Vaporizers are increasingly becoming an alternative to the more traditional ways of consuming cannabis. But how exactly do they work and why are they better? And more importantly, should you use one?
There is a wide variety of vaporizers on the market today and it may be hard to shop for one, especially if you don’t know too much about them. But never fear, this article will help you sort it all out.
When you set out to purchase a vaporizer for your medical marijuana consumption, you will be surprised at how many choices you have. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are large devices that you plug in at home while others are smaller, battery-operated units that are meant to be used on the go.
They all, however, work basically the same way by heating the marijuana at a cooler temperature than required for burning (combustion). The temperature of vaporization is around 200°C or 392°F. At this temperature, the active ingredients in marijuana are converted into a gas or vapor.
The end result is a smokeless, inhaleable vapor that contains marijuana’s active ingredients but not the harmful chemicals that usually found in smoke. Some vaporizers rely on plastic balloons to hold the vapor, while others allow users to inhale directly from the unit. Most vaporizers are commonly designed for dry herbal material, although some can be used with liquids and concentrates as well.
Burning marijuana releases harmful by-products similar to what is found in tobacco smoke and this can lead to respiratory problems for some individuals.
Using a vaporizer can help smokers avoid exposure to these by-products and their negative effects. Vaporizing cannabis is said to remove approximately 95% of the smoke that is inhaled.
Additionally, the vapor that is produced when using a vaporizer will usually contains a higher concentration of marijuana’s active ingredients, which makes vaporizing more efficient than smoking. A study conducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46% of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25% of THC.
Patients have found vaporizers to be the most efficient method of marijuana intake. They require a lower dose than smoking, edibles and tea. Therefore it can be said that the higher efficiency of these devices can eventually offset their initial cost.
Vaporizers are also more versatile, making them easy to use outside of the home. Compared to smoke, the vapor that is produced is lighter, purer and less detectable to others nearby.
Vaporizing comes with some drawbacks as well but they are minimal and weak at best. Some users say that vaporizers produce a more clear-headed ‘high’ due to the lack of smoke inhaled and others argue that the availability of vaporizers may lead more people to use cannabis who would otherwise be turned off by the idea of smoking.