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What Is A Vaporizer?

What Is A Vaporizer?

A vaporizer is used to heat up herbs to the point when it releases its active components and produces vapor. The advantage over burning herbs is, that the material is not combusted and hence no smoke is produced and the generated vapor does not contain toxic particles like tar, naftalene, toluene benzene and so on, making the inhaling of the vapor much less hazard to the health of the user.

What Is The Most Important Difference Between Vaporizing and Smoking?

Incensing implies burning and carbonization, while smoking comprises combustion of the herbs. Both methods of producing smoke create serious amounts of unhealthy byproducts of a toxic nature, including tar (solid particles) and nitric oxide (gas). All those byproducts are injurious and irritating to the throat, mouth and lungs. Furthermore, burning of the herbs destroys a large portion of the active compounds, which, in fact, means smoking herbs is way less effective than vaporizing.

A vaporizer utilizes a hot air flow to extract the active compounds from plant material, and the created vapor is ideally tar free. This process does not burn the herb. Hence there is no ash after vaporizing; the remaining material only lost its color and aroma and thus a vaporizer is easy to clean - simply empty out the herb chamber and you're done. This process is called convection and avoids direct contact of the herb and a heat source, preventing burning of the material.

Three Great Reasons to Vaporize

Three Great Reasons to Vaporize

#1 A Safe and Clean Medium. When compared to the smoke and residue of their combusted contemporaries, the level of irritants and health-endangering substances generated by vaporized plant materials is either nonexistent, or greatly reduced, depending on the particular component.

#2 Yields More. While the combustion of an herb via smoke expends its "payload" all in one go, a vaporizer can triple, or even quadruple, the lifetime of the same herb by allowing the user to portion out its usage.

In addition to vaporizers serving as a less hazardous method of enjoying the user's herb of choice, herbal blends designed with vaporizers in mind can be offered in a higher level of concentration and greater aromatic density that what would be provided for combustion methods.

#3 Flavor. Herbal vapor generated by non-combustive means provides the user with a cleaner, purer, and more enjoyable taste while also negating many of the caustic fumes and toxins generated by their smoked counterparts.

Aromatherapy

Vaporizer Aromatherapy

Most of the aromas of trees and plants, which we perceive as pleasant, are produced by ephemeral oils. The smell of pine when walking through a forest or the odor of lavender is exuded by the trees and flowers and is nothing else but ethereal oils. Not only are those oils pleasing our olfactory sense, they have measurable effects on our well-being and health. Lavender for example has a calming effect and enhances sleep. In ancient Persia, Greece and Rome it was used as a disinfectant for infirmaries.

Essential oils of jasmine, cannabis, lemon balm, rose, eucalyptus, rosemary, chamomile, sage and thyme have a long history of use in perfumes and fragrance mixtures and are known for their positive effects on both mind and body.

A vaporizer is used to detach the active components of recreational or medicinal herbs for inhalation. Inhaling vapor has an immediate effect and is more efficient and much cleaner, hence healthier, than smoking and/or incensing.

Portable Vs. Desktop Vaporizers

Most quality vaporizers are not intended for outdoor use or use on the go, because they depend on electricity and are relatively big. For this purpose, smaller glass vaporizers are much more suitable. These smaller vaporizers aren't necessarily of lower quality, but are more vulnerable because the material from which they are made of, and refilling and cleaning can be more tricky.

The Vaporizer History In Short

The Vaporizer History In Short

Although vaporization of medicinal plant materials has been performed for centuries, it has been applied to cannabis only in recent times.

Eagle Bill was introduced to vaporizing THC with a heat gun by a Californian cannabis grower in 1993. Eagle Bill then modified this plain idea and came up with his "Eagle Bill's peace pipe of the future", the Shake & Vape, which was based on the ancient Egyptian method of vaporizing herbs by utilizing heated stones.

A year after a Canadian company had developed the first electric vaporizer (1994), the Vancouver Times published an article about their BC vaporizer, mentioning that "It heats up to the point where it (the herb) does not smoke, but vaporizes the THC, which then re-condenses in your lungs".

De Verdamper, a vaporizer developed by the Dutch cannabis enthusiast Evert after he had heard about vaporization in 1995, has gone through many changes and improvements and is considered one of the best vaporizers today.

Markus Storz started developing vaporizers in Germany in 1996 and registered a patent for his removable valve balloon for the "Volcano inhaler" in 1998. Two years later he filed a patent for a heating element as a heat exchanger for "hot air extraction inhalers". Also in 2000, the "Vapormed Inhalatoren" company was founded, initiating the sale of the Volcano.

The Irish company Oglesby & Butler introduced a wireless vaporizer no bigger than a smartphone in 2008: the Iolite. This was the first portable vaporizer featuring a built-in thermostat that could maintain a temperature of around 374°F/190°C, powered by piezo ignition and a butane reservoir.

Only a few years later, a tiny wooden box vaporizer entered the market of portable vaporizers. The Magic Flight Launch Box, a small compact vaporizer uses conduction and infrared heating to vaporize the herbs within seconds. Its effectiveness (it uses only a single AA battery to reach a temperature of 380°F) and quick heat up time made it one of the most popular vaporizers for years.

Since those early years, much has happened in the vaporizer market. Visit our Top 10 Portable and Top 10 Desktop Vaporizers pages to find out about today's most popular vapes.

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