Can you vape essential oils?

Vaping is still a very new concept and there isn’t much research that has been conducted to prove whether or not it’s safe.  Some claim vaping can help users quit smoking. The claims are true. Vaping hasn’t been around for a long time and scientists can’t fully comprehend its long-term effects on human beings. Therefore, experts are sort of sitting on the fence wondering whether it’s worth the risk- This is the main reason why vaping hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a smoking cessation technique. Now, to answer your question: Can you vape essential oils? Well, yes and no. Allow us to explain. For us to better answer this question, we have to understand what vaping is, the science behind it, and what happens when essential oils are vaped. 

What is vaping?

Vaping is one of the newest ways of consuming substances in vapor form using a vape pen or e-cigarette. An e-cigarette is an electronic device that heats liquid substances (e-liquid) to form the vapor that people inhale. In case you’re wondering, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, but the content varies with each model.

What are essential oils?

These are plant extracts in the form of aromatic compounds. They can be obtained from plant leaves, flowers, stems, or even roots by solvent extraction, wax embedding, distillation, and many other techniques. Essential oils were mainly used as perfumes to spice up rooms. This was until the discovery of an alternative medicine practice known as aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is the use of certain scents to induce healing in the human body. The effect is usually psychological and brings about a relaxed and calming effect on its subjects. A good example is clove oils.  Ever since people discovered the healing capabilities of essential oils, they have tried consuming it in every possible way. Essential oils are now embedded in soaps, applied on the skin, and even mixed with food and drinks to add flavor. We’re now devising ways we can directly inhale these healing compounds. Therefore the question: Can you put essential oils in a vape?

What happens when essential oils are vaped?

We have to appreciate the fact all essential extracts are natural oils. This means they break down into VOCs once they’re heated past certain temperatures (usually 150 to 180 ℉). Why don’t you opt for the good old bongs? They produce less heat and have a water filtering system that further cools down the smoke. Interested? Here is more information about water bongs. VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds that react with the oxygen in the atmosphere to create harmful substances such as carbon monoxide. These harmful substances are building blocks of toxic compounds like tar that damage the lungs, throat, teeth, and can even cause cancer. 

What about distilling essential oils?

Some argue that they have been diffusing essential oils in their homes for years without suffering any serious health complications. Why haven’t experts made a big deal out of it? First, it’s important to note that not all essential oils are the same. Some are stable at 212℉. In addition to that, home diffusers don’t produce a lot of heat enough to decompose essential oils to VOCs.

Vaping and essential oils

Vape pens and e-cigarettes produce a lot of heat. A standard vape pen can hit 800℉ almost instantly! This makes it impossible to vape essential oils without decomposing them into harmful VOCs.  In addition to that, e-liquids also contain other chemical substances that combust into carcinogens. These are some of the harmful chemicals to look out for in vaping liquids (e-liquids):
  • Nicotine
  • Propylene glycol
  • Ethyl vanillin
  • Diacetyl
  • Acetyl pyrazine
  • Methyl cyclopentenone

What are the side effects of vaping essential oils?

Up to this point, we must both agree that essential oils are toxic when vaped.  For now, you’re better off with diffusing essential oils, until experts come up with safer ways to inhale these healing compounds.  Here are the noted side effects of vaping essential oils:
  • Coughing fits
  • Swelling itchy throat
  • Asthma trigger
  • Bronchospasm

What about these “specialized” vape pens for essential oils?

Some manufacturers claim to have come up with specialized vape pens that don’t decompose essential oils. You need to be very careful and know the boiling point of your essential oils before you use these vape pens. Even then, you’re not 100% safe from harmful substances. A small amount of your essential oil will be broken down into VOCs. It might not sound like a bad thing, but it will be deadly when consumed over a long time.

Conclusion: Can you use essential oils in a vape?

Yes, but at your own risk.  There is still a lot that remains a mystery to scientists on vaping essential oils. For now, just keep and stick to approved consumption methods.

The Boiling Point of Cannabis’ Complexity

THC or Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid that many are familiar with since this has been the primary focus of conversations and research pertaining to cannabis for years. In recent times, however, we have started to discover that what makes cannabis so incredible isn’t just this one cannabinoid. In fact, it isn’t even the many combinations of different cannabinoids that are possible but in reality, something much more complex.
The reason that cannabis is as effective as it is for a plethora of different ailments and offers such a wide range of benefits, flavors, and aromas, is due to a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant. Simply lighting a joint of a random strain of cannabis, however, will not provide the full effects possible.

