LED.
Vapor Stick by Rush Energy
Rush Energy claims that its Vapor Stick is the world’s first energy vaporizer. The Columbus, Ohio-based company sells both e-liquid and disposable vaporizers.
— Vapor Nicotine Free Caffeine Stick: $8.99
— Vapor Nicotine Free Caffeine Stick 3 Pack: $25
— Vapor 12 Pack of Caffeine Infused Sticks: $97
— Vapor Caffeinated E-Liquid 10mL for Rechargables: $6.99
The 12 pack is equivalent to 180 energy drinks (about 15 cans of energy drink in each inhaler). There are 600 puffs in each inhaler. Active ingredients include caffeine (0.3% per mL) and taurine.
Buzzaire is shaped like more of a puffer than an inhaler (like the ones people with asthma have to use). It calls itself a “metered-dose caffeine inhaler” and claims to be the quickest caffeine delivery system.
While the other products listed here require 10 to 15 puffs in order to work, one breath of Buzzaire delivers the same caffeine as one big cup of coffee (150mg of caffeine). Each package comes with one inhaler and two Buzzaire cartridges, with each cartridge containing 100 doses.
– Metered Dose Caffeine Inhaler: $12.99
Buzzaire was likely the first major caffeine inhaler on the market: the device was released way back in 2006.
AeroLife calls itself “smart air-based nutrition”. It doesn’t deliver caffeine into your body: instead, it delivers a blend of energy-boosting vitamins, nutrients, and flavors.
AeroLife was recently taken off the market for an unknown reason, as the online shop has displayed a “We’ll be back soon” message for some time now.
One of the advantages of AeroLife is that you can use it multiple times without worrying about overdosing on caffeine. It’s safe to use repeatedly because it simply contains vitamins and nutrients.