As the wave of cannabis legalization is spreading through the United States, more and more people are considering their options to consume their weed. Smoking marijuana through joints and bongs has always remained a traditional method that most users still prefer. However, modern-day research and studies indicate that inhaling weed through a vaporizer is safer. The market is filled with a wide variety of advanced vaporizers that let you inhale the vapor but don’t heat up the herb so much as to create smoke. This means the vapor you inhale is not so harsh on your throat and lungs as compared to smoking. Focusing on this fact, a number of manufacturers are introducing vaporizers built on modern technology to provide exciting features that make your weed experience more enjoyable and convenient.
What are Weed Vaporizers?
A device that heats up concentrates or herbs, weed vaporizers are available in different styles to suit your preferences and requirements. You can find portable as well as desktop vaporizers that function on one of the two types of heating mechanisms to activate the cannabinoids from the material and transform it into vapor. According to research, weed combusts at about 394 degrees Fahrenheit and the sweet spot can be attained at 338 degrees. Vaporizers heat the herb at a lower temperature to avoid any combustion and do not generate any smoke or tar.
Anatomy of a Vaporizer
You can find a wide variety of vaporizers in the market but they all have almost similar construction with a few essential components.
Battery – A vape cannot function without an energy source. Batteries can be either removable or fixed. Portable vaporizers come with rechargeable batteries and their charge times can vary from one model to another.
Chamber – This component of the vaporizer is where the herb gets heated up. It is also called ‘oven’ and most vaporizers use heating coils. While heat times vary for different devices, most chambers take about 1 minute to reach the ideal vaporization temperature. Some devices even allow controlling this temperature to customize the experience.
Mouthpiece – This is the component that transfers the vapor from the chamber to your mouth. Desktop vaporizers offer tubes or balloons while portable ones let you draw the vapor directly. Mouthpieces come in various sizes and shapes and can be made of metal, plastic and glass.
Conduction Vs Convection
Vaporizers use either conduction or convection to heat up the plant matter and extract the cannabinoids. Conduction involves direct contact of the weed with the heating surface. This surface is usually made up of metal on which the herb is placed. When the plate reaches the right temperature, the herb starts vaporizing. It then passes through the chamber to produce delicious, flavorful vapor. Conduction is not a great choice as the herb can burn in the process and adjusting the temperature is also tricky.
Convection, on the other hand, involves introducing hot air above the herb instead of contact with the surface. When the air reaches the ideal temperature, it passes to the chamber holding the weed. This heat converts the cannabinoids into vapor which can be inhaled. These heating elements are made out of stainless steel or ceramic. This method is more effective as the heat reaches all the material at the same time. Vaporizers that use convection are somewhat more expensive as compared to the other type.
How is Vaporizing Different from Smoking?
Weed vaporizers heat up the herb without combusting it. When you smoke it through a joint, your herb is burnt because of the high temperature created. Cannabinoids are known to start vaporizing at only 222 degrees. Vaporization delivers a clean and safe experience, giving you a great feel of the taste and aroma of the strain. Moreover, vaporization does not expose the user to toxic chemicals or smoke as created in smoking. There is no difference in the high produced from the two methods.
Marijuana smoking is certainly an amazing experience but produces a large number of chemicals not created during vaporization. Many of these chemicals are potentially dangerous for health. When you smoke from a joint, you inhale a lot of compounds produced through combustion and all of them might not be beneficial. Moreover, there is so much tar and smoke that are not good for the lungs.