What You Need to Know About Getting the Most Out of Your Herb

Terpenes matter as much as cannabinoids. This cannot be expressed enough. Terpenes which are also found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants are essential to the overall effects of cannabis. Terpenes also provide a plethora of different health benefits as well. Therefore, many cannabis consumers and patients alike have started to pay more attention to the terpene profiles present in the products they purchase.
Here are some of the common terpenes found in cannabis strains along with their potential medical benefits. While this is nowhere near a comprehensive list as there are over 125 terpenes found in cannabis, these are the most common and abundant.

  • ß-myrcene: Analgesic. Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Antimutagenic
  • ß-caryophyllene: Anti-inflammatory, Cytoprotective (gastric mucosa), Antimalarial
  • d-limonene: Cannabinoid agonist, Immune potentiator, Antidepressant, Antimutagenic
  • linalool: Sedative, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Immune potentiator
  • pulegone: Memory booster, AChE inhibitor, Sedative, Antipyretic
  • 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol): AChE inhibitor, Increases cerebral, blood flow, Stimulant, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Anti-inflammatory, Antinociceptive
  • a-pinene: Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Stimulant, Antibiotic, Antineoplastic, AChE inhibitor
  • a-terpineol: Sedative, Antibiotic, AChE inhibitor, Antioxidant, Antimalarial
  • terpineol-4-ol: AChE inhibitor. Antibiotic
  • p-cymene: Antibiotic, Anticandidal, AChE inhibitor

Unfortunately, while many of these terpenes are present in various cannabis strains, their benefits are often abolished through a process known as pyrolytic destruction. This process is where terpenes are heated to a higher temperature than their boiling point therefore essentially eliminating them from existence. The same thing occurs when cannabinoids are heated beyond their boiling points. Here are the boiling points for the most common cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis.

Common Cannabinoid Boiling Points

  • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): 157˚C / 315˚F
  • Cannabidiol (CBD): 160-180˚C / 320-356˚F
  • Cannabinol (CBN): 185˚C / 365˚F
  • Cannabichromene (CBC): 220˚C / 428˚F
  • Cannabigerol (CBG): 220˚C/428˚F
  • Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC): 175-178˚C / 347-352.4˚F
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV): < 220˚C / <428˚F

Common Terpene Boiling Points

  • ß-myrcene: 166-168˚C / 330.8-334.4˚F
  • ß-caryophyllene: 119˚C / 246.2˚F
  • d-limonene: 177˚C / 350.6˚F
  • linalool: 198˚C / 388.4˚F
  • pulegone: 224˚C / 435.2˚F
  • 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol): 176˚C / 348.8˚F
  • a-pinene: 156˚C / 312.8˚F
  • a-terpineol: 217-218˚C / 422.6-424.4˚F
  • terpineol-4-ol: 209˚C / 408.2˚F
  • p-cymene: 177˚C / 350.6˚F

Pyrolytic Destruction – Ruining Your Cannabis One Boiling Point at a Time

As you can see, the boiling points of various terpenes and cannabinoids drastically vary. To avoid pyrolytic destruction many consumers and patients have turned to vaporizing cannabis products. This is because vaporizing eliminates the combustion required for smoking dry herb. Vaporizers, however, tend to heat to specific degrees only; therefore only a portion of the terpenes and cannabinoids are absorbed by the consumer.
While vaporizing would allow a consumer to pinpoint and consume products at a certain temperature allowing them to better tailor their consumption towards the effects they are after, in the process the boiling points of many other terpenes and cannabinoids are not reached or are surpassed. So essentially vaporizing still does not allow consumers and patients to truly experience the full potential of the effects of different cannabis products.

A Complete Cannabis Consumption Experience

One company, however, is aiming to change that. NWT Holdings, the parent company of Firefly vaporizers, has introduced a new vaporizer product that utilizes dynamic convection heating. This process of heating cannabis products is different than what is utilized by other vaporizers on the market today.
Dynamic convection heating gradually heats the chamber around your cannabis across an extensive temperature range. This allows the consumer to benefit from each individual terpene and cannabinoid being heated to their exact boiling point over the course of a 7 second inhale.
This is incredible for both consumers and patients alike. In fact, this could revolutionize the way that we consume cannabis. Never has anyone been able to truly experience the full potential of cannabis but now thanks to innovative leaders and products such as the new line from Firefly featuring dynamic convection heating, we can. This will not only enhance the benefits that we receive as consumers but will also allow us to learn more about the many cannabis strains available on the market today.


