Have you been hearing a lot of buzz lately about a new way to take melatonin as a sleep aid? Perhaps you’re curious what all the hype is about and whether or not vaping melatonin is a legitimate approach to using the drug. Well, don’t worry; we've got you covered.
Read along for the next few minutes as we take a deep dive into the world of non-nicotine melatonin diffusers/vapes. We’ll find out what they are, how they work, and how they differ from a melatonin pill.
In addition, we’ll explore the likely effects they'll have on you and your sleep cycle, some basic dos and don'ts, warnings, and some recommendations on where to find high-quality melatonin vapes if you think they might be for you.
At a glance:
- What is a Melatonin Vape?
- Do Melatonin Vapes Work?
- Do Melatonin Vapes Help You Sleep Better?
- Do Melatonin Vape Pens Have Nicotine?
- Are Melatonin Vapes Safe for You?
- What are the Best Melatonin Vapes on the Market?
- Can I "Overdose" on a Melatonin Vape?
- How Long Does a Melatonin Vape Pen Last?
- What Do Melatonin Vapes Taste Like?
- Sweet Dreams!
First, What’s a Melatonin Vape?
A melatonin vape is a device that contains and heats a liquid form of melatonin (often with some sort of flavoring), causing it to vaporize. You then use the device to inhale that melatonin-rich vapor into your lungs.
From there, the melatonin passes into your bloodstream and produces the effects you'd expect from a melatonin supplement — namely, relaxation and an enhanced ability to fall (or stay) asleep.
If you're familiar with a "standard" nicotine vape, you likely already understand the basic mechanism by which vaping melatonin works.
Do Melatonin Vapes Work?
While there is little to no research to prove the efficacy of vaping melatonin specifically, melatonin itself, which is a hormone that your body naturally produces, has certainly been proven to have effects on your body by regulating your circadian rhythm.
Concurrently, the validity of vaping as a delivery system for whatever chemical is vaporized (be that nicotine, melatonin, caffeine, or certain vitamins) is certainly well established.
There are a couple of reasons why someone might choose to supplement with melatonin by using a vape pen or diffuser rather than taking oral melatonin supplements in the form of a pill or capsule.
First, as many users will attest, a melatonin diffuser is faster-acting. This rapid delivery means the melatonin is absorbed quickly through the lungs, rather than having to first travel through your gut, where it must be digested and metabolized before it can enter your bloodstream and do its thing.
Look at the label of any oral melatonin supplement, and you'll likely see a recommendation to take it 30 minutes before bedtime. While that may not seem like a long time, it can be an eternity for someone staring at the clock as they battle insomnia.
The other reason people choose melatonin vapes is their efficiency. With in-lung direct diffusion, more of the melatonin should actually be available to your body.
As your body processes the melatonin from an oral supplement, some of it is going to be lost in the process. How much can be lost will vary, but with some formulations as little as 10% of the melatonin thatyou swallow actually makes it into your bloodstream.
There haven't been any studies to measure how much melatonin is bioavailable when it's inhaled, but the general understanding is that it should be more than from oral dosing, since the compound is entering your bloodstream directly via your alveoli.
Do Melatonin Vapes Help You Sleep Better?
Numerous studies have proven that melatonin pills and other melatonin supplements are effective as sleep aides that can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. These studies cover a bevy of other forms of melatonin, including sublinguals, capsules, tablets, chewables, and gummies.
Studies on melatonin vape pens in particular are few and far between. There really isn't any hard scientific evidence that melatonin vapes work or don't work to help regulate your sleep cycle or that they can be a benefit to you if you have trouble falling asleep.
However, if we delve into the anecdotal evidence, such as user reviews, discussion boards, and forum posts, most of that "evidence" suggests that a melatonin diffuser can help you sleep better.
As with most such sleep aides, you'll have to try a melatonin diffuser out for yourself to know how your body responds. For more on this issue, see our article on Which is the Best Vape for Sleep?.
Do Melatonin Vape Pens Have Nicotine?
One can't really make a blanket statement that no melatonin vapes contain nicotine. It’s a free market for vape products, and manufacturers are always trying new things. There may be someone out there making a nicotine and melatonin vape, but if there is, we haven't found them.
