How Does a Marijuana Vaporizer Work?
Vaporizers work by using a gentle heat instead of flame to allow you to inhale marijuana’s active ingredients, THC and CBN. When heated to the temperature range of 180-200° C (356° – 392° F), the marijuana will actually release THC and CBN without burning the plant (which is hard on your lungs). This vapor appears as a thin mist which is ready to be smoked breathed in. This mist is much more potent than smoke. It tastes better too! Smoking the marijuana with a flame can generate temperatures of over 1200 degrees!
What types are available?
The actual operation of the vaporizer depends on the model. The classic vaporizers, like the BC Vaporizer, use a little metal or ceramic tray located inside a glass bulb. You unscrew the glass top, put some marijuana in the tray and then screw the top back on. Then simply turn it on and wait till the marijuana turns brown, then simply breathe in the clean vapors.
Another type is the Digital Vaporizer like the Vapir One, they are able to instantly heat up the marijuana. This means you won’t have to wait the usual 5 minutes before using, which sometimes seems like forever if you know what I mean. Digital Vaporizers also allow you to view a digital readout to ensure you are vaporizing at the correct temperature.
Next we have the balloon style vaporizers, where the Volcano is king! They work by pumping the vaporized mist into a special balloon where it can be detached from the vaporizer and inhaled whenever you are ready. In most cases the balloon is able to hold more vapor compared to the other styles. If you’re interest is this type of vaporizer, the Vapormatic Deluxe is worth a look. It’s priced better compared to the volcano and comes with more features.
Health Benefits of Marijuana Vaporizers
Everyone should be using vaporizers!
Why? Because you’re lungs will thank you. When smoking marijuana, you really want to smoke 2 ingredients, THC and CBN. Although you end up smoking the plant too, which contains harmful carcinogens. Vaporizers are great because they simply heat up the herb until pure THC and CBN’s are released, NOT burning the plant. This makes vaporizers a smart, and healthy method of using marijuana. Read below to discover the many health benefits of vaporizing marijuana.
Marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins
Its well known that marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins which aren’t great for your respiratory system. Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are highly carcinogenic, and believed to be a leading factor in cigarette related cancers.
California NORML and MAPS recently conducted a laboratory study and found that vaporizers are truly able to drastically reduce or eliminate harmful smoke toxins, while still delivering cannabinoids.
To date, at least 4 vaporizer studies have been performed. Back in 1996 one study found more tar in the vapor, although the vaporizers were of a primitive design. Since, great leaps and bounds have been made in Vaporizer technology.
A study in 2006 by researchers at Leiden University tested the high end volcano vaporizer and found this:
“Our results show that with the Volcano a safe and effective herbal delivery system seems to be available to patients. The final pulmonal uptake of active ingredients is comparable to the smoking of them, while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.”
Vaporizers heat up marijuana to around 180-190 degrees Celsius, where active cannabinoid vapors are released. Noxious smoke and carcinogenic toxins are produced at a higher temperature, 230 degrees. Vaporizers allow us to bypass these nasty toxins.
Use Vaporizers for your health! Discover the benefits today!
How to Use a Marijuana Vaporizer
It really depends on which model you currently own, as there are many styles on the market today. The most popular style is the glass dome type, where unscrew the glass top, place the marijuana on the small plate, then screw the lid back on.
A Few Tips to using a Vaporizer:
- “Lightly” grind up your herb. Do not turn it into a powder, just grind into small chunks.
- Turn on your vaporizer and wait till its ready. Start up wait time will depend on your model. Its usually around 5 minutes or so. Some can take up to 10 minutes.
- When placing your herb on the plate, make sure its evenly spread so it will vaporize equally.
- It takes between 2-5 minutes to properly vaporize your herb
- When the marijuana has turned a golden or brown color, and a fine mist has filled the dome, it will be ready to breathe in. You will also notice that no additional vapor is being generated.
- Turn it off when your finished!
Be careful not to inhale more than you need to get you high. A lot of first time vaporizer users have a tendency to vaporize too much herb because they think they didn’t get enough. Since the vapor is so thin it appears that you aren’t getting enough, so its best to experiment. Use the same amount you would normally pack into a bong or pipe.
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