Talking about dry herb vaporizers will not achieve any end unless we do not have the basic understanding of vaporizers in general. So, before taking up the subject of dry herb vaporizer, let’s try to understand what vaping or vaporization is all about. The process of consuming the essential oils in the form of vapor may be called vaporization. However, the method is too intricate to be summed up in a single line. It involves the use of highly sophisticated devices called vaporizers. While smoking can be done by simply lighting up the material and inhaling the smoke produced by it, vaporization means heating the material to a certain temperature where it only emits the essential elements that we want to consume. Therefore, the devices involved are technologically advanced and complex.
Definition and Functioning
From the above discussion we can elucidate that any device that helps in taking out the essential elements of a material in the form of vapor is called a vaporizer. The material could be in the form of refined liquid, concentrate or the plant containing the essential element. Dry herb vaporizers are those devices that are specifically used to vaporize the essential elements present in dry herbs. As the herb has to be heated to a precise temperature to generate vapor, the devices used to do so come with a certain degree of sophistication and technical complexity. A layman can understand the functioning of a dry herb vaporizer by looking at its parts. The device mainly consists of three parts – the heating chamber, battery and the mouthpiece or the pipe with which the user inhales the vapor produced in the chamber.
Conduction: This is the method of heating the herb or plant by bringing it in contact with something that is already hot. In this process the essential elements are released in the form of vapor which the user can inhale. However, there are certain drawbacks of this process that does not make it an efficient vaporizing technique. It only vaporizes the essential oils of the material that comes in direct contact with the hot object leaving the rest of the material unused. If the heat is increased to vaporize the untouched material, it may lead to combustion thereby defeating the whole purpose of vaporizer.
Convection: Convection is a more sophisticated and efficient vaporizing method in which hot air is blown over the matter. This process, heats up the whole plant matter equally and evenly thereby releasing the essential elements more consistently in the form of vapor. Additionally, the plant matter is also used more efficiently. However, vaporizers that use this technique are a bit on the expensive side since it takes an advanced technology to maintain air temperature.
Types of Dry Herb Vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers can be classified as portable and desktop vaping devices. While the portable ones come with a built-in battery, the desktop variety is bigger in size and uses an external power source.
Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers: These vaporizers are small in size, easy to carry and is made up of glass. The only difference is that it has an inbuilt heating system that is powered by a battery. To use it, you do not have to rely on your skill; the battery and the intelligent system of the vaporizer do it for you. Simply ignite and enjoy dense aromatic vapor anywhere, anytime.
Desktop Dry Herb Vaporizer: Desktop vaporizers are generally much bigger than their portable counterparts and offer a lot more in terms of functionality and durability. Therefore, they are best used in the privacy and comfort of your home. You can choose a number of features in them including different forms of vapor dispersion, fast heating, temperature control and the ability to use for longer durations. You need to power them with an external power source as the battery power is too meager for them.
Who Uses Dry Herb Vaporizers?
Dry herb vaporizers are used by people who like to vape tobacco and other natural herbs. While some use them to quit smoking, others use them to enjoy the natural taste of dry herbs. Some dry herbs like medicinal marijuana (CBD) are known for their therapeutic effect. Dry herb vaporizers also used to vaporize these types of processed herbs.