As cannabis moves into the mainstream, more people are trying it for the first time than ever before, and most of these new users don’t want to smoke. Whether it’s because of the smell that smoke leaves on your hands or clothing, worries about damage to the lungs, or the inability to roll a joint, the new cannabis consumer is more interested in the convenience of vapor pens and the health benefits of vaporizers.
Generally considered healthier than smoking (studies have proven it), vaporizers don’t actually combust the plant material, instead the cannabinoids are vaporized at a range of temperatures. A great alternative to smoking for medical users looking for healthy delivery methods, vaporizers also provide smooth flavor that lets you taste more of the unique terpenes within your weed.
Your bud budget will also go further when using a vaporizer, since the process is more efficient, meaning that less weed can be used to give you relief. After vaping, the plant matter can still be used to create edibles, meaning you can get the most value for your money by using this “already vaped bud.”
Looking to purchase a vaporizer seems like an easy task but believe us, it can be surprisingly difficult!
Ten years ago there were only a couple options available for vaporizing, either a no-name box vaporizer that sat on your table or a Volcano, which costs a pretty penny. While Volcanoes are still awesome vaporizers, there’s now a huge variety to pick from, since the market has rapidly expanded, with more portable options available than ever before.
The good news is that device quality has skyrocketed in the past couple years, but there’s now over 100 brands of vaporizers to choose from! That means that you have more options when purchasing a vaporizer than you do a computer or car.
If you've shopped around for a vaporizer recently you know it can feel like you need a PhD in vaping just to pick one, and the amount of internet research necessary to investigate every model can take up too much time.
Thankfully we found a flowchart from our friends at Vaporizers Direct which makes it much easier to pick the perfect vaporizer. After testing almost every vaporizer available right now, these folks designed a guide to make it easier for you.
Simply start at the top and answer a few questions in order to land on the perfect vaporizer for your needs and budget.
There are just a few things we should clarify before you get going:
- "Vaping through glass" means using a bubbler or bong on top of your vaporizer which filters your vapor and allows you to get bigger hits. If you're new to vaporizing don't worry about this, start with something easier. If you're an experienced vaporizer user it's definitely worth trying.
- While all of these vaporizers can handle herb, not all of them can handle concentrates (oil). If you want to vape your oil make sure you pick one that can handle them. It's one of the questions as you go down on the desktop and portable side.
- Consider how much you're willing to spend as you navigate the flowchart. Vaporizers start at around the $100-200 range and can go as high as $800 for the top-of-the-line brands. You generally get what you pay for but there are a few low cost vaporizers available that work great.
That's pretty much it, everything else should be pretty self-explanatory. If you have any other questions just let us know in the comments.
Have fun picking your perfect vaporizer!