Often touted as a healthier alternative to smoking, vape pens and vaporizers have become a favorite among those looking for an easy, discreet way of consuming.

Vape pens and vaporizers heat cannabis oil or flower to a temperature just high enough to release THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. It does this without releasing potentially harmful particulate, minimizing the health risks associated with smoking. Vaporization is slightly more complex than smoking a pre-roll, pipe or bong. It entails a process that creates a phase transition from liquid to vapor. Most vaporization devices are engineered to heat cannabis products just below the point of combustion. This ranges between 180-190 degrees Celsius (356 to 374 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Weedmaps.

There are three main types of vaporizers: tabletop vaporizers, portable vaporizers and vape pens. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to know when it comes to portable vaporizers and vape pens.

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Portable Vaporizers

Portable vaporizers include a chamber to hold the flower or concentrate, a heating element and a battery, says Weedmaps. Many portable vaporizers contain variable temperature control options. Many are operated with the click of a button, turn of a dial or simply breathe to activate. This activates the heating element and vaporizes the material in the chamber, sending vapor into the mouthpiece.

Cannabis concentrates such as badder and budder as well as extracts, or “shatter” can all be consumed in portable vaporizers. Flower can be consumed in portable vaporizers as well, explains Weedmaps. There are many types of portable vaporizers on the market – including portable dry herb vaporizers, wax vaporizers and hybrids. When shopping and making your purchase, consider how you want to consume cannabis. There are vaporizers – – that offer a choice as it is compatible with both flower and concentrates.

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vape pens

Designed specifically to vaporize cannabis distillates and oils, vape or “hash oil” pens are compact and closely resembles that of a traditional pen. It consists of two pieces, according to Weedmaps – a battery and cartridge and/or pod.

There are many types of vape battery styles – but one of the most popular batteries is the 510 thread, which is compatible with a large portion of pre-filled vape cartridges in the medical market. For the PAX® ERA PRO™, we carry PAXSmart™ Pods which are compatible with PAX® ERA PRO™ and PAX® ERA™ vaping devices only.

When thinking about shopping for your perfect vape pen, Weedmaps recommends thinking about what type of battery capacity you will likely need, as well as the device’s heat up time and lifespan.

Onset And Ease of Use

Like smoking, the onset of vaping is immediate. But what makes vape pens and vaporizers unique is that the aroma associated with activation is less potent. This allows this delivery method to have less impact on other individuals who may be around you. In addition, many vape pens can easily fit into your pocket, making them very easy to transport.

Duration

Similar to smoking, the effects of the medicine can be felt anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. This will also depend on the THC potency level in the cartridge/pod or flower. Remember to always start low and go slow when trying any new medicine. You can always dose up. Start with one puff, wait at least 15 minutes to allow yourself to feel the effects. Then make adjustments to your consumption from there.

Symptom Relief

Like other cannabis delivery methods, consuming with a vaporizer or vape pen can have tremendous health benefits. We’ve already discussed how vaping can have less impact on your lungs than smoking. Distillate oil and flower all have different flavors and aromas, feel free to experiment with your preference.

Aside from that, symptom relief is very similar to other delivery methods and depends on the flower or oil you are choosing. For instance, a vape cartridge like O.pen Vape Lemon Reserve may help with depression, fatigue, lack of appetite and overall stress. While our CBD Critical Mass Vape cartridge may help with anxiety, depression, inflammation, insomnia and stress. This is our most concentrated CBD strain and is an indica leaning hybrid. It’s great for those looking for maximum pain relief with minimal psychoactive effects.

HelloMD

HelloMD says vaping can work wonders for those who have sharp shooting pain, as a quick inhalation can bring instant relief. Vaping can also trigger more of an appetite for those who struggle with eating. And because vaping is portable, you can bring it with you throughout the day, taking doses as you need.

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