How to Use a Vaporizer Properly

Did you know over 40,000,000 Americans now smoke marijuana? With the drug becoming more legal and widely available, it’s reaching new levels of popularity. This means that people are becoming more interested in different ways to smoke the plant.

One method of consuming cannabis that is gaining traction is vaporizing.  It is a far more efficient method of getting the Cannabinoid Oils you want (like THC, CBD and the terpenes) without the combustion (smoking) of the plant material that you don't want.  Where smoking a joint can lead to a sore throat and inhalation of the carcinogens associated with burning the plant. Vaporizing is still a great way to share with friends and in the age of COVID, just be sure you clean or swap the mouthpiece before passing it around.  As an added bonus after vaping you can get even more out of your cannabis using the Already Been Vaped (ABV) Bud to make edibles. 

If you’re wondering how to use a vaporizer, then don’t worry. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this new method. Let’s get started!

What is a Vaporizer?

Before we begin, it’s important that we first understand some basic definitions. A vaporizer is a device used to heat cannabis — either in the form of oil, concentrates, or dried herbs. As its name suggests, a vaporizer vaporizes the oils in the cannabis instead of burning the plant matter. 

It achieves this by heating the substance up to the boiling point of the cannabinoids.  You can heat it at different temperatures to get different flavors and adjust the cloud they produce.  Typically at lower temperatures you get more flavor and higher temps create bigger clouds.  Vaporizers can be desktop or highly portable. The smell they produce usually isn’t as concentrated as traditional smoking.

There are three main types of vaporizers: concentrate models, dry models and oil models. A dry vaporizer heats the marijuana one of two ways: conduction and convection.

Conduction vaporizers heat up the weed itself, where convection heats the air around cannabis and the hot air is drawn through the weed. 

Concentrate vaporizers typically have a heating elements like coils, or ceramic that you drop the concentrates on to and they're heated to the point of vaporization.

Finally, there are oil vaporizers which heat oil with an atomizer. The industry has shifted largely to ceramic heating elements and one the oil is atomized, it can be inhaled.

Some vapes can handle multiple forms of cannabis.  Often through inserts, or swapping of parts.  In the Furna Vape, we have swappable ovens that allow you to pre-load concentrate or Dry herb without fussy inserts or dealing with hot parts.  

What Are the Benefits of Using a Vaporizer?

Many people believe that dry vaporizers are healthier than traditional smoking. Why? It all comes down to what you're inhaling. The vapor you inhale doesn't contain the carcinogenic properties of regular smoke.

Indeed, many research studies seem to back this claim. One such study analyzed the effectiveness of vaporizers at removing toxins from the cannabinoid delivery system.

It found that inhaling vapor is just as effective as traditional smoking in terms of THC uptake. However, the real benefit is that it delivers this THC without any of the respiratory disadvantages associated with smoking cannabis.

You can also control the amount you receive. This is ideal for new users who don’t want a large hit. Many users also like vaporizers for their efficiency compared to traditional smoking burns off a lot of the oils instead of being inhaled.

Vapes, on the other hand, extract far more cannabinoids. As such, you can save a lot of money by getting the most out of your bud. What’s more, the flavor components that come through the vapor are much richer than smoke.

Because of this, you get a more of a distinct taste than you would with a normal bowl. No need to carry a lighter, bag and smoking piece — all of it is contained in the vape. 

What Are the Different Parts and Features?

Each vaporizer will have a central heating chamber. Many people refer to this part as the oven. It holds the cannabis and heats it into vapor. The size of the heating chamber will vary from model to model.

Some models use convection heating to warm up the air around the cannabis where others use conduction to heat the cannabis itself. The power supply on the vaporizer is responsible for heating the chamber. It’s usually powered by a rechargeable battery for most portable vaporizers. 

The mouthpiece is where you pull the vapor from. Most vaporizers also come with temperature control. This allows you to select a temperature for heating whatever substance you put into it.

How to Use a Vaporizer

The first thing you need to do when using a vaporizer is to prepare your cannabis. If you’re using dried weed, then this means grinding it. Coarsely grind the flower until it forms coarse granules.

Don’t grind it too much or it will turn powdery and burn. If you’re using a concentrate product, like hash, then crumble it into small bits. Now, load the chamber of your vaporizer with the cannabis.

Different sized chambers can hold different amounts of weed. As such, you should check your product to see how much. However, it’s important to only fill it up to three-quarters of the way.

You want to pack the weed tightly to ensure a concentrated hit. However, make sure not to pack it too tightly or it won’t pull. Once the weed is in place, then it’s time to heat the chamber. 

Heat up the temperature of the internal chamber until it's between 160 and 180 degrees Celsius. This is the temperature that cannabis vaporizes at. Once the weed is heated, you can take a hit.

Use strong and concentrated breaths to pull the vapor. However, you do not need to hold the vapor in your lungs. The transfer of the cannabinoids from the vapor into your lungs happens in milliseconds. 

Want Quality Vaporizers? Shop at Furna

We hope this article helped teach you the basics of how to use a vaporizer. There’s a lot to love about smoking high-quality vaporizers. For one thing, they’re easy to use and gentle on the lungs.

The Furna vaporizer comes with everything you need for packing, cleaning, and using on the go.  It comes with 2 dry herb ovens, A funnel, brush and multitool for packing and cleaning, and swappable nibs to help identify your ovens. 

Like concentrates? Check out the concentrate ovens (sold separately). No more weird inserts. Need convincing? Check them out today and let the product speak for itself.

 

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