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.

      • Ty

        Reading your paragraph was worse then whatever you were describing lol. Stick to smoking, take a t break or get another vape. There’s different ways to smoke, find the best way.

      • dissturbbed

        Went through the exact same thing at first and it scared the hell out of me, i didnt realize it but with vaping you get very little smoke and a lot of thc. First time vaping you think your not getting anything and you constantly want to turn it up and smoke the hell out of it like a blunt or joint..bad mistake. When you smoke a joint you have to smoke the hell out of it to get a good buzz this is not the case with the vape. With a vape you hit it VERY slowly and wait then move on to the next hit. A vape high will creep up on yea and come on in waves, its sort of like a sativa high, lots of energy and euphoria.

        • Joeb

          Yh definitely man lol, glad I’m not the only one who went and had this sort of experience lol, THC overload for sure (: and yh definitely get what u mean by it being like a sativa one. Stupidly it was amnesia I was vaping too lol.

    • 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.

    • Anthony Seward

      I agree. I feel like I wasted money yesterday on this new kanger box vaperizer when I feel smoking the bud does me better in effect. I make my own thc oil with vg and pg oil. Def prefer a fat joint

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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

  • Jim

    Just vaped some Mex. dirt-weed as experiment–zero-ish buzz when smoking…then 1/2 same amt in the vape, 2 doses each of 1/4 tsp powdery schwag…wow! sold. This thing really does extract (and binds(?) w/the H20 steam at 393F) also as bonus helps alleviate allergy for me. using Vapir2..expensive but so worth it how fast it responds & delivers, the adjustable temp is worth the price as it is precise as to what temp the vapor is released (just a customer, no relation to the co).

    • Bill

      Same with me. Helps with the allergies tremendously.

      • Jim trees killing me until this experiment..glad to know it’s not just me.

    • ana1

      HI, new to vaping and I got a brand new vapir rise 2.0 ultimate. I need help!
      What’s the best vaping temp for whip, also fan speed. How much herb?
      Bag: same info please.

      How to clean and what parts doing need to clean?

  • Luke

    Just bought a brand new Arizer Extreme-Q vaporizer and it is hands down the best I’ve ever owned! I honestly believe it is a much better value than the volcano based on many things. First and most importantly cost, it’s less then half of the cheapest volcano. Then it’s the features and accessories theat come included in the package. Last but not least it’s sleek design, it can easily be passed as a potpourri diffuser to friends and family such as, grandparents who visit often! Haha
    I definitely recommend this vape.

    • Fred What

      the volcano is old too, its very out dated, that dumb plastic bag

  • Angela Lopez

    I’m old school and have never used a vaporizer. One of my favorite parts of smoking is the taste of a good bud. What kind of taste do you get when you use a vaporizer?

    • CajunAggie

      Angela, I tried some of the “wax” with a vaporizer, and it was like smoking sweet nectar. Could still taste the terpenes and it was definitely smoother than a joint. I still like smoking some good herb, but I was pleasantly surprised. Much better than an e-cig and less waste, although I’ve never vaped “dry herb”.

      • Fred What

        wax in a vape is good but you gotta be careful. i have multiple vapes, not all of them are wax friendly. I make my own wax to make sure i am not getting bullshit

    • Fred What

      Hi i am old school too. depends on how old school we are talking… i started in 95 or 96

      You know the way REALLY good weed smell? thats what a vapeorizor makes it taste like… AND…
      On top of that, if you switch to only vaping, then you eventually start to smell weed smoke. My girlfriend still smokes weed and i hate the smell now. i cannot tell the difference between a cigarette or weed anymore. but the vaporizor makes my life good.

      I got a pax 2 vape. check it out. try to vape with a bong, because it made my throat hurt. when you buy a vape buy a bong that looks like you could rig something up. just becareful and do not use plastic hoses you buy just anywhere, you gotta buy silicon medical grade tubing from head shops that can hold up to high temperatures. otherwise you will start vaping the plastic tubing.

      but to answer your question one last time, the taste is amazing. my theory is it is not a taste per se… it is a smell. you are just vaporizing a flower and when it goes through your nose you are gonna smell that dank ass shit

    • IbinSaneDiego

      what Fred said about the smell = the taste…. ditto…. I burned for 40 years…. first week of vape… it gets better with practice and finding what works best for the device you are using…. I just got the Arizer Solo. A long slow draw, chopped up bud… check out youtube for various reviews….

