As the Oregon marijuana industry normalizes, many new options for weed consumption present themselves to a public with no previous exposure to such methods. Chief among these is vaporizing. Once relegated to career stoners and critical patients, vaporizing is a way to absorb THC and CBD without the combusting of your flower. Vaporizers apply intense heat to your marijuana, releasing the active ingredients into a fine mist without the aid of combustion. Vaporizers are developed specifically to enable users to inhale weed without inhaling smoke. There are many different vaporizers on the market today, from heavy table-top devices to pen sized vapes that can fit in your back pocket. There are even novelty vape devices in fun and/or stealthy shapes.
When considering vaporizing as opposed to smoking, there a few things to consider:
To vape buds, you’ll require a device that demands a bit of upkeep. Table top vaporizers like Volcanos are an investment, and you’ll eventually need to deeply clean and replace worn out elements. Small handheld devices for vaporizing flower can be on the pricey side as well, but these are smart investments for daily smokers who want to transition away from acrid smoke and its partner, heavy coughing.
Casual smokers may prefer the experience of smoking a joint, hitting a pipe, or toking a bong – and that’s fine! Vaporizing (flower or concentrate) can produce a much more intense high than a simple joint with a few friends. If you’re still easing into marijuana consumption, start by sampling many different methods and use trial and error to find the way that works best for you.