What is vaporising?
Vaporizing is slang for vaporizing essential oil to inhale. For example the oil from the glands of a female cannabis plant but also nicotine and essential oil from other plant material. The vaporizing method is not new. As a matter of fact smoking a cigarette or joint works on the same principle. The glowing point produces heat that will vaporize the oil, the air stream fortifies the process. The main disadvantage of smoking is that, through combustion (burning it) also toxic fumes, carbon monoxide , nicotine and tar are inhaled. With the known consequences. The vaporizing system does not have these disadvantages.
What is a Vaporizer?
A vaporizer is different from other smoking devices. Your herb is gently heated to the pointwhere active ingredients are vaporized and released but never reaches combustion temperature. needed is a thermic source, an instrument which produces a temperature of 180 to 300 oC. This set will heat the oil, vaporize it and cool, filter and store the vapor. How does a vaporizer function? Like told before, the vaporizing method in not new. Special about this vaporising is that the cannabis is not burnt, but heated between 180 and 300 oC. Cannabis is put in a tubular holder with a suspended steel screen in it. Then a heated air stream is forced over the cannabis into the resevoir. The cannabis will not get burnt, but the glands will burst and the oil will vaporize (from liquid to vapor).
How does it work?
Animation of the THC-oxidation process The result is a smokeless vapor, which can be very aromatic. During the process oxidation take place; the vapor cools down in the bottle and can be inhaled without any problem. The flavour of the cannabis will be explicit and is very tasteful and mild. Two or three puffs will be enough. The longer you hold it in after inhaling, the 'higher' you'll get. The cannabis left in the end will be stil lgreen, but has no potential anymore. I like to emphasis that finding the best dosage is very important. Know what you are doing. Nobody ever died of cannabis, but it's good to be careful with (soft) drugs. In case you had to much: Relax, don't panic, drink some water with sugar (dextrose), get fresh air - don't lie down but sit, if you need to. Eating also counters the effect of cannabis.
Is vaporizing more healthy than smoking?
This is yet to be fully decided and there are no claims anyone can make that vaporization is more healthy than smoking. There has been a MAPS Vaporization study however that has shown that Vaporizers Reduce Toxins in Marijuana smoke. Also if you ask any vaporizer user they will tell you that they caugh up less phlegm and generally feel it is better on the throat and lungs.
What types of Vaporizers exist
All vaporizers operate on the same general principles, however there are some differences in how the herbs are heated and the way in which the vapor is delivered to the lungs.
- Indirect Heating - This is the method that the Vapor Brothers and Vapor Doc both employ. With indirect heating the herbs themselves are not heated directly, ie they never touch a heating element. Instead glass is heated and then air is drawn over the glass to heat the air, this air then passes over the herbs heating them very rapidly and allowing them to release their essential elements. Indirect heating produces the very best vapor flavor possible.
- Direct Heating - This is the method that the "dome" vaporizers use and some others on the market. With direct heating the herbs are placed on a metal plate and this plate is heated until the herbs begin to release their essential elements. This method works fine, however the taste created by this method is not nearly as nice as with the indirect heating, also having metal touching your herbs directly can sometimes cause them to burn, or create undesired flavors.
- Direct Lung Delivery - This is the method that the Vapor Brothers and Vapor Doc both use. In the direct delivery method the vapor is delivered to your lungs as soon as it is created, in fact with these two models you are actually creating the vapor as you draw the air. This method provides instant deliver for the freshest and best tasting vapor possible. This method also has the benefit of creating vapor hits that are as large as you can handle. As long as you can draw air over the herbs and there are herbs left to vaporize you can continue to get a hit.
- Stored Vapor Delivery - This is the method that the "dome" vaporizers and the Volcano with it's balloon employ. In this method the vapor is created by the machine and captured in a glass dome or plastic bag for later inhalation. This method works fine and many people like it, however it does not always produce hits as large as the user would like and also has the drawback of having the vapor sitting around in a bag or dome possibly getting stale.