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May 15, 2021

How Does A Weed Vaporizer Do What It Does

I don’t know about you, but I was pretty damn confused when I ever used a portable weed vaporizer. How on Earth could this thin wisp of vapor get me even close to as high as a joint or fat bowl? It took a bit longer than I was used to when smoking. Still, eventually, about thirty minutes later (or approximately twenty hits from the vape), I was quite surprised to feel a surprisingly heavy body high. I was pretty impressed when I learned how much healthier it is than smoking and how it even produces edibles remains of dry herb, which you can eat as an edible THC snack. So how does a weed vaporizer do what it does?
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Well, First, What Does It Do?


    Vaporizing weed instead of smoking it, or combusting it technically, is literally just heating it to the point of certain cannabinoids and terpenes turning into vapor. This is actually a considerably lower temperature than when smoking. THC first evaporates at around 315 degrees Fahrenheit and begins to combust at about 450 degrees. Most vaporizers max out between 400-430, so combustion rarely occurs except in cases of malfunctions. Cheap weed vaporizers from small companies with little to no reputation are generally more likely to suffer from this sort of thing.

Two Heating Methods


    Conduction heating and convection heating are the two different ways weed can be vaporized. Conduction was the way to go for a long time because convection couldn’t be implemented so well on such a small scale, but technology developed quick and convection quickly became the more common choice. Still, recent models have made a dignified comeback with conduction heating that you can successfully control precisely. Briefly, the difference between conduction and convection heating is that there is direct contact with a heated element with conduction. In contrast, convection heats an entire space evenly with a hot airflow. Companies are finding more ways to improve the technology and make devices smaller every year, but you could definitely say they’re getting quite a high tech very fast. Some of the best weed vaporizer brands have created some really unique and easy-to-use devices with awesome features like touch technology and precise temperature control.

Craig Bowen

Certified alcohol practitioner. Professional writer. Pop culture fanatic. Student. Explorer. Music scholar. Lifelong creator. Managed a small team developing strategies for puppets in Suffolk, NY. Spent high school summers building toy soldiers in Africa. Spent the better part of the 90's getting my feet wet with magma in Africa. Practiced in the art of writing about heroin in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Earned praised for my work lecturing about bagpipes in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Spent several months working on heroin for farmers.

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