Citation: Jim. "Vaporizer - The Ultimate Apparatus: An Experience with Cannabis (exp29079)". Erowid.org. Dec 29, 2003. erowid.org/exp/29079
I have used cannabis on a daily basis for years now and have tried every apparatus you can think of from J's to bongs to blunts to bubblers and can honestly say the vaporizer is the best method I have ever tried. After my first 'vape' I knew I had to get one, and the most expensive I could find at that.
A vaporizer is any apparatus that heats the substance to a point where it is producing vapor and releasing its active chemicals (In the case of cannabis THC and other cannabinoids) but does not light the substance on fire. So when one is asked if they have been smoking they can honestly say no, sice no smoke is produced. This is achieved primarily through electric heating elements that heat to a specific temperature. Vaporizers can be bought for specific substances or with thermostat controls for use with many substances.
My first use of my vaporizer was with an avarage strain of weed nothing remakable, but the taste was so crisp and pure it felt for the first time like I was inhaling the essence of the plant. After only a few hits my head was swimming and I felt wonderful much more than the quantity I had inhaled should have made me. The vapor was only mildly hot and comfortable to take very long hits from (45 sec) I drew long slow hits and held them to savor the taste. The vaporizer is undoubtably my favorite apparatus and I think all my friends feel likewise. Since then I found myself using other devices less and less and very soon almost not at all. The only complaint I hear from people when using the vape is the smoke is not strong enough, but in fact you get all of the flavor of the substance you are smoking with none of the added flavors ie. tar, paper, resin. I have also heard that vaporizing decreases the amount of carcinogens in cannabis dramatically but I am unqualified to verify that. I would highly recommend getting a vaporizer for almost any substance especially cannabis.
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