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Everything You Need To Know About Vaporizers

Post by Weedguru Higher » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:33 pm

Everything You Need To Know About Vaporizers
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What is a Vaporizer?

A vaporizer (or vapouriser) is a device, or in some cases a modular "system" of assembled "vaporization tools," used to extract and deliver via inhalation the active ingredients of plant material, commonly cannabis, tobacco, or any of many other herbs or blends (phyto-inhalation; see also: aromatherapy). Vaporization is an alternative to smoking. Rather than burning the herb, which produces irritating, toxic, and carcinogenic by-products, a vaporizer heats the material in a partial vacuum so that the active compounds contained in the plant boil off into a vapor. No combustion occurs, so no smoke or taste of smoke is evident. The vapor ideally contains virtually zero particulate matter or tar, and significantly lower concentrations of noxious gases such as carbon monoxide. The vapor is extracted in various forms of extraction chambers including straight bore, venturi or sequential venturi, and made out of different materials including metal and glass. The extracted vapor is then inhaled directly through a hose or pipe including vapor-specific " vaporization water tools" for highest activity, or stored for subsequent inhalations in a container such as a bag or jar. With little to no smoke produced, cooler temperatures, and less material required to achieve a given level of effect, the irritating/harmful effects of smoking are greatly reduced or eliminated, along with second hand smoke, by using a vaporizer.

In comparison to other drug delivery methods such as ingestion, vaporization offers the advantages of rapid onset of pharmacological effect, direct delivery into the bloodstream (via the lungs), and more precise titration such that the desired level is reached and not exceeded, enabling consistent and appropriate dosage.

Classification

Precise vaporizers use an electric heating element, often featuring thermostatic temperature control. High-end models may cost several hundred U.S. dollars.

Broadly, vaporizers may be classified by how they heat the substance:

* By thermal conduction
* By convection
* By thermal radiation


In conduction heating, the substance is placed on a metal plate that is then heated to release the active constituents. Conduction vaporizers were the first type to appear on the market, and are still in production.

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A Volcano forced-air Vaporizer that uses an aluminum heating element and accurate thermal control to fill convenient plastic bags for subsequent dry inhalations

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A conduction-style vaporizerand a pocket vaporizer

In convection heating, the substance itself never touches a heating element. Instead, hot air passes through it, heating it rapidly, and allowing the release of the active constituents. This method of heating releases more active constituents than conduction heating.[citation needed]

* Some convection vaporizers or vaporization systems use a hand held heating wand with a glass encapsulated element and vortex flow form inducing intakes which when mated to a bowl on many common pipes or water pipes, or when mated to a specialized vaporization chamber bowl enable the user's own draw to pull ambient air past a glass heating surface heating the air prior to its passage through the substrate in the bowl whereas the vapor is extracted and then passes through the pipe, often with water and/or ice cooling and conditioning, and to the user.
* Many convection vaporizers use a tube (called a "whip") through which the user inhales the vapors. Some vaporizers have a bag or balloon attachment; vapor is blown into the bag, and the user detaches the bag and inhales the contents. Attachments can be placed between the vaporizer or bag and the user's mouth to cool the vapor with water or ice.
* Convection vaporizers are either forced air types which actively blow air through the heating element and herbs, or passive types, where the user inhales the air without help of a fan or pump. Most vaporizers today use the convection principle, including heat guns, "wood box" types, and nearly every higher-end vaporizer on the market today.

In radiation heating, the substance is subjected to bright light. The substance absorbs radiant energy and its temperature rises. Radiation vaporizers are rare, but capable of duplicating the performance of convection vaporizers. A pipe and a magnifying glass on a bright, sunny day can, with care and practice, act as an adequate radiation vaporizer.

Vapor quality


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Herbo Life Vaporizer

Few vaporizer studies or reviews have really addressed the quality of the vapor extracted and delivered; instead, focus has generally been on the mode of usage of the vaporizer. When one considers that there are at least 60 pharmacologically-active compounds in cannabis and that the aromatic terpenoids begin to vaporize at 126°C, but the more bio-active cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) do not vaporize until near their respective flash points: CBD 206.3°C,[6] CBN 212.7°C,[7] THC 149.3°C[8] then it becomes apparent that the only way to get a full spectrum vapor inhalation is to extract and deliver rapidly from a small sample at a time. Because most commercial vaporizers are slow in extraction and delivery, the vapor inhaled is first aromatic, but only minimally active; and then as the plant material temperature rises, the vapor becomes increasingly bio-active, but minimally aromatic, because most of the aromatics have already been released. This problem is addressed in the modular vaporization "tool" based "systems" by use of a sequential venturi effect for more rapid extractions via a vaporization chamber bowl and vaporization heat wand or heat gun and is addressed in some “box” vaporizers by way of a venturi inducing extraction intake prior to the hose. With the vaporization chamber bowl approach many common pipes can be simply modified enabling the delivery of broader spectrum vapor preferred by many users and higher in concentration, consistency, and aromatic density due to the increased rate of extraction and smaller sample size. Bag capture vaporizers tend to be slower in extraction rate which prevents the attainment of fuller spectrum vapor which is a trade-off for the convenience of this approach.

