Cannabis comes in different forms and can be consumed in a number of different ways. You can smoke dried cannabis, swallow cannabis oil, apply cannabis topical on your skin, or dab cannabis concentrates. There’s also vaping cannabis.
If you are a new or inexperienced cannabis user and would like to try out vaping for the very first time, here are a few things you should know.
What is cannabis vaping?
Vaping is the method of consuming cannabis wherein you inhale the vapor produced by heating weed through a vaporizer device. Unlike smoking, vaping takes away the need for burning or combusting cannabis by using lower temperatures, so it is considered safer.
As a result, vaping allows you to enjoy more of the drug’s positive effects and not to worry about the harmful toxins that are otherwise released by smoking.
What you need
You need a vaporizer, which comes in different forms, too. There are desktop vaporizers, which is basically for home use because it is not portable. This more technologically advanced contraption that utilizes cannabis oil, dried cannabis plant, or concentrates, allows you to vape with more precision and more control over the temperature.
You can also opt for a dry herb vaporizer for, er, dry herbs. They work by heating up the dry herb to release vapors minus the carbonization. This is great for those who want to achieve the same effect and experience as smoking pot. It also allows users to have easy access to their herb while on the go.
There’s also the oil and cartridge vaporizer, which is also known as the vape pen. The pen uses cannabis oil, which it heats to a temperature that is just before the point of combustion. This is small, light-weight, discreet, and perfect for people who are always on the go. Most of the vape pens are battery-operated and can provide users with very strong highs.
Not all vaporizers are made equal
One should be cautious when using various types of vaporizers. There are poorly made ones that heat up too much or that do not cool down quickly enough. These types of vaporizers can actually explode! So make sure you get yours from a very reputable seller.
While people believe vaping does not release carcinogens the way smoking weed does, adding artificial flavors or dilution additives to the cannabis oil could result to cancer-causing carcinogens being created. So it would be advisable for you to get a vape pen that is powered by inhalation and not by heat.
Benefits: vaping vs. smoking
Those who are new to vaping always have the same question in mind: what makes it different from smoking, benefit-wise?
Vaping is considered healthier for the lungs. This is because it contains very little toxins that are commonly used in smoking.
Vaping also produces less odor, so it is more discreet and easier to hide.
Compared to smoking, vaping is more efficient as it uses between 10% to 30% less of the herb product that you are using.
Vaping is also easier and faster to use!
Disadvantages of vaping
Vaping has its disadvantages, too. Most of these have to do with the way the vaporizer is set up and the preparation of the cannabis, wherein it needs to be ground into a fine consistency. There’s also the need to wait for the vaporizer to heat up, as well as the cleaning required after every use.
Research on vaporization
Information on vaping cannabis can be easily found on the net, but still, there is a need for more research about this method. Especially when it comes to adverse effects, perceptions, prevalence, and effectivity when it comes to treating specific medical conditions. More information about vaping could eventually lead to more appeal for cannabis users, whether it is for medical or recreational purposes.