New Tariffs Hit Cannabis Vapes Hard

New tariffs hit vapes hard

America is in the middle of a trade war and foreign powers are fighting back with new tariffs. Recently announced tariffs proposed by president Trump are poised to make importing some manufactured goods from China more expensive. But the move sparked political and economic backlash with more tariffs announced in response.
The escalating trade war against China and other countries is about to hit cannabis consumers with higher prices. Modern cannabis consumers increasingly rely on vaping devices, batteries, filters and cartridges. Higher import taxes mean higher prices when checking out at the vape shop.
Heavy vapers could see significantly higher prices in the coming months for consumables manufactured in other countries. But the longer the trade war wages on, the more consumers are going to feel the pinch. Nobody understands this better than Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, the Co-CEO of Blinc Group.

Companies walk a fine line

Dumas de Rauly has a long list of clients looking for vaping hardware. His company sells technologies and products related to vaping nicotine and cannabis. There is also his incubator program that helps develop, research and brand tech for the vape industry.
The vape research, development and branding company Blinc Group CEO recently testified that the policies put in place by the Trump White House will impact consumers. Dumas de Rauly testified as part of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative public hearings. The hearings specifically deal with the new tariffs and their impact on American businesses.
In his testimony, Dumas de Rauly claimed that the proposed tariffs would have consequences beyond simply higher consumer costs. He pointed out that “25% of sales come from cannabis vaping products”. In 2017 Colorado collected $247M in cannabis taxes and the increased cost could lead to decreasing sales and less income for the states.

The cuts go deep

It’s more than just the people making and selling vaporizers that will feel the impact of the new tariffs. Consumers should feel the squeeze every time they go to the shop. But shop owners also need to prepare for increased prices on the supply side and reductions in consumer demand.
Since the tariffs target Chinese imports, anyone who relies on cheap foreign goods to do business is going to feel the pinch. Higher prices and lower demand for everything from carrier services to accounting and cell carriers will put additional strain on the market and could negatively impact consumer confidence. If it doesn’t right itself, the market can get into a death spiral that reduces access to all but the wealthiest.
The full impact of the new tariffs will only become apparent after they go through. A heavy response from China could deepen hostilities, increasing import costs further. It also isn’t clear if this is the limit of sanctions the U.S. and China intend to impose or if more will follow. If relations continue to chill, it could put spell doom for many entrepreneurs and small businesses that rely on vape sales.

The information provided in this article is designed to provide helpful information. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. These are opinion pieces based on trusted sources.


The Puffco Peak: The Pinnacle of Dabbing [Review]

