|Posted by Michael Jacobs on March 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM|
Whether you smoke tobacco or you smoke cannabis, putting fire to your herbs releases all sorts of toxins. Combusting your tobacco or your cannabis isn’t exactly the best way to smoke it. There is a better way, use a dry herb vaporizer. While it can be used to vaporize any kind of herb, dry herb vaporizers are most often used for cannabis. This has led to dry herb vaporizers being referred to as ‘weed vaporizers.’
Why use one instead of smoking? For starters, you are losing a majority of the THC that you want. Poof! It goes, literally, up in smoke. What you are inhaling are unnecessary toxins. As much as 88% of combusted smoke consists of non-cannabinoids. Which means you need more weed to get the amount of THC you crave.
By vaporizing, you are inhaling 95% cannabinoids, a significant difference! This means that it is ninety-five percent smoke and carcinogen free. You need less cannabis to achieve the same feeling you get than you will need if you combust your marijuana.
Convection vs. Conduction
Dry herb vaporizers come in two varieties: convection heat and conduction heat. In the simplest terms, convection passes warm air around an item to heat it up while conduction requires that a heating element touches the item needing to be heated.
What is a convection Vaporizer?
Convection heat allows for the most precise temperature control. Convection herbal vaporizers help to avoid the combustion of your cannabis. Remember, combustion means less THC in the vapor you inhale. Also, convection vaporizers tend to last longer because nothing is coming into contact with the heating element.
What are Conduction Vaporizers?
Conduction vaporizers were more common in the early days of vaporizers. However, combustion was a common result of conduction. Today, conduction vaporizers have a bit more temperature control. The herb or wax to be heated is placed on a small screen, which is then warmed to a certain temperature. Vaporization is fast and potent. However, the product being vaporized can melt into the screen, requiring it to be cleaned or replaced often.
Deciding between the two might come down to purely personal preference. Some people prefer the quick heating of conduction vaporizers while others prefer the slower, and less apt to combust convection vaporizer.
Conduction Vaporizers for Starters
Pax 3 - $274.99 – From the people who brought you the original Pax portable vaporizer, the Pax 3 is compatible with both dry herbs and concentrates. Twice as strong as the Pax 2, it is 25% smaller and 10% lighter than the original.
DaVinci Ascent - $$249.99 – Like the Pax 3, the DaVinci Ascent is compatible with leaves, waxes, and oils. It is sleek and compact, with a digital temperature control system.
Magic Flight Launch Box - $119.00 – A portable wooden vaporizer that employs conduction heating. Available in your choice of walnut, cherry, and maple woods.
Top Convection Vaporizers for Beginners
Wulf Vape Classic - $74.99 – This is a portable aromatherapy unit that promises single hand use. It has three temperature settings, a Lithium-ion recharging battery, automatic shut-off, and direct inhalation.
PUFFiT X Vaporizer - $169.99 – Discreet in that it looks like an asthma inhaler. It uses forced air makes vaporization easier and more consistent. The downside is that the fan in the forced air system can be a little loud.
GPen Elite - $149.95 – A deep, sizable herb chamber meets complete temperature control and LED screen display. Chamber is ceramic and the unit takes only 30 seconds to heat up.
Get the Right Vaporizer for your Tastes
When shopping for your vaporizer, make sure to check out whether it is for dry herb, concentrates, or oils. Some vaporizers are only meant for one or the other. Some will come with various attachments that allow for all three to be vaporized. A good shop employee at a brick-and-mortar store should be able to tell you if the device you want to buy is for dry herb, concentrates, oils, or all three.
Whether you choose to use convection or conduction, vaporization is the future of medical marijuana delivery, especially for people who don’t want to mess with oils, waxes, or THC-infused e-juices. These portable vaporizers provide discretion while also delivering powerful, consistent vapor. Available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and types, portable vaporizers are at the forefront of today’s medical marijuana market.