What is a Vaporizer?

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First, what is a vaporizer?

To understand what is a vaporizer, let’s take a take and step back and quickly talk about smoking.

What is the problem with smoking? we all know that smoking is bad for you. But what is it that’s bad? The nicotine? The smoke? The paper? The Tobacco?

While this is not a scientific answer by any means- everything about smoking is bad for you!

But above all, it is the act of burning something that releases damaging carcinogens and a variety of other damaging materials. These are released by combustion.

Simply put, just as breathing campfire smoke is not good for you, cigarette smoke has many of the same harming effects.

That’s where vaporizers come in.

They became mainstream in recent years, and there are a few different types of them.

A Vaporizer is a device that will heat a substance to a boiling temperature. But not to a burning temperature, which is where most harm happens. By boiling the substance, a vaporizer can release many molecules of the substance in the form of vapor. The vapor can then be inhaled to absorb the molecules.

Ok, so what are vaporizers used for?

Usually, one of two substances-
Vape Juice or Cannabis.

Vaporizers were intended to provide an alternative to smoking. Smoking what? One of the main two thinks that one would consider to smoke: a cigarette, and (medical) marijuana.

Vaporizers to smoke Cannabis:

This type of vaporizers is used to “smoke” medical marijuana in it’s raw (dried) form, or as an extract. Vaping THC (weed) instead of burning it holds many benefits. The rise of marijuana dispensaries around the US has made cannabis more accessible in it’s dried form, or as a super-concentrated extract.

  1. Dry herb vaporizers are (mostly) portable devices with a power source and a small oven, that will heat up dry herb placed inside, to a vaping temperature. The active THC and CBD molecules from the plant are released in the form of vapor, which then can be inhaled to absorb the materials.
  2. Extract vaporizers are (mostly) pen style vaporizers with a coil that will heat up an extract to a vaping temperature. Then the process is similar to dry herb- the potent vapor is inhaled to enjoy the benefits.

Vaporizers as a cigarette substitute:

Common amongst ex-cigarette-smokers (or trying to quit), these vaporizers are for use with vape liquid that usually contains nicotine. Vaporizers in this category can be large and powerful (such as Vape Mods) with external batteries and tanks, or small and light (such as electronic cigarettes). All will use e-liquid (without cannabis), in a tank or a closed “pod.”

  1. Vape Mods are high powered batteries which have a (510) thread connection to a tank. The tank contains the liquid and can be released (vaporized) extremely fast. This is the type of vaporizers that creates the most “smoke” or vapor.
  2. eCigs are smaller devices that resemble a traditional cigarette by size, and by the amount of vapor that they release. eCigs often come in closed “pods” system, so instead of refilling the liquid you simply exchange a cartridge.
So, if you are totally new to vaporizers, the first major question you need to ask is:

What would you like to vape?

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