What is a vaporizer?

In simple terms, vaporizing is a way for patients to get the benefits from herbs like cannabis without the downsides from smoking it. Instead of burning the material, vaporizers heat it up at lower temperatures. This turns the cannabis into steam that patients can breathe in, rather than smoke. It’s like getting the benefits without the drawbacks.

Breathing in cannabinoids from cannabis lets them quickly enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. This gives fast relief from symptoms. Plus, because the material doesn’t burn when you inhale it, there’s less chance of harmful stuff in smoke irritating you.

  • Comfort

Lots of new vaporizer models are small and simple to use. This means patients can easily grab their medical herbs whenever they need to relieve their symptoms.

  • Discretion

When you vape cannabis, the smell isn’t as strong as when you smoke it, and it goes away quicker. This means patients can use the herb without bothering other people nearby.

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  • Taste

Heating cannabis at low temperatures helps bring out its terpenes, which are responsible for its taste and aroma. This can reveal pleasant flavors that might not come through when smoking it.

  • Flexibility

Herbal vaporizers let you use a variety of botanical materials offering patients a chance to explore different products with special effects. Other smoke-free methods like foods and capsules don’t provide the same range of choices.

  • Dosage control

With vaporizers, patients can control their dose carefully. They can take short inhalations until they feel the relief they need, making it easier to manage how much they consume.

How to use a vaporizer?

Lots of vaporizers work with cannabis flowers. We’ll explain how they generally work, but make sure to check the instructions for the one you get because they can be quite different. And remember, we’ll talk about vaporizers for cannabis concentrates in another article.

Most of the Popular Devices Include These Major Parts

  • Heating chamber

This is the part where you put the herbs. They get heated up to make steam, which you breathe in. It can look different depending on the vaporizer you have. The top vaporizers heat the herbs from different angles to make sure the airflow is really good.

  • Power source

Some vaporizers use rechargeable batteries to work, while others can be plugged straight into the electric outlet.

  • Mouthpiece

This part is where you breathe in the steam directly. Depending on the vaporizer, the mouthpiece can look different. It might be a small rubber or glass tube that looks like a pipe, or long tubes made of silicone, or even inflatable balloons.

  • Temperature control

Some vaporizers let patients adjust the temperature to their liking or need. You can often do this using a panel with numbers or a display screen to pick the temperature you want.

  • Cleaning tools

Vaporizers usually come with small brushes, cotton swabs, and extra parts to help keep them working well.

Tips for using a vaporizer

  • Unit heating

Vaporizers usually take about two minutes to warm up. They start heating as soon as you turn them on. Many units have a light that tells you when they’ve reached the right temperature.

  • Chamber filling

Before you fill the herb chamber, it’s important to finely crush the herb material. This helps it heat up evenly, activating all the different cannabinoids. If your device didn’t come with a grinder, you can buy one separately.

It’s not a good idea to crush cannabis by hand because the sticky cannabinoids can get stuck to your fingers, making it less effective. For most vaporizers, it’s best to start with about 0.25 to 0.5 grams of finely crushed cannabis material. Once you fill the chamber, make sure to seal it tightly.

  • Temperature setting

Some vaporizers have a fixed temperature set for vaping, while others let you adjust it. Many devices offer low, medium, and high temperature options, so you can vape how you prefer. Some even let you set the exact temperature you want. Typically, temperatures around 180 to 200°C are common.

You can set the temperature lower or higher based on what you like. For instance, temperatures below 175°C give a gentle effect, good for beginners. But if you need stronger relief for serious symptoms, you might go for temperatures above 205°C.

  • Inhalation

Once the device is on and heated up, you can start inhaling. When you breathe out, you should still see vapor and taste it well. This shows that the unit is working as it should. Make sure to adjust how much vapor you get and how hard you inhale to get the effects you want.

  • Session finishing

When you vape, you use up cannabinoids gradually as the oils are taken from the flower. The color of the material changes from green to brown as this happens. It’s important to remember that the material doesn’t burn or turn to ash like when you smoke it. When the vapor starts to thin out and loses its taste, it means most of the cannabinoids have been used up. That’s when you need to refill the vaporizer.

The leftover material after vaping is fully compostable. Some patients also keep it for other purposes, like making hemp foods. Even though it’s been used, there’s still some effectiveness left in it. However, the higher the temperatures used during vaping, the less effective it will be.

Buying a vaporizer

In recent years, vaporizers have become really popular, which has caused a big growth in the vaping industry. Because of this, there are lots of new devices out there. Some brands are better than others, and we pick products based on quality. Here are some tips to help you choose the right vaporizer for you:

  • Flowers vs. concentrates

Vaporizers are usually made for specific purposes, like vaping plants or concentrates. Concentrate vaporizers are often smaller and cheaper but can’t handle plant material.

Before you buy, make sure the device is designed for what you want to use it for. Some products claim they can do both, but many don’t do it well.

High-end vaporizers can handle both concentrates and herbs well, but cheaper ones usually can’t. They might not give you the versatility you need without losing quality.

  • Price and features

Vaporizers for plants can cost anywhere from around €80 to over €300. Cheaper ones have fewer features but still give you the basic benefits of vaping herbs. If you plan to use the device a lot, investing in a more expensive vaporizer can give you a really great experience.

  • Fake or not

Vaporizers, like many electronics, are often counterfeited, so there’s a risk when buying online. If you see a big discount on a popular product, it might not be genuine. Buying from a licensed retailer is a safer bet. If you want to know more about the models we have in stock, just reach out to us. We’re happy to help!

  • Size and shape

Vaporizers come in different sizes, from small ones you can carry in your pocket to bigger ones meant for desktop use. Whether you like a portable one with a rechargeable battery or a desktop one you plug in, think about what you want to use it for most.

Final Word

Vaporizers are a great choice for patients who want to avoid smoking. Vaping gives fast relief from symptoms. If you’re new to vaping, our staff can help you find the right product for your needs and show you how to use it. Lots of our clients have found that vaping cannabis is really helpful, and we hope it can help you too.