There are several ways you can consume dry herb or aromatic extract products.. You can eat, drink, smoke, apply topically, or take as a capsule. If you want to get a little more creative, you can even take it as a suppository! Point is, you’ve got options.
One option that’s become increasingly popular is vaping. We recently described what vaporizers are, how they work, and the benefits they offer. In this post, we’re going to expand on those benefits by taking a closer look at some of the main reasons users like to vape.
The fundamental difference between smoking and vaping is that no combustion occurs when you vape. While this may seem like a meaningless scientific distinction, it has a profound impact on your health. Here’s what Health Canada has to say about it:
vaporization has been explored as an alternative to smoking. The potential advantages of vaporization include the formation of a smaller quantity of toxic by-products such as carbon monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and tar. The subjective effects obtained by vaporization are comparable to those obtained by smoking. In addition, the study reported that vaporization was well tolerated with no reported adverse effects, and was preferred over smoking by the test subjects.
In layman's terms: a vaporizer ensures you ingest more of the compounds you want, and less of the stuff you don’t like carbon monoxide and tar.
If you’re used to smoking, the idea of temperature control may seem both foreign and pointless. But there are two good reasons to care about it.
The first reason is flavor. When you aren’t just burning your dry leaf or extract to a crisp, you can actually taste it and enhance the flavor.
The second reason is that different temperatures produce different highs as various components within the flower or extract are released at different temperatures. By controlling the temperature you are able to create a unique effect and influence how vaping makes you feel.
High-quality vaporizers can take a beating, last for many years and are resistant to the elements.
While as good a method as any for the backyard, vaping is especially convenient when you’re camping, hiking or just out for a stroll. Our Summit+, for example, was designed for outdoor enthusiasts in mind. Trust us when we say it holds up better when you go from car to canoe to hiking trail to campfire.
Some vaporizers are portable, others are desktop. Both types have their own advantages, which will prove more suitable for different types of users. The important thing is that you’ve got options.
If you only use dry leaf or extract at home, a desktop vaporizer makes sense, especially if you usually use it in social settings, like when friends are over. If you like to use when you’re out and about, and want a safe and discreet way to consume, a portable vaporizer is a great choice.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from getting the best of both worlds, by having one of each.
Using a vaporizer is easy. You put dry, ground material (or whatever your vaporizer is built for) into the chamber, turn it on and wait for the device to heat. No looking for papers, no fumbling to roll papers (some of you are terrible at it, admit it), and no wondering where the hell you put that lighter.
Additionally, the absence of smoke means vaporizers can be used in settings where smoking is disallowed. For example, many apartments and condo buildings prohibit residents from smoking indoors, because of the pungent smell and potential smoke damage. Vaping eschews both these problems, making it virtually undetectable, and completely harmless to your surroundings.
Discretion is also easier in public, since the smell a vaporizer produces is less intense and vapor is far less visible than smoke.
Vaporizers vary in cost, with cheap ones starting around $30, and high-end options exceeding $400. As with most consumer goods, price is somewhat representative of quality, though absolutely not without fail.
To illustrate how vaping can save you money, let’s say you spend $100 on a vaporizer, tax included. If you’ve chosen a quality product, you can expect it to last at least a few years, over which period you’ll spend less on rolling papers and lighters. These may seem like nickel and dime expenses, but they can add up for regular users.
Still, the real savings come from increasing the potency itself. Because vaporizers don’t cause combustion, less flower or concentrate is wasted during consumption - i.e. none is burned off. In other words, you can buy less without consuming less.
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If you’re looking to buy a vaporizer, you’ve got options. You wouldn’t find them in major retail stores (nor will you at the time of writing), but you would find them in speciality shops – most of which featured at least one pot leaf emblazoned on the window – and online.