by Angel Ferrer 8 min read
From infused lollipops with the power to knock out a charging rhinoceros, to delectable pot brownies guaranteed to put you into a new world of consciousness, the world of weed is changing.
With legalization across many states and provinces, the marijuana industry is BOOMING. And with that boom has come a whole host of new options for consumers to enjoy that sticky icky, oh so good, greenery.
One such method, also growing steadily in popularity, is vaping marijuana. And if you’ve hit this article, chances are you’re ready to go down this rabbit hole as well.
Whether you're looking to vape marijuana for medicinal purposes, or simply for recreation, this guide for you! Fact is, vaping is a discreet and potent way to enjoy your favorite strains of weed.
Smoking anything “combustible” can lead to inflammation of your lungs, bronchitis, and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. And nobody wants those. But vaping is different. It offers a way for you to both taste and enjoy your marijuana in a safer healthier alternative way.
So why would you burn your weed like your some sort of cave man, when you're living in 2018 and can vape it? Chances are, you don’t want to, and that’s why you’re here. After all, all the “cool kids” are doing it and you wouldn’t want to miss out (no peer pressure though, we promise haha).
Without further delay, toke up, smoke up, and let’s dig right in shall we?
Your vaporizer is what heats marijuana in any form into vapor that can be inhaled. While combustion and smoke generally occur at around 446 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, vaporizers operate at a much lower temperature, and the vapor produced consists mainly of THC and terpenes.
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When you vape marijuana, these two compounds get mixed together and produce a flavorful and potent hit. However, you need to check it it's legal in your state. Not to worry, CBD flower is a great option to get all the effects of weed without the added on effect of THC.
t Hemper we carry a full line of legal forms of CBD Products that contain no more than 0.3% THC. Some forms include:
When it comes to vaping marijuana and vaping, you’ve got options. But that doesn’t mean you can go vape just any form of weed. Try that and you’ll mess up your device, or at the very least have a subpar experience.
Both oils and concentrates are MUCH more potent than your traditional dry herb, with concentrates generally being the stronger of the two. How much stronger you ask? Well, concentrates can range from up to 60-85% in purity. Good things come in small doses. If you choose to partake, do so slowly and ease in. Being high is fun…being “too high” is no Bueno.
BHO is a highly potent extract (up to 80% THC concentration). Due to this it is a popular remedy for chronic pain and other ailments.
CO2 oil is a concentrate derived by using a botanical extractor under pressure. The process is expensive, but yields an amber oil that is largely comprised of all the essential compounds of marijuana (not just THC).
Typically honey-like in consistency (and sometimes color) wax is a highly potent concentrate that can be used for vaping.
Budder is a potent wax-concentrate hybrid, extracted using CO2 or butane. Its name comes from the consistency of the substrate…like a butter spread, making it easy to work with.
Highly popular, shatter, given its name from its glass like appearance is a potent, hard and brittle concentrate. Due to its composition, resembling shattered glass, this concentrate if often used for dabbing.
Crumble, or crumble-wax, is similar to budder but less sticky and more, well prone to crumbling like a cookie.
This powerful concentrate is characterized by its powerful, complex aroma, utilizing an extraction and preservation technique that keeps the Terpenes and other cannabinoids intact.
Did you know that there are a wide range of vaporizers all used for different types of cannabis? Before we start overloading your noggin with information, let's talk about the three most popular types:
This device is a behemoth, and most definitely not a portable by any definition of the term. This vaporizer needs to be plugged into an outlet in order to function, and is expectedly more expensive than most other options.
Dropping a couple hundred bucks on a vaporizer is quite the investment, but vaping with a desktop device does provide you with more control over temperature during your vaping session, and is a great option for social settings where you want to enjoy your herbs with friends.
Now there are essentially two types of desktop vapes, whip-style and forced air, also known as balloon or bag vapes.
Let's talk about how these differ:
Two of the most popular types of desktop vapes are the “Volcano” and the “Herbalizer”.
Portable vaporizers are easily one of the most popular devices used amongst vapers. As the name suggests, these devices are portable, handheld, usually discreet, and easy to use. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, capacity, and are capable of vaping different types of marijuana depending on the make and model.
Portable vaporizers used for dry herbs heat up the marijuana to a temperature at which it releases all its wonderful compounds (such as TCH, CBD, Terpenes and other cannabinoids) without the need for combustion (i.e. burning). Lower end models don’t offer much in the way of temperature control, but higher end models such as the Loto Lux from LotoLabs.com offer up a range of features to really enhance and customize your experience.
A typical vaporizer for dry herbs consists of a battery, an herb chamber, a heating element, a mouthpiece, and buttons for turning on/off and controlling temperature.
Pens and Cigalikes
Also known as vape pens, these vaporizers are designed to be small, discreet, and great for on-the-go sessions. Perfect for entry level users, both pens and cigalikes are generally simple, devoid of advanced features, and easy to use. This is also why they tend to be one of the most common types of vape devices around, coming in both re-chargeable and disposable models.
Conduction, convection and induction are the three different methods by which vaping devices heat your marijuana to a temperature at which its compounds vaporize.
The vaporizer you choose will largely depend on the type of marijuana you’re going to be vaping (i.e. oils, concentrates, dry herbs, etc.), but there are a few other considerations you should weigh as well. The market is full of options, but before you get lost in the sea of possibilities on the store shelves, consider the following:
We’ve mentioned this a few times in passing, but its worth noting one more time in its own section. Vaping weed, especially oils and concentrates such as budder, shatter and the like is a whole new ballgame. For those inexperienced with this type of weed, it is easy to overdo it. Every pull you take from your vaporizer, might pack the punch of up to 10 drags from a traditional joint or bubbler. Further, each strain and formulation is different. Our suggestion is to try them all, at your own pace, to find out what your body reacts best to and which one you enjoy the most. And remember, being high is fun, but being too high is just the opposite.
As a newbie to vaping marijuana, now is a good time to revisit the multitude of potential health benefits, many of which are increased by vaping vs traditional combustion methods. Multiple studies have shown significant benefits to vaping marijuana as opposed to smoking (such as fewer respiratory issues) below are some of the benefits of vaping marijuana:
Once you've decided on the right vaporizer, it's important to take proper care of your device. Many people fail to do this, and end up having a less than stellar experience, or needing to replace their device. Regular cleaning goes a long way and its simple to do. If you need more help with maintaining your device, check out some of our other handy guides and tutorials for assistance.
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There is a lot of information out there when it comes to vaping marijuana. For many newbies this can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Vaping marijuana can be fun, exciting and quite enjoyable when done responsibly. If you have any questions, or need some help choosing the right device for your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
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