A staple in the concentrate consumption scene, Puffco is behind some of the best vaporizers we see today. Being in the industry for only 5 years, Puffco immediately managed to be one of the foremost brands in the concentrate consumption platform. With products like the Puffco Plus and the Puffco Pro 2, this Los Angeles-based vaporizer company quickly gained a strong foothold in the portable vaporizer market, and with their latest offering, they plan to take your portable vaping experience to a whole new level.
The Puffco Peak was unveiled in the previously held International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) sometime around January earlier this year. It was then made available to wax concentrate consumers a few months later. During its release, the Puffco Peak was dubbed as the most advanced vaporizer ever made and was presumed to have cutting-edge features making it the smartest portable dab rig on the market.
First Impressions
With all the hype it was getting, the Puffco Peak swiftly became the talk of the town. Said to have been the future of dabbing, the Peak by Puffco is equipped with some of the most advanced features, the likes of what you’d see and expect from a top-tier rig.
Users found it hard to classify the Peak and later decided that it needed a classification of its own – and e-rig. The Peak brings together the elements of two of the best tools in concentrate consumption (an e-nail and a dab rig) very much like how its founder and CEO, Roger Voladarsky, brought together the “disciplines of design, technology, and engineering,” the principles and the elements that made Puffco the brand they are today. Quickly becoming an icon, the Puffco Peak sports a distinguishable triangular shape, a stable and firm figure, representing reliability and steadfastness, something dabbers are looking for in an e-rig. The Peak also boasts four unique heat settings giving you a wide array of temperature profiles, heats up in as fast as 20 seconds, features haptic feedback, and charges fast with low discharge rate. But what separates the Puffco Peak from the competition is its Intelligent Temperature Calibration (ITC), it’s what makes the Puffco Peak smart. It automatically remembers and adjusts the temperature and calibrates it with that of the ceramic bowl’s which ensures you’re getting the same level of heat – and high.
Could the Peak really be worth all the hype and all the money? It doesn’t come cheap, it’s placed under the $300+ mark making it not only a vaporizer of premium quality but one that sports a premium price tag.  
Getting To Know The Peak
Puffco products are known to uphold the core belief of the company – the virtue of purity. The Peak follows suit and is probably the epitome of this standard having components that are specifically designed and engineered to faithfully preserve the qualities of your select concentrates. The physical components of the Puffco Peak mainly compose of ceramic and medical-grade glass pieces, intended to ensure the preservation and retention of the distinct flavor notes and the unmistakable aroma of cannabis concentrates. The glass pieces are made from hand-blown borosilicate glass giving it high resistance to thermal shock and very low coefficient of thermal expansion, perfect for demanding and intense vaping sessions. The glass attachment also features percolation water filtration, giving you moisture-conditioned hits for draws that are smooth both on the throat and on the lungs.
The Puffco Peak also features high-grade ceramic bowls that are perfect for both low-temp dabs and high-temp hits. The ceramic bowls are designed to evenly heat your concentrates regardless of the Peak’s heat settings. Ceramic is inert by nature, compared to quartz and titanium, ceramic holds heat the longest. Even on high temperatures, the ceramic bowls will gradually heat your favorite concentrates without getting to the point of combustion. Moreover, ceramic is pure and because of its inert properties, will not react chemically to heat and will not change or alter your material in any way. True to its promise, Puffco products like the Peak, delivers the best results and lets you experience and enjoy your concentrates in its purest form.
Both the ceramic bowls and the borosilicate glass attachments can effortlessly be removed for easy cleaning and upkeep.
Using The Peak
Surprisingly, while the Puffco Peak is chock full of features making it sophisticatedly high-tech, it operates and steers like the average vaporizer. It could well be because the underlying technology behind the Puffco Peak basically stems from portable vape pens – Puffco’s bread and butter.
This principle makes the Puffco Peak relatively easy to use. Here’s how.

  1. Make sure that the Puffco Peak is fully charged to get optimum results. Generally, the Puffco Peak charges more or less in two hours and will yield an average of 30 dabs before the battery goes low.
  2. Remove the glass chamber from the base and fill it with water, just enough that the water barely touches the air holes.
  3. Replace the glass attachment and hold the power button on the Puffco Peak to turn the device on.
  4. To toggle between the temperature profiles, simply tap the same button thrice till you get to your desired temperature level.
  5. Check and open the carb cap to expose the ceramic bowls where you’ll be loading your materials.
  6. Using the loading tool, drop desired amount of concentrates onto the ceramic bowls and tap the power button twice to begin heating the concentrates.
  7. Start vaping and enjoy.

With just a few easy steps, even beginners will be able to use the Puffco Peak like a pro. The water filtration effectively cools down the vapors as well as sift any irritants giving out subtle vapors – the kind that doesn’t make you cough.
Final Thoughts
There’s no wonder why the Puffco Peak is seen as the best in its class, it’s really worth every penny. With top-tier features like unique heat settings and smart temperature calibration, the Puffco Peak indeed is the pinnacle of dabbing.

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Locked and Loaded: The Yocan Loaded Vaporizer

