A dry herb vaporizer is the stuff ancient cannabis connoisseurs could only dream of having.
Debuting in the market in its hand-held form in 2008, the smoke-as-you-go tech has come along way from being a butane only, DIY, potentially hand exploding device.
Thanks to Silicon Valley startups and an ex-Apple product developer, not a typo, the technology behind vaporizers are receiving periodic facelifts that rival the products of today’s most swift tech companies.
Heating chambers? How about 3 of them in one.
Preset-heating temperatures? 6 seems reasonable.
Who has one? Almost every smoking enthusiast you can imagine. Cannabis or not.
And for a cannabis accessory market that’s projected to be valued at 25-30 billion by 2030, why not invest a little, or a lot, in giving cannabis fanatics the best experience possible?
We’re definitely not complaining.
As for the Herb Approach media team, we’re in a similar trajectory, because providing our audience with the best informative experience possible is our main goal.
So, in carrying along that tradition, we bring you 3 things to look for when buying a dry herb vaporizer.
But first, why vape in the first place?
With legalization, health issues around traditional ways of smoking – such as through joints, blunts, bongs, and pipes – continue to be the center for much frictional dialogue.
Why? Well, as accessible and cost-effective as they are, every one of them applies the process of combustion to turn THC, CBD and terpenes into thick inhalable smoke. This method proves to be the most harmful way of inhaling cannabis, as carbon monoxide, ammonia and a plethora of other harmful carcinogens are released into our respiratory system.
Vaping on the other hand, doesn’t use combustion.
Instead, it applies convection or conduction – which is explained below – to heat dry herbs into inhalable-friendly vapor, rather than toxic smoke. Cannabis vapor proves to be the healthiest way users can receive the plant’s many valuable compounds without the plethora of carcinogens, which are produced from inhaling burnt plant matter and rolling papers.
It’s no wonder why dry herb vaporizers continue to play a critical role in the medical field for patients seeking pain and anti-inflammatory relief.
So, being that it’s here to stay, the challenge of choosing the right one arises. To ease the process, here are 3 important factors to look for when buying a dry herb vaporizer.
When it comes to dry herb vaporizers, portability is about more than just device size.
Although, portability implies the feature of having it conveniently fit in the palm of your hand, your purse, pocket or trendy satchel (a value not to be overlooked); portability also refers to discreteness. That is, the discreteness of cannabis smell.
So, for true portability, a dry herb vaporizer must be conveniently sized and must be able to disguise trademark cannabis odors and combustion smells.
Thus, leading to the next important factor – a dry herb vaporizer’s heating method.
Remember the terms conduction and convection, the two heating methods involved in turning cannabis into vapor?
Well, when trying to select the right dry herb vaporizer, choosing between a conduction or convection heating type can be an issue. So, here are the differences:
Conduction Dry Herb Vaporizers
First, conduction vapes rely solely on the transfer of heat through direct contact, sort of like how a stove or bonfire acts when melting traditional camping style marshmallows.
For herbs that are placed in the heating chambers of conduction vapes, they evaporate within seconds, turning cannabinoids and terpenes into lung-friendly vapor. Such a process is also called a motionless transfer of heat.
Furthermore, conduction vapes typically stand out by having open flame heating plates that come with butane and battery powered heating chambers. They also stand out for heating herbs at a faster rate over convection vapes, making for a more instant consumption experience.
One important drawback for conduction vapes however, is the higher likelihood that herbs will be heated through combustion.
Convection Dry Herb Vaporizers
As for convection, this method depends on liquid or gas, such as steam, to facilitate the movement of heat. In a cannabis scenario, convection vapes heat up herbs by circulating hot air through and around it. Thus, heat energy is transferred through liquid, which then turns herbs into inhalable, carcinogenic-free vapor.
Although convection takes more time to heat herbs, there is no chance combustion will take place, like in the case of its counterpart. Something not to be taken lightly.
In addition, convection vapes allow for more accurate temperature controls, providing consumers with more preferences, and overall, a more controlled experience. As such, convection vapes are far more popular among cautious cannabis users.
Lastly, because of easier optimal temperature controls and balanced heating, convection vapes can allow for buds to last for longer durations, making every one of those last nuggets pack an uplifting and savory punch. However, they fall behind in one department – cost
Overall, portable dry herb vaporizers are priced reasonably in today’s current market. What you pay is truly what you get.
For instance, convection vaporizers – the type that allows for better quality vape experiences – are priced higher than conduction vapes. However, this isn’t to suggest that convection vaporizers are better, because it all boils down to personal preference. Some consumers may enjoy a faster heating process, thus preferring conduction vapes, while others may enjoy the vapor taste produced only by convection.
However, it should be noted that conduction vaporizers were first seen on the market and tend to be less expensive than convection vaporizers.
So, for those just starting their transition from traditional forms of smoking to modern day vaporizing, it may be wiser to try conduction vapes first, given the cheaper price. This way you can test and experiment if vaping is for you, instead of being fully committed from the start, and splurging on a high-end convection vape.