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Herb Vaporizers

The process of vaping weed is heating the cannabis herb or concentrates to a temperature that will activate the ingredients of the herb into vapor. Vaping cannabis products is healthier than smoking because a vaporizer will not let the herb combust to release harmful tar or carcinogens.

There are 3 main types of cannabis vaporizer; tabletop vaporizers, portable vaporizers, and vape/hash oil pens.


Table top Vaporizers:

Table top vaporizers are large temperature control units used to heat cannabis herb/concentrate to turn into vapor. There are multiple types of table top vaporizers on the market, however they all have 4 main components:

  • Mouthpiece 
  • Heating chamber where the herb/concentrate is placed
  • Heating element to heat herb/concentrates
  • Temperature control to regulate heat


Some tabletop vaporizers are designed with a bag which collects the vapor, the bag is removed from the device before inhalation. Other table top vaporizers have a tube attached to the heating chamber. The vapor travels through the tube straight to the mouthpiece where the user then inhales the vapor. Table top cannabis vaporizers are commonly used for dry herbs.


Example of tabletop vaporizer:

  • Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer


Portable Vaporizers:

Portable vaporizers are small discreet devices that work similarly to a tabletop vaporizer. Portable vaporizers also consist of a chamber that holds the vaping cannabis herb or concentrate, a heating element, and a battery. Almost all portable cannabis vaporizers have temperature control though the click of a button, or a small dial. When temperature control is adjusted to the desired temperature, the battery is activated to heat the element and vaporize the best cannabis herb or concentrate. The vapor is then inhaled through the mouthpiece. 




There are 3 types of portable vaporizers:

  • Dry Herb Vaporizers, used only with dry cannabis herb
  • Wax/Oil Vaporizers, used only with vaping cannabis concentrates
  • Hybrid Vaporizers, used for dry cannabis herb and cannabis concentrates


Examples of portable vaporizers:

  • Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer
  • Pax 2 Vaporizer
  • Pax 3 Vaporizer
  • Airistech Herbva Viva
  • Davinci IQ
  • Arizer Air 2
  • Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer


Vape / Hash Oil Pens:

Vape / hash oil pens are specifically designed to vaporise cannabis oil concentrates. The reason they are known as pens is that these devices look like everyday writing pens. A vape pen has two main parts; the battery and the cartridge.

There are many types of vape pen batteries on the market. Some have power buttons while others don't, some tall, some small, nevertheless they all have the same function and purpose. All these options are simply to satisfy the users preferences. 

The cartridge contains a mouthpiece, chamber, and heating element. The chamber is filled with cannabis concentrate, once the cartridge is attached to the battery the chamber and element will begin to heat up and the concentrate will be vaporized. 


Examples of Vape / Hash Oil Pens:

  • Yocan Stix Vaporizer
  • Vivant Vleaf Vaporizer
  • Airistech Airis 8 Dip & Dab
  • Yocan Magneto





Cannabis Herb Vaporizers

Convection vs Conduction

  • The term conduction refers to the process in which heat or electricity is being directly transmitted through a substance, without the material moving.
  • With a conduction style vaporizer, there is direct contact between an object/material (herbs/oil) and a source of heat.
  • The term convection refers to the process by which heat is transferred through moving fluids. With a convection style vaporizer your desired product (herb/oil) is in a separate compartment from the heating element.


Difference between wax, oil, concentrates and dry herb

  • Dry herb, as expected, is a dried herbal blend or tea, whereas an essential oil is a concentration of the herb's active properties inside a viscous liquid.
  • Waxes, as the name suggests, are very thick and sticky in consistency and are super concentrated. They are often the most potent choice.
  • Generally speaking, dry herb is much more volatile than liquid preparations, and requires much gentler and more consistent heating to vaporize effectively.
  • Oils and waxes are often placed directly onto a red hot titanium nail or metal coil, which completely melts away the liquid and releases vapour
  • One of the key differences between herbs, waxes and oils is the comparative potency of the three different mediums.

Oils and concentrates are both made using the same ingredients that are found in their herbal counterparts, but they’re often distilled three or four times during the manufacturing process, which means that they tend to contain a much higher percentage of the volatile aromatic compounds responsible for their best special effects.