Yocan devices have been known as an industry standard for affordable and practical vaporizers that can perform as well as other devices twice its price. With their latest offering, The Yocan Loaded, they introduced new and revolutionary features like an extendable mouthpiece and a new way to remove and replace coils for quick and effortless transition from one vaping style to another. It’s a wax pen vaporizer built with the daily, on-the-go dabber in mind. Whether you’re a casual or a medical consumer, you’re sure to find that the Yocan Loaded is an ideal companion for your daily wax concentrate consumption needs.  
The Loaded Design – What’s New
Like most of Yocan’s products, the Yocan Loaded wax pen vaporizers are simple, minimalistic, and straightforward. A single power button simplifies operation leaving little to no learning curve and using the Loaded comes as natural as breathing.  
Atop the Loaded sits the extendable mouthpiece, one would simply have to turn the mouthpiece counterclockwise to extend the mouthpiece. Extending the mouthpiece provides a slightly longer vapor path and funnels the vapors to allow better cooling which helps remove some of the irritants from the vapor. Not only does the extendable mouthpiece enhance and improve the quality of the vapor, it also helps keep your vaping session clean as it keeps the actual mouthpiece hidden inside keeping it away from dust and dirt. This is perfect for those who keep their devices inside their pockets or in their bags when not in use.
Apart from the retractable mouthpiece, one of the new features from the Yocan Loaded is its atomizer base. The atomizers can be accessed in a chamber with a door-like hatch. Opening the hatch exposes the atomizer; the atomizer is connected to the battery via magnetic links allowing ease of use and quick removal and replacement of atomizers depending on your needs.  
Both features aren’t exactly new to Yocan products, however, the way they were applied and executed opened a whole new experience to vaporizer users, especially the ones who prefer vaping on their feet.
Premium Coils
The Yocan Loaded comes with two premium atomizers both are quartz-based giving the Yocan Loaded the capability to respond immediately and provide on-demand heating without affecting the quality of the material in terms of taste, aroma, and potency. Quartz is inert by nature and it does not react chemically to heat which means it’s one of the safest means of heating your concentrates without getting to the point of combustion.  
The quad coil boasts four quartz rods wrapped in high-quality coils. That means four times the fun, four times the vapor production. If you want to blow huge clouds of vapor that are highly visible and are dense they closely mimic the viscosity of real smoke then the quad coils are your best choice. Not only is it aesthetically appeasing, the heightened temperature level brought by the four coils also increases the intensity of the concentrates. The hotter the coils get, the more potent the vapors are. The vapors may come harsh and a small amount of dab on the quad coils will be enough to put you down for a good amount of time.  
The dual coils, on the other hand, are the perfect balance of flavor and vapor. The output of the quad coils isn’t as visually stunning as the quad coils but they yield better tasting vapors compared to the quads. The two quartz coils create vapors that preserve the flavor profile of your favorite concentrate and minimizes the harshness that you will otherwise experience from the quad coils, the vapor output of the dual coil is smoother and provide subtler upshots – perfect for those seeking mild euphoria.
Overall, both atomizers allow the user to experience the full spectrum of their wax concentrates and the intuitively designed hatch perfectly complements both atomizers.  
Yocan Staples
While the Yocan Loaded features new concepts and design applications, it still retains and embodies what we loved about Yocan products.  
One feature that’s become a Yocan staple, especially for their wax pen vaporizers is the wax container or wax stash located just below the vape pen. Those who like to vape on-the-go will no longer have to worry about carrying excess baggage since the Yocan Loaded allows you to keep an extra stash of concentrates for that much needed reload. What’s the point of having two atomizers if you have too few materials?  
You no longer have to worry about leaving home with just enough wax on you. You can now take on extended sessions and not worry about coming up short on wax. The bottom wax container is also magnetically latched onto the battery and like the atomizers, they can easily be removed and replaced. Yocan brings its design on a whole new level with the Loaded. The wax container’s interior is lined with medical-grade silicone so it’s safe to keep your wax concentrates in there. The container also features a dual compartment design which allows you to store two kinds of concentrates in one small container. This design and engineering are also rooted in the fact that the Loaded can be used with two atomizer coils. If you prefer to use different strains for each atomizer coil, then the wax storage discreetly hidden at the bottom of this wax vape pen is the perfect tool for keeping those waxy and oily substances.  
Another principal feature seen on most Yocan products is the generous battery. The Loaded is outfitted with 1400mAh batteries that’s enough for more than just the usual, casual sessions. The decision to incorporate a larger, more powerful battery is based on the atomizer coils. A 1400mAh battery is the prime choice to power up the Loaded’s quad coils, the larger the atomizer, the more demanding its requirements are.  
Final Thoughts
Overall, the Yocan Loaded is the embodiment of a modern classic. A piece of technology that molds tried and trusted brand staples together with brand new innovations that are designed to help improve the user’s overall experience. Yocan Loaded is available at

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How to Take Modern Day Dabbers To New Heights

Vaping industry is gradually growing with new ideas and models being invented and fitted in the vapes to make the vaping experience fun and easy. Well, this has also led one of the leading vape manufacturing company referred to as Puffco to come up with a new sleek design of a vaping pen that will give you the best results. What makes the vaping device stand out from the traditional pens is the designing that is unique, and yet it also contains some other features found on the e-nail and the dab rig. Another excellent feature found on this device is the fact that more than one person can share it. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy your vaping moments with your buddies.
Why should you consider getting one of this improved dabber?

