What to know Vaporizers

The popularity of vaping cannabis is increasing every day. And for good reasons. Vaping cannabis is associated with high potency, whereby it allows consumers to extract much more THC and cannabinoids from a given amount of cannabis. The health aspects of inhaling vapor rather than smoke also play a role in attracting consumers to vaping. Additionally, the convenience and discrete nature of vaping do help increase its popularity.

With the increased vaping popularity, the market is awash with vaping options, which can be confusing for many consumers. In fact, few consumers understand how vaping works.

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The process of vaping is quite simple. It involves heating the cannabis concentrate or flower to a temperature that converts the desirable terpenes and cannabinoids into vapor. Vaporization of the desired compounds occurs at a lower temperature compared to combustion. As such, consumers get to inhale more of the THC and other cannabinoids and less of the carcinogenic and harmful tar present in the smoke.

Consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to methods of vaporizing cannabis. There are three main types of vaporizers:

  • Tabletop vaporizers (dab rigs or flowers)
  • Vape pens, and
  • Portable vaporizers.

Continue reading to learn more about vaping cannabis.

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Using A Tabletop Vape

As the name suggests, tabletop vaporizers are stationary vaping devices designed to place on a table (or any other stable surface). While there are various tabletop vaporizers, being a temperature control device, they all have a heating chamber, temperature control unit, a heating element, and a mouthpiece. So, how do you use a tabletop vape?

#1. Always Read The Manual – While you might be eager to hit your first vape, understanding the specific steps of operating your tabletop vape is essential to enjoying your weed. Additionally, appropriate use of your device will ensure your device lasts long.

#2. Plug-In The Tabletop Vape Device And Turn It On – Allow the vape to heat up to temperature as you prepare to use it.

the Arizer Extreme Q Tabletop Vaporizer
the volcano classic vaporizer

#3. Prepare Your Cannabis – Grind the cannabis flower thoroughly. Load the ground cannabis into your heating chamber/oven. The heating chamber is where flowers are heated to produce vapor that you’ll inhale. The heating chamber’s shape, size, and location will vary across tabletop vapes. The vast majority of devices will accommodate about ¼-1/2 gram of finely ground cannabis. That being said, never overpack your heating chamber. Doing so will affect airflow. Seal the oven securely.

#4. Set Your Desired Temperature – If your vape allows you to set temperature, you can do so. The ideal vaping temperature range is 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

#5. Take A Hit – Inhale from the mouthpiece to consume your cannabis. When the tabletop vape is working, you’ll notice the cannabis vapor and taste as you exhale the vapor. For the best experience, take long inhales.

#6. Reload The Heating Chamber – As you continue to vape, the vapor will extract more and more of the cannabinoids, gradually changing the flower’s color from green to brown. Notably, the tabletop vapes will not combust the flower similarly to smoking. The only indication you need to reload the heating chamber is the vapor thinning and losing flavor.

#7. Cleaning Your Vape – Every time you finish vaping, discard any cannabis materials. Ensure you clean your vape regularly. After 10 or 20 sessions, deep clean your vape to keep it in mint working condition. Your manual should have a guide on cleaning your vape.

#8. Burnoff Sessions – as an option to regular cleaning, you can perform burnoff sessions. This is where you burn away the leftover cannabis materials. Set the vape to the highest temperature while the heating chamber is empty. Let the vape stay at the highest temperature for 5 to 10 minutes, burning off any residue in the chamber.

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Using A Portable Vape To Consumer Flower

Portable vapes are miniaturized tabletop vapes. They operate as tabletop vapes do, but they’re more discrete. They have a heating chamber, heating element, and a battery to power the device. Most flower vapes will also include a variable temperature control function, usually operated by a small dial or button. Learn more about how to vaporize flowers using a portable vape:

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#1. Read The Manual – It’s standard to learn how to use your device. This knowledge will maximize your enjoyment and ensure your pen lasts long.

#2. Only Use A Fully Charge Vape Pen – Most vape pens come with a USB charger and charging cable. However, some use removable batteries or proprietary chargers. Turn your fully charged vape pen on and allow it to heat up.

#3. Prepare Your Cannabis – Grind your cannabis flowers and load your heating chamber. Do not overpack. Leave ample room for airflow. Close the vape pen tightly.

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#4. Set The Vaping Temperature – Set the desired temperature if your vape pen allows you to control temperature. If it’s working, you’ll notice the cannabis vapor and taste the cannabinoids when exhaling. Enjoy your cannabinoids by taking long, slow inhales.

#5. Reload The Heating Chamber – As you vape, you will extract the cannabinoids in the weed, turning the flower brown. When the vapor loses flavor and becomes thin, it’s time to reload cannabis.

Discard the used herbs and clean the vape pen. Read your manual on how to keep your device working in mint working condition.

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Using A Portable Vape To Consume Concentrates

the Arizer ArGo Portable Vaporizer

Some portable vapes can only burn flowers. However, some portable vape pens use cannabis oils or concentrate. Others still use both. Learn more about using vape pens with favorite concentrates.

#1. Read The Manual – Get a solid understanding of how to use your portable vape pen.

#2. Charge Your Vape Pen And Turn It On – Your portable vape pen will most likely come with a USB charger and charging cable. However, it might also come with a removable battery or proprietary charger.

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#3. Load The Heating Chamber – Load an appropriate amount of concentrate into your chamber using a dabber. Never use your hands.

#4. Set The Temperature – If your vape has a temperature control feature, set your preferred temperature. The temperature should be between 350 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit for concentrates.

#5. Inhale The Vapor – Once the vape pen is up to temperature and loaded with concentrate, take hits by inhaling through the mouthpiece. Take long, slow draws to achieve a steady burn and even concentrate vaporization.

#6. Clean Your Device – You should clean your vape pen to ensure it works as designed. After 10 to 20 sessions, clean your vape as directed by the manual.

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USING A VAPE PEN

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Vape pens come in two varieties:

– Vape pens with rechargeable batteries with cannabis-oil-filled, and

– Disposable vapes that have an all-in-one battery vape you throw away once you deplete the oil.

#1. Read The Manual – Get a solid understanding of how to use your portable vape pen.

#2. Charge Your Vape Pen And Turn It On – Your portable vape pen will most likely come with a USB charger and charging cable. However, it might also come with a removable battery or proprietary charger.

#3. Load The Heating Chamber – Load an appropriate amount of concentrate into your chamber using a dabber. Never use your hands.

#4. You’ll notice your vape pen is running low on concentrate or oil when the vapor starts to thin and lose flavor. The vapor may also start to taste burnt or harsher. In some low-quality pens, the battery may damage the heating coil, causing excessive usage and degradation of the cannabis.

#5. Once you’ve used up all the cannabis oil for disposable pens, simply discard it.

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