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How to Choose an Electronic Cannabis Oil Vaporizer

 PHG Peach Bellini with a Terp Pen Nectar Collector

If there is one thing about the cannabis industry that everyone can agree upon, it’s that consumption technology is continuously evolving. There is an endless stream of new electronic devices and gadgets flooding the market, especially when it comes to vaporizing concentrates.  For a new patient, the options can feel overwhelming. So, what kind of devices are out there, and what should one consider when deciding what’s best for them? 

The first thing you might want to think about is how the device fits into your lifestyle. Do you need something portable, or for at home use? There are three basic categories to compare— pens, nectar collectors and e-rigs. Pens and nectar collectors are ideal for medicating on the go. Pens, also known as 510 batteries, are compatible with cannabis cartridges. If you aren’t a fan of cartridges, nectar collectors are also easy to travel with and can vaporize jarred concentrates. These devices mimic a straw– one end is dipped into a concentrate jar, while the patient inhales from the other. Last but not least, e-rigs are the most stationary, as well as the closest option to a glass rig without the use of a blow torch. 

When choosing a vaporizer, you want to make sure it has a temperature control because cannabis compounds are sensitive to heat. While it’s true that overheating can influence the flavor of your extract, it can also burn off the effects as well. This is because terpenes and cannabinoids have boiling points, or temperatures at which their potential effects begin to degrade. Luckily though, temperature control has become a standard for most developers, and in some cases, very customizable. Some devices on the market have a few temperature settings to flip through, while higher end pieces have touch panels or apps that can control the pipe from your phone. Don’t feel intimidated by all the bells and whistles though— even basic models are efficient in personalizing how you medicate!

The materials from which your vaporizer is made is also important. It can determine the longevity of your device, or its heating element and influence the flavor of your extract. Mediums commonly used include stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, glass, plastics, and ceramic. Metals are usually durable and easy to clean but may not be as flavorful. Ceramic and glass are the best for preserving the flavor of your concentrate but tend to be more fragile. Plastics are the least desirable but most affordable option in most cases. When heated at high temperatures, plastics can release harmful chemicals as well as microplastics into the vapor that may increase risk for respiratory problems, cancers, and other health issues. Considering that cannabis is meant to heal, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you aren’t vaping with something that might be dangerous long-term.

All things considered, the vaporizer you choose boils down to personal preference. Once you understand what kind you want, there is an abundance of styles, shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. It’s also advantageous to look through reviews of whatever you’re considering and learn what kind of experience other people have had with a particular device. Even if you don’t love whatever you choose, you can always try another... In my opinion, you can never have too many canna-gadgets!


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