The new year has come and passed, and that means we’re all frantically analysing our lives. Healthier habits are certainly at the top of “things to change” list. And this year, more than ever, giving up smoking will top that list. And not just the nicotine kind. This year, more people than ever will also give up smoking weed.
Sound like a big task to you? It doesn’t have to be. Look below to find out why giving up smoking is the best policy and why it doesn’t have to put an end to your marijuana-loving days.
Your Lungs Will Love You.
Only the most ardent dry herb advocates will still argue that smoking has never been proven to cause lung cancer. If we are being rational, I think we can all agree that smoking anything is not great for your health.
When you burn herbs it combusts at over 1000°c and produces over 100 carcinogens. Over time this causes a build-up of tar in the lungs over time and will possibly lead to chronic bronchitis. Vaporizers solve this problem.
Instead of burning dry herbs, vaporizers work by heating them to a point where it is just hot enough to evaporate the active ingredients D.
Most importantly, the temperatures from vaping are cool enough to avoid the physical combustion of the plant matter which contains the carcinogens. As a result, people who vape either dry herbs or e-liquids are less likely to be exposed to the toxins that are found in smoke.
Vaping produces less smell and is more discreet.
Everyone who has smoked joints knows that the smell can sometimes attract the unwanted attention of nosy neighbours!
When you smoke, the compounds and the plant matter are released as part of the thick smoke; this is what produces the smell.
Vaping herbs still produces an odour, of course. However, the plant matter stays in the oven. Therefore, the small from vaping is tends to not stick to walls and clothes due to there being no actual smoke.
A good dry herb vaporizer makes it easier to enjoy your herbs when you're out and about but don't want everybody to know what you're doing!
Your herb will taste better.
Vaping has really turned me into a ‘cannaseur’. I can recognise individual tasting notes when comparing different strains of dry herbs.
Terpenes determine the taste, smell and medicinal benefits of each strain of dry herbs. However, unfortunately, they are destroyed at temperatures produced by smoking. Vaping allows you to adjust temperature settings and enjoy every single flavour note in your herbs.
You can control your high.
These days pretty much any vaporizer has the ability to adjust the temperature; doing so will give you the ability to control the effects your herbs have on your mind, body and soul!
Cannabinoids are compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. They react with specific cannabinoid receptors in the human body and have various effects on the brain and central nervous system.
THC and CBD are two of the most well-known cannabinoids but there are over 100 different cannabinoids that have their own individual effects.
Each cannabinoid evaporates at a different temperature. Therefore, vaporizers with adjustable temperature provide a degree of control over the effects their herbs have.
Generally, lower temperatures provide a cerebral, energetic effect whilst high temperatures produces a sedative, body effect.
You will avoid ingesting insecticides and fungicides.
Keen gardeners these days have to resort to a wide range of insecticides and fungicides to help protect budding plants.
Unfortunately, these will be inhaled when smoking. Most of these chemicals evaporate at temperatures of 250c and above.
Again, because vaping avoids these extreme temperatures, those chemicals are left in your oven chamber with your spent herb!
Nonetheless, where possible I wouldn’t advise vaping or smoking anything containing fungicides.
You will spend less money.
In short, you can buy less and consume more!
When you smoke dry herbs you are literally setting your herbs on fire and destroying all of those yummy terpenes and the cannabinoids before you even have a chance to inhale them!
Furthermore, a joint will still burn between hits; even a fast smoker will lose 10%-20% of there herb while they are inhaling and exhaling.
A vaporizers max temperature is typically around 230c. This is above the temperature required to effectively evaporate cannabinoids but below the temperature, they begin to denature.
A collaborative study by NORML found that smoking dry herbs allows ingestion of just 25% of any available THC compared to vaping which allowed ingestion of 45%; vaping essentially makes your herbs last almost twice as long!
What are the best dry herb vaporizers in 2022?
Vaporizers have grown in popularity over the last few years as a healthier alternative to smoking. However, with all the new devices coming out, it's hard to know the best option. Here are the top five choices to ring in the new year.
Best Overall Performance - Mighty+ Plus Vaporizer
The Mighty+ (Plus) is the best device for performance over price, style, and portability. The top dry herb vape from Storz & Bickel highlights power, battery, and precision heat. It's durable, precise, and sturdy. Top features of the Mighty Plus include:
- 90-minute battery life
- Dual convection and conduction heating
- Simple controls
- High-quality plastic design
However, theMighty+ (Plus) won't make the cut for a vaporizer with a smart app option. Check out the models below for more advanced tech.
Best Vaporizer Under £100 - NiiceOne
The NiiceOne dry herb vaporizer is a popular choice for its low price, durability, and quality. A top-rated device, the NiiceOne promises an above-average battery life and excellent vapour quality. It works for flowers and concentrates. NiiceOne is the first generation dual-vape device from NiiceTech. The UK brand is best known for grinders and cleaning products for vaporizers.
Top Features of the NiiceOne include:
- Works with flowers and dabs
- Precise heating
- 2680 mAh Li-ion battery
It only has a single heating element, which can cause it to warm quickly. Watch the temp to prevent burnt buds.
Best Pocket Vaporizer - Pax 3
For some consumers, portability is the key. Look to the Pax 3 for an easy-to-pocket vaporizer. The Pax 3 is small enough to carry around, but it packs a punch. This is a superb choice for those who want to enjoy dry flowers and concentrates on the go.
It hits all the marks with reviews. The device takes 20 seconds to reach maximum temperature, and the battery has an excellent life, offering six sessions for a single charge.
Best of all? The Pax 3 comes with a smart app to track and find the perfect temperature for each flower.
The features consumers love most about the Pax 3 include,
- 90-minute battery life
- Large bowl for extended vaping sessions
- Excellent air-flow
- Smartphone connectivity
Best Desktop Vaporizer - Volcano Hybrid
Storz & Bickel's Volcano needs no introduction—it's the leader of desktop vaporizers. Use the Volcano Hybrid to enjoy premium vapour from your dry flowers. The Hybrid is the latest desktop unit from the top brand. It offers convection heating for precise temperature control. The device is simple to use and easy to clean after each session. Choose the whip or balloon to vape and enjoy the new filling chamber that heats in 20 to 40 seconds.
Top features of the Volcano Hybrid include,
- Choose your session size between 0.1 to 1 gram
- Simple settings
- Accurate heating
- Comes with three mouthpieces
With so many options to choose from, it's hard to know which vaporizer is best for you. Consider what matters most to you before deciding on a device that will last through 2022 and beyond.