What Are Vaporizers?

A vaporizer is a device commonly used to release medicinal and/or psychoactive compounds from plant material, probably the most commonly used herb is cannabis, although it can also be used for tobacco or to release certain therapeutic compounds from herbs and other plants, a practice now commonly known as Phyto-Inhalation. For medical or recreational cannabis users, vaporizing is an alternative to smoking. Rather than burning the cannabis, a vaporizer heats contents to around 200 - 300 degrees Celsius) so that medicinal constituents contained in the plant’s oily glandular secretions melt and phase into vapor that does not contain the particulate matter such as tars and other toxins found in the smoke.

The vapor is inhaled in the case of most vaporizers such as the balloon extraction and hose or mouthpiece delivery as seen in the Volcano Vaporizer models. With less or no smoke formed, and a cooler temperature, the irritating or harmful effects of smoke and associated toxins are greatly reduced or even eliminated.

Because vapor is ingested through inhalation, substances are not subjected to degradation by digestive acids and are immediately and directly delivered to the bloodstream. Vaporization has been identified as the quickest method to bring any herbal substance into the blood. Thus, in the case or aromatherapy, desired and intended effects are quickly observed.

Though vaporizers show great variations in performance, studies have always found vaporization superior to smoking, and high-end vaporizers used with High Grade Hybrid Cannabis strains containing elevated levels of THC (the medicinal and psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) have been found to entirely eliminate inhalation of undesired compounds in a manner consistent enough for clinical trials. In comparison to cannabis use methods such as eating, vaporization offers the advantages of inhaling THC: rapid onset, direct delivery into the bloodstream, and the possibility to gradually increase delivery until the desired level is reached, in this manner enabling more effective self-dosage.