Though I’ve been a fan of marijuana since 2006, I only jumped on the vaporizing weedbandwagon this year. I’m not really sure what took me so long; I was just so used to smoking weed that I didn’t really consider investing in a vaporizer. But now that I have, I’m never going back. The benefits of vaporizing instead of smoking cigarettes are well documented, and while smoking weed is not nearly as dangerous a vice, there are also several reasons why even the most occasional stoner should consider making the switch from smoking weed to vaporizing it.
Not only is it better for your health, but vaporizing weed instead of smoking it can really up your public consumption game. Discreet in smell and appearance, but strong in taste and effect, some vaporizers can even allow you to blaze unbeknownst to anyone else so you don’t have to that girl (though, TBT, sometimes I do love being that girl). And while buying a high-quality vape might be a slight initial investment, making the switch — especially if you’ve been rolling joints — will save you mucho dinero in the long run.
So if you live in a state where the bud is bountiful (and, ehm, legal) here are seven reasons why you should definitely consider making the switch from smoking to vaping.
1. It’s Better For Your Health In The Longterm…
While many pro-marijuana advocates site the study that says smoking marijuana has not been proven to cause lung cancer (and might even actually help prevent it) it’s true that smoking anything is not great for your health.
As Truth on Pot Explains, ”the combustion of marijuana still produces several known carcinogens and tar, which can irritate the lungs and lead to chronic bronchitis. Vaporizers were mainly designed to overcome this issue. By heating marijuana at a lower temperature than combustion, the devices produce an inhalable vapor that still contains the active medical ingredients in marijuana (cannabinoids), but without the harmful by-products.
Vaporizing cannabis is said to remove approximately 95 percent of the smoke that is inhaled. What’s more, vaporizing has been suggested to increase the yield of anti-inflammatory terpenoids that protect the lungs from irritation.” Right then.
2. … And In The Immediate
Likely because of the smoking being not-so-great-for-you thing, I’ve noticed that I simplyfeel a lot better when I use a vape. I used to think that the slight shortness of breath I sometime felt after smoking was a weird form of paranoia or anxiety, but as it turns out, it was probably from holding smoke in my lungs. (A-doy.)
Here’s a handy chart from NowSourcing that breaks down why that is even further:
Yeah, probably-definitely better for you. Vaping simply feels much cleaner, and any physical hangover I might feel from smoking (which, granted, for me, was minimal to begin with) has been virtually eliminated by using a vaporizer.
3. It’s Discreet
While some portable vapes do still emit a noticeable vapor and smell, in general, vaporizer pens, and the way they look, are much more discreet than smoking a joint or a one-hitter in public. The smell of weed is still there, but it makes much less of a fuss or cloud. If you have a vape pen that uses oil or wax, then you’ll really have an undercover situation on your hands. (Which can really come in handy at concerts.)
I recommend The Happy Cig ($79.99) if you want a vape for flowers that looks like a small e-cig, or the Black Edition Kandypen ($99.95) if you live in a state where you have easy access to buying wax.
4. You’ll Taste The Flavor Notes More
While some people say vaporized weed tastes like burnt popcorn (after you burn it to a crisp, I’m guessing?), I’ve noticed that using a vape means I can really taste the “flavor notes” of marijuana more. Likely because I’m not burning the weed to a carcinogen crisp, it just tastes that much cleaner, clearer, and yummier.
5. It’s More Cost-Effective
Like I said before, while some vapes are an initial investment, (though others can run you as little as $40), vaping saves you money in the longterm, because you need to burn less of it to get just as high.
Again, as Truth On Pot explains, “a collaborative study conducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46 percent of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25 percent of THC. Likewise, patients ranked vaporizers as the most efficient method of marijuana intake — requiring a lower dose than smoking, edibles, and tea — in a recent study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”
If you’re looking to save even more money, Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook For Women mentions that you can even use your leftovers (or “the duff,” as it’s hilariously called) to cook some edibles. You’ll need about twice as much of the duff to make the recipe as strong, and it won’t be quite as tasty — but hey, leave no trace, right?
6. There’s Some Really Cute Merch Out There
God, there are a lot of cute vape pens out there. They come in all shapes and sizes (see one of my favorite vape pens, the Kandypen, above). Even better? Most of them are rechargeable by USB. You can say goodbye to worrying about lighters, and feel all high-tech.
7. It Gets You Really High
I mean, that’s the whole point of all this, right? While you might feel like you need to take more puffs and the onset of your high might seem slightly more delayed with a vape pen, I’ve noticed that the effects also tend to pack a real punch.
This goes doubly if you invest in a really high-quality vaporizer bong, like the amazingly effective and cool-looking Vape Exhale Cloud Evo, (which, as it’s turns out, is having a 30 percent off sale for 4/20).
Trust me, you will not be disappointed.