Across the globe, there are over 200 million medicinal marijuana users and seasoned stoners benefiting from blazing cannabis right now. But the times, they are a-changin’. The 420 worlds as we know it has been shaken to its very core by the arrival of the 710 Era. Many cannabis connoisseurs are choosing to stub out their spliffs and put down their bongs, opting to use a vaporizer instead. And why? Well, there are many reasons, and here they are.
- You get the chance to say “I was there at the dawn of a new era in marijuana’s rich history”
Last year it was reported that 10 percent of American adults regularly used a portable vaporizer and almost 70 percent of them admitted to having only started vaping in 2015, click here to see these reports. So if you were to start vaping now, you’d be joining what is essentially just a handful of people, an exclusive club, if you will, who have access to the game-changing pieces of pot-smoking paraphernalia that no-one else seems bothered about right now.
Knowing that you’re one of the first few people to benefit from using vaporizers before they rise in popularity is genuinely exciting. It’s the same feeling you’d get if you were teleported back in time to December 1980 and being asked if you wanted to invest in what was then, a little known company, called Apple.
Starting to vape now will give you the opportunity further down the line, once vaping has become as mainstream as toking on joints, to say two things to those who either scoffed and demonized vaporizing or those who lived under a rock and just didn’t know what vaping actually was. Firstly, you can say “I told you so” when others finally cotton on to how amazing vaping is, and, secondly, with a hint of pride you can say “I did it before it was considered cool”.
- Every time you vape, you help improve your local economy
In 2014, $744 billion was spent on vaporizing equipment worldwide. Every time someone needed to replace an eJuice cartridge, buy a new wick, or fancied purchasing a brand new portable marijuana vaporizer, they helped the cannabis industry to flourish. Experts predict that the legal marijuana industry is expected to grow significantly within the next five years, so if you purchase a vaporizer today, you’re helping to create local job opportunities and improve the economy. How very spiffing of you!
“When a slow economy begs for innovation and job creation I see no problem with the legalization of marijuana. If there is big money to be made, as seen with the vaporizer industry, then there is no reason to stifle economic productivity” – Yura Bryant, Entrepreneur Strategist
- Vaping is better for your health
Approximately 1.2 million Americans have registered to become members of legal marijuana dispensaries in the last year, and many studies demonstrate just how safe and effective vaporizers are at being delivery systems for administering cannabinoids.
“Vaporizers are safe, effective, medically sound devices for delivering THC and CBD” – Dale H. Gieringer, Ph.D.
A study conducted by NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers can convert around 46 percent of marijuana’s cannabidiols into vapor. Compare this to the 25 percent which you’d get from smoking a doobie, and it’s no wonder why vaping is considered more effective than taking on a joint or taking a rip from a bong.
“Vaporizing cannabis appears to be much safer because of reduced carbon monoxide intake, fewer toxic hydrocarbons, and lower temperatures” – Dr. Mitchell, Emergency Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
Another reason why vaporizing is more efficient in regards to medicinal purposes is because you always require lower doses than you would from smoking, munching on edibles, or drinking tea made from cannabis tinctures.
Vaporizers were specifically designed to stop users’ lungs getting clogged up with the carcinogens and tar which occurs when marijuana is lit in a flower bowl, or when it’s combusted in a reefer. Rather than burning their ingredients, vaporizers heat them, and by vaporizing ganja you’re removing approximately 95 percent of its smoke and harmful by-products.
“If I’m going to partake I might as well do so in a manner that doesn’t increase cancer” – Larry, a 26-year-old start-up founder in Atlanta
Switching to a vaporizer can also reverse respiratory symptoms caused by smoking joints or taking hits from a bong, and can increase the yield of anti-inflammatory terpenoids which protect the lungs from irritation.
“People who vaporize report decreased respiratory symptoms compared to those who smoke weed” – Marilyn Huestis, chief of Chemistry and Drug Metabolism at the National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Vaping saves you money and your marijuana
Both medicinal users and recreational users reveal that vaping saves them money as they need to purchase less herb or concentrate per week and because vaporizers don’t burn their ingredients, you get the most out of your cannabis because it doesn’t all ash out immediately. Even with the smallest amounts of marijuana, your weed goes a long way because it doesn’t stop giving until it’s completely dehydrated.
- The high you get from vaping is fast-acting, flavorful, and potent
Vaping definitely gives you more bang for your buck. When you vape you’re inhaling a smooth, flavorsome mist that oozes with cannabinoids. The highly concentrated amounts of terpenes and flavonoids in the vapor gives you a stronger, tastier flavor from your cannabis, which you don’t get whilst smoking a spliff, and the high levels of THC/CBD hit you like a ton of bricks within seconds.
“Vaporizers get you much more stoned, and in a different way. Smoking tends to have a heavier feeling high, vaping makes you more clearheaded but just as high, more stoned behind the eyes feeling. I love it, plus you barely have to use any weed. I can make .2 of a gram get me more stoned than smoking a joint. Also, inhaling is much more relaxing, not harsh at all. You breathe in larger amounts and hold it in, you can just f*****g feel it wash over you, it’s very nice. No coughing, no ashes, and a vague popcorn-ish smell that doesn’t linger as long as smoke does” – Rose Funeral, Grasscity Forum Member
When you smoke a joint, you take long, slow drags of it. The cannabis smoke has to make its way through a whole lot of tightly packed green and tobacco. If you roll a .5 joint and it takes you 15 puffs to finish it, you’re only getting 0.3333 grams of cannabis per hit. If you have .3 grams in a vaporizer which you finish in 3 hits, you’re getting a .1 gram hit. So yeah, vaporizers give quicker, stronger, and tastier buzzes.
- Portable marijuana vaporizers are low key and all vaporizers are low maintenance
Vaporizers are a doddle to clean, unlike a bong, and they don’t give off the telltale smells that a reefer does either, so they’re portable and you can use them virtually anywhere without fear of being sniffed out. You don’t have to carry lighters, baccy, or paper, and you don’t need a source of liquid to make sure the filtration is at its optimum level or an ashtray either.
In the end, the team at Vape.net agree with Isaiah, a 24-year old from Brooklyn who sums up vaping perfectly:
“Getting a new vape is almost as good as getting a new smartphone. Vaping is cleaner, cooler, more modern, healthier, more economical, tastes better, is easier to handle, and you never need matches or a lighter”
So there you have it, all the reasons why you need to vape. Right now. Or at least some point today. Or tomorrow if you’re pressed for time. But this week, definitely.