Vaporizing, as it applies to medical marijuana, is the process of heating dried cannabis to a temperature just below its combustion point of 392°F. Although vaporizers have been around for some time now, it is only in the last five to ten years that the good way of vaporization have become widely known.
Proper cannabis use has noticeable health. In fact, nearly all of the health issues and problems associated with potentially harmful smoke (including carcinogens, tar, etc.) can be avoided if the herb is only heated to the point where the desired cannabinoids (typically found in the resin of the flower), are released without igniting/destroying the material. This is precisely what a vaporizer does.
Accordingly, a variety of devices have flooded the market. In fact, today there are numerous products to help facilitate this process including Pen Vaporizers, Portable vaporizer and Stationary vaporizers.Despite the wide selection, all vaporizers consist of a Heating source and a delivery system. Here we will explore each of the different types of vaporizers, heating sources, delivery systems, and look at which are the preferred choices for patients approaching vaporizing from a health/wellness perspective.
Pen vaporizers (or “vape pens”) are essentially small vaporizers shaped like a pen or e-cig. They are typically discrete, easy to use, and much cheaper than more robust portable vaporizers or stationary vaporizers — and for good reason. Vape pens almost always utilize conduction heating (as opposed to the preferred convection heating method), making it important that you understand how to operate it to ensure your product does not get overheated or even burned. There are a large number of vape pens on the market currently.
Portable vaporizers are growing in popularity as vape technology continues to develop/enhance. If you want to vape in many different locations or travel a lot, perhaps a portable vaporizer is for you. Slightly larger than a pen vape, a portable vaporizer is any vape that can be taken on the go. Convenience is key with these vaporizers and they can easily pack up and go with you wherever you want to go. The majority of portable vapes are rechargeable but there are also butane and flame options.
Desktop / Stationary Vaporizers
Desktop vaporizers (or “stationary vaporizers”) are generally “stay at home” vaporizers that typically need to be plugged in. Although these vaporizers aren’t portable, desktop vapes generally deliver much higher quality vapor through a convection heating source and offer many more features. For instance, you can only get balloon attachments for stationary vaporizers. Also, stationary vapes sometimes allow for group vape sessions as opposed to solo-vape sessions. They typically come equipped with larger bowls and more robust heating systems that make vaporizing herbs a relaxing and fulfilling experience.