Cannabis vaporizers are getting more and more popular both among medical cannabis users and recreational weed users. So what are herbal vaporizers? Basically, vaporizers heat cannabis to a precisely controlled temperature, at which the active substances in the herb (THC and several other cannabinoids) transform into vapor. Unlike smoking a joint, vaporizing doesn’t result in burning, it produces no carbon or semi-blazed solid material, and thus delivers clean, healthy and smooth vapor. In other words, cannabis vapor is inhaled like smoke, however without the adverse symptoms of smoking. Another advantage of vaporizing: since the THC is discharged without burning, none of it is lost to overheating (as happens when cannabis is smoked) resulting in a more effective and efficient process.
Benefits of vaporizing cannabis
There are many ways to consume marijuana. Joints, pipes, bongs, edibles and drinks, among others. The first three options are simply unhealthy, and it makes no sense for patients to use them. Digesting cannabis works well for some medical marijuana patients, but the problem is it takes longer for the cannabis to take effect, therefore making it harder to control the dose. When you vaporize the marijuana, the effect is almost immediate, so you can take a puff, see if it’s enough, take another, and so on.
Choosing a vaporizer
The two main considerations when choosing a cannabis vaporizer should be price and type.
Generally, there are two types of vaporizers – desktop (or table top) vaporizers and portable vaporizers.
If you plan to consume your cannabis only at home, a table top vaporizer may be the better option. These vaporizers can be heavier and bigger than the portable ones, and generally offer a better vaporizing experience.
If you intend to use the vaporizers on the go, you better get a portable one.
More expensive vaporizers are usually better than cheaper ones, but in both categories you can find good vaporizers from prices ranging from about $90 to $600.
I bought my last two vaporizers at vaporizers.net. The market is full of cheap imitation vaporizers, but these guys only have the best and proven devices, so you really can’t go wrong with them (also, they have great customer service – I didn’t like the color of one of the units I ordered, and they exchanged it, no questions asked, and even paid for my return shipping!).
Using a vaporizer involves a learning curve. Don’t be discouraged if it first is doesn’t seem to work well. Depending on the vaporizer model, you’ll have to learn what the right temperature is, How to draw correctly, how fine to grind the herb, etc. I suggest you give it at least two weeks, and also take a look at guide on youtube. Once you’ll get used to it, you’ll love it. My guarantee.