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How Does A Vaporizer Work?

By on July 27, 2014

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  • Vaporizers come in many shapes and sizes
  • Vaporizers heat cannabis at a lower temperature than burning
  • Vaporizers produce a gas that contains marijuana’s ingredients minus the harmful by-products of smoke
  • Most experts agree that vaporizing is healthier than smoking
  • how-vaporizer-workVaporizers have become a popular alternative to traditional ways of smoking cannabis. But what exactly is a vaporizer and how does it work?

    Vaporizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are large, plug-in devices meant to be used at home. Others are mini, battery-powered units meant to be used on the go. However, the primary function of all vaporizers is the same.

    Vaporizers work by heating marijuana at a cooler temperature than required for burning (combustion). The temperature of vaporization is around 200°C or 392°F. At this temperature, the active ingredients in marijuana are converted into a gas or vapor.

    The end result is a smokeless, inhalable vapor that contains marijuana’s active ingredients but not the harmful chemicals usually found in smoke. Some vaporizers rely on plastic balloons to hold the vapor, while others allow users to inhale directly from the unit.

    Vaporizers are commonly designed for dry herbal material, but some can be used with liquids and concentrates as well.

    Benefits of Vaporizing

    Burning marijuana releases harmful by-products and tar similar to what is found in tobacco smoke. In the case of marijuana, this can lead to respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis.

    Studies suggest using a vaporizer can help smokers avoid exposure to these by-products and their negative effects. What’s more, the vapor that is produced usually contains a higher concentration of marijuana’s active ingredients, which makes vaporizing more efficient than smoking.

    Vaporizers are also more versatile, making them easy to use outside of the home. Compared to smoke, the vapor that is produced is lighter, purer and less detectable to others nearby.

    Drawbacks of Vaporizing

    Vaporizing comes with some drawbacks as well. For one, not many studies have been done on the health impact of vaporizers, meaning that little is known about their long-term effects.

    Another drawback is their appeal to non-smokers. Critics argue that the availability of vaporizers may lead more people to use cannabis who would otherwise be turned off by the idea of smoking.

    Overall though, most experts seem to agree that vaporizing is a safer and healthier alternative to smoking.

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