    • Quack Wakka Wakka

      I thought the same thing Angela, however after getting my first vaporizer EVER…The G Pen Pro….I have completely stopped burning all together and just vape, it conserves your buds you don’t need as much. You get HIGHER and the TASTe…The TASTE is amazing!!!! The better the buds, the stronger the taste, ahahaha if you smoke good headies, a G pen vaporizer is truley one of the best experiences you can get out of smoking…..I promise you will not be bummed. Except for not trying it sooner!

  • lexi

    Is that ^ available as a poster somewhere?

  • ana1

    HI, new to vaping and I got a brand new vapir rise 2.0 ultimate. I need help!
    What’s the best vaping temp for whip, also fan speed. How much herb?
    Bag: same info please.

    How to clean and what parts doing need to clean?

  • chris1965

    I just purchased a Flowermate VS.05 vaporizer. LOVE IT ! I only smoke a little at night to relax, but I have bronchial problems so smoking the bud was becoming increasingly difficult with the coughing. I have only had the vaper 4 days and already my cough has decreased significantly. I also can “taste” the herb. Before there was a flavour but now it’s just pure flavour. Also, I use significantly less product for double the high. Two thumbs up from me :)

    • Franks N Beans

      Take care of your health. I don’t smoke weed but if I ever did Vaping or make it into a tea would be the only way. My mom died of smoking cigarettes and so I have always been against smoking.

      • Boss Life

        Sorry to hear that.

  • Shaun Bretle

    Vaporizers work by heating marijuana to a temperature that is hot enough
    to evaporate the active ingredients, but cool enough to avoid
    combustion (burning). As a result, people who vaporize are not exposed
    to the toxins that are found in smoke.


  • Smokey

    Was there any need to write “#weed”? What the hell is this obsession people have with putting hash tags in front of words for no reason?

    • Cherish

      they were talking about the tweets that came from people saying #weed. as in twitter hashtags. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Smokey

        I see, kinda…

        • VapistSupreme

          On twitter, hash tags actually matter. When you tag something, like #weed, it will be grouped, by the tag, with other tweets. So if you’re looking for information about something, you can check tweets with that tag, or like for this post, if you want to talk about weed.

  • Walter White – A. Plus

    Bought an Mighty a week and a half ago. I’m happy, it’s so effective! I smoked one bowl in that time and it was really harsh. It’s interesting how fast you accustom oneself to such things and nearly all things.

  • Boss Life

    I smoked the valcano and fell in love at first taste then i went out and got a portable vape the DaVinci really good choice for me i can control temperature and people don’t know what it is. Two thumbs up

  • Ami Hale

    Question: Im all up for the vaporing as I want to clear the crap out of my lungs that I’ve destroyed over the years but I just would like to get the general concensus (not sure if spelt right) is… Is vaporising going to cost me any more than smoking does? I smoke evenings ad weekends religiously :) thanks!

    • Vape Girl

      Ami, not at all. I smoked for a long time and started vaping last year and it’s the BEST decision I have made. It doesn’t cost me any more, I spend less on it. You will have to of course buy a vape pen, but it’s only a one time purchase. There’s a huge variety of stuff you can put in your vape pen, and my favs are pie crust and shatter. Happy vaping :)

  • paulo

    Depending on what you going to buy for example a cheap vape device will maybe brake in a few uses. Where as speading alittle more for a good quality device is going to last its worth, but health wise what’s the price your already paying by smoking? Your life? A great deal….? I have just recently suffered a massive lung collapse at which almost cost me my life…. I’m not trying to be morbid or anything but that alone made me switch my ways. Vape all the way for me from now on. :)

  • Vape Girl

    Does anyone know where I can buy a bubblevape? I’ve been looking everywhere on the internet to find one. My friend and I was on vacation in Florida last week and we met a guy who had one. He said he got it as a promotional item or something like that so he didn’t know where to buy it. Of course he let us sample it and it was a bubbler that attaches to a vape battery. It was such a clean vape experience and I WANT ONE! If anyone has heard of it or know where to buy it please let me know!!!!

  • Vape Girl

    Vape for me is much cleaner than smoking. I love the pie crust since I think its the most clean vape experience. I also like shatter.