The Design

Unlike other vaping devices where you have to either select portable or a tool to use on top of the desk, this new puffco peak is designed for both purposes. The shape of the pen is done in a triangular form which allows you to hold it with one hand or even place it on the desk for the same purposes. The flat and stable design on the base side will enable it to sit correctly on the counter for easy use.

The presence of the Intelligent Temperature Calibration (ITC)

This feature is widely found on some of the top shelf portable vaporizers, and now you can also see it in this newly invented dabber. The fundamental work of the feature is to automatically adjust its temperature based on the current temperature to get the same exact experience after every inhale. So this allows you to enjoy your vaping moments without worrying about the heat of the e-liquid.

Ceramic and Glass Materials

Another excellent feature that makes this peak to stand out is the materials used in its making. The peak has ceramic material which is equipped to ensure that it lasts for long and retains its original texture even after extended usage. As we all know, ceramic materials are resistant to abrasion and also to high temperatures. Meaning you can wash your peak comfortably without worrying about damaging it, and this also allows you to vape comfortably without getting your hands heated up. Therefore, the material used for vaping does not stick to the pen giving you a new and fresh experience on every new vape.
The other likeable element on this vaping peak is the glass structure which is equipped to serve the same purposes as the ceramic materials. Check out some of the benefits for having a glass bubbler on the peak at Puffco Peak Review.

Excellent Battery

With puffco, you don’t have to keep on carrying the ignitor or a lighter as it performs with the use of electricity. The battery is rechargeable and stays for long hours before you recharge it for use. This feature gives you some privacy since no one will be alert in the case where you are lighting the peak, unlike the traditional ones which require you to use lighter.
If you need a more advanced and easy to use dabber, then get yourself this new puffco peak. It is made of excellent and sturdy materials that make your vaping to be comfortable and fun too. Maintaining its cleanliness is natural considering the elements are easy to wash. Therefore, giving you a new and better vaping experience for every use.

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The Benefits of Using a Vaporizer for Marijuana

