Vaping Vs Smoking Weed: Why Vaping Cannabis Is Better

Vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as cannabis consumers look for alternatives to old school joints, bongs, and blunts.
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In recent years, vaporizing cannabis has become an increasingly popular consumption method. Cannabis consumers of every denomination are forgoing joints and bongs for the convenience, benefits and the cutting-edge technology of vaporizers. In this article, we will discuss why cannabis consumers are increasingly choosing vaporizers to enjoy their favorite strains.

What is Vaping?

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Vaporization is the process of heating cannabis without complete combustion. This means that cannabis is heated to the point where the active cannabinoids and terpenes are released without the actual herb igniting.

The first cannabis vaporizer was conceptualized by “Eagle” Bill Amato in the 1990s. His design was simple; two tubes that fed into a glass globe. Amato’s prototype worked by using pushing heated air through a tube filled with cannabis into the glass chamber. Bill was the first person on the planet to inhale cannabinoids without burning cannabis. In 1996, German Designer Markus Storz brought vaporizers to the masses when he created the Volcano, a desktop vaporizer that has effectively become a standard of quality.

Today, innovative companies like Planet of The Vapes are helping cannabis consumers personalize their cannabis experiences by curating the best vaporization devices on the planet.

Vaporizers vs Vape Pens

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If you have ever stepped foot inside a dispensary, you know that vape pens are an emerging consumption method on the legal cannabis market. However, it is important to understand that there are some key differences between vape pens and vaporizers. Vaporizers are designed to allow consumers the ability to adjust temperatures and to customize their experience by allowing multiple strains to be used in the same device on different occasions. Many vaporizers even allow consumers the ability to enjoy both dry herbs and concentrates using the same device. On the other hand, vape pens are specifically designed for distillates and cannabis concentrates. While vaporizers come in a variety of sizes and shapes, vape pens get their name from their uniform design similar to the shape of a pen.

One of the major differences is that vape pens use vape cartridges. These vape cartridges are filled with oil or distillate and contain set amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes. While vape pens do often offer cartridges in a range of strains, vape pens limit cannabis consumers from receiving the benefits of whole-plant cannabis known as the Entourage Effect.  Furthermore, vape cartridges can contain cutting agents similar to those used in e-cigarettes such as vegetable glycerin.

The Benefits of Vaporization: Lower Carcinogens

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Many cannabis consumers find that smoking can irritate their mouth, lungs and throat. Furthermore, many medical cannabis patients avoid smoke inhalation completely to reduce the risk of consuming potentially harmful compounds.  

While scientists have not proven that consuming cannabis leads to severe respiratory illnesses like cancer, there is increasing concern around inhaling the byproducts of smoking like tar and carcinogens. Using several cannabis samples from NIDA, a scientific study showed that hundreds of compounds are released when cannabis is burned.

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD can offer a variety of wellness benefits including reducing inflammation, pain relief, and anxiety, however, the inhalation of smoke can produce undesirable or uncomfortable effects for those prone to respiratory issues.

Traditionally this has put consumers in a precarious position. Inhaling cannabis delivers the fastest onset of relief, but smoking also subjects consumers to toxins that can create lung problems. However, recent innovations in vaporization have solved this issue. Studies have shown that vaporizing cannabis resulted in significantly less respiratory effects.

This is because vaporizing heats cannabis to the point where consumers can enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids, without the toxins or the high levels of carbon monoxide that smoke produces.

Low Temperatures and Increased Cannabinoid Efficiency

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When cannabis is burned, a significant amount of cannabinoids are destroyed in the process. This means that when cannabis consumers light a joint, they are effectively watching the amazing strains they have invested in dissipate into the air.

Rather than combusting cannabis completely, vaporization works by using low temperatures to release fatty cannabis resins. This ensures that cannabinoids are preserved during consumption and that the maximum amount of THC and CBD are absorbed by the human body. The increased cannabinoid efficiency of vaporizers results in stronger effects with less cannabis. This effectively means that in proper dosages, vaporizers can save cannabis consumers money and time.

Companies like Planet of The Vapes, offer a large selection of vaporizers aimed at creating convenient, enjoyable and predictable cannabis experiences. By testing the most popular portable and desktop vaporizers on the market, Planet of the Vapes helps empowers consumers to save money, and take control of their cannabis intake.

What Is The Best Temperature For Cannabis Vaporizers?

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The vast majority of vaporizers on the market have customizable temperature settings that allow consumers to adjust the quality of their vapor. While vaporizer temperature is largely a choice of personal taste, temperature can have effects on the flavor, vapor thickness and cannabinoid efficiency. So what is the best temperature to begin with? A study on vaporization temperature found that 200 degrees Celsius and 230 degrees Celsius resulted in the greatest cannabinoid efficiency and the least amount of byproducts being released.

Increased Flavor

One of the greatest things about inhaling cannabis is the intense variety of flavors and aromas that you get to experience. Some strains have the wonderful taste of tropical fruit. Others have aromas that are spicy and earthy.  Cannabis strains get their unique aroma and flavor profiles from chemicals found in the resin glands of cannabis plants known as terpenes.  

While smoking can actually dull taste buds overtime, vaporization allows cannabis consumers to access the full potential of terpenes. A study found that when compared to smoking, vaporizers resulted in better flavor experiences. Terpenes have varying boiling points, so vaporizers allow you to customize your experience and access a diverse set of flavors and scents.

Buying A Vaporizer

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According to experts at Planet Of The Vapes, there isn’t really such a thing as the “best vaporizer”. However, there is a vaporizer that will best serve a person based on their preferences. Vaporizers come in a wide variety of designs, with customizable settings, so before buying a vaporizer it is important to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Does the vaporizer need to be easy to use?
  2. Do you like a large LCD display to adjust temperature settings?
  3. Are you looking for the convenience of a portable vaporizer or the added features of a desktop vaporizer?
  4. How important is battery life for you? Battery life can vary depending on temperature, average session time and dosage.
  5. Would you prefer replaceable batteries or built-in internal batteries?
  6. Are you planning to use your vaporizer for flower, concentrates or both?

For more help finding the best vaporizer for you, check out this 2019 Vaporizer Buyers Guide.

May 10, 2019 — Last Updated August 06, 2019
Written by Tyler Fyfe

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