How To Choose Your Perfect Vaporizer

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Image Credit: Metro News CA

Consuming marijuana is not what it used to be.  Gone are the days of stems and seeds busting out of the sides of poorly rolled joints.  Now, we are implementing technology once reserved for science labs, thereby ushering in an era of both efficiency and precision when it comes to smoking marijuana.  And yes, we’re talking about vaporizers.

For those of you who still prefer a more old school method of smoking marijuana, let us quickly catch you up on what a vaporizer is and how it works.  A vaporizer is an electronic device that generates either dry herb or concentrate in the form of vapor.  Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes, from large desktop units to handheld vape pens.

Technically speaking, vaporizers work by heating your weed at a temperature that is cooler than the required burning temperature.  The result is vapor, which contains the active ingredients of cannabis, sans the harmful chemicals found in smoke.  This is why most people consider vaping to be a much healthier alternative.  The best way to purchase a vaporizer is online, but you can also buy them in certain dispensaries and headshops.  

What to consider

Choosing a vaporizer is akin to a Hogwarts wand – it’s got to be the perfect match.  With so many on the market today, there are a lot of variables to consider when you’re shopping around.  First, where do you plan to vape the most?  Do you like to vape at home, or would you prefer to vape on the go?  Who do you smoke with?  Are you going to want to be able to entertain multiple friends or are you looking for a more personal device?  Do you prefer flower or wax?  What about oil?  Also, consider your budget.  Investing in a quality vaporizer is always worth it, so don’t be put off by some of the more expensive models.  

Dry herb or concentrate?

If you’re a dry herb person, you have the choice between a convection and combustion vaporizer.  Technically, combustion vaporizers aren’t really vaporizers as they do have an open heat source.  Combustion devices expose the herb directly to a heating coil which then lights the herb very similar to a regular pipe.  You can use a filter to prevent direct contact between your herb and the coil, which is technically considered conduction.

Convection is definitely the way to go when it comes to vaporizers.  Convection uses the air to heat up the herb, and there is no direct contact to any heat source.  This is how you get the cleanest vapor.  The DaVinci Vaporizer is a perfect example of a high end convection vaporizer.  

If you prefer concentrates to herb, your main concern when choosing a vaporizer is going to be your heating element.  The cotton wick atomizer is the OG as far as atomizers for concentrates are concerned, however nowadays they are considered an old technology.  Most companies are shying away from cotton wicks now as consumer demand dictates something closer to a traditional domeless nail.  This brings us to the wickless atomizers, which are perfect for people who like traditional dabs from titanium nails.  Wickless, however, is a very new technology, and there aren’t a lot of wickless products out on the market yet.  Ceramic and quartz atomizers follow suit, as they are more similar to the traditional dab.  Quartz atomizers heat up faster and get hotter than ceramic, but some people don’t mind the wait and prefer the taste of the ceramic atomizer better.  

Vaping is not a trendy alternative to traditional marijuana consumption, but more a technological advancement in a burgeoning industry.  It’s a healthier alternative to traditional marijuana consumption, not to mention much more efficient, cost effective, and convenient.  We recommend trying it out if you haven’t yet, just make sure you spend the time to get the perfect device for you.