In recent years, the word ‘vape’ has entered the public consciousness in a big way. This is mostly due to the invention of electronic cigarettes and their popularity in countries with strict smoking laws. Yet, vaping is no new thing.
Marijuana smokers have been doing it for a long time with kooky looking gadgets and fantastical desktop contraptions. However, it wasn’t until recently that weed vaping became accessible to even the most casual partakers.
Marijuana smokers have been doing it for a long time with kooky looking gadgets and fantastical desktop contraptions. However, it wasn’t until recently that weed vaping became accessible to even the most casual partakers.
Getting to Grips with Vaporizing
It should come as no surprise, then, that the end goal is the same. It doesn’t matter whether you smoke joints or burn your weed in a vaping device, the aim is to get high.
If you’re in a country where marijuana is still illegal, vaping doesn’t change the fact, as some unlucky stoners are desperate to believe. What it does do – and you can judge the merits of this information – is make smoking much more subtle.
There is less smoke when you vape. The smell is minimal. And all the people around you can see is a cool device, with some fancy lights. Even in countries where weed is decriminalized, it’s just a very polite and civilized way to blaze.
So, what is a vaporizer? What do these little gadgets do?
Well, vaping devices heat up the marijuana in a sealed container. It can be added as dry herb or as a weed concentrate. In either case, the drug is heated but never burned. This is the big difference between vaping and smoking. At a certain temperature, the THC gets released, and you can puff on the end for a smooth, mellow high.
Vaporizers come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. They range from the most expensive, ‘mad scientist’ looking machines to super portable, pocket-sized products. The question is, why should you vape?
If you already smoke your weed, what’s the benefit in switching to a burn free method?
The Real Benefits of Vaporizing Your Weed
Reduces Harmful Toxins
Though marijuana may be a lot less risky to smoke than tobacco, it isn’t some pure and cleansing substance. Burning the herb releases over a hundred toxins and, yes, some of them have been linked to the growth of cancer cells.
The good news is vaporizing doesn’t burn the weed, so these toxins are never released. This makes vaping your weed a significantly healthier way to get high.
According to a number of medical studies, the effects of vaping are largely the same, but the consequences are not. So, making the switch is good for your health.
Easier on Your Lungs
There is a distinct lack of research on long-term vaping and its effects on the lungs. So, we don’t know for certain whether this method of smoking is safe or any safer than burning.
Nevertheless, deductions can be made, based on how vaporizers work. Many experts believe it has to be a safer option because you’re not breathing in all those nasty chemicals.
In theory, it should be much gentler on the lungs and help to prevent many of the problems suffered by long-term weed and tobacco smokers. If you are concerned about your health or you just dislike the tastes and aromas produced by burning, it’s worth giving vaping a try.
Not only does it eliminate both of these gripes, but it is also kinder to the lungs and airways.
Better Pain Relief It’s important to remember that smoking marijuana is more than a recreational pastime. Hundreds of thousands of people, all around the world, consume the drug as a way to soothe pain and chronic sickness.
Vaping can be a huge asset for these people because smoking is not always an easy thing to do when you’re sick. Plus, it’s counterintuitive to take something that’s good for you in a way that causes different kinds of harm.
So, vaporizers are very popular with those who consume weed as a form of pain relief. It is an easier method of dosing, and it provides an almost instant physiological response.
When you’re sick or in pain, speed is of the essence. You want a quick high, but one that is also even and enjoyable. It shouldn’t come on too heavy or feel overwhelming. This is what vaping your weed delivers, whether you’re consuming for pleasure or necessity.
No Unwanted Side Effects
According to a comprehensive study, vaping ranks the highest for side effect satisfaction. This means there are fewer unwanted or unpleasant side effects when vaporizing, as compared with smoking marijuana.
Perhaps most importantly, those who vaped described themselves as significantly more functional. They reported a clearer-headed high, as opposed to the fuzziness that often comes with smoking.
It’s also easier to vape than it is to smoke, particularly if you’re not accustomed to either. Vaporizing can be achieved in short, shallow puffs, whereas smoking tends to require long, deep breaths. This is why rookies can end up with a bad cough when trying marijuana for the first time.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning the efficiency of vaping your weed. Less marijuana is needed to generate the same highs, so it’s economical too. Even things like tea and edibles require the use of a lot more herb to get suitably baked.
Vaporizers On The Market
There are many vaporizers on the market to choose from. There are a 2 main types of vaporizers.
Desktop vaporizers and portable vaporizers.
Desktops are vaporizers that draw electricity from a wall plug and are meant for at home use.
A popular example of a desktop vaporizer is the Volcano by Storz and Bickel.
Portables are devices that draw power from a portable battery and can be used on the go.
An example of a portable vaporizer is the Atmos 5G.
If you’re looking to purchase a vaporizer, read the in-depth vape reviews at websites like iMarijuanit.
More Reasons Why Vaping Your Weed Is Worth a Try
Everybody is different, of course. What works for one person might feel utterly alien and unenjoyable for another. So, it’s important to follow your own path and only try things that you’re comfortable using and consuming.
If you’ve never tried vaping before, but you’d like to experiment, it’s probably best to buy a cheaper device at first. That way, you can get used to the method of smoking and decide if investing in a high-quality vaporizer is the right choice.

Vaporizing Buds vs Vaporizing Concentrates

Vaporizing Buds vs Vaporizing Concentrates

As medicinal and recreational marijuana laws continue to improve, we see more advancements in the way we utilize cannabis.
New vaporizers are being released every day around the world. We have all come a long way from having to smoke cannabis through a pipe or in a joint. That’s not to say that you can’t still do it the old school way, but vaporizers offer users several benefits that you just can’t get from smoking marijuana the old way. Ultimately, what you choose will depend a lot on the amount of money you’re willing to spend, and your personal vaping preferences. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons!
There is still a pretty intense debate going on between vapers in favor vaporizing buds or flowers, and those that prefer vaporizing concentrates like oils and wax. It’s hard to define pros and cons of vaporizing concentrates over vaporizing buds and flowers.
When you vape buds, you’ll notice that there is bud leftover in the tank or clearomizer after you’ve finished. How much of this leftover bud is any good is always hard to determine. For most vapers, they have their system and method down to an art form, but when you’re first starting it can be hard to determine what’s waste and what isn’t. Vaporizing buds requires a certain heat, not as high as concentrates otherwise you’ll start combusting your buds which you don’t want. Once you’re done, you empty the chamber, and you’re ready to go again.
If you’re vaping a lot of concentrates, you’ll notice the wicking system gets clogged and dirty. You can try cleaning it with isopropyl alcohol, but eventually, you’re going to have to replace it. This is an added expense to vaping concentrates which you won’t encounter with vaping buds. Some vapers believe that they get more out of the oils and concentrates because as the name suggests, they’re concentrated.
Ultimately what you choose will be your personal preference. Try each method, speak to friends, have a look online, and make an informed decision for yourself. Both methods help to get you the result you’ve been looking for, but each varies slightly in delivery.

