Over recent years, smokers have been abandoning their cigarettes and switching to vaping in record numbers. It’s safe to say that vapes are the most successful smoking alternative that the world has come up with to date. Indeed, such is their popularity that it’s not just tobacco smokers who are making the change. Cannabis smokers are also seeing exactly the same benefits of switching to a vape.
The health advantages of inhaling vapor instead of smoke have been discussed at length elsewhere. But that’s not the only benefit. Even in this era of legalization, some of us might feel a little self-conscious about firing up an enormous spliff in public. Today’s vaporizers come in discreet sizes and are far less obvious.
Vaping also provides additional choice. Specifically, there are two quite different options available, either cannabis concentrates (e-liquid) or vaping the weed itself. So which should you choose?
As the name suggests, this kind of vape juice is a concentrated form of the active ingredients like THC and CBD extracted from the cannabis flowers into a liquid that will give an extremely potent hit. This is a core difference between concentrate and regular weed – the THC content can be as high as 80 percent, so just like those fruit juice cordials where you add water, a little goes a long way.
The downside to concentrates is that this extraction process does not happen by itself. It requires the use of various solvents and reagents. With good quality vape juice from reputable suppliers, that’s not a problem, but there are lots of non-FDA-approved products out there being piled high and sold cheap. It’s a problem with every type of vape juice, not just cannabis, and it is what has led to the recent vaping health scares that have been all over the press.
Dry herb vaping
A dry herb vaporizer uses actual weed. It’s the same as you would use in a joint, and it even needs to be ground to a similar consistency. The benefits are exactly the same, in as much as by vaporizing instead of burning, you avoid inhaling the smoke and tar, so there are fewer toxins entering your lungs.
When you vape weed in this way, the THC content is the same as you will experience when smoking a joint, so somewhere around the 20 percent mark, depending on the strain of cannabis you have chosen. It’s nowhere near as potent as the concentrate – but the advantage is that you know exactly what you are inhaling.
Which to choose?
There’s no right or wrong answer here. Dry herb vaping is seen as the more natural option, and has surged in popularity since health concerns over vaping-related lung conditions started hitting the media, as those only related to vaping concentrates.
However, many people like the intensity of weed vape juice. The market is getting better-regulated all the time, so if you want to go down this road do so – just make sure you buy a tested and approved product from a recognized brand.