How Does Cannabis Vaping Technology Work?
Issue Time:2017-11-16

As medical and recreational cannabis legalization becomes more common in the US, one is faced with the question of how to consume. While combustion methods such as smoking have been commonplace for some time, the last two decades have seen an increased demand for vaporization.

Many consumers are attracted to vapor for a simple reason: researchers feel it's one of the healthiest consumption methods because they believe that combusting cannabis creates toxins — including some carcinogens — that disturb the respiratory system. Vaping, on the other hand, is a smokeless method that heats cannabis at a much lower temperature, releasing cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapor without the harmful byproducts.

Depending on the type of vaporizer, dried cannabis flower, concentrates or essential oil can be used.

How Does Vaporization Work?

Vaporizers use one of three types of heating mechanisms that extract the active ingredients from the plant matter, converting them to vapor. It applies heat between those temperatures and some even allow consumers to control the temperature, thus controlling the number of cannabinoids and terpenes released in the process.

What Types of Vaporizers Are Available?

Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes. Larger, more stationary vaporizers have two types of delivery systems: whip-style and bag-style. "Whip" is the technical term for the tubing that connects the vaporizer to the mouthpiece. "Bags", or "balloons", as they are also called, attach a food-grade plastic bag to the heating chamber. When activated, the balloon is filled with vapor using a built-in fan.

If you need more portability from your vaporizer, there is a wide variety of more compact systems, often called "pens". They offer several sizes and styles of vaporizing units, some designed for essential oils, some designed for ground flower. 

Where to Buy a Vaporizer?

Researchers believe vaporizers are a great way to consume cannabis while mitigating some of the health risks associated with combustion. If you live in a state or country with legal access, chances are vaporization technology is available near you. Many dispensaries carry vaporizers available for purchase, and devices such as the Transpring are sold via Whichever style is best for you, we hope this gives you the courage to go forth and vape with confidence!

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