It’s no secret that Vaping is huge. It is estimated almost one in 15 U.S. adults use vaporizers regularly. Thanks to technology advancements, vaporizers are now cheaper and more advanced than ever. But for new vapers, the abundance of devices and types of vaporizers can be confusing and overwhelming. In this article, we’ll explain are vaporizers, how do they work, and which types are available. So you can make an educated decision on which vape is right for
The first patent related to vaping was issued in 1963 to Herbert A. Gilbert. But vaping started much earlier, around 440 bc, when the Scythians realized that they can throw herbs such as Cannabis on red-hot stones and inhale the resulting vapor.
Humans came a long way since ancient traditions, and so did vaporizers. Modern-day Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor produced by a vaporizer or an electronic cigarette.
The vapor is produced from controlled heating of materials such as Dried Herbs, Extracts, Oil, or Liquid.
Most Vaporizers have a few basic components in common- A battery, a heating element, and a mouthpiece.
The battery supplies energy to heat the material in the heating element to vaporization temperature. The temperature is high enough to vaporize the material, but not to burn it.
The user can inhale the Vapor, and enjoy the active ingredients of the substance, without burning them. The vapor produced by a vaporizer is not smoke. It’s generally considered as a healthier alternative to smoke, and it also smells better and quickly dissipates into the air.
There are two main types of vaporizers: Cannabis Vaporizers and e-Liquid vaporizers.
E-Liquid vaporizers are typically used by users who are looking to quit smoking. They heat “vape juice” that contains nicotine to vaping temperature, and therefore are used a substitute for traditional cigarettes.
The second type of vaporizers is Cannabis vaporizers. This category is more diverse and has a few subcategories. The main 2 are- Dry herb vaporizers, and Extract vaporizers.
Dry herb vaporizers are usually portable, handheld devices, that use a small oven to heat up the raw, dry herb and extract THC in the form of inhalable vapor. These vapes usually have a short heat up time of 20-40 seconds, then they reach vaporization temperature which is around 380 degrees Fahrenheit, and they stay there for a “session” that lasts a few minutes. During the session, the user can inhale the vapor, and at the end of the session, the herb is “cashed” and will need to be replaced. Generally, one oven equals one session, and the same herb cannot be used for multiple sessions.
The second type of Cannabis vaporizers is Extract vapes. Dispensaries around the US sell Cannabis Extracts in a variety of forms. Extract vaporizers require less power than dry herb vaporizers. Therefore they are much smaller and usually resemble pens, not surprisingly, they are often referred to as “vape pens.” Cannabis extracts can come in two primary forms or consistencies- Oil and Wax.
Cannabis oil usually comes in prefilled cartridges, that can be connected to the vape pen and used instantly. Cannabis wax comes in a more solid form, that can look like crumbles or sticky wax- also known as dabs. The wax is placed in a “coil” that is connected to the battery and heats up very quickly.
There are many sub-categories of vaporizers, such as:
- Wax Pens
- Conceal batteries
- Dab Vaporizers
Nicotine Juice Vaporizers-
- Electronic cigarettes
- Vape mods
- Sub-oHm devices
- Pod vaporizers
BUT, all of these types fall into one of the main two categories- Cannabis Vaporizers, or e-Liquid Vaporizers.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, you should have a basic understanding of what vaporizers are, and what they are used for. If you’re on a quest to finding a vaporizer, the first question you should answer is- what am I going to use it for? Vaping Cannabis OR Vaping Nicotine Liquid.
To learn more about the different types of vaporizers select a category below or check out our favorite vapes in each category:
- Cannabis Vaporizers– learn more or check out our favorites
- e-Juice (nicotine liquid) Vaporizers– check out our favorites
Still lost? Here are some other helpful resources to learn more about vaping-
- Electronic Cigarettes– Wikipedia
- Vaporizer (inhalation device)– Wikipedia
- Safety of electronic cigarettes– Wikipedia
- Cannabis Smoking– Wikipedia
- “A recent study determined that vaping cannabis can produce a significantly stronger high than smoking the drug.”– Healthline
- “Acute Effects of Smoked and Vaporized Cannabis in Healthy Adults Who Infrequently Use Cannabis.”– Jama Network
- “Experiences of marijuana-vaporizer users.”– PubMed.gov
- “Prevalence and Distribution of E-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults.” -Annals of internal medicine