dry herb vaporizers

Quality Dry Herb Vaporizers

Magic Flight Launch Box
Although it’s been around for some time the Magic Flight Launch Box or MFLB is one of the best affordable dry herb vaporizers on the market. It can be found for under $100 from reliable sources across the web and it’s a simple concept. You have a small wooden device and a batter. The battery goes in the side hold and when you push it all the way in the mesh screen under the acrylic cover begins to heat. The goal is to have as finely ground material as you can inside the “trench” of the device which is the part of the mesh screen that dips downwards to hold herbs in place. There are no temperature settings, YOU control the temperature by the speed of your inhalation. As the battery is being pressed into the device the mesh screen is constantly putting out heat and if you aren’t there inhaling your herbs will continue to heat to the point of combustion so using the device may take a little bit of practice but the vapor you will be putting out once you get the technique down rivals more popular and expensive competitors such as the PAX.
The Launch Box team has also made a wide array of accessories to enhance the MFLB experience like a custom water pipe, grinder, and power adapter so you don’t need to recharge batteries.
The Pax2 is definitely one of the most popular handheld vaporizers currently on the market. The Pax 2 comes in a more compact size than its predecessor. It also comes with two mouth pieces, a larger oven for more herb per pack, and one more temperature setting so you can have more of a choice on how hot you want your vaporizer to hit. To charge the device you don’t even need to plug it in, you just lay it down and it magnetically connects to the charge port.
To operate the Pax2 you just push down on the mouthpiece and the 4-light pax insignia will begin glowing purple, indicating that the oven is heating to the desired temperature. To change temperature you hold down the mouthpiece and it will show you your current temp setting. One tap of the mouthpiece toggles through the 4 settings. 1 light on is the lowest setting whereas 4 lights indicates the hottest temperature mode. Hold the mouthpiece to go back to heating after the desired temp has been selected. This model also produces 45% more vapor than the last one and with its sleek look, portability, and user-friendly single button operation the Pax2 is one of the best dry herb vaporizers on the market.
There are a couple of options that top the Pax2 but they are in a higher price range.
From the German makers of the top rated volcano vaporizer, Storz & Bickel, this portable device puts out about as much vapor as it’s plug-in predecessor but on the go. Also a volcano vaporizer will run you around $550-650 but Craftys and Mightys range from $329.99 – 400. The difference between the two devices is that the Mighty is about twice as big, with twice the battery life. You can get about 5 uses from the Crafty’s battery and 10 from the Mighty’s. The vapor produced from a volcano is a 10/10 in flavor and quality.
Craftys and Mightys are 9 to 9.5’s out of 10 but potentially hundreds of dollars less expensive, more portable, and you can lose the giant bag of vapor. Storz & Bickel has a 2 year warranty and the Vape Critic on youtube says the quality of vapor on the Crafty can’t be ignored and the two times he had issues with his Crafty Storz & Bickel replaced it twice. He complained that having to have it replaced twice was too high of a failure rate but
the company did replace the model at no charge.
Firefly 2
The Firefly 2 is the only real competitor that the Crafty and Mighty have. It comes at $10 cheaper than the Crafty with A+ vapor quality and more elegance. The only down side is you can only fit about .1 grams of herb in this one so it’s really meant to serve 1 person. One pack of the Crafty should serve 2 to 4 people. However, if you’re willing to repack that Firefly 2 for a friend this shouldn’t be too big of a problem.
Final Verdict
If you’re looking to get into the herb vaping game but aren’t ready to invest in the best we recommend starting with an MFLB and patiently learning the “draw techniques” included in the manual until you know how to get yourself properly launched. If you’ve got the extra cash and want to go with the best of the best we recommend going with the Firefly 2, Crafty, or Mighty if you need the extra battery life.
image credit: The Vape Critic / YouTube