Vaporizing is the latest trend in the cannabis community, promising to be a new, clean way to get high and/or medicate with cannabis. To better understand vaporizers and the benefits they provide to both recreational and medical cannabis users, it’s important to understand how they work.
What is Vaporizing?
Vaporizers are devices that are designed to heat herbs well below their combustion point to release their beneficial properties in the form of a vapor. Unlike traditional smoking, using vaporizers does not involve combustion or burning of herb products.
Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes. However, what they look like, they work on the principles of either convective or conductive heating.
And given that vaporizers don’t burn herbs, they do not give off tar (a chemical substance made when tobacco is burned) and all the other kinds of impurities that can cause health problems and undesirable odors with smoking.
How Do Vaporizers Work?
As mentioned above, vaporizers do not involve combustion. Primarily, the herb materials are heated at temperatures ranging between 190 to 450 Fahrenheit (90 to 240 Celsius).
There are two ways of heating herb products to produce vapor. One is the process of convective and the other is the process of conductive.
Convective vaporizers work by heating the air around cannabis, while conductive vaporizers usually heat the surface beneath the cannabis.
Either way, the aim of the vaporizer is to heat the cannabis slowly and evenly to a point where the cannabinoids within the plant material begin to vaporize. Doing so creates vapor rather than smoke, which is far less damaging to the lungs when inhaled.
Benefits of Vaping Cannabis
Vape or smoke? The benefits of changing your smoking habit to vaporizing cannabis can offer you some great benefits, and as it becomes more widely popular, more options and choices will become available. There is already a rich market of vaporizers out there and a community to stand with them, but why should you make the change?
1. It’s Healthier
By vaporizing your weed instead of combusting it, you’re doing your body a huge favor. While most cannabis connoisseurs like to argue that smoking marijuana is less harmful than tobacco, that isn’t true.
Numerous studies have shown that smoking cannabis is linked to many of the same respiratory problems as smoking tobacco. Some studies have even found that cannabis smoke contains higher concentrations of some chemicals, like ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.
By switching to a vaporizer, you’re able to dodge all the adverse health effects associated with smoking while still enjoying cannabis in all its glory.
2. Vaping contains substantially fewer toxins than smoke
The smoke of any kind is filled with toxins due to the byproducts created during combustion. Therefore, vapor contains many fewer toxins than smoke. While scientists have found that e-cigarettes can still contain some toxic chemicals, there is no evidence that vaporizing cannabis has any negative effects.
3. You’ll save money
In the long-run, investing in a vape will be more cost-effective than rolling joints, and the juice lasts for a while. When it comes to pinching pennies, this method definitely makes a difference.
4. Produce less smell
Vapor doesn’t smell nearly as strong or as far as smoke and dissipates much more quickly. Joints stink. Blunts stink, bongs and pipes can be even worse. Vaping cannabis doesn’t completely eliminate the smell, but in my experience, although the smell is still identifiable, it’s quite different and less than when you smoke the herb. Also, the smell from vaporizing your weed lingers around less, weed smoke can stick around for days, while weed vapor tends not to smell after about 20 minutes.
Having a vaporizer on hand makes it simple and easy to use cannabis. With a vaporizer, you can just fill its chamber in with dry herbs or concentrates, and in no time, you can start to draw your hits. Whereas with smoking, you need to roll a joint before you can enjoy your cannabis.
6. Ultimate discretion
Herbs including cannabis, produce no smoke and odor when vaporized. With no smoke and odor, the use of vaping devices is preferred by many cannabis users who want to take their hits anytime and anywhere.
Discretion is important for most cannabis users, largely due to the stigma that still surrounds the cannabis plant.
7. Less harsh, less cough
Vapor is still hot, but not as hot as the smoke. Once you make the switch, you will realize how comfortable and easy vaping is compared to smoking, not only on your lungs, but also on your throat. Also, the elimination of combustion lessens the lungs and throat irritation.
What Is the Difference Between Vaping and Smoking Cannabis?
Smoking cannabis is a form of combustion. The smoke caused by this reaction contains toxins that can harm your lungs and throat. Vaping uses convection to bake your cannabis which extracts the cannabinoids from your flower or concentrate without releasing the toxins found in smoke. Vapor also dissipates quickly so you can vape in more places without having to worry about bothering those around you.
Vaping is also much more efficient meaning your flower and concentrates will last longer. When you smoke, a good portion of the cannabinoids is often burned off or tossed out with a charred bowl. Vaporizing carefully pulls all those wonderful cannabinoids off your flower or out of a concentrate with almost zero waste. Vaping is really the best way to ingest any cannabis product.