Medical marijuana use is on the rise today. Many people ailing from chronic pain to anxiety and eating disorders use cannabis every day. While there are different ways to consume this plant – smoking the dried herbs to ingesting it as food – vaping is one of the smoother ways to do it. How do we vape? Using cannabis vaporizers.
What is vaping, then?
Vaporizing a substance is heating it at temperatures lower than the combustion rate. Basically, you heat it gently instead of setting it on fire. I’m sure you all have heard of devices called ‘vapes’ available for this purpose. It heats the cannabis to different temperatures (between 180℃ – 210℃), so you inhale the vapors of the substance, not the smoke.
There are different types of vaporizers available out there, be sure to pick one that suits your needs.
Types of cannabis vaporizers
- DRY HERB
Yes, you guessed it. These vaporizers can be used to vape the dried flowers of cannabis (the ‘buds’). You might want to use a grinder to get your buds into a fine powder that lets vaporization happen easily.
Shatter, dab, vape juice, cannabis oil, and a few others are called concentrates because they are exactly that… ‘concentrated’ versions of their plant counterparts. They tend to be more potent and cause a larger high for lesser hits.
Not all vapes have the ability to vaporize concentrates; read the functionalities of what you’re buying and you’ll understand better how it works. Some providers sell an add-on to your vape to make it compatible with concentrates too, but they’ll charge you for it.
Depending on their functionality, they are available as
- Pen Vapes; the thin, pen-like devices that can be kept in your jacket pocket! Easy to use and cheaper than others.
- Portable Vapes; a little more robust and bigger than pen vapes, you can carry these around and use them at your comfort.
- Stationary vapes; you usually have to plug these in. Keep these in your room and organize a chill session with your mates.
They offer a higher quality of vapor by using the convection method of heating. It’s important for you to know how to operate your vape and change temperature settings so that you do not overheat the substance.
Is it harmful to vape?
Cannabis has proven health benefits and plenty of people are using it to heal themselves. We should keep in mind, though, that smoking cannabis is harmful to the lungs as it produces carcinogens. Vaporizing retains the active ingredients of the plant (or concentrate) while eliminating the harmful substances produced while smoking. This is why medical marijuana users are choosing to vape rather than smoke.
Vaping could be your new way of medicating or you could want to try a different kind of high. Either way, make sure you do your research beforehand!