You’ve seen them–those fancy little devices that cannabis smokers have tucked into their favorite jacket pocket. But what exactly are they and how do you know if it’s right for you?
Vape pens or “vaping” of cannabis has certainly gained in popularity over the last several years. So, if concentrate and extract vapes seem foreign to you– let us educate you on why so many people consider this the best method for getting high.
WHAT IS VAPING?
In a nut-shell, vaping is the heating of cannabis without burning it. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created, rather heat releases the active ingredients into a vapor. Is It Safe? In theory, vaping marijuana should be safer than smoking. Largely because its function delivers the THC without combustion, where most of the harmful chemicals stem from. Simply put, if you vape marijuana, your inhale should contain much fewer toxins than if you were to burn it. Let’s take a look at some feel vaping THC extract is the best method for users who value convenience, their health and want the purest high available.
THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIS VAPING
It’s Smoother: Many of those that use cannabis for medical reasons have troublesome respiratory systems, causing their lungs to be highly irritated by smoke. These consumers often find relief in vapor inhalation.
Clearer High: Some attest that vape pens produce a more clear-headed high because smoke is not inhaled. This may be why— when you smoke weed, the combusted gases contain as little as 12% cannabinoids, on the other hand, when you use a vape, the gas can contain up to 95% cannabinoids.
Terpenes: As fun as it is to kick it ol’ school and spark a joint, the fact remains you have no control over the temperature you are exposing your bud to. However, with vape pens, there is more control over the temperature— therefore more #terplife
And just in case you didn’t know, terpenes are the molecules responsible for the role in the plant’s taste and aroma, but they also play a part in the plant’s health benefits as well as the type of high we get. Want to learn more about the most common cannabis terpenes? Terpenes for better health – blog
Convenience: Vaporizers tend to be small and inconspicuous and require less preparation and offer more portability than smoking joints or bowls do. Since Vaporizers do not use combustion to ignite the cannabis, they produce little to no marijuana scent and no smoke, but rather a vapor that dissipates quickly. Vapes slide easily into pockets, purses or mom wallets and there’s no fumbling around looking for your lighter, your nugs, and your glass when you’re wanting to indulge. Although IMO, there will always be a time and a place for a joint, the convenience of a vape means that you can take it and smoke it anywhere you need.
Safety: no lighter, no torch, no matches = no fire #needisaymore
The Casual smoker: No one prefers a dried-out bud over the fresh stuff for good reason; you’re losing both the taste and the potency the older it gets. With vapes, your first hit is the same strength and flavor as your last one.
WHAT ABOUT THE DISADVANTAGES TO VAPING?
Although there are many pros to purchasing and consuming vape cartridges, there can be downsides to them. Typically the reported disadvantages have to do with the electronics itself. If your vape pen isn’t working, you can’t just ask a passerby if they have a spare battery in their pocket, as you would with a lighter. The good news is that vape pens are pretty consistent and will generally last about three days on a full charge.
Just like everything else in the world of weed, the many vape products can also be confusing to navigate. There are three main types of vapes that are categorized by what kind of cannabis material goes in them: flower, wax, or concentrates.
Today we will ignore the first two forms, which offer none of the convenience we spoke of above, and focus on vapes that use concentrate cartridges vape pens.
WHAT IS A VAPE PEN?
A vape pen is a small, portable, pen-shaped device that consists of the following three parts:
1. A mouthpiece to inhale the vapor
2. An atomizer where the wax is vaporized
3. A battery to power the device
Aside from being convenient and portable, vape pens also very easy to use. They typically have only a single power button to control everything. Some vape pens offer a selection of three or four preset temperatures but many just have one.
The mouthpiece and battery are self-explanatory, but the atomizer is where the concentrate gets vaporized. The atomizer can consist of either a ceramic coil or a quartz coil. Here are the differences between the two atomizer types.
A quartz coil usually consists of a small quartz rod with a thin metal coil, usually titanium, wrapped around it. Most use two quartz coils but some use even more and the more coils there are, the higher the maximum temperature.
– They heat up very quickly but the heat also dissipates quickly
– They are a neutral material so they don’t affect the flavor of the wax
– They are better for intermediate to advanced users because of the intense vapor they produce
Quartz coils are better for intermediate to advanced vapers because they’re the ones best able to handle intense vapor. Beginning vapers might not find the experience of quartz coils to their liking because of the heat of the vapor and how fast it hits them.
Ceramic coils are great for beginner vapers who are still learning how to use their vape pen and are not yet ready to handle more intense vaping experiences. Their easy loading and smooth vaping are a big part of their user-friendly nature.
– Technically not a coil but a shallow ceramic dish, they are easier to load than quartz coils
– They heat up slowly but retain heat well
– Better for beginners because they produce cooler, smoother vapor
A vape pen is a solid purchase for any cannabis consumer, whether as your daily smoking device or as your on-the-go back-up. Having the option to enjoy your THC discreetly, portably and easily is well worth the small initial investment of a cartridge and pen.
STAY LIFTED WEED FAM!