"Dude they dont work"
"They don't get me high"
"It uses a lot of weed"
These are all things that I've heard people say about dry herb vaporizers. My goal here it to make you think that they are truly the pinnacle of herbal intake. So pack yourself a nice fat bowl and enjoy this quick right up by yours truly.
What is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?
A Dry Herb Vaporizer, or Vape for short, is a device that uses heat to extract the good shit out of your herbs and put it into your lungs. This is very different from lets say a pipe where you take a lighter and combust your material. There is no combustion involved with vapes. So these are definately better for your health but the benefits don't stop there.
One of the greatest things about a vaporizer is how efficient they are at extraction of the cannabinoids. One of the greatest tragedies in the world is how much thc and other cannabinoids are lost to fire each second. When you burn weed, around 80% of the cannabinoids are destroyed in the process. Think about that. That is a lot of wasted goodies. A vaporizer, depending on model and usage, cant extract up to 88% of all that dank goodness from your material. Mourning the loss of that last 12%? The material left in the chamber of a vape(this is known as Already Vaped Bud, or AVB) can be eaten(the material is already decarboxylated) or even smoked. How great is that? Vapes really make your herbs last.
Another amazing thing about most vaporizers is that they have temperature control. Sounds kinda gimmicky right? Now, what if I told you that you would be able to control your high and choose what you want? Wake up in the morning and want to get high but dont want to couch locked? Set your vaporizer to a cool 340 degrees Farenheight for a nice high level THC extraction, leaving you blazing but alert and active. Want to not move for the next few hours? Crank that heat up to 390 degrees for a robust, powerful CBD induced coma.
What Types of Vapes Are There?
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Starting with Size. Well this one is kinda easy. So there are Portable Vaporizers and Desktop Vaporizers. Portable vaporizers are, well, portable and Desktop ones arent really. Generally a desktop will be more powerful, but a portable will allow you to walk and bake. So that is really all there is to that.
So this is where things get more complicated: Style. So first lets talk about a session vaporizer. This will be your classic vape. There will be an oven that bakes your material over the course of about 5-10 minutes and you sip on it all throughout. This is the most common form of vape. These are great because they allow for accurate temperature control to really control your experience. These devices up to a minute and a half to heat up, and are constantly baking throughout your session.
So lets talk about On-Demand vaporizers. These are the big hitters. These are quick, strong hitting vapes that can knock many stoners flat on their asses. These devices are super efficient, and provide an almost instant high. The main issue with these devices is that many of them rely on methods that quickly heat the chamber and makes them prone to combustion. These devices demand a certain technique that takes the user some time to master, but the user is very very well rewarded.
Ok so power sources. Again, this is simple. Some vapes are powered by a battery that runs a heater, which then heats the herb. On a butane vaporizer, the oven is heated by an external source that happens to be a butane torch(some models can be used with an induction heater if you are good with a soldering iron)
So heating style. Lets start with Conduction. This means that the herb in the chamber is heated up from the heat of the walls of the chamber. This causes a slow cooking that requires a lot of stirring but great flavor. Convection involves heating up the air that then flows through the devil's lettuce. This provides nice fluffy vapor that extracts very evenly. Hybrids use both of these heating methods.
There are a lot of vapes on the market, and sadly there are a lot of really shitty ones as well. For the most part, if you are looking to enter the world of vaporizers you have to be willing to spend atleast $150 to get a product that will actually be good(There is like 1 AMAZING cheaper one, but stuff like the Gpen or Atmos vapes are just god awful). So if you are looking to get into vaping, feel free to message me and I can try to help you find a vape that is right for you! Hope you had a fun time reading this, and hopefully I learned you a thing along the way! Peace out fellow Ents!!!