Posted by Derek Champoux
5 years ago / July 29, 2019
Should You Share Your Vape Pen?
Cannabis consumption has always had a sharing culture. People standing or sitting in a circle passing a joint around That 70s Show style is virtually synonymous with marijuana. But while the puff puff pass mentality holds strong with joints and bongs, the vape pen feels a little more personal.
Today, we take a look at whether there is the same expectation to share a vape pen, and whether it’s a good idea.
Do People Expect You to Share Your Vape Pen?
Sharing is often seen as common courtesy when smoking cannabis. But this doesn’t seem to extend as much to a vape pen. It may be as simple as that a cannabis vape pen is cleaner than a joint.
There’s definitely a more healthy and sanitary appeal to a cannabis vape pen. Vaping is more lung-healthy than smoking, and the stainless steel is more germ-resistant than rolling papers.
The most common reason people cite for sharing their vape pen is for people who are curious about getting their own. Most people will only share vape pens with their family or close friends.
Another reason many people don’t like to share their vape is their custom settings. Smoking cannabis is more of a one-size-fits-all experience. There are no settings on a joint, the user just decides how long of a drag to take.
With a vape pen, however, user settings determine everything from the temperature to the draw length. Sharing your vaporizer with others puts those settings in risk to be tampered with, which can affect your own experience.
Whether or not you choose to share your vape pen is up to you. Generally, there are not the same expectations of sharing that exist with other methods of cannabis consumption.
Keeping It Clean
While sharing is generally fine, the rule people often go by is to not share your vape pen with anyone you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing a drink with. If you’re still feeling a little germaphobic here are a few precautions you can take:
The easiest and simplest way to reduce risk is with alcohol or medical wipes. Simply use a wipe on the mouthpiece after someone else uses it.
Contrary to a popular myth, using the alcohol wipe this way will not get you drunk. It’s a light application that should mostly evaporate before touching your lips. It shouldn’t affect you or the vape pen flavor.
If you’re worried about offending the other person, also wipe the mouthpiece off before handing it to them shows that it’s a normal action and not a concern over their personal hygiene.
If you’re concerned about sharing your vape pen, the mouthpiece is the most likely place to spread germs. In addition to using wipes, the material of the mouthpiece can help provide further protection.
Stainless steel, for instance, is germ-resistant. It’s difficult for bacteria to attach to its surface, and it’s harder for biofilm to form. For this reason, surgical equipment often uses stainless steel to help reduce the risk of infection.
This bacterial resistance also makes it a good option for a vape mouthpiece. The GT CR vape cartridge has a stainless steel mouthpiece option that is very popular.
Disposable Vape Pens
If vaporizing leaves you germ-wary, regardless of sharing, consider a disposable vape pen. In addition to the other advantages of disposable vape pens, they also help protect against the spread of germs.
Disposable vapes come in protective packaging to keep germs out. And once you’re done, throw it out. This way, bacteria doesn’t have time to grow and maintenance is at a bare minimum.
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