Aug 172012
 August 17, 2012

Smoking marijuanaSmoking Vs. Vaporizing Cannabis

Depending on one’s experience within the realm of cannabis consumption, some may never have heard of vaporizing.

Vaporizing is a common technique for consuming marijuana, while at the same time negating many irritating respiratory toxins that exists within the grown marijuana flower and are released when smoked. Conversely, vaporizing allows one to get at all of the psychoactive ingredients available within that specific strain of marijuana , minus the combustion that ordinarily takes place during consumption.

The basic design of the average marijuana vaporizer is to allow marijuana smokers to inhale the many active Cannabinoids, while at the same time avoiding any of the harmful elements that may exist on that specific flower… although invisible to the naked eye.

While most don’t know it … There is a vast difference in the quality of smoke that one receives when they vaporize versus igniting their plant matter. When one smokes a joint, or hits their bong approximately 88% of the combusted smoke gases contain non-cannabinoid elements, most of which do not get you high and provide potential health risks.

Conversely when one uses a marijuana vaporizer the smoke/gases that they are inhaling consists of approximately 95% cannabinoids, otherwise known as the psychoactive ingredients that both calm the mind and soothe the body.

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  • Lori

    what are your thoughts on the Snoop Dogg G Pen Herbal? Doesn’t the coil still burn the herb? I thought vaping was different.

    • Luke Larsen

      They are junk. Dont waste your money. Its basically a one-hitter electronic pipe, it does not actually vaporize the herb. For a good portal vape, id recommend the Pax.

    • Yoshi Reads

      If you’re looking for a portable I’d got with Pax by Ploom. 10-year warranty and idiot-proof instructions for use and cleaning. I really love mine.

    • alfred

      The (snoop dog also) g-pen is vaporizing. I believe the coil is way hotter than an ember. Which subsequently “vaporizes” the bud, shatter, wax(solids only). The oils and such (liquids “oasis,” “liquid gold,”) are vaporized the same way, but are absorbed by the coil differently. A coil wrapped around a wick. Oasis and liquid gold are organic extracts by the way. My top choices.

      • alfred

        The snoop Dogg g pen is for flowers only. It says on the box. But I believe you can also put hash and/or wax or shatter (solids)

  • Stoney K

    the best portable without a doubt is PAX

    • Yoshi Reads

      Absolutely! I came down here just to say that.

    • Joal

      It use to be. But now Storz and Bickel have entered the portable arena… Crafty and the Mighty… Check em out

    • Ian

      Joal is right the crafty is way better than the pax no contest. Personally I even like the Arizer Air better than the pax too.

    • JohnnyB3776

      That’s what I have. Been loving it!

  • cher

    I bought a Siler Surfer a few years back but find it to be too much to handle every time I want to use it. I recently went to an electric cigarette store and was lead to believe that the Vhit Reload II was a vape. I took it home and realized that it was just burning the herb. When I went back I was told that she mentioned that to me and that I would need to buy the Cannastick Vape RX to get a true vape. Now I have the 2 and also about $300 worth of stuff from Silver Surfer. I haven’t opened the Cannastick yet because I don’t know if it is a real vapor or not. I need help.

  • mipresidenteunico

    the best is the arizer solo

  • Bongstar420

    The drugs high is partially due to the “bad” stuff from combustion> I don’t know about you, but I get a better buzz from 1 hit of smoke than 2 hits of vape. Combustion modifies the terpene profile substantially as well.

    I seriously doubt 95% is absorbed in a few seconds..

    I don’t want to spend more than a few minutes smoking. Vapes take too much effort and too many inhales for me and is less satisfying recreationally.

  • Yazman

    this is the most amazing pen vape. that little container in the white box is a cartridge and it has thc oil. you screw it on and it last like a week and you get high as shit lol

  • mike

    If you want a real vaping experience the only way to go is volcano.. Supremely expensive but worth every penny. If you have $500 lying around you can get one too!

    • Ian

      crafty is better

  • jim

    get a kanger pro tank mini clearomizer ($10) and an adjustable wattage vape battery ($10-$30) on ebay or vape shop and you’re good to go. 15 years smoking 1-3 blunts daily weed vaping is slowly taking over. I smoke 1 blunt over 3 days now. weed vaping is so much more convenient and gets you wasted like “damn…I’m high”.

  • cheech

    Still 0.5 grams of smoked weed get me more high than 1.5 grams in the vaporizer so somthing about that information cant be true.

    • Joeb

      I bought a vape recently (ascent by da vinci) tried it last night and was bad! First time I’ve ever had a bad experience with weed.
      I filled up the chamber toked away till there was no more vapor and felt like fuck its not doing anything then 5minutes later boom it crept up on me and I felt good giggily high but also really energised and on edge which was weird as never felt like that 15 minutes later got another wave but was mad intense I felt my heart beating real fast i was shaking kind of spasming lol and I felt warm which was real weird as I was cold before this tested my heart rate on phone app was at 130bpm (felt like I’d done coke or some shit lol, never have done btw but that’s what I thought it would feel like lol) anyway I listened to some music and watched some TV for about 20 or so minutes but couldn’t fucking sit still or concentrate kept fidgeting then got another wave like a hot flush and became well to aware if my body and how hot I was and shit and then thought fuck it I got to try slow my heart rate down and stop shaking (never uncontrollably moved before on weed) so checked my heart rate one more time before lying down in my bed was at 150! And thought arh shit nah that’s cool that’s cool this will pass laid down still shaking and fidgeting could still hear my heart thumping and feel my blood pumping through my body which was so surreal I was too aware that obviously fed my anxiety about it being so high anyway I lay there for what must if been about 40minutes then suddenly I stopped shaking still didn’t feel brill but was glad I was back to some sort of normal tested heart rate again it had dropped to 110 still high but I know mine can be that high anyway I have a resting heart of about 85-115 anyway in general so I calmed the fuck down drank a shit load of water ate a bunch of food. Took my dog for a walk then came back home stuck TV on didn’t pay attention or listen to it and just felt really dozy calm and fell asleep.
      Long story short I don’t like vaping it its nothing like a bong or spliff to me I feel calm with a spliff and calm but more happy giggly and shit with bong hits. But vaping it has given me the worst experience ever so I’m gonna sell the thing lol as Im not gonna try it again lol I don’t repeat stuff again if I don’t like it ha so I’m just gonna get rid and stick to bongs and spliffs think my heart will thank me lol. But has put me off weed altogether for a bit so for next couple weeks I’m going just drink beer when I want to chill.

    • Ian

      You haven’t used a good vaporizer then. I had a similar experience a few years ago when I first tried using them, and then I started researching good vapes. I just bought the Crafty vape and if you pack .3gs into the bowl you will be very high. I’m probably never smoking again because I love it so much.

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  • iMarijuanIt

    This is an awesome article, I will be following from now on.

  • Ian

    Just bought the Crafty about a week ago and I’m never smoking again the vape is INSANE. I usually pack a .3 g bowl for myself alone, but I only pack .1-.2 gs into the Crafty and I get really high. I HIGHLY recommend it even though it is so expensive.

    • Carlos Smith

      I bought my crafty a few days ago as well….hate the battery life, love the flavor