What Is The Difference Between Vaping and Vaporizers?

According to one recent study conducted by the World Health Organization, the number of vapors worldwide is increasing rapidly. In 2011, for example, about seven million people across the globe enjoyed the hobby. Flash forward just a few years to 2018, and that number had climbed to an incredible 41 million. In fact, a market research groups estimates that the number of adults who use vaporizers will reach 55 million by as soon as 2021 - making this one impressive trend that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

But at the same time, there are still a lot of misconceptions about just what vaping is and, more importantly, what it isn't. Why has this trend taken such a foothold over the last few years in particular, and what does it have to offer that traditional smoking does not? The answers to these questions are thankfully quite straightforward - they just require you to keep a few key things in mind.

What is Vaping?

At its core, vaping is the process of inhaling a vapor (hence the name) created by heating, not burning, herbs, oils, or tobacco.  

There are many different types of products that fit into the general term vaporizer and each has its own unique benefits and draw backs. Oil tends to act faster, and is very convenient.  Oils can come in flavors or pure THC / CBD distillates, and even Nicotine.  If you're exploring oil, only buy premium oil from known producers.  Dry Herb vaporizers come in a huge range of sizes and shapes and produce less oder than smoking.  They typically portable if not pocketable and are more efficient, getting the most our of your herb. Desktop vaporizers give great performance, and are probably the best for sharing. 

Generally speaking, your average dry herb vaporizer is easy to operate. Most vaporizers in North America require some kind of child lock to activate them ranging from 5 button presses in 2 seconds, to holding 2 buttons.  The Furna Vape comes with 2 ways to active it.  5 button presses, or pressing the side and bottom button at the same time.  Regardless, all you need to do is load up your herbs or other materials, warm up the vape and enjoy.

With dry herbs, you're not actually vaporizing the plant matter. You're really vaporizing the oils and liquids in the dry herbs - in some cases activating them - and then inhaling them without combustion of any kind.

The main benefit here is that it reduces the type of throat irritation that is common with other types of smoking, and it also eliminates a lot of the toxins that are usually created through the combustion process.

The Major Benefits of Vaping and Vaporizers

As stated, the number one benefit of vaping as opposed to a more traditional form of smoking is that the former is far safer than the latter, relatively speaking. According to the Royal College of Physicians, vaping is at least 95% safer than regular smoking in many cases according to a comprehensive study.

Many former smokers have found that vaping dry herb is more efficient, and has far few negative impacts.  Vaping allows you to enjoy the complexity of the terpenes in many different dry herbs you can explore. Check out our not nearly exhaustive list of things you can vaporize here. 

Something most people don't consider, but in order to get the most out of your herb, let the vape sit at temperature for a few seconds before you take your first draw.  Letting the herb "Soak" in the heat will give you the best first draw. 

Another one of the major things that people love about vaping is that they actually have far greater control over their vapor output than they otherwise would. Smaller vaping devices are not only designed for maximum convenience and portability, but they're intended for situations with low vapor output as well. More often than not, even a modest vaping device will allow users to adjust factors like the power output and airflow - thus allowing them to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies without actually inconveniencing anyone in the immediate area.

The Different Kinds of Vaporizers: Breaking Things Down

As stated, there are many different types of vaporizers on the market for someone to choose from depending on their preferences. One of the most popular is the aforementioned dry herb vaporizers, which heats up the ingredients using a heating chamber made of ceramic or quartz, most commonly through the processes of either conduction or convention.

Conduction is when the dry herb or other ingredient in question is heated up directly, then inhaled in the form of a vapor. Convection is when hot air is circulated around and through the ingredient, which itself is then inhaled in the form of a vapor. Most people prefer the convection method because it eliminates the potential safety risks associated with conduction.

Another one of the most common types of vaporizers on the market today are e-liquid vapes, which consist of a rechargeable battery, and an atomizer. The battery provides power to the atomizer, which then heats up the juice inside and turns it into a vapor to be inhaled by the user.

Also available are forced air vapes, which have a fan that circulates hot air through the herbs in question that is then collected into a specific type of bag. The vapor is then inhaled using the bag instead of the device itself. Whip-style vaporizers are similar, and are very familiar to anyone who has ever smoked using a hookah. A heating element is used to heat up the dry or wet materials and the vapor is inhaled using a whip with a mouthpiece attached to one end.

In the end, it's easy to see why vaping has become so popular in such a short amount of time - it really is an easier alternative to smoking that allows people to enjoy everything they love about that experience with as few of the potential downsides as possible. 

But for many people, it's certainly a safer alternative to smoking and it's a far more convenient one, too. When you consider how popular the industry itself has become over the last five years, it's truly exciting to think about what the next five may have in store for us all.