Getting Started Vaping
Vaping is the new craze both for Cannabis and tobacco users and for good reason. It is healthier as it avoids the combustion of the herb and is far more socially acceptable these days too.
It also helps to remove the stigma attached to Cannabis smoking for medicinal reasons. It is far less intrusive as the smell can often be disguised and it doesn’t linger for more than a few minutes unlike actual smoke.
You still get the benefits of being able to use it as you need it, carry it in your pocket so you can use it on the go and of course you can take many little ”micro-doses” during the day as and when you need it. There are no dirty ashtrays or stained fingers to deal with and it is far more discreet.
There are not always cheap but they are an amazing tool every Medicinal Cannabis user should invest in. One important factor to consider when buying a vaporizer is whether it has temperature control? See the section at the end of the reviews which gives you a guide to Click pain relief and vaping temperature.
Certain Cannabinoids are triggered at certain temperatures and CBD for example has a higher boiling point temperature than THC so by raising or lowering the temperature you can find the sweet spot for your specific pain relief needs.
The 3 Different Types of Vaporizers
Pen vaporizers are very small and convenient, they are also the cheapest but there are a few reasons why we don’t recommend them.
- They are better for e-liquids and concentrates than they are for dry herbs.
- They do not have accurate temperature controls if any.
- They often get so hot that they actually burn the material rather than vaporize it which really defeats the purpose.
Temperature control is one of the most important features for a vaporizer to have. As you can see from the chart below, different Cannabinoids and Terpenes vaporize at different temperatures which allow you quite a lot of control in your pain management and functionality. See below how different temperature ranges can affect the overall benefit of your Cannabis.
Our Recommended Portable Vaporisers
These are currently some of the most popular and reliable kinds of vaporizers for medicinal Cannabis use. They are a little larger than the pen vapes but not by much and they will still easily fit into a pocket or purse for easy access. These are great because you can vape as little or as much as you need to, they are push button and ready to go.
Pax 2 Portable Vaporizer
This is a great vaporizer all round. It’s well built, futuristic and comes with a 10 year defect warranty so you know it’s going to last. It has 4 different temperature levels so you can play around with it and see what works best for you. It’s simple to clean and so compact that it’s actually is closer to the size of a pen vaporizer than a portable one and fits snugly in your palm.
The battery has been improved from the first model and it also has lip sensing technology to go along with draw resistance. This one is going to be popular for a long time to come and for good reason
Haze 2.5 Portable Vaporizer
This is a versatile little device that is packed with features and has a very long lasting battery. It can vaporize dry herb as well as liquids and concentrates with its dual chamber system giving it even more flexibility.
It may be a little chunkier than the Pax2 but it’s still a very compact device that fits well in your hand pocket or purse. With 4 temperature settings you are in control of what type of vape you are after and its heat-exchange mechanism, for cool vapor output is a great touch.
A great little device that outperforms its competitors in its price range and comes with a 10 year defect warranty so it’s built to last.
Mighty Vaporizer – High End Portable Vaporizer
This one isn’t cheap but it’s quite simply the best portable vaporizer we have tried. It also has precise temperature controls, a super long battery life, and is well built. If you want huge, aromatic vapor production from a handheld device, the Mighty Vaporizer is the way to go accept no substitute.
Storz & Bickel also make the Crafty which is another great vaporizer and is slightly smaller making it easier to fit into a pocket comfortably but considering the difference in price between the Crafty and the Mighty is so relatively small, we would highly recommend the Mighty as better value for money.
Desktop vaporizers vary in price greatly. While high-end models carry price tags of close to $800, most common vaporizers run from $150-$500. The price is very reasonable when you consider the step up in the quality of both vapor and the durability of the vaporizer. They offer different vapor delivery systems, enhanced temperature regulation, and fan assisted draws among other benefits for devices that are not really that big or cumbersome at all. They are perfect for use around the home.
Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer
This device tops our list for desktop vaporizers for its price, quality of build and functionality. Just like the Volcano, it has the bag feature as well as a ‘’whip’’ to go along with its excellent vape quality and precise temperature control.
You can either fit one of the provided bags/balloons to the device and let it fill with aromatic vapour and then simply sip the vapour out of the bag or you could use the whip feature which is like a long pipe. It has variable fan settings and is extremely simple to use without any confusing and unnecessary settings
The Volcano which is a top of the range desktop vaporizer also has the bag/balloon feature and this device offers the same thing plus the whip feature for much lower price.
Plenty Desktop Vaporizer
This one is also made by Storz and Bickel (Mighty and Volcano) so you know the quality of the build is superb but the size of this device just makes it so appealing. It’s almost small enough to be a portable vaporizer but it loses none of the power and functionality of a desktop vape.
It’s versatile too and can vape dry herb as well as concentrates and oils. The vapor goes through a long metal coil which effectively cools the vapor before reaching the removable mouthpiece.
Its precise temperature control makes it easy to find the sweet spot and its design is slick if a little futuristic looking.
Herbalizer High End Desktop Vaporizer
This machine is a beast, not only does it have the whip and bag features but it also can also vape oils and concentrates as well as dry herbs.
Another great feature is the temperature memory so when you find the sweet spot it will remember the last temperature you vaped at. The precise temperature control is due to an advanced halogen light bulb the Herbalizer uses as opposed to the typical metal or ceramic element.
It can also be used for aromatherapy oils to fill your room with pleasant and therapeutic aromas.
A great machine all round, versatile, looks great and does everything you need it to while still being simple to operate. Move over Volcano, this high end vaporizer may have just raised the bar.
Different Levels of Relief (and Euphoria) From Different Temperatures
310°F to 330°F – vaping at these relatively low temperatures is likely to promote some pain relief while keeping euphoria to acceptable levels for daytime use. As the chart shows the vapour will be terpene rich too. It’s also likely to create a more focused and creative buzz which could improve your productivity with some mild relaxation.
330°F to 370°F – these temperatures are recommended for a more balanced medicinal effect. You are likely to be ramping up the euphoria as well as pain relief but perhaps to the detriment of some of functionality. The relaxing effects are likely to be more pronounced and you will likely also experience some mood elevation and may even get a dose of the giggles.
370°F to 430°F – this temperature range is likely to provide you with excellent pain relief and relaxation as well as a more body stone feeling.
It’s person dependant but this is more than range where most people get what is referred to as ‘’couch lock’’ where the level of relaxation is so strong it becomes difficult to do any physical activities. These temperatures could be very useful for your night time routine and should help you to easily fall asleep.
It makes a lot of sense to start the day with lower temperatures and increase it throughout the day building up to the highest temperatures before bed time.
What to do with your Herb that has Already Been Vaped
If you find that you prefer to vape your Cannabis on the lower or even mid-range temperatures quite frequently, you will end up with a lot of ‘’already been vaped’’ (ABV) bud. This bud is not useless and will likely have some Cannabinoids remaining in it.
There are a couple of things you could do with it such making topical creams but we prefer to use it for tincture. Tincture made from ABV bud is likely to contain CBD and CBN as well as other Cannabinoids that vape at higher temperatures than THC.
Tincture made from this can be perfect for bedtime relief and help with falling asleep. It also won’t get you particularly high due to much of the THC having already been vaped off but these remaining Cannabinoids can offer significant relief.
Provided your ABV buds are still green and haven’t turned a brown colour there is a good chance you still have viable medicine remaining there. Simply soak it in Everclear 95% alcohol for a couple of weeks and give the bottle a good shake from time to time. Then run it through a coffee filter and store it in some empty vials.