As always, and with any products we talk about here, we strongly advise you to read the labels so you'll know exactly what's inside the vape you're considering.
Aside from the list of ingredients, the manufacturer should include usage guidelines. These guidelines are important for any vape that contains active ingredients like melatonin.
You want to ensure that you're using your diffuser correctly to get the proper amount of the supplement, and the guidelines should set out how to get the dose you desire.
Are Melatonin Vapes Safe for You?
As mentioned above, there aren't any studies addressing the safety of vaping melatonin specifically. The same general precautions that apply to any vape also apply to melatonin vapes or melatonin diffusers.
General precautions you'll want to take when considering a melatonin vape would be things like avoiding additives or chemicals that are known to cause harm.
Namely, additives like diacetyl and Vitamin E Acetate — which were common in vapes at one time — have been shown to contribute to medical conditions like "Popcorn Lung." If you spot those on an ingredients list, it's best to look elsewhere.
Also, some manufacturers will include other ingredients that are generally considered safe but that may have an adverse effect on you personally.
Most likely, these will be ingredients like L-theanine, valerian, or chamomile, which are also purported to help with relaxation. There's nothing wrong with those ingredients per se, but you should know exactly what's in the vape you're using.
What are the Best Melatonin Vapes on the Market?
There are a lot of melatonin diffusers out there. And there's no single melatonin vape that's going to be best for every single user.
Which melatonin vape is best for you specifically will come down to things like taste (or aroma), price, availability, ingredients, and efficacy.
As we just mentioned, some melatonin diffuser brands will come with other ingredients included, which may or may not be a bonus, depending on what you're looking for. Others may only be available in one or two flavors that aren't up your alley.
Our own line of melatonin diffusers are affordable, ship quickly, contain nothing beyond melatonin and natural flavorings, and feature enough variety that you'll probably find a flavor you like.
Can I "Overdose" on a Melatonin Vape?
It’s unlikely that any manufacturer would include enough active ingredient in their melatonin diffusers to cause harm to most people.
However, we don't know how sensitive you are to melatonin supplements or other supplements. We also don’t know about any medication you may be taking that can react with melatonin (including any melatonin pills or other melatonin supplements you may be taking orally.) We are unaware of any conditions you might have that might affect how you react.
Always read the labels for a full list of ingredients and recommended dosages in any of the melatonin diffusers you try. For more information on this topic, see our articles on Are Melatonin Vapes Safe? and Can You Overdose on a Melatonin Vape?
How Long Does a Melatonin Vape Pen Last?
How long a vape pen lasts will depend on how often it’s used and the amount of vape juice in the particular diffuser you're using.
Some manufacturers recommend only a handful of puffs or inhales just a few times a day, while others seem to suggest that you can "hit" their devices far more often. Generally, a vape should last you from a couple of weeks to a month or more.
Labels are your friend here once again. Always keep your usage pattern within the recommended guidelines provided by the vape's manufacturer.
What Do Melatonin Vapes Taste Like?
There's no one answer to this frequently asked question, as melatonin vape manufacturers offer their products in a dizzying variety of flavors.
Our own line of melatonin vapes is available in well over a dozen flavors, like Gummy Bear, Cotton Candy, Banana, Orange Dreamsicle, Bubble Gum, and Cosmic Berry. That's just us. Other manufacturers will, of course, offer different varieties.
Melatonin has long been a favorite supplement for insomnia sufferers and others who occasionally need some help getting a good night's sleep.
The main benefits of choosing to get your melatonin by inhaling it with a vape or diffuser as opposed to, say, taking an oral supplement are twofold, as we mentioned above.
First, because the melatonin is being ingested via your lungs, where it can theoretically enter your bloodstream directly, it should be a faster-acting delivery method. A melatonin pill first has to pass through your digestive tract, which can typically delay its effects for 30 minutes or more.
Along the same lines, inhaling melatonin may result in greater bioavailability, since none of the active ingredient is lost to the digestive process. Some studies have shown that as little as 10% of active ingredients in oral supplements actually enter the bloodstream after being ingested.
If you decide to give melatonin vapes a try, MELO might be a great option for you. Good luck! And sweet dreams!