Up in Smoke: How do Vaporizers Work?


Through the years, we have developed different ways and techniques for making use of cannabis. Some of these appeal to those who are sensitive to smoke, and others just offer different experiences. Vaping is a consumption method quickly rising in popularity, and can be a great option for people looking for a more pleasant alternative to smoking bud.

When many people think of smoking marijuana, they think of tightly hand-rolled filterless cigarettes, or joints. However, there is another way to smoke cannabis that doesn’t involve fire, or even smoke. This method is vaporizing. A basic vaporizing unit will consist of three main parts;

  • Mouth Piece
  • Heat Chamber
  • Battery Compartment

The heat chamber is where all the magic happens. Finely ground bud is inserted into the heat chamber, and the mouth piece sealed on. The chamber receives power from the battery and is heated to a per-determined temperature. Many vaporizers have different temperature settings which allow the user to choose how much vapor they want to create.

The highest temperature typically agreed on is 420°F, any hotter and the bud will begin to combust and produce smoke, which isn’t the desired effect. Once the bud is slowly heated within the heat chamber, the active components in the bud (such as the THC) are turned into a smokeless vapor which can then be inhaled from the mouth piece.

Because the herb is gently baked and not truly burned to produce smoke, many find that it is a more enjoyable alternative to smoking joints or directly from a pipe. This is especially true for those who may find true smoke too irritating for their airways or who don’t want to produce too much ‘weed smell.’

That being said, no long-term studies have been done on the health effects of vaporizing, but research suggests it may be a slightly healthier alternative to smoking joints, and like most marijuana products, a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. If you’re still unsure, check out these three studies which focus on vaporizing and attest to its safety and benefits.

Whatever method you prefer, be sure to do it safely and responsibly.

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