Pen-style vaporizers have been around since Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik first created the e – cigarette in 2003. Originally intended for tobacco use, vape pens have become all the rage in the marijuana industry. And for good reason, vapes are stealthier and healthier than smoking weed. They are also portable and very easy to use.
If you’ve considered purchasing a vape pen, but aren’t exactly sure where to start then this is a good read for you. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
What is a Vape Pen?
A vaporizer pen is a hand-held, portable device used for inhaling nicotine, cannabis concentrate (wax, oil, dab), dry herb, or flavored oil vapor. Vapes are portable, battery powered, and usually pen shaped, hence the name “vape pen”.
How Do Vape Pens work?
Vape pens are made up of three basic parts; a mouthpiece, an atomizer (heating element), and rechargeable battery.There are a variety of portable vaporizers on the market today, but they all basically work the same. To use a vape pen, assuming that you are interested in vaporizing cannabis concentrates or dabs, you simply place your wax or oil in the chamber which connects to the atomizer, then press a button to start the heating process. The heating element heats up between 350-400 degrees just before the point of combustion, creating a vapor, which can then be inhaled.
Vaping is a Healthy Alternative to Smoking
What makes vaporizing so much healthier compared to smoking has a lot to do with the level of heat involved. For example, when you smoke a joint, you are directly igniting your weed with an open flame, which can get as hot as 1000 degrees. This process is called combustion. Combusting (burning) marijuana produces carcinogens. Also, smoke is just dirty, and is essentially soot which can irritate your lungs and cause shortness of breath, coughing and asthma. On the other hand, vaporizers use a process called conduction heating. Conduction is an indirect way of heating your cannabis concentrate, allowing your concentrate to become vapor rather than smoke. Vapor is a much cleaner than smoke, and has virtually none of the toxic compounds, carcinogens, and carbon monoxide associated with smoking weed.
Types of Vape Pens on the Market
There is an ever expanding variety of vape pens on the market these days that can be categorized into three basic types depending on the product used. These are wax, oil and dry herb pens. There are also pens that can be used with a combination of products, such as wax/oil, or dry herb/wax/oil. Vape pens range in price from around $20 to $300.
Wax pens – This type of vape pen is designed for use with “wax”, which is a concentrated extract of cannabis. Wax vape pens usually have a small chamber with a screen, which protects the wax from direct contact with the heating element.
Oil Pens – Similar to an e-cig these pens use a liquid chamber which can be filled with hash oil prepared at home. They can also be used with purchased cartridges that are pre-filled.
Dry Herb Vaporizer – This style of vape pen uses a heating coil which is specifically designed for dry cannabis flowers. Some dry herb vapes use what’s called a glass dome atomizer, which is great for vaporizing hash or BHO.
So, now that you’ve got the scoop on vape pens, stay tuned to Daily Dabs for more info on vaporizers, vaping, and anything dab related.
If you’re looking for a great selection of vapes be sure to check these out!