What is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

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Vaporizing (AKA “Vaping”) has been rapidly growing in popularity over the years. At the most basic level, vaping is the process of heating cannabis without actually burning it. Active ingredients within the cannabis are released by the heat, creating a vapor that gets released into the air by the dry herb vaporizer. There is a lack of combustion, so there is no smoke inhalation. This is a healthier alternative to smoking cannabis!

Benefits of a Dry Herb Vaporizer

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Two surveys published in 2016 revealed that people who vape marijuana feel it positively affects their health and is safer than smoking. This is supported by the fact dry herb vaporizers are specifically designed to allow users to inhale without harmful smoke toxins reaching their lungs.

Research studies conducted over the years have supported this, showing vaporizing produces fewer carcinogenic compounds than smoking does. While marijuana smoke is less toxic than that of cigarettes, smoking anything is proven to be harmful to your health. In fact, burning marijuana releases over 111 harmful compounds, with several of them being known as PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

Vaporizing has shown to have fewer adverse respiratory effects; which is why more and more people are using a dry herb vaporizer for their “smoke” sessions.

Using a Dry Herb Vaporizer vs. Smoking

Those who have respiratory issues, or find their lungs to be irritated by smoke, turn to dry herb vaporizers over smoking. Dry herb vaporizers also tend to offer a more clear-headed high as a result of smoke not being inhaled. However, there isn’t enough research to determine if vaporizing does produce a different marijuana high. It has been found that while blood THC levels were not significantly different, the amount of carbon monoxide was greatly reduced when vaporizing versus smoking.

Those who are not regular marijuana users often prefer dry herb vaporizers because they can take shorter inhalations and not have to take deep breaths. It’s also far more discreet than smoking.

How Dry Herb Vaporizers Work

Dry herb vaporizers heat the marijuana up, but they do not actually light them on fire. There is no smoke, so you don’t get all the harmful chemicals going into your lungs. Instead of smoke, you exhale a mist.

A dry herb vaporizer has a heating chamber, an energy source (electric battery or butane), and a filter of some type. The heating element (this is generally a coil) heats up from the energy source and then vaporizes the cannabinoids contained within the marijuana without combusting it.

You inhale and expel this vapor, with only those chemicals, rather than the smoke with its tar and myriad chemicals that become smoke when combusted. This creates a smoother hit that brings out the flavor of the cannabis, without the painful throat burn and irritated lungs.

Best Dry Herb Vaporizers

V2 Pro Series 3

V2 Pro Series 3 VapeV2 just launched their V2Pro Series 3 dry herb vaporizer which works well with dry herb, concentrates, and e-liquids.

The magnetic cartridge chamber keeps your cartridge firmly secure, so none of your loose leaf herbs will fall out and create a mess. Variable controls make it easy to select your desired temperature and voltage, creating a completely customizable experience for each user.

The bottom has a magnetic charging port that connects to a USB charger for on-the-go smoke sessions, and the bottom glows with LED lights to let you know the status of your device. Easy to use, both at home and while you’re out.

The Series 3 is starts at $49.99, the Series 3X starts at $99.99, and the Series 7 starts at $129.99.

Firefly 2

Firefly just released their latest dry herb vaporizer, and it’s truly a game-changer. It’s completely customizable, incredibly easy to use, fast, discreet, and portable. Plus, there’s an optional app to go with it!

Just put your fingertips on the touch sensors, and the vaporizer will heat up to 400 F in just 3 seconds. It lights up with a green LED light when it’s ready to go, taking all the guesswork out of it.

It’s got a borosilicate glass vapor path and magnetic chamber lid that make loading and cleaning easier than ever before. Sharing with people? The mouthpiece is removable and has its own particulate filter.

No wonder it’s been called “the iPhone of Vaporizers” by Newsweek!

Available at World of Weed in Tacoma, WA for $329.

Cloud V Phantom Mini

Cloud V Phantom MiniIf you’re looking for a more affordable, portable dry herb vaporizer, Cloud V Phantom Mini is the way to go.

With its optimized temperature setting resting between 410F and 420F, this one quickly and efficiently vaporizers ground marijuana in its convection chamber. All you need to do is activate it, and you’re ready to enjoy your bud anywhere you happen to be.

As a bonus, there is a silicon cover surface that gives a great look and feel to the device, as well as helps to reduce the heat coming from the chamber. The LED light indicates the status of the device and has a 4-minute shut off time feature that helps to prevent battery drainage.

Available for $59.99.

Article By: Alexia Bullard