How Does A Vapourizer Work?
Vapourizers have become a popular alternative to traditional ways of smoking cannabis and other herbs, but what exactly is a vapourizer and how does it work?
Vapourizers 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 vapourizers is the same.
Vapourizers work by heating the (medical) marijuana herb at a cooler temperature than that required for smoking it (burning and combustion). The temperature of vapourization is around 180°C or 365°F. At this temperature, the active ingredients in marijuana are converted into a vapour.
The end result is a smokeless, inhalable vapour that contains marijuana’s active ingredients, but not the harmful chemicals usually found in smoke. Some vapourizers rely on plastic balloons to hold the vapour, while others allow users to inhale directly from the unit.
Vapourizers are commonly designed for dry herbal material, but some can be used with liquids and concentrates as well.
Benefits of Vaping
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 vapourizer can help smokers to avoid exposure to these by-products and their negative effects. What’s more, the vapour that is produced usually contains a higher concentration of marijuana’s active ingredients, which makes vapourizing more efficient and more economical than smoking.
Vapourizers are also more versatile, making them easy to use outside of the home. Compared to smoke, the vapour that is produced is lighter, purer and less detectable to others nearby.
Drawbacks of Vaping
Vaping comes with some drawbacks as well. For one, not many long term studies have been done on the health impact of vapourizers, meaning that little is known about their long-term effects.
Another drawback is their appeal to non-smokers. Critics argue that the availability of vapourizers may lead more people using cannabis for the first time, who would otherwise have been turned off by the idea of smoking.
Overall though, most experts seem to agree that vaping is a safer and healthier alternative to smoking.