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If you've been considering making the switch from smoking to vaping but haven't pulled the trigger yet, you may be unsure about which type of vaporizer will work best for you.
Well, you're not alone, because House of Cannabis stores in Toronto see customers like you all the time, and we'll be glad to offer you some useful advice that might help make your search a little easier – especially since we might not see you as often now that we’re offering weed delivery in Mississauga for the cannabis products that we carry.
With that in mind, before we talk about the different types of vaporizers, let's talk about the benefits of choosing to vape vs smoking.
The biggest and most relevant reason that many people are starting to consider switching from smoking to vaping is for their health.
When you burn dried cannabis flower (or certain types of rolling papers for those of you smoking joints), in addition to all the pleasant parts of cannabis that you're inhaling, you're also taking in burnt carbon and some carcinogens.
These carcinogens can cause cancer in living tissues. While studies are still new, and long-term, credible research is still pending, some preliminary studies are alluding to the possibility that vaporizing dried cannabis flower could be less harmful to our bodies than smoking it.
Though this is far from concrete evidence, many long-time smokers believe that switching to vaporizing has improved their respiratory function.
SIDE NOTE: Inhaling cannabis in any form is worse for our bodies than consuming it in some of its other forms, such as edibles, cannabis drinks, topicals, and cannabis oil distillates that are taken sublingually. If you're looking for the healthiest cannabis products, consider starting in these categories.
Now that we understand some of the perceived benefits of switching from smoking to vaping, let's discuss the different types of vaporizers.
It's important to note that there are two very distinct variations of vaporizing cannabis products.
The first are the more traditional vaporizers, which take ground up dried cannabis flower into a small chamber, where it is heated (rather than burnt) and some of the active ingredients in cannabis are released as a vapor.
Alternatively, there is now an entire market of weed vaporizers that utilize cannabis oils for vaporizing, rather than raw flower. Typically, these appear as vape pens and cartridges, but there are some large models that are designed to function with oils/distillates, as well as dried cannabis flower.
These are the biggest models, and the least common to find these days. The type of vaporizer that you may have seen if you've ever visited a cannabis cafe or know a friend who's been into vaping for years, there's a good chance you've seen one of these before.
Surprisingly, there are a pretty diverse collection of styles available, but they all function similarly.
There's always a compartment in which you can put dried cannabis flower that's ground up or in very small pieces. There'll be a device for either turning the vaporizer on and off, or in some more complex models, set a specific temperature.
Then there's usually a hose or nozzle of some kind that you can use to pull out the vapor, as the cannabis is cooked. In some more expensive models, the vapor is transferred into a bag or separate container that can be removed from the base machine and comfortably passed around.
This vape cartridge is meant for rechargeable vape pens, so if you've chosen to go this route, we (and Mother Nature) salute you.
Designed to fit with 510 thread vape pens, this distillate is known for its pineapple, mango, and pine-like flavours that are found in the sativa-dominant strain used to make this vape cartridge.
Plus, this vape cartridge is built with a ceramic atomizer attached to it, for a smoother vaping experience than you'll get from certain other brands’ cartridges.
Get onboard with these wonderful botanical terpenes, and pick up one of these vape cartridges for your 510 pens vape today.
These tend to be the most diverse forms of weed vaporizers, since there are now many different models that allow you to switch between a dried cannabis flower version and a cannabis oil vaporizer.
The dried cannabis flower portion functions largely the same as the desktop models (other than there are rarely removable parts for sharing), but many higher-end models do allow for specific temperatures to be set for your preference.
For the cannabis oil features, there's usually some sort of adaptor that needs to be connected. After that's done, you should be able to either pour/place oil into a similar style of compartment to the dried cannabis flower, or it will have an attachment that allows you to directly connect vape cartridges.
If you've never had the opportunity to try anything made from this incredibly famous strain, you should really pick up one of these PAX pods (vape cartridges) from Good Supply.
The unmistakable tropical flavour of this distillate vape cartridge is perfect for anyone that's looking to kick their day into high gear. This distillate hits hard though, so don't hit it too many times in a row without giving your body a chance to catch up with you.
These PAX pods work with any of the PAX distillate vaporizers or the adjustable model that you can attach an adaptor to, which then allows your dried cannabis flower vaporizer to also function as a distillate vaporizer as well.
This vape cartridge only has the good stuff in it - top-quality dried cannabis flower, extracted with CO2, purified into a distillate, and then combined with wonderful botanical ingredients.
These are the slimmest and most portable versions of weed vaporizer on the market, but they typically don't give you the option to vaporize dried cannabis flower, which makes them slightly less versatile than the mid-range models.
There are two different types of vape pens as well, disposable and rechargeable. Rechargeable models are more expensive in the short-term, but they can save you a lot in the long run, they tend to be more reliable, and they're better for the environment.
Whatever you choose, these tend to be the most affordable styles of weed vaporizers to try, so if you're interested in giving vaping a chance to see if you like it, consider picking up a vape pen and cartridge set to start.
You can always upgrade to something more elaborate later, if you decide that vaping is definitely for you.
Made from the single strain, Blue Dream, this top-quality disposable vape pen comes with a vape cartridge already installed.
This means you won't have to worry about buying a cartridge separately, and the entire thing comes charged and ready-to-use right out of the box! That's what we'd call convenient.
These vape pens and cartridges are manufactured in an extremely controlled environment, which means that you'll never have to worry about whether the experience will be consistent from one vape pen to another.
Best of all, these vape pens and cartridges are produced without using any solvents, diluting agents, pesticides, or heavy metals, so you can use them without ever having to worry about safety.
Of course, you never know what type of cannabis product might end up being your next favourite, whether it's vape pens and cartridges or something like edibles or cannabis drinks.
You may even want to branch out into more intense, powerful forms of products like cannabis oils and concentrates that you smoke, which are even more potent than vaporized cannabis products.
The tried-and-true classics might even be what you're looking for, like Toronto's best cannabis strains and some rolling papers, or pre-rolled joints if you don't have the desire to do your own rolling.
Whatever you might be in the market for, House of Cannabis stores in Toronto have all the weed products and accessories that you need to ensure that you can achieve your perfect cannabis experience.