You may have seen all the hype online or, perhaps, the large clouds of vapor hovering around bars, clubs, and other public social spaces. Yes, vaping has become the hottest new trend both in the consumption of herb derivatives as well as a replacement for traditional nicotine products like cigarettes and other forms of smokeless tobacco. The popularity may seem just like a fad, however, research shows that the trend is only increasing and the popularity will only increase. Because of that, it’s important to understand how the process works and what benefits, if any, you can get from moving into the vaping scene.
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to understand that vaping happens because of the increasingly more efficient vaporizer technology being developed by some of the biggest names in the business. This is done using electricity (provided in the form of a battery) being attached to a heating chamber, or atomizer, which connects to a mouthpiece and allows you to consume your preferred herb derivative in a nice, vaporized format.
There are a ton of reasons why people choose to vape, ranging from smelling less, to less harmful on the lungs, to a greater level of discretion and more. We will discuss these reasons in greater detail below to give you a basic idea of why or why not you should even consider dealing with a vape pen. Do you like convenience? Do you prefer a healthier option? Do you like having the best technology at your fingertips? If you answered yes to any of these then you should probably continue to discover the tremendous benefits to vaping.
All in all, there is a lot to be learned about this rapidly growing option for consuming your favorite forms of herb – whether it’s flower, wax, or oil. It’s only responsible to make sure you are informed and best equipped to go about making important purchasing decisions as it relates to consuming herb.
As mentioned above, there are basic levels to any vaporizer – you have a battery, heating chamber, and a mouthpiece. All vapes follow this same basic design and principle, but the exact set up changes when you discuss the specifics of dry herb vapes, wax vapes, oil vapes, e-liquid vapes, etc.
These different vaporizers contain different mechanisms to heat and vaporize the various herb products – i.e. you cannot (or at least you should not) vaporize dry herb and wax the same just as you cannot wax and oil. There is usually some sort of ceramic or quartz ‘bowl’ or ‘rod’ in wax vaporizers that you will not need in a dry herb vaporizer. Instead, a dry herb vaporizer contains a heating chamber where dry herb is either directly conducted or indirectly vaporized through convection. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and it is difficult to compare between different forms of herb because there are usually a lot of personal preferences involved.
So, just like with pipes, bongs, or rigs you will need to make a choice based as much, if not more, on preferences with the technical abilities of different vaporizers. Moreover, there are different types and sizes of vapes for different occasions. For example, you can purchase a tabletop vaporizer such as the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer. This will naturally have a larger capacity and produce harder, stronger hits because power and capacity are not sacrificed for mobility or concealment. Just as a portable micro vape pen kit is going to suit a vaper who is more interested in being mobile, discrete, and still able to pack a punch. These are differences you will need to reconcile with your own needs, habits, and preferences.
There are a lot of benefits to vaping over traditional smoking of herb, wax, or oil. Below is a comprehensive list of the most common benefits:
As discussed earlier, vaping has a limited smell but is not entirely without a smell. Just to point out, there are dry herb vaporizers that are going to be less discrete such as the herbal combustion vapes that burn the herb versus baking it. Combustion vapes are just a techy way to smoke herbs and will carry a smell with them just like smoke. However, most other dry herb vaporizers are the standard Convection vapes that bake the herbs inside a heating chamber. Convection vapes carry limited smell – but know, if you have the vape on high with a freshly packed heating chamber and take a long draw, when you exhale the vapor, there will be a light puff of vapor that the person next to you can see and smell. Contrary to smoke though, the vapors are far lighter and will dissipate very quickly into the air; they will be non-existent in seconds if you are outside. This is because everything is being vaporized versus combusted.
Smoking is pretty simple to understand and is so familiar to us all. After all, smoke is a byproduct of a lot of things we do outside of smoking herb. But, vaping is pretty simple too and it works the same way. You inhale smoke and vapor the same. You can experience the same effects. You can even get both from the same products (dry herb, wax, oil). The only real differences between vapor and smoke is that vapor requires a battery charge and not a simple lighter to burn things and that vapor is going to be much smoother than smoking anything. So, if you’re not inconvenienced by having to make sure your battery has a charge and you prefer a smoother hit, vaping is obviously going to be a better option for you.
This is a funny difference of semantics. Vapor is the product that is created when you vaporize dry herb, wax, oil, etc. A Vaper is someone who consumes vapor – or is using a vape pen of some sort. The difference in letters simply shows that you are talking about a person and not a thing – both nouns. Both sound the same when spoken aloud and are often used interchangeably in conversation, however, it is nice to note the difference in writing.
Dry herb vaporizers, as discussed earlier, are vaporizers that use a heating chamber and either conduction, convection, or both to vaporize dry herb. This is a common form of vaporizer and some models extend as far back to the beginnings of the industry. There is a huge variety in dry herb vaporizers and range from tabletop to vape pens (vaporizers that are slim and easy to carry like a pen). Some examples of different dry herb vaporizers include:
Wax vaporizers also use a heated chamber, often referred to as a coil or an atomizer, and it is what will heat up and vaporize the wax product. This is often done with a variety of different materials such as wick coils, quartz or ceramic rods, or even quartz or ceramic bowls. These heat the wax differently and have different advantages and disadvantages to each. Your preference here will probably rely on whether or not you prefer a slower, smoother, more flavorful wax vaping session or a quicker, potentially less flavorful vaping session. Here is a list of some different kinds of wax vapes:
Oil vaporizers work a lot like the other two types of vaporizers except they certainly differ in one key concept – they are best to vape oil cartridges or e-liquid. The difference is subtle, but cartridges usually come pre-filled and do not require nearly as strong of a battery to produce smooth, consistently powerful hit as an e-juice 510 atomizer might. The e-juice vaporizers come with an empty chamber, or ‘cartridge’, that you fill with your e-juice. Often, you will want a stronger battery that can be found in the box mods because this greater power will allow you to better consume your oil as well as keep enjoying strong, powerful hits and create huge vape clouds. Not to mention, these box mods will last longer for more hits and longer sessions. This is not to say that the cartridges are lower quality – not at all – just that the popular, pre-filled, skinny, 510 cartridges are are designed to work with the lower battery output. Some examples of different e-juice or vape cartridge pens include:
One of the main differences between vaping and dabbing is simply the processes used to heat and consume your wax concentrate. With vaping, you are using a vape pen equipped with some sort of wax coil that could be quartz, ceramic or wick. With dabbing, you are typically using a Dab Rig or a Nectar Collector which utilize Dab Nails and Tips to heat the wax – these tips and dab nails are usually a quartz, ceramic or titanium. You can dab and vape similar products and experience similar effects. As such, you should make your decision on your needs and preferences. And some things to consider with vaping is portable vape pens making things easy and quick on the go, plus discrete and easy to use. Official dabbing, like using a dab rig or nectar collector is most ideal for at home – they are not the most portable and frankly, they pack a punch.
Now that you are armed with even more information about vaping and the differences between the types of vapes as well as common forms of consuming other herb concentrates, you are ready to begin searching far and wide for your favorite vape pens, pipes and whatever else! There is probably a local smoke or vape shop somewhere near your vicinity to handle your immediate curiosity. However, you can always find a wide variety of products, helpful information and tips, and always FREE SHIPPING on all orders shipped within the USA (with no minimums) at nyvapeshop.com!