How does a Weed Vaporizer Work?

Weed vaporizers have increased in popularity the last few years as consumers look for healthier alternatives to smoking and an all-around smoother experience for consuming cannabis. You may be interested in these benefits but wondering - what exactly is a weed vaporizer, and how does it work?

What is a Weed Vaporizer?

A weed vaporizer is a device that is used to vaporize marijuana. THC is the main cannabinoid in marijuana that delivers a psychoactive effect or produces a ‘high’ when you consume it. Marijuana can be used recreationally or medicinally because it has many health benefits - from supporting relaxation to a myriad of wellness related concerns.

Some people smoke marijuana and some people prefer to vaporize marijuana, both of these methods extract the THC and other cannabinoids present out of the weed and provide an instant effect. The cannabinoids and other compounds in the smoke are ingested through the lungs and any excess is released into the air.

The experience with a weed vaporizer is different from smoking a joint or pipe because it does not burn the marijuana. A vaporizer for cannabis uses heat to vaporize the THC without burning it, meaning the temperatures in vaporizing are much lower creating a smoother experience upon inhale and reducing marijuana waste produced.

So How Do Weed Vaporizers Work?

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A weed vaporizer uses a battery-powered heating chamber to produce heat. This heating chamber will vaporize weed at the press of a button or sometimes just a simple inhale is needed. The heating element is usually ceramic. The chamber is where the weed is placed, and it can be made out of many materials. Some of the most common materials include glass, ceramic and stainless steel. 

Heat causes the THC in the weed to start vaporizing at around 100 degrees Celsius  (230 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature is reached almost immediately because of how quickly the heating element is able to respond when turned on.

Vape weed quickly and efficiently

Unlike other weed vaporizers, the Firefly 2+ will have you ready to vape in as little as 3 seconds.

The Firefly 2+ weed vaporizer turns off automatically when the temperature reaches 157 degrees Celsius (315 degrees Fahrenheit). This feature prevents combustion from occurring, which stops smoke from being produced. If temperatures continue to rise beyond 315 degrees Fahrenheit (157 degrees Celsius), then smoke will be produced. However, if you purchase the best weed vaporizers on the market, this should not happen. When not in use, make sure to keep your weed vaporizer clean and stored in a safe temperature-controlled spot, this will help it to last longer and keep each session with your weed vaporizer as good as the last.

The Benefits of Using a Vaporizer for Weed

Weed vaporizers continue to become more popular as the years go by, and more people learn about their benefits as a method of cannabis consumption. There are a number of different types of weed vaporizers that can be used for a variety of purposes - from medical to recreational and even for the use of marijuana in religious ceremonies. 

Using vaporizer devices can be helpful to people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes because they can deliver the medicine more effectively to the person using it.

This reason ‘why’ is simple - vaporizers heat up weed efficiently, which increases the amount of THC you get out of the weed. Smoking weed does not allow the THC time to dissolve into the plant material, this means that smokers are not able to get as much THC out of their weed as they would from a vaporizer. This is one main driver behind why many prefer weed vaporizers as an alternative to smoking.

The vapor produced by a weed vaporizer is also free from many of the toxins found in smoke. This makes it safer & healthier than most methods used for smoking weed, because fewer toxins enter the body when someone inhales vapor instead of smoke.

Not all weed vaporizers are the same, however, some are better than others at extracting all the THC from the marijuana. You will learn more about this as you read about different weed vaporizers and their unique features.

How To Use A Weed Vaporizer

Follow these simple steps to get started using your weed vaporizer:

  1. Grind up your weed: Grinding up your weed makes it easier to heat and thus vaporize, helping you get the most out of your weed. 
  2. Load the weed into the vaporizer: Put the ground up weed into a vaporizer and power it on. 
  3. Attach your mouthpiece & inhale: If your device has a mouthpiece, put it on. Then, place your lips on the mouthpiece, inhale and enjoy the delicious vapor that emerges.

        Types of Weed Vaporizers

        Three Types of Weed Vaporizers

        There are three different types of weed vaporizers that can be used depending on your purpose.

        1. Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers 

        A portable dry herb vaporizer is a device that is used to vaporize marijuana flowers or other dried herbs, see our article the best dry herbs to vaporizer. Some products can vaporize both marijuana or concentrate. This type of weed vaporizer is very popular among medical marijuana patients because it is discreet and easy to use. It can also be used in more public settings discreetly.

        The Best Weed Vaporizer

        The Firefly 2+ is a weed vaporizer that works for both dried herb and wax/concentrate. Designed with love and respect for the plant, Firefly thoughtfully designed its vaporizer to allow for the best experience possible. It’s proprietary heating technology lets you capture every essence of the herb inside and only heats while you’re inhaling. It’s sleek and discreet design, coupled with the fastest heat up time of any portable vaporizer makes it a contender for what we think is one of the best weed vaporizers on the market.

        2. Portable Wax Vaporizers 

        A portable wax vaporizer is a device used to vaporize hash oil. Hash oil is a sticky substance that is extracted from marijuana plants. This cannabis extract has high concentrations of THC, which makes it easier to produce a high when consumed. Portable wax vaporizers can be used with any type of hash oil, including shatter, budder, and wax. This type of weed vaporizer is popular among people who use marijuana recreationally because it allows for quick, easy and portable smoke sessions. The Firefly 2+ is able to vaporize both dry herb and marijuana concentrates with ease.

        The Best Concentrate Vaporizer

        If you are looking for the best wax vaporizer you should take a look at The Firefly 2+. This vaporizer will change your perception on what weed vaporizers are capable of. One of the best all-purpose vaporizers available on the market today, this vaporizer pen has an advanced temperature control system that enables you to adjust the temperature to your exact specifications. It’s easy to load and clean with its glass surface and magnetic lid. The best part is that there is no need to wait. This wax vaporizer will be ready for use in 3 seconds. The Firefly 2+ is compatible with wax, cannabis oils, and cannabis flower. If you are interested in smoking cannabis oils, you should consider the Firefly 2+. It is compatible with any type of oil and heats it up to a perfect temperature. 

        3. 510-Thread Vape Pens

        Another popular method for vaping is using pre-filled THC oil cartridges that are often compatible with 510-thread batteries, like the O.pen 2.0 vape pen. This method of vaping is great for those who have convenience at the top of their priority list. Small and compact and often at a more affordable price point 510-thread vapes are a great addition to your weed vaporizer collection for those on-the-go moments.