What Is A Vaporizer And How Does It Work?

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So you’ve been hearing a lot about vaporizers and are wondering what is a vaporizer? Well, the short definition is that a vaporizer is a device that generates a particular substance in the form of vapor, especially for medicinal inhalation.


Okay, so how did they get so popular? Good question. Contrary to what many people think, herbal vaporizers are not quite new to the market. They have been around for some time (since the 1960s), however, they experienced a recent resurgence when according to Lisa Salazar director of the wellness center at Idaho State University, famed Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp was spotted using one in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

How a vaporizer works

Today, more and more people are opting for vaporization rather than smoking because of the numerous benefits it gives. The key benefit is that vaporizing reduces many of the negative effects brought about by smoking.

The sad truth however is that many new beginners will find this shift rather difficult especially if they have no idea what pipe, paper and pen options are available to them.




As mentioned earlier, herbal vaporizers are generally simple devices that have a small chamber heated by a butane flame, electric heating component or powered by batteries.

Hot air is sent forth through the chamber by a fan or pulled up through inhalation. The result is a mist with a potent bong is released from the burning plant material. This mist contains minimal toxins from the burning plant material. It then passes through the pipe or pen and is inhaled by the user.

Choosing a vaporizer

Choosing the right vaporizer all depends on the users taste, preference and personality. There is a wide range of options available including price ranges to choose from thus it is important to take your time to carry out the research and find out what works best for you. When choosing a marijuana vaporizer, there’s a lot to consider.


That said, the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a vaporizer is to make sure it fits into your personal lifestyle easily.Also remember, the best marijuana vaporizers are not necessarily the most expensive. In fact, expensive vaporizers are difficult to use and are often built with fragile parts.

A good vaporizer is one that has simple controls, is made of durable material and comes with some sort of warranty. Research to find out what other vapers are saying about a particular herbal vaporizer or brand before buying and remember, the determining factor when buying a vaporizer should always be how much smoke it replaces.

How to use a vaporizer

Just so you know, none of the vaporizers you buy will come with a list of instructions explaining how to use it. This is usually a huge turn off for most beginners. In fact a lot of people  do not taken vaporization despite its huge benefits because of their lack of  knowledge on how to operate and use them efficiently.

Moreover, though most vaporizers will come complete, it is always advisable to buy a good grinder separately as you will need one for every session but is rarely included in the box.


When it comes to using a weed vaporizer, you first need to determine the temperature you will operate it at.  This ultimately depends on the capabilities of your herbal vaporizer and your ideal preference of vapor density.

Expert statistics tell us that the compound THC in marijuana vaporizes at 365 degrees F or 185 degrees C while other toxic compounds vaporize at a much higher temperature.

The golden rule is to start at a low temperature and gradually increase until it reaches a level you are comfortable to inhale it. Some vaporizers have digital displays making it easier for you to find the right temperature, however with practise, the right temperature can still be achieved.

After a few inhales, you will need to regrind the material in the chamber and place it back for another run. Vapor production and flavor of the mist will decline after a few pulls and you will need to put more material in the chamber.

The residue left in the chamber has a unique smell and should be disposed of. If the remains of the material are burnt or scorched, it signals that the temperature is too high and should be reduced. Vaporizing at high temperature levels will work against your attempts of preserving your lungs and respiratory health.


Once you fully grasp this method, you will never want to go back to  conventional smoking. You will find that vaporization gives you great satisfaction without the harshness of smoke or taste of ash.

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