How to Use a Weed Vaporizer
Are you looking to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without having to smoke it? A weed vaporizer is a device with which you can heat dried cannabis leaves or flowers to produce a flavor replete with cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds of the cannabis plant.
As the health benefits of weed become mainstream knowledge, patients and recreational users alike are looking for ways to consume the product without the dangers associated with methods like smoking. Smoking any form of product is hazardous to health because the combustion process releases toxins which are harmful to the lungs and which could cause cancer after prolonged use.
A weed vaporizer or weed pen is not only an upgraded way of consuming cannabis, but it’s also safer for your health. This is because there is no burning involved, only heating. This allows you to inhale the richness of cannabis in vapor form, not smoke. Also, vaping allows the active compounds to be absorbed by the blood quicker, giving you on the spot relief.
Parts of a Weed Vaporizer
Before we delve into learning how to use a vaporizer, let’s first get an idea of its various components and their functions. A vape will comprise:
A heating chamber: this is where you insert your dry herbs or flowers for heating and vapor production. A good vaporizer will heat the material from all sides, maximizing airflow
Power supply: some vapes come with an inbuilt battery, others come with a removable one
Mouthpiece: this part is the pathway for the vapor. Some vapes come with mouthpieces made of rubber; others are made of glass while others feature an inflatable bag that allows for multiple puffs
Most weed vaporizers come with cleaning supplies like small brushes and cotton swabs. Others come packaged with a grinder which enables you to fine-grind the leaves for maximum extraction of ingredients during the heating process. Alternatively, you can purchase an herb grinder separately.
How to Use a Weed Vaporizer
Now that you know the parts you’re dealing with, follow these steps to get the best out of your vaporizer:
Pack the Chamber
Open the chamber by removing the cap. Then using your fingers, carefully load the particulates inside. Don’t overload as this will interfere with the heating function and will not produce the desired result. Similarly, don’t underload it as the particles will be exposed to excessive heat - again, not generating the wanted effect.
Heat the Vape
Heating up the pen requires a simple pressing of the power button. Most vapes will require a few seconds to heat up. They have a display light that lets you know the ideal temperature has been achieved. For pens with adjustable temperatures, lower temperatures will produce flavorful, lighter vapors while higher temperatures generate heavier and denser flavors that pack a more powerful hit.
Go On and Take a Hit
When your device is done heating up, now’s the time to vape. Cover the mouthpiece with your lips and start with slow, purposeful drags. After each hit, take a breath of air to help push the puff into your lungs.
Continue With Your Session
Continue puffing until you achieve your desired effect. Remember to let the vapors stay in your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling. This allows the active cannabis compounds to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Maintaining Your Vaporizer
Maintaining your vaporizer ensures that you get the best vaping experience every time, as well as prolonging its lifespan. You should clean the chamber after each session to prevent gunk from building up and clogging the mouthpiece.
A good tip is to clean the chamber while still warm (not when it’s hot, you don’t want to burn your fingers) before the particles have hardened. The chamber should be cleaned using a small brush that’s firm enough to get rid of residue and soft enough not to graze the surface.
Clean the mouthpiece after about ten uses. This disinfects it and also preempts deterioration or odd changes in flavor and taste of the vapor. A cotton swab dabbed with alcohol should do the trick.
Vaping dry weed is an easy and healthier way to consume the wonderful compounds of cannabis. Using a weed vaporizer might seem intimidating at first because of the precision needed and also the maintenance involved. But once you get the swing of things by following these simple steps, you’ll be an expert within no time! Here’s to enjoying your weed with your favorite vaporizer.