Vaping FAQ

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What is a vaporizer?

Vaporizing is an innovative and fun way to smoke. A vaporizer is a device, made up of a mouthpiece tube and battery, that heats up dried herbs, waxes and oils to a degree where they release their active medicinal components in the form of enjoyable and fragrant vapors. Vaporizing also cuts out the toxic effects of traditional smoking since the vapors are purely medicinal and innocuous.

What is the difference between a vaporizer and a bong or water pipe?

Essentially, a vaporizer is a simpler and more refined way of smoking. Where a bong gives off smoke by burning cannabis, a vaporizer doesn’t need a filitration system. Bongs use water filters to attempt to clean the smoke before it hits your lungs. However, even after passing through the water filter, the smoke from a bong is still filled with potentially carcinogenic tars and toxic gases. Vaporizers are neat, because they don’t need a water filter. Since smoking isn’t being produced, and a water filter would merely dilute the medicinal herb beign vaporized, vaporizers offer a simpler and healthier way to smoke.

Is vaporizing healthier than smoking?

Definitely – and the science proves this. Vaporization use decreases respiratory ailments, optimizes pulmonary administration of tetrahydrocannabinol and delivers a higher concentration of the active medicinal components of cannabis to the user. In fact, smoking may eventually become obsolete in the face of the health benefits and ease of vaping!

Does a vaporizer smell when it’s being used?

Barely. In comparison to smoking, vaporizers give off a hardly discernible scent. This scent would mostly be noticeable if the vaporizer were to be used at a high temperature that induces combustion. However, vaporizers operating under optimal temperatures emit no smell.

Does it matter which heating element a vaporizer uses?

Yes. Different atomizers are optimal for use with dry herbs, waxes and oils. Figure out which manner of smoking is your favorite and look up which type of atomizer is right for you.

Is there a difference between conduction and convection?

Yes. Conduction heats by way of direct contact. Convection gives off heat via a flow of hot air. Both methods have their own idiosyncrasies, pros and cons.

Can I use any vaporizer for aromatherapy?

No, because only some vaporizers, and atomizers, are suitable for heating liquids. However, some newer vaporizers utilize additional components to allow for ease of vaporizing oils and tinctures.

Why are some vaporizers pricey?

Vaporizers can rise in price depending on the materials used, the aesthetics of the pen, the battery life, etc. Some vaporizers utilize very intricate atomizers and digital temperature control systems. Moreover, some tanks utilize reinforced metals and ceramic disks in order to optimize the heating process. All of these components can potentially raise the price of any given vaporizer.

How can I build my own vaporizer?

The simple way would be to take a smaller glass bong or an iron pipe and transform it into a vaporizer by way of the Vaporstar or Vapo-bowl modifications. Or, you can also modify a whip convection vaporizer into a vape pen, although you must make sure you use appropriate safety protocols. We do not endorse building your own vaporizer with a heat gun, though ,because those types of heat sources were made for industrial use and not for inhalation. Be safe, first and foremost.

Are vaporizers difficult to use?

We don’t think so, though your mileage may vary! Many models are very straightforward and easy to use. However, some models, especially those with additional high-end components, require additional tact and care when refilling the tank or emptying the chamber. Just always remember to be careful and safe. Heating elements can get very hot and burn you if you are not careful.

How do I clean a vaporizer?

Cleaning methods depend on the type of vaporizer. Many vape pens do not require cleaning. However, certain glass vaporizers are benefitted by cleaning them with hot water or cleaning solvents.

I’m coughing too much when smoking with my vaporizer. How can I prevent this?

The likely culprit is that you’re vaporizing at too high of a temperature and combustion is taking place. We agree that it can feel really nice to inhale highly concentrated white vapor, but it is difficult to hold it in the lungs without coughing. If you lower the temperature of the vaporization process, it is likely that your coughing will cease.

Are vaporizers legal?

Vaporizers are legal in most countries. Vendors may have to specifically market vaporizer use for tobacco and aromatherapy purposes only depending on attendant marijuana laws. Within the U.S., drug paraphernalia is patently illegal. You would only run the risk of having your vaporizer seized if a police officer suspected it was being used for smoking illegal substances (such as marijuana).

Can I vaporize hash in a vaporizer?

Yes, you definitely can. However, not all vaporizers will work effectively for smoking hash. When vaporizing hash, the temperature must start off slightly higher. As a result, a vaporizer featuring temperature control settings is optimal. Since hash usually melts when heated, this can pose a problem for vaporizers that feature a screen attached to the tank/chamber. The hash could pose a hazard to the vaporizer if it were to run down and drip into the heating element of electrical structure of the pen. Certain pens come with a fitted screen specifically used for vaporizing liquids and concentrates like hash.

