What Is The Difference Between Vaping and Vaporizers?

According to a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization, the number of vapers worldwide is increasing rapidly. In 2011, only 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 group 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 vaping. Why has this trend achieved such a foothold over the last few years in particular, and what does it have to offer that traditional smoking doesn’t?

What is Vaping?

At its core, vaping is the process of inhaling a vapor created by the heating, but not burning, of herb, oils, or tobacco. There are many different types of vaporizers, and each has its own unique benefits and drawbacks.

With dry herb vaporizers, you're not actually vaporizing the plant matter. You're 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 people commonly experience with smoking. They also eliminate a lot of the toxins that are usually created through the combustion process.

Dry herb vaporizers come in a huge range of sizes and shapes, and produce less odor than smoking. They are usually portable, and sometimes pocketable, and are more efficient than other ways of consuming cannabis, and let you get the most out of your herb. Desktop vaporizers give great performance, and are probably the best for sharing due to the larger size. But they’re less convenient because you can only use them at home.

Generally speaking, the average dry herb vaporizer is easy to operate. Most vaporizers in North America require some kind of unlocking technique to activate them, so that they don’t accidentally turn on in your pocket. The Furna vape comes with 2 ways to activate it: either 5 consecutive 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.

The Major Benefits of Vaping and Vaporizers

Many former smokers have found that vaping dry herb is more efficient saving you money each session, and has far fewer negative health impacts than smoking. Vaping also allows you to enjoy the complexity of the terpenes in the many different dry herbs you can explore, and the flavour comes through far more clearly and unaltered than when you burn your herb. You can check out our not nearly exhaustive list of things you can vaporize here. 

Another of the things that people love about vaping using dry herb vaporizers is that they have greater control over their vapor output. Smaller vaping devices are not only designed for maximum convenience and portability, but they're intended for situations where you might want low vapor output as well. Fine temperature control means you can keep the vapor and odor levels lower if you want to, which keeps things even more discreet. Smoking on the other hand has a strong smell, and combustion can’t be controlled as easily.

The Different Kinds of Vaporizers: Breaking Things Down

There are many different types of vaporizers on the market that you can choose, depending on your preferences. Dry herb vaporizers heat up the ingredients using a heating chamber made of stainless steel, ceramic or quartz, most commonly through either conduction or convention.

Conduction is when the dry herb is heated up directly, and convection is when hot air is circulated around and through the ingredient. Both heat the material vaporizing the oils and liquids which creates the vapor that you can inhale. You can find excellent vapes of both types, and most portable vapes tend to be conduction-style, while it’s easier to find a convection vape that’s a desktop model.

Another of the most common types of vaporizers 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.

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.

Choosing a Dry Herb Vaporizer

It's easy to see why vaping has become so popular in such a short amount of time - it really is a great alternative to smoking that allows people to enjoy everything they love about that experience with few of the potential downsides. Less odor, less throat and lung irritation, and more efficient use of your herb are only a few of the benefits.

When it comes to choosing a particular vaporizer, there are a lot of factors to consider. If portability and convenience are crucial for you, have a look at the Furna vape, which introduces an incredible new innovation to the traditional dry herb vaporizer: swappable ovens. With most dry herb vaporizers, you have to clean and reload the oven any time you want to use them, which can get tricky if you’re on the go, and can’t easily find a place to reload. With Furna, you can pack as many ovens as you want before you go, and easily swap a used one for a fresh one whenever you need it. It’s no hassle to clean, and easy to stay discreet. Check it out now!