Posted by Derek Champoux
4 years ago / August 29, 2019
The Beginners Guide to Vaping Cannabis
Welcome to the world of vaping cannabis. Whether you’re a beginner vaper or a new cannabis user, this guide will answer your questions and help you get started.
Why Vape Cannabis
Legal cannabis consumption is on the rise. The trend continues to grow as people learn about the recreational and medical businesses. Every year more states are allowing, decriminalizing, and legalizing cannabis use.
Vaping is the fastest-growing legal marijuana trend. It’s a safer alternative to smoking. And it offers more controlled and consistent dosing than edibles. As well, vapor enters the bloodstream faster, allowing for faster results.
In short, vaping is:
- More Efficient
- Controlled – Manage Your High
But to get the best results, you need the right vape hardware.
Getting your first cannabis vape pen can be a little intimidating. There is a wide selection of options, making it hard to know what’s best for you. But fear not, we’ll give you the rundown on the most popular cannabis vaporizer supplies:
Cannabis Vape Pens
Pens, especially disposable vape pens, are the most popular option for vaping oil or extracts. If you’re just starting out, this is the best place to start. They get their name from their similarity to the shape of a pen. Vape pens are long, thin metal cylinders.
Oil vape pens are intuitive and easy to use. Prefilled pens come ready to use with no prep on your part, simply press the button and inhale. As well, they have a familiar shape and feel to anyone who has held a cigarette or joint.
Cannabis vape pens are used for vaping both THC and CBD oils.
While vape pens rule the disposable market, vaporizer pods are making their mark in reusable cannabis vaporizers. These are rechargeable devices designed for longevity.
The main housing contains the battery housing, controls and mouthpiece. Then there’s a separate “pod” which contains the cannabis oil. Once the pod is empty, you simply pop it out and put a new pod into the device. The pod is held in place with magnets so they’re easy to secure.
Cannabis vape pods are versatile. They make it easy to switch between different strains on the fly without compromising simplicity or convenience. For more information, read up on the difference between vaporizer pods and pens.
Vaporizer pods are most commonly used for vaping THC oils, although some are appropriate for CBD as well.
Dab rigs are generally for more advanced cannabis vapers. Dabbing provides a more intense experience from hard concentrates like shatter and wax. The best dab rigs today are dab pens.
Dab pens have the appearance of a thicker vape pen but offer a different experience.
Dabs require more energy to vaporize thicker oils and cannabis concentrates, so they need a high-quality 510 threaded battery. They produce a thicker, more flavorful vapor with a more intense high.
Dab pens are generally for vaping THC oils.
How Vaping Works
Once you’ve selected your vape hardware, it’s time to learn how to use them. Vaping cannabis works simply. The cannabis oil is inside of a heating chamber in the device. When you turn on the device, it applies enough heat to transform the concentrates into a vapor that you can consume.
To get the best vapor flavor you should use vaporizer that uses indirect heating. Traditional quartz coils and wick-type vape pens apply direct heat — which results in a burnt flavor and can release carcinogens.
A ceramic core is the best coil type for vapes. It uses indirect heating for a cleaner burn and a better, fuller flavor profile.
Using The Vaporizer
Actually using the vape is simple. If it’s your first time vaping cannabis, you’ll probably be using a disposable. In which case, you can follow these steps from our Disposable Vape Pen Beginner Guide:
- Remove vape from the packaging.
- If there is a button, click it, and an indicator light should turn on. If there is no button, skip to step 3.
- Inhale through the mouthpiece. If there was no button, inhaling (or drawing) on the vaporizer will light up the indicator.
- Exhale the vapor.
For vape pods, you may need to swap out an empty pod before or after use. Follow any disposal instructions provided.
The experience of using your cannabis vape pen doesn’t rest solely on the hardware. The concentrates matter as well. While many people swear by vaping Indica or Sativa strains, the biggest differentiator for your experience is actually THC vs CBD.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. This concentrate is more common for recreational vaping. People find it affects the mind, boosting creativity and providing psychedelic effects.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive ingredient that is often associated with medical use. It has sedative effects that can help with pain, anxiety and sleep problems. It can also be used recreationally for relaxation.
What Does Vaping Cannabis Cost
Although vaporizer hardware is more costly than rolling papers, it’s also much more efficient. So while your upfront cost is higher than a joint, it’s more economical over time — even with a disposable. Vaping is a better delivery system so you get the desired results faster, and by using up less cannabis.
The cost of vape pens depends on quality and type. For instance, disposable vapes have the lowest price point. Location also makes a big difference in costs. In California, the average vape cartridge is between $45-$55, whereas places with oversupply like Oregon, prices are much lower. When pens release in Canada, the starting price will likely be around $55.
Quality is an important differentiator in price, be wary of products that are significantly cheaper than average. They tend to use inferior materials and coils — resulting in a worse vape experience.
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