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Guide to The Different Vaping Devices

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Takeaway: Vaping is one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis among new weed consumers, and an increasingly more available method of consumption. Here’s what’ll get you started on the right track as a beginner vaper.

From delicately and perfectly dosed pre-filled syringes to sweets that contain enough THC to put out an bear, there are just so many ways to consume CBDs, THC and any cannabis product out there. The medical marijuana scene has grown exponentially in just the last decade, with so many consumption methods for just about EVERY type of consumer!

One of the most popular ways to consume cannabis among new weed users, and an increasingly more available method of consumption, is vaping.

To explain the logistics of vaping, it is simply the precise heating of cannabis, or any related chemicals, into a fine vapor. The plant matter does not burn or toxify, and the user inhales it. Because combustion is not involved, it is believed to provide a healthier method of consumption than traditional smoking.

This popular method can become your favorite, here are many vape tips and tricks that can come in handy to the beginner.

Gearing up: Guide to The Different Vaping Devices

There are so many types out there, but deciphering them is fairly simple. To begin with, there are three main types:

Desktop Vapes

The table-top vape can feel a little like a small appliance, size wise. They’re not portable, and attempting to bring them out of the house, might just mean you need to get something portable to supplement. More like plug-in small appliances, they tend to be the most expensive, but they are the most technologically advanced.

A desktop vaporizer is an investment and is ideal for the serious user as it will, in turn, allow the user to vape with precision and have ultimate control over temperature. The importance here is that different cannabinoids and terpenes – all with their own unique effects and medical benefits – require different temperatures to vaporize best.

Cheaper vaporizers can make your cannabis taste burnt and roasted, while a quality tabletop vaporizer will deliver the best flavors. Anyone needing specific, and strong medication at home, then this might be the choice for you.

Dry Herb/Flower

Typically more portable in nature are dry herb vaporizers. Handheld, and easy to use, they come in a wide variety themselves. Many features and price ranges are vast but they will all generally function the same way. Dry herb vaporizers take the herb and heat it up to release vapors without carbonization.

What differs here is that there is rarely much temperature control, unless you are dealing with extremely high-class model vaporizers.

Someone who was a previous tobacco smoker and is concerned with experiencing the same taste and effect as smoking, a hand-held portable will provide a very similar experience to actually smoking the flower. However, it is important to remember that because the way the chemicals are being released, the type and length of the effect may vary with smoking.


Because of convenience, cartridges and oil vaporizers are possibly the most popular types of vaporizers out there. Also known as pen vaporizers, they’re designed to be small and discreet for those on the go. Pen vaporizers are battery powered and can provide some very strong effects.

Those who need more potency will consider the strength of an oil-based vaporizer to feel closer to dabbing then to smoking actual herb. However, effects will always vary as cartridges come in every way. Cool packaging, lower upfront costs and general effectiveness make cartridge pen vaporizers extremely popular.

Choosing the Right Vaporizer for You

With so much variance and options, it is important to choose the right one for you.

Deciding between flower and concentrates is a big decision, and it will depend on your needs and what vaporizing experiences you are looking for. Perhaps experiment with both to see which fits your needs the best.

Choosing the Right Consumable for Your New Vape Gear

You can’t just pick anything! Of course, if you’re using a dry herb, or a concentrate vaporizer, then you simply choose your favorite strain and stick it in.

But if you’re dealing with cartridges and oils, things get a little trickier. The market is full of brands to choose from, companies to explore, and flavors to experience.

Common for e-cigarette users, many people like to research the chemical solvents contained in their cannabis oil. Many cannabis oils come from an organic process, and the oil is pure (solvent-free), while others may have certain chemicals added to them to make them function better.

Purity is something certain companies take pride in. Adding nothing to their product and staying “green” is a great choice, but will definitely result in higher prices. Keep in mind, though, that what you put into your device is probably more important than the device itself. In other words, it could be the most important consideration to make before seriously getting into vaping.

How do you want to feel?

Vaping your cannabis with a vaporizer can be very different than smoking, or ingesting cannabis in some other form. Results definitely vary, depending again on the type, the effect, as well as how long the user wants the effect to last.

Table top vaporizes will provide powerful, and pure hits of specific terpenes, while dry herb vapes will be similar to traditional smoking.

For a concentrated and strong feeling, albeit sometimes short lived, cartridges and oils will be a better idea. Many people say that oils provide more of a cerebral high vs. a body high, which could be troublesome for those looking for pain relief.

However, speaking from personal experience, it depends on the brand of cartridge, the contents, and the amounts of active ingredients, whether it be the presence of THC or CBD present in the oil. It is important to know what you are buying because concentrates with THC will have psychoactive effects, while CBD oil won’t.

Experimenting different strengths, types, and materials to see what works best for you and your needs is a great journey to natural health and wellness, which can make this process really enjoyable!

Don’t Forget: Care for your Vaping Gear

It is imperative to maintain your gear. So many people fail to do this and end up having a bad experience, especially with some of the pricier gear.

If you completely neglect even just rudimentary cleaning and caring altogether, it could really ruin a vape. Keeping vaping gear clean and well taken care of is imperative to a good experience overall, cleaner consumption and protecting the pocketbook.

For all those who wish to begin vaping, we hope that we’ve equipped you with the guide that can lead you to the best decisions for you and the experience you want to create. Happy Vaping!


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