There’s a lot of confusion about this topic. Therefore, we decided to write a comprehensive guide that sheds some light on it and debunks some common myths.
Mouth to Lung vs Direct Lung Vaping: Different Terminologies Used
Vapsters use various terms for different styles of vaping, so let’s make life easy and learn all of them before we get into details.
Mouth to Lung Hit: Mouth Inhale, Mouth Inhalation, or MLT. We’ll use MLT throughout the rest of the guide.
Direct Lung Inhalation: It includes Lung Inhale, Lung Vaping, Lung Inhalation, Direct Lung Hit, Lung Hit, Direct to Lung Hit. Additionally, it also includes Direct Lung Inhalation, Lung Vaping, or DLI. We’ll use DLI throughout the rest of the guide.
You now know the different terminologies for the two vaping styles. For better understanding, we’ll do a head-to-head comparison. But first, let’s define each of them:
Definition of Mouth to Lung Hit Vaping (MTL)
In MTL style of vaping, you inhale and gather the vapor in the mouth. After a short amount of time, you inhale it into the lungs.
This is similar to smoking cigars and traditional cigarettes or drinking soda with a straw.
Definition of Direct Lung Inhaling (DLI)
In DLI vaping, the vapor bypasses the mouth and channels it through the throat, directly to the lungs.
This is similar to using a hookah, shisha, bong, joint, or just inhaling air into lungs.
Which is Ideal for You?
The two ways of taking a hit can yield extremely different results. Additionally, your ideal style depends on your expectations from your e-cig.
The two techniques may seem just a matter of inhaling vapor from your e-cig (which is partially true). However, you need different setups and e-liquids to achieve pure MTL or DLI.
Vaping Experience – Mouth to Lung vs Direct Lung
Since the vapor stays in your mouth for a while, the flavor is more apparent. However, the throat hit or lung hit is subtle as compared to direct hit. This approach is pretty similar to smoking cigarettes and cigars. As a result, ex-smokers who have recently switched to vaping will find it more agreeable. MTL is also ideal for chain vapers, mainly because of high flavor and low throat hit.
On the other hand, DLI offers an intense experience which only experienced vapers will find satisfying. But, it can be overwhelming for beginners. The throat hit is intense, however, since vapor quickly passes through your mouth. It doesn’t leave the taste buds enough time to extract the flavor.
Equipment – Mouth to Lung vs Direct Lung
The ideal hardware and e-liquid composition for MTL is:
And for DLI, here’s the recommended setup:
Variations of MTL and DLI
Many people think that mouth to lung hit and direct lung hit are the only two styles of vaping. It simply isn’t true. We have subtle variations of these two methods, which aren’t very common. Also, they aren’t as satisfying but try to offer the best of both worlds.
Pure Mouth Hit – This is the simplest way, where first, you inhale the vapor, keep it in your mouth. Then, you exhale without taking it into your lungs, either through your mouth or nostrils.
Hybrid Hit – Just as the name suggests, it’s an MTL followed by DLI. Here’s how to do it. First, draw and gather vapor in your mouth. Then, while doing it and your mod still firing, allow some air into your mouth. Third, take a deep direct breath. This gives some flavor, and some lung hit at the same time.
The Moment of Truth
Both DLI and MTL have their unique pros and cons, let’s take a quick look at them one by one.
Pros & Cons of MTL
Pros & Cons of DLI
How Many Hits Does It Take To Get High
Lots of people who have tried vaping marijuana tend to prefer it over traditional smoking of a blunt (joint) or a bowl. Because when combustion is not happening, the effect they get from vapor with THC compounds appears to be much more sensational. No wonder, because when you light up a piece of a dry hemp, cannabis wax or oil, up to 90% of cannabinoids burn out into the open, leaving you only 10% of pleasure.
If you want to experience pure joy, relaxation, and euphoria, consider vaping the stuff. However, if you are new to this, there were probably a few times when you didn’t quite catch the mojo. It’s okay, everyone is still looking for that perfect formula, which answers the question of how many hits would it take to get you high. Apparently, it depends on a few factors, particularly, these:
- Material quality. Be aware that when buying already grinded cannabis you never know what you get. It may be mixed with different leaves for selling a bigger weight. It may be a wild-grown hash of no use. Meanwhile, the amount of THC, a.k.a. the active substance responsible for getting high is quite small in there. Whole flowers considered to be more effective because of the pollen, in which cannabinoids actually reside. Basically, you can find two types of flowers out there: Indica (relaxing effect) and Sativa (the best one, brings euphoria and energy). They look different, so, thankfully, you can easily recognize whether you’re buying the right one.
- Quantity. One small pinch is usually enough for 2 to 3 nice hits. Too little won’t bring any joy, while too big one will get you stoned and out of control. Not fun.
- How you inhale. Getting high straightly depends on how much THC you get at one time. If you are not getting trippy or even dizzy, probably your inhales are too slow or too short (or both). Try to take a quick and deep DLI inhale and then hold it for as long as you can. The other reason why vaping is more suitable for a light-headed effect is that it doesn’t hit your throat as much as during joint burning. The vapor feels smooth, meaning you can get the most of your buds. In most vapes, you can adjust heating temperature, which is also a plus. The best one for marijuana is nearly 160°C and 320°F. Heating it more will anyway bring the sedative or stoned effect. Some may like it but it’s far from the joy of being high.
- The more you take it, the more you need it. Adaptation is our natural survival feature. If you’re an experienced cannabis consumer, don’t be surprised that only 6 to 12 hits can get you smiling. For beginners, one good and proper hit is usually enough to feel the difference. Aside from experience level, getting high greatly depends on your personal tolerance to certain chemical compounds and neurotransmitters.
The vaping style ideal for you depends on your personal preferences. For this reason, we can’t say one technique is better than the other. However, you need to know certain aspects to enjoy either of the styles. If you are a newbie or an ex-smoker, MTL provides a better way to step into the world of vaping. When you eventually learn the ropes, you can switch to DLI. In fact, finding your style is what makes the overall experience of vaping a lot more fun. This guide has explained all the possible tips and tricks. Now it’s time to put them to practice.