How to find your ideal cannabis vaporizer
Vaporizing cannabis is quickly becoming one of the most favored ways of consuming cannabis because it provides none of the health risks that come with inhaling hot, combusted smoke into our lungs.
Vaporizing is also more efficient, allowing you to get more medicinal value out of your cannabis. And it’s more flavorful, has less smell and is easier on the lungs and throat.
However if you want to vaporize cannabis, you need to purchase a vaporizer device. Take your pick from a wide and often times confusing spectrum of vape pens, portable vaporizers, desktop vaporizers, handheld-desktop vaporizers, and of course concentrate vaporizers.
With prices ranging from $50 all the way to $600, you ideally want to invest in a device that will give you the best value for your budget and will also suit your exact needs.
So here are 5 questions to help you figure out which vaporizer is best for you.
#1) Do you prefer to vaporize flower or concentrates?
You can either vaporize cannabis flower or concentrates.
Concentrates are the result of cannabis flower being run through an extraction process so that you get more potent cannabinoids from your cannabis with less plant material.
Concentrates can come in many different forms such as oil, shatter and wax to name few. They also tend to be better for medical patients who need higher doses of THC or CBD quickly, people who have a higher tolerance, or for people who are looking to have a more intense experience.
Flower is typically better for people with lower tolerances, for people who like to micro-dose, and for people who are new to cannabis. Flower has much easier learning curve compared to concentrates; plus it’s less expensive and there are typically more strain options available.
#2) Do you need a portable device?
You can find devices that are quite discreet and tiny, fitting in the palm of your hand or in your pocket. These smaller devices are usually less expensive but also tend to give you a lower degree of vapor quality.
If vapor quality is more of a concern, you’ll want to consider a desktop unit – which usually requires an electrical outlet and can be more expensive, yet well worth the price if you want the best quality vapor and portability is not an issue.
#3) Will you be consuming mostly alone or with others?
Some devices have bowls that are too small for more than one person so you would need to fill it multiple times if you were consuming with a couple other people. And some bowls and device chambers are so big that you might wind up over-consuming if you are trying to vaporize by yourself.
If you want the best of both worlds, you can also find devices, typically on the more expensive side, that allow you to put a metal pad inside the bowl for when you want to consume less cannabis alone and then you still have a larger bowl option when you have more people you are consuming with.
#4) How important is it for you to have more control over your experience and get the most medicinal value out of your cannabis?
Different cannabinoids and terpenes start releasing their medicinal properties at different temperatures. And if the temperature is too high you will lose some of these medicinal properties.
If possible, you will want to purchase a device where you can set your temperature to the exact degree, so you can get the most medicinal value out of your cannabis.
For example, if you have a CBD-rich flower you want to vaporize it’s important to know that if your device is getting hotter than 356 degrees Fahrenheit (which is lower than what most people think) you will start to burn off the medicinal value of the CBD cannabinoid.
Temperature control will also allow you to better curate your cannabis experience. At a lower temperature you will find that vaping is more flavorful, the vapor feels cooler on your throat and you get lighter effects – which can be great for day-time use.
Or if you select a higher temperature you get a more potent experience with thicker vapor, although the cannabis can taste a tad overcooked. Devices without temperature control simply don’t give you as much flexibility.
Here’s another reason to opt for temperature control: you can also vaporize other herbs outside of cannabis like basil, thyme, chamomile – either by themselves or with cannabis.
Each of these herbs have their own medicinal properties and tastes. They each have a different temperature where they start to release their medicinal value and where they start to boil and lose their medicinal value.
#5) Which features are important for you?
There are so many different types of vaporizers available from $50 all the way up to $600 and getting clear on which possible features are most important to you will help you determine which device is the best fit.
Other features vaporizers can specialize in are taste, vapor production, ease of use, battery life, efficiency, look and price – and you should also take into consideration how taxing the device is on your body.
If you would like to learn more about vaporizing other herbs, how it works, the medicinal uses and options – and more about vaping in general – be sure to check this online course – “Vaporizing Cannabis: Everything You Need to Know about This Healthier Consumption Method”
Take your time and choose wisely.
Hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get clear on the features and qualities that you need to look for in order to find the device that will provide YOU with the most value for your money.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hype of which product just hit the market or which vaporizer has the coolest features, only to find out after purchasing that it doesn't actually meet your specific needs.
Purchasing a vaporizer is worth it as they are more efficient and can save you money in the long run, since you will use much less cannabis compared to when you are smoking. Not to mention these devices are much cleaner and healthier for you than smoking.
A great vaporizer is an investment so don’t rush into buying a device. Take your time, get clear on your needs, and do your research before purchasing. We even recommend you look up the company website for the vaporizer you are looking at and to call them and ask questions whenever possible.
Taking all the steps will help ensure that you get a vaporizer that you will enjoy, that will help enhance your life and last you a long time.
Now we’d love to hear from you. Do you currently have a vaporizer and if so what are the qualities that you have found to be the most important to you. Let us now in the comments below. This way we can all learn from each other as a community.
Which vaporizer feature is most important to you?