What is a Vaporizer?
Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as “a device for converting water or a medicated liquid into a vapor for inhalation”. We just say that it is an electronic device that generates vapor from a therapeutic substance for inhalation.
The vaporizer or vape releases the active ingredients and healing components of the medical cannabis being used. The medical cannabis could be in the form of dry herb (flower) or concentrates (extracts) such as oil or wax.
Mechanically speaking, a vape heats the herbs or concentrates almost to the point of combustion. The material then releases its flavors and therapeutic effects. The efficiency of the extraction process is improved because there is no combustion. Since there is no combustion, no smoke is produced. The smoke free feature is important because it means that no potential carcinogens are being inhaled by the patient.
Smoke could be coarse to the throat and it also spoils the flavor of the cannabis. Vaporizing has the added benefit of providing a more enjoyable experience since the flavors are fresh and clean, and the inhalation much smoother.
Many vaporizers feature temperature settings. Temperature control is important because active ingredients may be lost using a too-high temperature.
Types of Vaporizers
There are two general categories of vaporizers: desktop vaporizers and portable vaporizers.
What are Desktop Vaporizers?
Desktop vaporizers are designed for at-home use. They are also known as table-top vaporizers. They are powerful and stationary. They produce more and higher quality vapor. The devices usually contain many different parts and are more expensive than portable vapes.
To use a desktop vaporizer, the user can inhale from a heat resistant balloon (filled with vapor) or from a whip (silicone tube).
What are Portable Vaporizers?
Portable vaporizers are hand-held and produced to be used on-the-go. They are also known as battery vapes. With the rapid technological advancements, right now some portable vaporizers can actually achieve high quality vapor like desktop vaporizers.
In general, portable vaporizers feature heating chambers made of high quality materials like quartz, stainless steel and ceramic. Vaporizers for concentrates usually have a flat, ceramic disc to vape waxes and oils or coil/rod atomizers.