Vapor vs Smoke

Combustion releases smoke and cancer-causing carcinogens that damage your mouth, throat and lungs. Vaporizers heat herb just below burn temperatures, releasing THC and other medically active cannabinoids with few or none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases in smoke.

Labs studies by California NORML and MAPS have found research supporting this. See the charts below for the exhaustive list of chemicals.

Vapor analysis found 36–61% THC, an efficiency that compares to marijuana cigarettes. Vapor consisted overwhelmingly of cannabinoids, with trace amounts of three other compounds. Combusted smoke contained 111 other compounds. Results indicate that vaporization can deliver therapeutic doses of cannabinoids with a drastic reduction in smoke compounds.

How Vaporizing Works

Vaporizers heat herb below burn temperature, releasing THC and other medically active cannabinoids with few or none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases found in smoke. Vaporizing is subtle — vapor hardly smells, there are no dirty ashes to clean-up or spill on the floor and vapor quickly disappears into the air, producing only a hint of flavor in your mouth and good vibes all around.

A Brief Step-by-Step Photo Guide

Turn on vaporizer and set temperature. Grind your herb. Load your vaporizer's chamber with freshly ground cannabis. Inhale and enjoy the vapors slowly inhaled through a tube or bag.

step 1: warm-up your vape

Step 1. Turn your vaporizer on

Warm-up the heating element. Patience is a virtue, so wait until it’s hot and ready.

step 2: grind your herb

Step 2. Grind your herb

Grid to a semi-fine consistency. Most vapes work better with fine grinds—more surfaces are exposed to warm air—so take a few extra seconds to find a nice consistency.

step 3: load your vape

Step 3. Load vaporizer with herb

Here we’re testing Da Buddha vaporizer and using the wand to inhale or "suck up" the ground weed.

step 4: inhale the vapors slowly

Step 4. Inhale slowly

Using steady breaths to draw the warm vapor into your mouth and lungs. Most vapes use either plastic or glass tubes (called a whip) or a bag (like the Volcano). Don’t be distracted, find focus and be attentive.

Smoking vs Vaporizing Pros and Cons

smoking vaporizing
stinks like smoke faint smell
bad taste of burning ash mild flavor of earthy herbs and spices
messy: burn marks, ashes and stains everywhere clean: vaporized herb is dried brown and easy to discard
harsh mellow

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Further Reading

These reports and official sources offer researched and objective information about the health benefits of vaporizing.