Last updated on September 13th, 2018 at 09:19 pm
Using cannabis for medicinal purposes is something that has been done for over 4000 years during civilization. Cannabis has been used for many illnesses and diseases. This doesn’t mean it cures anything but it helps ease the pain. Patients with ulcers have a hard time eating and medical marijuana may help with that.
Many medical marijuana patients prefer to vaporize their herbs over smoking. This is simply for the fact that vaping doesn’t produce smoke, if done correctly. Smoke can irritate many medical marijuana patients who suffer from throat or chest illnesses. Even first time cannabis users should opt for a vape. Sometimes it can be intense and medical marijuana vaporizers give you more control of the process.
When people would use medical marijuana in ancient times, lot of times they would turn it into vapor by heating up rocks and placing the herbs on it. The idea is that vaping is safer for the lungs and leaves nothing but most the active ingredient in vapor form.
What are Medical Marijuana Vaporizers?
A vaporizer for medical marijuana patients are electronic or butane powered devices that heat up your herbs into vapor. When you burn your herbs by smoking, you produce extra toxins and carcinogens. Depending on your device, one can be more efficient than the other. Using the correct temperature that’s precise will give you the most efficient vapor.
Using a vaporizer is pretty easy but it has a learning curve. Making sure you don’t burn your herbs is the biggest issue you should avoid. Once you learn how to use it, with some trial and error you will know exactly to vaporize instead of burn your herbs.
Vaping marijuana involves heating the herb up to at least 350-390°F. This releases any active ingredients into vapor. Not all herbs vaporize at the same temperature so it may vary whether you are vaping lavender, tobacco or something else. The air will then travel from the herbal chamber to the mouthpiece. Some portable vaporizers have isolated air paths that travel to the mouthpiece. Desktop vaporizers heat the herb in the same manner but different from the air path of the vapor. Table top vapes use either balloon or a whip style hose attachment. Different set ups will allow for cooler vapor
This is another difference between smoking and vaporizing. When you vaporize, the vapor is a much cooler temperature so it does not hurt your throat or lungs as much as smoking would.
Typically, the average vape takes around 10 seconds – 60 seconds to heat up to the proper temperature. Digital vaporizers cut this time in half, so keep this in mind when deciding which vaporizer to buy.
As explained before, patients who prefer a vape over smoking usually have either respiratory, cardiac, throat or lung disease. If you fall into this category, you would be best off with a convection vaporizer. Convection vaporizers are true vapes that heat up the herbs to a specific temperature. Not all dry herbs vaporize at the same temperatures. Once you understand your vape and your herbs, you can easily get this down fairly quick. Convection vaporizers are easy to identify. Look down the chamber and make sure there is no flat rolled coil.
Benefits of Vaporizers for Marijuana Patients
The benefits of a medical marijuana vaporizer vary all over the place from not inhaling smoke to being discreet with your herbs.
Vapes don’t emit any smoke. Just like the name says, it’s purely vapor. If you turn the heat up too high, you can definitely combust your dry herbs into smoke. Not producing smoke is the main advantage to using these devices.
WIth no smoke in the process, your lungs will be much happier. Coughing can irritate you. If you do cough from vaping, you’re heating it up too high.
Vaporizers give you more control over your herbs from the amount of vapor you produced to the temperature you heat it up too and even how much you inhale.
Conserve Dry Herbs
There is no doubt that vaping conserves your dry herbs which leads to saving money. If you use a vape for the first time, you will definitely understand this. Smoking burns your medical cannabis and turns it into char almost immediately due to the heat. Vaping slowly turns the surface area into vapor. It also leaves your herbs light brown. You can still use your herbs which are called Already Vaped Bud (AVB).
Being able to be portable makes it hard to use your medicine. Having a vaporizer makes things much easier. Being able to use it without anyone batting an eye.
Convenience falls under discreetness because it makes it easier to use. A vape pen looks like a simple stationary pen on your desk. Other portable vapes can look like a walkie-talkie, inhaler or a travel mug.
Types of Herbal Vaporizers
Vaporizers are available in a plethora of different styles, functions, and sizes. As with any other major purchase, it’s safe to say that the more expensive the units are the better quality. Some of the cheaper ones are great for travel, but you should stick with a higher end unit if you plan on using the vaporizer daily. Not all high end vaporizers perform the same so its best to read reviews through out the King Pen Vapes Blog.
Portable vaporizers are the ones meant for traveling, putting it in your pocket or your backpack. Carry it with you and if the vape allows it, switch it from a dry herb vape to a wax vape pen. They can have good battery life at times depending on the size of the battery but some may die out quicker than needed and in need of a recharge. They usually operate by the click of a button which usually control the power of the battery and sometimes the temperature control settings.
Desktop vaporizers tend to be made of better quality with a lot of power behind them compared to portable herbal vaporizers. Expect the price on desktop vaporizers to range higher than the portable vapes but you can pick up Arizer V-Towers for about $129.95. They are usually more accurate in temperature control settings and can have a wider range. Desktop herbal vapes can also be used by filling up a bag full of vapor or just inhale the vapor through a whip or small tube as it vaporizes.
The average vaporizer holds around .1-.25 grams of ground up weed. Depending on your daily intake, that should last you at least a full 24 hours. You can also add unique flavors to your weed like you would with tobacco. This enhances the flavor and replaces the sometimes “mechanical” taste that they leave in your mouth.
How Much Should You Spend?
The price you pay would depend on what you’re looking for. However, we can tell you that the average device is around $60. They go up to $600 for the highest quality vaporizers on the market. Anywhere around $250 is what we recommend paying for a vaporizer.
How to Use A Medical Marijuana Vaporizer
- Fill the chamber with up with ground up herb.
- Tighten the chamber down.
- Turn the device on. Follow the instructions for proper temperature settings.
- Let the dry herbs heat up a bit, depending on the vaporizer.
- Take a hit from the unit and begin inhaling the vapor as you see fit.
- Unscrew the chamber and empty out your vaporized herbs.
Vaping marijuana produces a significantly stronger high, so use caution and follow the devices instructions to insure you are safely using your newfound toy.