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Most vaporizers deliver dry, warm vapor that can irritate the throat and upper airway tree. By running the vapor through water and/or past ice to moisture condition and cool prior to delivery irritation of the throat and upper airway can be reduced or eliminated. Raising the temperature so pyrolysis products like nitrosamine are present, is known to increase risk for cancer in exposed oral and airways epithelium, among other health effects of tobacco. A properly used vaporizer should never allow this to happen; however, many smokers making the transition to vaporization will make this mistake. Smoking means pyrolysis, so tar and noxious gas from cannabis combustion are absent in properly temperature constrained vapor. In addition, THC is a powerful expectorant, so the cilia, cough and other healthy airways defense mechanisms are activated, cleaning out any inhaled material. Vaporizers or vaporization "tool" based systems that feature rapid extraction and delivery combined with water and/or ice cooling and conditioning of the vapor by running it through a water pipe or "vaporization water tool" deliver clean, concentrated, cooled and moisturized vapor for maximized bio-activity and minimized impact.

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How to Use a Vaporizer

- Place the weed in the receptacle or chamber of the smoking vaporizer.
- Turn on or plug in the vaporizer. The chamber will fill with a smokey (yet not dense) fog.
- Once the chamber is full of vapor, turn off or unplug the vaporizer. You do not want the tobacco to burn.
- Inhale the tobacco vapor through the tube and mouthpiece attached to the vaporizer.

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After a while concentrated vapor builds up on the top of the clear glass dome. Tip upside down the clear glass dome, then pour some Vodka into the it. Swish the Vodka around, this swishing action will remove the built up vapor. Then pour the Vodka into a glass and mix with your favorite mixer and some ice. Drink and TAKE OFF -Enjoy!

* No Smoke With your vaporizer you get NO SMOKE because nothing actually burns. Plus you will actually use far less herbs for the same effect.
* 95% Pure active ingredients from the vapors. Get pure effects without burning your herb.
* The tube is long, plastic tube with quality mouthpiece for inhaling vapor. Long enough to be shared around or some come with balloon kits, to capture and store the vapor.
* 95% Smoke and Carcinogen FREE. Save your lungs!
* Odorless - With no smoke, the pure THC vapours can hardly be smelt and you will be inhaling them anyway. makes it great for discreet use in small or shared rooms or unventilated areas.
* Approximately 30% More *Buzz* for your herbal buck. Save money with their inherent design efficiencies compared to smoking alone. Much of the THC is wasted due to it being combusted when smoked in other ways.
* Versatile - Works great with herbs, oils,shisha, tobacco, bong resin, hash and mixtures.
* Throw away your trash? No longer, 15% of the THC is usually thown away, on the vegitation, so save your trimmings and leaves. Gring them and Vaporize them. Yes they are bloody aweful to smoke, because of the high vegetation to THC ratio, but in a vaporizer, only the THC is vaporized, so you don't taste or use the vegetation.

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Re: Everything You Need To Know About Vaporizers

Post by DominicMason » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:53 am

Where as most other vaporiser use metals, plastics, Teflon, aluminium and even wood in their construction or parts the V-tower and the Extreme tower were possible uses where possible the strongest high quality glass. This avoids any harmful toxins, takes away bad taste and provides a pure smokes.

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Re: Everything You Need To Know About Vaporizers

Post by sugarstalker » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:31 pm

what I've always wondered with vaporizers is if they work with hash, because that's the only thing I can get my grubby little hands on around here.

I have a WISPR vape by IOLite
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Re: Everything You Need To Know About Vaporizers

Post by EddyG » Tue May 01, 2012 6:35 pm

Late to the party but thought I'd register to say hello :)

sugarstalker, wow, that's a pretty nice problem to have, but you always want what you can't get I suppose ;)

Hash is pretty much the same idea as vapor, a way of concentrating the "good stuff" from the plant... with that in mind I doubt it could work in a vape, and would certainly need to be crumbled up good for increased surface area.

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