Which vaporizer do you recommend?

To be honest, there are so many great vaporizers out there that it’s difficult to pick a favorite. It’s up to you to research the specifications of each pen in order to determine which vaporizer offers the greatest benefits for your own personal use.

Where do I go to purchase a vaporizer?

Vaporizers are sold in a variety of places. You can find them in head shops, smart shops, online or at kiosks selling smoking supplies.

Can vaporized weed be used in edibles?

In short, yes. You’ll notice that, after you’re done vaping, there is a brown tobacco-ish looking residue. Those remnants can be baked into a delicious edible. They are also still extremely THC-potent. Baking with vape residue is an economical way to use scraps efficiently and health-consciously without leaving anything to waste. Essentially, you can convert your vaped weed into oil or butter. First, take 20 – 60 grams of vaped weed, grind it into fine pellets and pour into a bowl. Then, pour your cooking oil (canola oil, coconut oil and butter are popular favorites) into a pan and let it simmer on low heat. When the oil is warm, add in the vaped weed. Gently move the pan from side to side to even out the admixture and make sure that all of the weed is fully immersed in oil. Slowly turn up the heat until it quietly sizzles. Don’t let it get so hot that it boils. Stir every couple of minutes for an hour. Then take the mixture off of the heat and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. Then, pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl. The oil will have a darker than usual hue due to the added weed. This is completely normal so don’t fret. Now, you can proceed to following your normal baked goods recipes and adding in the oil like you normally would. Now you can enjoy your delicious edibles used with weed remnants that you normally would have discarded!

Is the potency of vaping similar to smoking?

The potency is very similar, though vaping is definitely healthier. This is because both vaping and smoking use slow heat to bring the cannabis to a high enough temperature to release the cannabinoids and convert them to vapors. However, unlike smoking, the weed remnants aren’t heated high enough to create combustion and the release of harmful byproducts.

How do I know when my herb blends are finished vaporizing?

This is subjective and depends on your preference. Some users choose to stop vaping their load when the blend turns an amber/light brown color. Others may choose to use the vape load until the blends turn a much darker hue.

How tightly should I pack the herb into the tank?

It is recommended that you pack the herbs very loosely within the tank so that there is enough space for sufficient airflow to cause steady and high-potency vaporization.

My vape pen isn’t heating up. What’s wrong?

The most likely culprit is the locking mechanism. This is a feature on moth vape pens that locks your pen from functioning so that it doesn’t heat up while in your purse, pocket or in any other situation when you’re not intending on vaping. It’s similarly to the safety mechanism on a firearm. To unlock or lock most vape pens you simply press the lock button 3-5 times quickly.

How do I create bigger vapor clouds?

Simply turn up the heat and your vape pen will release noticeably thicker and sizeable clouds of vapor.

What’s the most optimal temperature for vaping and how long should it take for my pen to heat up?

The best temperature for vaporization depends on the structural features of your specific pen, but typically the optimum temperature is approximately between 335 to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. Likewise, the amount of time it takes to heat up to operational temperatures depends on your pen. Most vaporizers take 3-4 minutes to reach optimal vaporization temperatures while other pens, especially very high-end pens, can heat up as quickly as 10-15 seconds.

I’m klutzy and am having trouble loading my wax/oil into the tank of my vaporizer. Is there a utensil I can use to help?

Yes, you can use a dabber tool to help you out. This is a small metal utensil that makes it incredibly easy to add and remove wax or oil to the tank of your pen. It allows you to easily and directly apply your wax or oil onto the atomizer or into the oil cartridge. Vape pens are small and very ergonomically designed, so sometimes it really pays to use a dabber tool in order to uphold the integrity of how your vape pen functions.

What is An Atomizer?

The atomizer is where the magic happens. Batteries come and go but the atomizer does the heavy lifting with its specialized skillsets. It all depends on what materials you wish to vape. Vaping dry herbs? You’ll need a heating element with a larger chamber. Ejuice? You probably want a ceramic donut heating element for the best vaping taste. Wax and other kinds of concentrates can be harsh so you should add water pipes for filtration in something like the Aquamizer.

What is a Dab Rig?

A dab rig is the most hard core of the water pipes and it’s used for concentrates. Dab rigs today have really pushed what’s possible in the art of glass blowing. Instead of a glass bowl, dab rigs have special bowls that heat up to temperatures in excess of 800 degrees with the help of a blown torch or plug in machine. A mini dab rig could be something like a cloud pen, and a portable dab rig could be the Aquamizer vape pen glass bubbler paired a eLeaf iStick TC 40 battery. If you’re a bigger, better stick to something small, because concentrates can easily facilitate a mystical, or “peak experience.” See below: