How Long Has Vaping Been Around?
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How Long Has Vaping Been Around?

Intro  Since vaping became so popular seemingly suddenly, many are surprised to learn that vaping has been around for decades. While modern vaping has taken the industry to new heights, the humble beginnings of the industry can shed light on why vaping came to be in the first place.  Below, you'll learn about the history of vaping, as well as what triggered the population boom that the practice currently enjoys today.  A Brief History of Vaping  While vaping as we know it has been around for decades, the predecessors of the modern practice have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptians would take a variety of herbs and oils and heat them on stone plates, which created vapor and fumes they enjoyed inhaling. While not "true" vaping, it certainly set the stage for contemporary smoking methods.  Hookahs, a smoking method using a water pipe, also have ancient origins. They originated in the Middle East and still continue a high level of popularity. Tobacco smoking has driven a lot of the development of modern smoking, but it was also one of the driving forces of the first modern vape being developed.  Who Invented Vaping?  Herbert Gilbert, an American scientist, filed a patent in 1963 for a "smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette." He was the first in the world to do so, and his vaping device, while unrefined, had many of the modern components found in modern vaporizers. It used a battery to heat vape liquid, which would create vapor that the user could enjoy.  Gilbert's vape juice, like modern vape juice, was infused with nicotine. He had intended to use his vaporizer as a smoking cessation device (similar to how vaping can be used today). He also made his vape liquid with a variety of flavors, marketing the product as a weight-loss tool since users could "vape" their favorite sweet dishes.  Before His Time  Unfortunately, Gilbert couldn't get any manufacturers to invest in the large-scale manufacturing of his device. Smoking was still widely accepted, highly profitable, and the famous Surgeon General's report warning of the dangers of tobacco use wouldn't be released until 1964. Despite his passion, Gilbert never saw success from his patent.  Eventually, his patent would expire, and vaping would be largely ignored for several more decades.  A Winning Design  It wouldn't be until 2003 when modern vaping would begin to take hold. Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, became interested in novel tools to help people stop smoking when his father (who was a heavy smoker) died of lung cancer. He was inspired by Gilbert's original patent but modernized the design to make it more user-friendly and convenient.  The design he made would become the first modern e-cigarette. It was small, discreet, and looked very similar to a cigarette, but it produced vapor-infused nicotine instead of smoke. Unlike Gilbert's design, Lik's exploded in popularity. It spread across Asia, Europe, and eventually the United States.  While vaping has changed significantly since 2003, we can all thank Hon Lik for bringing it to the world stage. How Long Has Vaping Been Around?  Depends on who you ask! Most will say that Herbert Gilbert officially brought the modern idea of vaping to the world, making the first battery-powered device that vaporized specialty liquid. Others may say that it was Hon Lik who made the first successful vaporizer design and brought the practice to the world stage.  Others may say that "vaping" has roots that are centuries old, looking to ancient practices like baking herbs and inhaling the fumes (like the Egyptians did). Regardless, the heart of the practice has been around for centuries! How Vaping's Popularity Grew  Lik's design helped vaping become a more widespread practice, but his e-cigarette (which was limited in its functionality) isn't what caused vaping to really explode. While vaping steadily grew for the next several years, a brand-new design hit the market in 2010. It was a new product called a box mod.  Unlike the e-cigarettes and vape pens before it, box mods offered a full suite of features, a super-hefty battery, and enormous vape juice capacity. These features allowed vapers to easily create enormous vape clouds (which were similar to the smoke production from a hookah). Vapers loved the product and vaping exploded in popularity.  The Arrival of Pod Mods  While box mods really helped vaping explode, there were still barriers of entry that were difficult for some customers to overcome. Box mods were expensive, required a certain level of expertise to use, and needed regular maintenance to upkeep. For more casual vapers, box mods didn't scratch the convenience itch that so many had.  In 2015, yet another product entered the market. This time, it was Pax Labs and their now-famous JUUL products. They introduced a disposable, pre-filled vape that even brand-new vapers could quickly pick up and use. This shook the market up again, with a new wave of disposable vapes (and refillable vapes with similar designs) entering the market. Unfortunately, pod mods like JUUL were a little too accessible to teens, especially minors who are not old enough to vape). Due to the skyrocketing popularity of nicotine-infused, fruity-flavored vape juices, the USA banned certain flavored vapes in 2020. Modern History of Vaping  The modern history of vaping really begins with Hon Lik and his e-cigarette. His design kicked off the vaping craze, and while true e-cigarettes are often seen as dated nowadays, they were what kickstarted the modern vaping industry.  Since then, modern vaping has enjoyed several milestones, like box mods and pod mods. Vaping other substances, like dry herbs and concentrates, have also enjoyed increased popularity due to the acceptance of vaping increasing.  Modern Vaporizers: Components and How They Work  While the heart of a vaporizer hasn't changed much, a lot of new pieces of hardware have been developed and added since the humble days of the e-cigarette. Take a look at some of the common components found in today's vaporizers: Batteries  Just like in Gilbert's design, all modern vapes have a battery. While they vary in size or charge, they all serve the same purpose: to provide power to a heating element to produce vapor. Many vapes have built-in batteries that can't be removed, while others (like box mods) have replaceable batteries.  Atomizers  The atomizer is what the battery is providing power to. The atomizer can have a variety of heating elements (like cotton wicks, mesh coil, or other options) that will heat to vaporize the juice you have chosen. How the entire process works is simple! First, the battery provides power to the atomizer, which will heat high enough to vaporize e-liquids. Then, the tank will drip liquid onto the heated atomizer, which will vaporize. The vapor travels through a designated vapor pathway, through a mouthpiece, into your lungs! Atomizers are the most basic kind of heating element for e-liquids. While they do an excellent job of providing the authentic flavor of what you are vaping, they aren't very efficient with the juice. This will lead to frequent refillings, which may not be a dealbreaker for hardcore flavor-chasers, but casual vapers may not enjoy the regular maintenance.  Fortunately, there are two modern versions of atomizers that provide a more efficient vaping experience: cartomizers and clearomizers.  Cartomizer  A cartomizer operates similarly to an atomizer, except it has a special component called a polyfill. A polyfill acts kind of like a wick, where it will soak up e-liquids and control how much juice is vaped at a time. This gives much longer vaping sessions since this is a much more efficient use of vape juice. You'll usually trade convenience for a slightly duller flavor. Clearomizer  As the name implies, a clearomizer is "clear," so you can see your chosen e-liquid inside. More importantly, clearomizers generally use a wick-feeding system (as opposed to the polyfill system in a cartomizer or a drip system in an atomizer). The wick allows vape juice to be used efficiently (so there are less refillings) and provides an excellent flavor.  Clearomizers are newer to the market, so they offer a lot of advantages. However, they are not without their drawbacks. Namely, if you want to try a new juice flavor, you'll need to replace the wick (which is often too technical for beginner vapers). Clearomizers are also significantly more expensive than cartomizers or atomizers, but you certainly get the quality you pay for.  Tanks  Juice tanks (sometimes called cartridges) refer to the entire piece that holds your vape juice. They will include your atomizer (or whatever modern variation you'll be using), as well as the vapor path that connects to your mouthpiece. Tanks can come in a variety of configurations, including RBA tanks, which are meant to be opened and tinkered with by experienced vapers. Mouthpiece  Finally, all modern vapes have some kind of mouthpiece. Glass, plastic, and silicone are common materials for this component, which all have their own pros and cons for use. Vapes that tend to run hot (like box mods) will usually have longer mouthpieces to distance your lips from the heated components.  The Future of Vaping  Vaping isn't going anywhere for a long time, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't expect changes. We really don't know much about vaping since modern vaping hasn't been studied that closely. There was a huge scare in 2020 when people were mysteriously getting a vaping illness (which turned out to be black market THC cartridges with harmful additives).  There's still a lot we don't know about how vaping affects the human body, and the more we learn, the more that our view of vaping may change. For now, vaping is often used to help stop smoking tobacco or simply as a hobby. Many vapers enjoy CBD oils to help treat a variety of physical ailments, like chronic pain or anxiety. Others avoid vaping juices altogether and instead opt to vape concentrates or dry herbs with specialty devices like the Firefly 2+ Vaping dry herbs directly avoids a lot of the fears associated with using atomizers to vaporize e-liquids.  The more we learn about vaping, the more we'll talk about it! Be sure to check back to this knowledge base regularly to learn the latest on vaping.   SHOP NOW
Vaping Make You Gain Weight
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Does Vaping Make You Gain Weight?

Intro As popular as vaping is, there are bound to be all kinds of weird myths surrounding the practice. You may be surprised to find that many of the facts you think you know about vaping are half-truths at best or complete fabrications at worst. One of the most common myths we're asked about is whether vaping makes you gain weight.  There are a lot of different reasons this myth persists, and this article is going to get to the bottom of them. We’ll explore a few common myths about vaping, whether or not vaping makes you gain weight, and why some of these beliefs exist in the first place. The Myths Vape juices come in a wide variety of flavors, and it's not uncommon to find sweet, candy-oriented juices. Some have thought that, because these flavors mimic candy, that vaping them might cause weight gain.  Vaping Is Calorie-Free   Fortunately, you have no need to worry about ingesting calories through vaping, regardless of the flavor. While most vape juices have "calories" listed, you don't absorb any of the calories when vaping. You'd need to actually swallow and ingest the juice to produce a caloric intake (which we absolutely do not recommend).  Even if you could ingest the calories from vape juice, it wouldn't be enough to gain weight. A bottle of vape juice may have 4 calories per mL, which is negligible. For reference, an entire cup of grapes has about 62 calories. You'd have to be vaping through several bottles of day, several times of the week, for the caloric content to impact your weight.   Why Do Vape Juice Bottles Have Calories Listed?  The nutrition facts that list calories on a bottle of vape juice reflect the calories of the ingredients listed. Technically, all objects have calories since calories are just a measure of the "energy" in a given object. Gasoline has a high caloric count, but that doesn't mean you want to eat it! The main components in vape juice (like vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol) have calories, too. However, those aren't calories you need to be concerned with since the only way to make use of them is to actually swallow the juice.  So, Does Vaping Make You Fat?  There is currently no evidence to suggest that vaping can cause any kind of weight gain, regardless of the brand, flavor, or recipe you vape. As we mentioned earlier, you can't ingest the negligible number of calories that are present in vape juice anyway (because you're breathing it in, not eating it).   Vaping Dry Herb   There is nothing in e-liquids or vape juice that will make you gain weight when you vape. While dry herbs are completely different substances, there are no dry herbs you can vape that will make you gain weight, either. However, there are some side effects of certain dry herbs that could cause you to gain weight. Namely, the munchies! If you vape marijuana, you're going to inhale a dose of THC, which is the compound responsible for creating marijuana's traditional ‘high’. THC accomplishes this by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in your brain. These receptors affect the strength of your appetite, which is why vaping marijuana is associated with increased appetite.  Since a THC-induced appetite isn't necessarily fixed by eating, you could end up eating a lot. If you vape weed on a regular basis (and consistently succumb to the munchies), you definitely could gain weight. Be sure to keep that in mind if you regularly vape. Vaping Concentrates  Vaping concentrates is the same story as vaping dry herb. You should just be a little more cautious when vaping THC concentrates since the concentration of THC is far greater than what is found in loose-leaf marijuana. Much like dry herb and vape juices, there is nothing in concentrates that will cause weight gain by vaping. Why You Could Gain Weight After Quitting Vaping  If you are transitioning away from vaping e-liquids infused with nicotine, it's not uncommon to notice some weight gain. While this may cause alarm, there's nothing to be concerned about. The common reason people gain weight when they move away from vaping is because they are no longer regularly consuming nicotine.  Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco and many kinds of vape juices. It is also a stimulant, and research shows that stimulants can suppress your appetite. So, when you stop using a stimulant (like nicotine), you may notice a rebound in your appetite, which means you will want to eat more. More eating means it's more likely for you to gain weight. Overall Metabolism Decrease  Aside from having a renewed appetite, you may experience weight gain after you stop vaping because your overall metabolism slows. Research shows that nicotine can increase the calories you burn while asleep up to 7-15%. This means, even if you effectively control your caloric intake, it's possible to gain weight because your body is burning through calories more slowly. One Craving for Another  As you work your way through the withdrawals of nicotine, you may experience the urge to "replace" nicotine with something else that stimulates your brain. For many, that replacement can be rich, calorically dense foods (especially foods high in sugar). If you replace vaping with eating high-calorie foods, you definitely could experience some unexpected weight gain.  Food Tastes Better  When you stop vaping (depending on how much you were vaping and what flavor), you may find that you can smell and taste better. When you find that foods have a suddenly richer, more vibrant taste, the temptation to overeat may be present, which would contribute to weight gain.  Weight Gain Is Possible, but Not Guaranteed  Of course, quitting vaping doesn't mean you will gain weight. For the vast majority of the population, the only way to gain weight is to consume more calories than you burn. While an increased appetite and a slower metabolism make it more likely to gain weight when you stop, eating nutrient-rich foods and exercising can help you maintain your current weight levels. Vaping and Weight Loss  Since nicotine is an appetite suppressant, many look to vaping as a way to control their weight. There definitely is research that suggests that vaping can contribute to weight loss, but vaping nicotine e-juices should only be part of your overall weight-loss strategy.  Regardless of how you're vaping nicotine, it can come with unpleasant side effects when you try to stop. The side effects include irritability, headaches, and even anxiety and depression. These symptoms only last up to a few weeks, and if you can manage to get past the worst of them, the withdrawal symptoms quickly begin to fade.  Vaping as Part of Your Weight Loss Strategy While you should keep the side effects of nicotine withdrawal in mind, there's new research that suggests vaping can be an effective tool in your weight loss. Even with the drawbacks of nicotine, the advantages of avoiding obesity may outweigh the cons. This could be true even for those that are not moving from tobacco to vaping since that study suggested the sweet, candy flavors may help reduce cravings for the real, sugary thing.  Additional Research to Back Up These Claims  There's more research to suggest that nicotine may be an unexpected partner in mitigating weight loss. In an animal study involving mice, nicotine use reduced insulin resistance in obese rats, which helped to lower their overall glucose levels. This can help reduce your cravings for sugar, which can help you control your weight more effectively.  These newer studies regarding nicotine are promising since there's already a mountain of literature about the concerns of chronic, long-term use of nicotine. For those that have struggled with weight loss, nicotine might be a short-term solution in jump-starting your weight loss journey.   Always Consult Your Primary Care Physician  As with any new health regimen, you should always consult with your primary care physician before introducing something new into a weight-loss regimen. This is especially true if you have pre-existing conditions that nicotine may make worse.  For example, nicotine may increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. If your doctor thinks you're already at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, they may dissuade you from using nicotine as a method to lose weight.  While newer research suggests that nicotine might be a helpful weight loss tool, you should always make the decision to begin using it under the consultation of your doctor. This not only includes the use of nicotine but any significant diet change (like intermittent fasting) or the introduction of intense exercise.  Removing Weight Gain Fears  Making sure to maintain a healthy body weight is important. After all, the health risks of obesity are very serious. However, you can rest assured that vaping e-liquids will not contribute to unexpected weight gain. Here's a quick summary of why you don't need to be concerned: Vaping does not ingest calories (even with sweet, candy flavors). Currently, there is no research to suggest that any ingredient in common e-liquids would cause weight gain. While stopping nicotine use can cause short-term weight gain, it's not a guarantee. Focusing on eating nutrient-dense foods and getting regular exercise have a far greater impact on your weight than any kind of vaping or nicotine use. While the risks of nicotine use should be considered, weight gain is not a problem you need to be concerned with when considering vaping.  Conclusion Vaping causing weight gain is a myth that has been debunked for quite some time. Also, keep in mind that you can enjoy vaping without using nicotine at all. There are many e-liquids that are sold without nicotine, which allows users to enjoy making giant clouds of delicious tasting vapor.  Others vape for medicinal reasons. For example, many look to CBD-infused vape juices to treat pain or avoid e-liquids altogether, opting to vape dry herbs like hemp or marijuana. If you've considered vaping dry herbs, we recommend using the Firefly 2+ to do so. It uses advanced convection heating to produce smooth, great-tasting vapor!     SHOP NOW
Firefly 2+ vs. Pax 3
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Firefly 2+ vs. Pax 3

Intro Serious dry herb vapers know that a high-quality dry herb vaporizer is pivotal. High-end components are required to quickly create vapor while keeping the flavor crisp, clean, and authentic to your dry herb.  Some of the popular dry herb vapes include Firefly 2+, Pax 3, Crafty, etc., which are ultra portable and offer top-most quality performance. Out of these, people often draw a comparison between Firefly and Crafty or “Firefly vs. Crafty”, as both are the most trusted names in the industry. However, Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 are also highly rated and often, it can be difficult to fully understand what makes these vaporizers stand out from one another. In this article, we'll discuss everything from how these devices look, feel and perform. By the end, you'll have the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your vaping needs. Design and Features One of the most obvious differences between the Pax 3 vs. the Firefly 2+ is the design. The Pax 3 is made to not look like a vaporizer at all. It's an excellent choice for those that plan on vaping in public and prefer to have a more discreet choice.  The Firefly 2+, on the other hand, is noticeably a dry herb vaporizer. While it lacks the ability to be discreet, the design allows for advantages like larger dry herb capacity and a more robust heating system.  Features In terms of physical features, both the Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 are simple and straightforward. The Firefly 2+ uses magnetic sealing to keep the heating chamber from accidentally opening. It also has a double-sided sensor instead of a physical button to fire the device, which significantly reduces the likelihood of the device accidentally firing while in a pocket or purse.  The Pax 3 also uses a magnetic sealing system and makes use of a traditional firing design, including a physical button. While this will be more familiar for vapers, it also increases the likelihood of accidental firing while in tight storage.  Vapor Quality and Taste Both devices offer superior vapor quality and taste compared to other lower-end devices, though there are a few subtle differences. The Pax 3 creates fantastic vapor from dry herbs, but many users report disappointment when using the device to vape concentrates due to limited temperature options.  The Firefly 2+ shines in this category. It is consistently rated as one of the best dry herb vaporizers for taste, largely due to the advanced convection heating technology used in the device (the Pax 3 uses standard conduction heating). The Firefly 2+ also has a wider temperature range than the Pax 3, making it more ideal for concentrate vaping.  Ease of Use Both the Firefly 2+ and the Pax 3 are extremely straightforward and easy to use. As we mentioned earlier, the Firefly 2+ uses a double sensor hold to fire the device to create vapor. The Pax 3 uses a traditional button that serves to power the device on and fires the device. Despite the design differences, both are very easy to use.  Ease of Loading Dry Herb Both devices offer easy ways to pack your preferred dry herb. The Pax 3 just requires dry herb to be ground and tightly packed. Since this device uses conduction instead of convection, it is extremely important that the dry herb be packed as tightly as possible.  When packing the Firefly 2+, you'll want to loosely pack dry herb (instead of a super tight pack). This is because the device uses convection heating, which means air needs to be able to pass through the dry herbs. If you have packed your bowl and are struggling to pull a hit, you may have packed the bowl too tightly.  Use a Grinder Regardless of which device you use, you must use a grinder for your dry herb. This allows heat to be evenly distributed and avoids a scenario where you have completely spent burnt ash mixed in with dry herb that hasn't vaporized yet. It will also reduce the likelihood of clogs in the vapor path, which can be tricky to fix once dry herb gets stuck in that area.  Kit and Accessories You'll find a bit of a difference between what the Pax 3 and the Firefly 2+ offer in terms of accessories. Take a look below to see what each offer. Pax 3 Accessories While you need to pay a bit more to get this entire kit (usually around $50), it's worth the price to have a full suite of useful tools. You can expect to have: Standard multi-tool to help pack and clean out the heating chamber Concentrate insert to vaporize wax and specialty oils Half-oven lid, which allows for partial packing of the bowl 3 replacement screens, which you'll need to keep dry herb particles from clogging the device Firefly 2+ Accessories The Firefly 2+ offers less in terms of accessories, but it also needs less because of its design. While other accessories are available for separate purchase, the standard kit will come with the following: Charging dock Cleaning kit to keep your heating chamber clean and clear of debris Concentrate pads to vaporize wax and specialty oils USB 3.0 Cable Heating Performance When you look at how these devices heat, you'll spot a major difference between the Pax 3 and the Firefly 2+. While both devices have received performance upgrades from their previous version, how the device's heat is also a primary difference when looking at the Pax 3 vs. Firefly 2.  Pax 3 and Conduction Heating The Pax 3 uses conduction heating to create vapor. This means the dry herb needs to be in contact with the walls of the heating chamber so heat can be directly transferred, which creates vapor. It takes around 15 seconds to reach your desired temperature with the Pax 3.  Firefly 2+ and Convection Heating The Firefly 2+ uses convection heating, which means no contact is needed between the heating chamber and the dry herb. Instead, the air is quickly heated (about 5 seconds), which is evenly distributed across your loaded dry herb. This creates a smooth, consistent vaping experience, which is why dry herb vapers overwhelmingly prefer vaporizers with convection heating. The Pax 3's heating chamber is an enormous improvement over the Pax 2, and while it creates a solid vaping experience, it still doesn't match the quality of the Firefly 2+. Battery The battery life and charging time is another difference you'll see between these devices. The Firefly 2+ has a 750mAh battery, while the Pax 3 has a 3500mAh battery. The Pax 3 will allow you to vape through more bowls before you need to charge (between eight to ten, depending on your temperature settings), and the Firefly 2+ will get you through about four to six. While the Pax 3 has a longer battery life, it also takes much longer to charge. It can take up to two hours for the Pax 3 to reach a full battery charge, while the Firefly 2+ only takes an hour. What kind of battery performance is best will depend on your preferred style of vaping. While the Firefly 2+ has a shorter overall battery life, the design allows for the battery to be replaced (with spare batteries readily available). If you plan on vaping while traveling, having a spare battery will be a great choice to keep your vaping sessions uninterrupted.  Mouthpiece The Pax 3 focuses on a discreet design with its mouthpiece, while the Firefly 2+ focuses on maintaining as high of a taste quality as possible. The Pax 3 offers two different mouthpiece types. The first lies flush with the body of the vape, which is ideal for discreet public vaping. The second is a silicone mouthpiece that sticks out from the body.  Which mouthpiece you choose will depend on your vaping preference. The flush mouthpiece requires your mouth to touch the body of the vape. For some, this may be uncomfortable as the body of the vape heats up during use. The silicone mouthpiece is more comfortable, though it makes it much more apparent that you are vaping.  The Firefly 2+ offers a food grade, BPA free plastic mouthpiece that extends slightly from the body of the vape. The mouthpiece connects to the glass vapor path, which means you get very crisp vapor that retains the authentic taste of your dry herb. For "flavor chasers" (vapers who value taste above all else), the glass pathway is a huge selling point for the Firefly 2+. Cleaning and Charging Both devices are easy to clean and charge. After each vaping session, both devices should have their heating chambers dumped out and any remaining debris removed with a cleaning tool. This will prevent resin and oil from building up inside, potentially affecting vapor quality or creating clogs within the vapor path (which are difficult to clear once present).  The Pax 3 uses a charging dock to recharge, and the Firefly 2+ uses a traditional USB plug-in. Remember, the Firefly 2+'s design allows for batteries to be swapped out, so keep that in mind if you plan to travel.  Smartphone App Both devices make use of a smartphone app to access control of their respective heating features. The Pax 3 allows you to more easily see the five different heating options it provides. However, if you don't have access to the app, you can still select these options directly from the device.  The app for the Firefly 2+ offers an enormous range of options. Instead of cycling through a few preset heating options, the app allows users to select a heating range between 200-400F. Without the app, you're limited to cycling between 320-420F (160-215C).  If you find a setting you like, you can use the Firefly 2+ app to configure your preferred heating option as an on-device selection. That way, you can access your preferred temperatures without needing to be connected to an app at all!  Note: The app (for either device) is only accessible through Android devices or PC's. Apple banned vape-related apps in 2019 and have not yet reversed this decision.  Conclusion Both the Firefly 2+ and Pax 3 offer high-end solutions to vaping dry herb. If you're having trouble deciding between the two, here's a quick summary of what each device does well: Pax 3 Discreet design High-capacity battery Generous bowl capacity Firefly 2+ Superior vapor flavor (with both flower and concentrate) Wide range of heat preset Super fast 3-second heat up time Still, have questions? Let us know! We want to be sure you get the perfect device for your needs on the very first purchase. We look forward to hearing from you! SHOP NOW
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
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How Does CBD Make You Feel?

Intro CBD has continued to steadily grow in popularity over the past several years. Between the potential to treat chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even certain kinds of addiction, CBD has developed a large, loyal following and is likely here to stay! For those that are new to CBD, they may have concerns about how it will physically make them feel. Many people who have tried medical marijuana can't tolerate the strong high it often provides, and those looking to CBD may have similar concerns. How does CBD make you feel, and what effects should a new user be most aware of? In this article, the experts will give you the details of some of the benefits of CBD, how CBD physically makes you feel, in addition to a variety of answers to common concerns new users have.  What Is CBD Vaping? CBD vaping is used to describe ingesting CBD specifically through a vaporizer. You can find disposable vaporizers pre-filled with CBD oil, disposable cartridges with CBD oil, and even bottles of CBD vape juice meant for use in a box-mod and vape tank setup.    CBD vaping is one of the most popular forms of vaping due to the unique advantages it offers. If you've never vaped CBD before, consider some of the following benefits that it provides: Easy, quick access to getting a dose of CBD Quick physical impact (faster than swallowing tincture oil or edibles) Cost-effective and easy to find in physical and online retailers While CBD vaping most commonly refers to oil or vape juice setups, it can also refer to dry herb vapes that use hemp or wax vapes that use CBD concentrate.  What Are the Benefits of CBD? CBD has the potential to offer all kinds of health benefits to its users. While the only FDA-approved treatment involving CBD is for severe seizures, there are a number of other hopeful treatments that are promising in preliminary research:  Relief From Chronic Pain and Inflammation If you suffer from chronic pain or inflammation, CBD may offer a fantastic alternative to traditional pain management. Research suggests that CBD can be used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, including chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.  In fact, CBD as a pain management tool is one of the reasons it has grown so popular so quickly. It stands as an alternative to opioids, which can lead to addiction and other less than savory side effects.  Treatment of Depression and Anxiety CBD may offer an alternative for depression and anxiety treatment, especially for those who struggle with the side effects of traditional selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs). For those that struggle with anxiety (including associated with PTSD), CBD may offer effective treatment. Human studies involving CBD and depression are still few and far between, but studies using animal models have demonstrated that CBD may provide effective treatment of depression. It could even be effective in treating severe psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.   CBD to Treat Opioid Addiction Opioid addiction (formally called opioid use disorder, or OUD) is difficult to treat, and current FDA-approved medications often have their own harsh side effects. Animal studies with mice showed that CBD reduced the ability of opioids to trigger the "pleasure center" of the brain and otherwise reduced the tendency to seek out more.  Treatment of Insomnia While studies are still few in number regarding how CBD can help with sleep disorders, early research is very promising. While it requires heavier doses, studies show that CBD can have a sedating effect on those that struggle to fall and stay asleep. That same research shows that, across various sleep disorders, CBD use provided a net increase in sleep. CBD Vape vs. CBD Oil Flexible vaping terminology can cause confusion among those who are new to both CBD and vaping. While terms like oil or vape juice are often used interchangeably, they can also refer to two distinct products.  CBD Tincture Oil CBD tincture oil is sold in jars with an eyedropper and is meant for oral consumption. A few drops are placed under the tongue and swallowed, often providing potent, long-lasting effects. If you can't count on vaping throughout the day (or want something that will last through the night), CBD tincture oil may prove to be a fantastic fit.  CBD Vape Juice CBD vape juice (sometimes called vape oil or e-liquids) is a product specifically formulated for vaporization. It will usually contain a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), which are fantastic for making vapor and terrible for consumption. You should never directly ingest vape juice, regardless of whether it has CBD.  How Does CBD Work? CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis (THC being another popular cannabinoid). As a cannabinoid, CBD can interact with the human endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered in the 1990s, and our understanding of how exactly it works is still improving.  That being said, scientists feel somewhat certain that the endocannabinoid system can influence the following common functions: Appetite Mood regulation Sleep cycles Memory formation and recall Anecdotally, these possible functions correspond heavily with how we know THC or cannabis affects the body. Smoking weed often causes the munchies, can help relax or trigger paranoia and can affect the ability to form short-term memories.  If you have ever heard that it's essentially impossible to overdose on cannabis, its interaction with the endocannabinoid system is why. Cannabinoids don't interact with parts of your brain related to a function required for living (like your heart beating), so there's no overdose risk.  Effects of Vaping CBD If you have never vaped CBD or cannabis, you may be curious exactly what the experience is like. While the best teacher is experience, there are some common effects you can expect to experience when you vape CBD. Since you're vaping, most will feel these effects very quickly. Relaxation If you vape a heavy dose of CBD, you'll likely feel relaxed or sleepy. If you're thinking about using CBD to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, taking several strong puffs shortly before going to bed may help you fall asleep fast! The effect happens quickly, which is why vaping CBD may be a useful tool in treating acute anxiety. Focus or Energy If you take a small dose of CBD, you may experience heightened focus or a little boost of energy. For some, you may also still feel the relaxing/sedating effects we described before, but they're less frequent with weaker doses. How Does CBD Make You Feel? How CBD makes you feel is a person-by-person experience. It will also depend on what strain of cannabis the CBD is derived from (unless you are consuming CBD-isolate products) since different levels of background cannabinoids and terpenes can affect your overall experience.  In general, most can expect to feel the following when using CBD products: Relaxed Calm Sleepy Focused If you take too much CBD too quickly, you may experience more negative feelings. While less common, they can occur. If you experience these, think about adjusting your CBD dosage or how fast you take it in: Anxious Irritable Again, CBD impacts different people in different ways. We recommend starting with a low dose and working your way up to a level that feels good! How Long Does It Take to Feel CBD After Vaping? The time will vary from user to user, as well as how strong your dose is. However, most people who vape CBD will feel some kind of effect within 15-30 minutes after their first puff. When you inhale the vapor, CBD is absorbed through your lungs directly into your bloodstream, which is why it hits so much more quickly than if you eat an edible or swallow oil from a tincture.  If you have waited within that time frame and you feel little to no effect, take another puff! You may need several hits of CBD vapor, especially if you are using CBD to treat acute pain. As long as you take it slow, try slowly increasing your CBD dosage until you feel a solid effect.  Does CBD Get You High? CBD does not get you high. The substance found in cannabis that is responsible for the traditional high users feel is THC, which is a psychoactive cannabinoid. Full-spectrum CBD products (or products that have the "full-spectrum" of cannabinoids found in cannabis) will have trace amounts of THC. These trace amounts are not enough to give a user any kind of high.   CBD can produce some physical effects that could impair you. While you won't be intoxicated (like with alcohol or THC), strong sedative effects may be a problem if you need to use CBD throughout the day. As we've said, when you start using CBD, start with low doses and work your way to comfortable amounts. Will CBD Vape Make Me Fail a Drug Test? It is possible that certain CBD products will cause you to fail a drug test. If you are drug tested regularly, it is vital that you understand the difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.  What Is Full-Spectrum CBD? We mentioned full-spectrum CBD earlier, but it's good to highlight it here again. Full-spectrum CBD products contain mostly CBD and trace amounts of other cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis. If you use full-spectrum products on a regular basis, you may test positive for THC use, even if you have only been using legal products.    If you have been using a dry herb vaporizer with hemp, consider that a full-spectrum product, too. For those looking to enjoy CBD but need to avoid any amount of THC whatsoever, then consider CBD isolate products. What is CBD Isolate? As the name implies, CBD isolate has "isolated" CBD. That means it is the only cannabinoid present, including small, trace amounts. True CBD isolate won't test positive on a drug test (because there isn't any THC at all), but you need to be sure you are buying from a brand that is selling real CBD isolate and not a knock-off. Reputable brands that sell CBD isolate will have laboratory tests available demonstrating that their product is pure. You can also expect to pay much more for CBD isolates than full-spectrum products since the refining process for isolates is much more labor-intensive. Cost aside, CBD isolate offers a great solution for those that want to use CBD but can't risk failing a drug test. Conclusion CBD is a product that so many consumers have come to love. It's important that you buy from reputable brands that offer genuine CBD and have the lab reports to prove it. This becomes even more important if you are seeking out CBD isolate in order to avoid failing drug tests. If a price seems too good to be true, it likely is!  Many vapers that can safely enjoy full-spectrum products look to vaping hemp in a dry herb vaporizer since it offers a cost-effective, potent source of CBD. For those looking for tasty, potent puffs of hemp, we recommend using the Firefly 2+. 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How to Vape CBD Oil

Intro Vaping CBD oil has become a popular option for many, seemingly overnight. Whether vapers are looking for a way to relax, relieve some pain, or even treat moments of anxiety or depression, CBD vaping has found its way into the daily routines of many.  Many beginners are surprised to find how different vaping CBD oil is from traditional e-liquids. Vapers that are used to large plumes of vapor that are produced by e-liquids will find a very different kind of vaping experience when introducing CBD into their routine.  Of course, the experts are here to explain the unique caveats that come with vaping CBD oil. By the end of the article, you'll know what CBD oil is, why it's popular, and best practices to ensure you get the most out of each CBD vaping session. What Is CBD Oil? CBD oil describes either vape juice or tincture oil that has been infused with cannabidiol or CBD. In its natural state, CBD is a common cannabinoid found in cannabis, with particularly high concentrations in hemp. To avoid any confusion, let's talk about the difference between CBD tincture oil and CBD vape oil.  What is CBD Tincture Oil? CBD tincture oil is a product meant for oral consumption, sold in small bottles with a tincture (or a small eyedropper). CBD in this form is very concentrated, with only a few drops needed for several hours (and sometimes a whole day) worth of CBD. You cannot vape tincture oil. If you try, it will burn and produce nasty tasting smoke.    What is CBD Vape Oil? CBD vape oil (which can be referred to as e-liquid or vape juice) is vape juice infused with CBD. The CBD is mixed with vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which are common ingredients in e-liquids that vaporize easily. You should not swallow or consume CBD vape oil. It will taste terrible and could potentially make you sick. The Benefits of Vaping CBD While research is still early, current peer-reviewed studies show some exciting benefits of vaping CBD. They range from treating specific kinds of pain to specific kinds of mental health disorders. CBD as an Anti-inflammatory Research suggests that CBD can be used as a powerful pain-reliever, and it does so on two fronts. First, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help reduce neurotransmitters from transmitting pain signals. Second, and more importantly, CBD can be used as a powerful anti-inflammatory.    Not only can it be used for acute inflammation (like from an injury), but that same research suggests it can be used to treat chronic inflammation associated with auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike opioids, which are powerful pain relievers but have wicked side effects, CBD has very mild side effects that many users don't experience. CBD to Treat Depression and Anxiety CBD can interact with the brain's serotonin receptors, which research suggests may allow it to treat depression. In fact, a study looking at behavior in animals found that CBD can have a swift antidepressant effect. CBD lacks the side effects of traditional antidepressants, which may provide effective treatment of depression for those that struggle to tolerate traditional medicine.    Research examining how CBD can treat chronic and acute depression is also very promising. A 2016 study suggests that it might be an effective treatment for those struggling with PTSD. Another study showed that CBD was more effective at alleviating acute anxiety associated with public speaking.  CBD to Treat Addiction CBD may offer a one-two punch in helping to treat addiction. As we mentioned, it has promise as a powerful pain reliever, reducing or eliminating the need for more harmful pain management techniques that use opioids. Research also suggests that CBD can help rewire the brain to resolve addiction to opioids like heroin and stimulants like cocaine.  Why Is CBD Vaping Popular? CBD vaping has grown in popularity for a variety of reasons. Let's take an in-depth look at some of those reasons below: CBD Health Benefits Many vapers love vaping CBD because of the health benefits we mentioned. They're already used to enjoying vaporizers, so including a new vaping substance like CBD is an easy transition.  Vaping Convenience Vaping is often chosen as the specific method of ingesting CBD because of how convenient it is. Whether you're at home, at work, or on the go, it's easy to get your vape pen out and take a quick puff or two while quickly getting back to your business. Fast-Acting Relief Vaping CBD allows you to feel the effects very quickly, especially compared to CBD oil tinctures and CBD edibles. It's the same comparison when looking at vaping THC or eating a weed edible. Vaping allows the effects to be felt more quickly, and for those treating acute pain or anxiety, the fast-acting relief is unbeatable.  How to Vape CBD There are a couple of ways to be able to enjoy vaping CBD. Let's take a look at some of the most popular methods: Disposable CBD Vape Pen This is an all-in-one device that includes a pre-charged vape battery and a pre-filled CBD oil cartridge. It's ready to vape out of the box, so you'll either take a draw immediately (if it is draw-fire), or you'll power the device on with quick clicks of the power button.  Disposable CBD Cartridge or CBD Pod You can also find CBD in disposable cartridges or pods if you already have a vaping device that you love. If you have a vape pen or box mod, you just need to make sure that the CBD cartridge will connect to your vape battery. Most cartridges (and most vape pens and box mods) will be compatible with 510 threading, so double-check that your cartridge will attach!   If you have a pod vape, you'll need to make sure to find a CBD pod that fits into your vape pod device. If your device supports refillable pods, you may be able to use bottles of CBD vape juice to fill the pods. Just make sure that your vape pod doesn't need a specific mixture of vape juice before making a purchase! Bottles of CBD Vape Juice Finally, if you have a vape tank setup that you love, consider getting bottles of CBD vape juice, similar to how you may already buy bottles of nicotine-infused e-liquids. You'll be able to enjoy your existing vape setup while also enjoying the benefits of vaping CBD! How to Vape CBD Effectively Unlike vaping nicotine-infused CBD, there's more nuance when you decide to vape a CBD product. Before tearing into a bottle of CBD vape juice (or whatever method you decide to use), consider the following for the best vaping experience: What's Your CBD Dosage? CBD impacts individuals in different ways, with some being extremely sensitive to it while others enjoy larger doses. You should not start vaping CBD by taking enormous rips of vapor like you would with nicotine-infused vape juice. CBD can cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, and low blood pressure.    Vaping Oil Not Effective? Try Hemp or Wax If you are using CBD to treat chronic pain or inflammation, have a naturally high tolerance to CBD, or have developed a tolerance due to long-term use, you may find that vaping CBD isn't potent enough for your needs. If this describes you, you may want to consider vaping hemp or wax for a more potent effect.  Vaping raw hemp is the same process as vaping your favorite dry herbs. Be sure to grind your hemp before putting it in the heating chamber and start with a small amount and work your way up to an amount that fits your needs.  Choose a Vaping Device Right for You Finally, make sure you get a vaping device that you can comfortably and efficiently use. Don't feel pressured to use a refillable tank just because it's more cost-effective, and don't feel bad about using a disposable vape because you throw away the entire device. Experiment with different options and pick the one that you can most comfortably use. An Introduction to Vaping CBD: Know Your Equipment If you're new to vaping altogether, you need to be sure to fully understand your equipment before diving into using CBD. Most vaping setups will have the following components: A battery A heating element (like a heating coil) A mouthpiece A tank or chamber for your vaping substance From there, your specific setup will vary. If you're new to vaping, you should take time to consider the differences between your equipment options: Vape Tanks for CBD Vape tanks are commonly attached to box mods, which are powerful vaping batteries geared towards more experienced vapers. They typically have a full suite of features, including precision heating options, that allow for specific customization of the vapor being produced. If you want to use a tank for CBD, you'll use vape juice that is infused with CBD. Remember, you cannot use tincture oil in a vape. However, if you're looking to enjoy the benefits of CBD while making impressive vapor clouds, then a tank may be the exact option you want! Vape Pens for CBD Vape pens are the more traditional vaping device, getting their name from their very pen-like appearance. Vape pens may have some adjustable heating options, though many make use of a draw-fire design.  Vape pens can use some vape tanks, but many pens lack the power required to make full use of a high-capacity tank. Generally, for those looking to use a vape pen for CBD, the most convenient option is buying pre-filled disposable cartridges or disposable vape pens.  Vape Tanks vs. Vape Pens for CBD Tanks have a much higher capacity for vape juice, which can make extended vaping sessions easier. If you're using a box mod with your vape tank (which is our recommendation), you also have access to tinker with the heating options to get your vapor exactly how you want it.  Vape pens, while lacking the robust features of tanks, are more petite, discrete, and less expensive. Whether you opt to use disposable cartridges or disposable vapes, pens are a fantastic solution to those who are new to CBD or new to vaping entirely.  It's not uncommon for vapers to start with a disposable option to try different products and then move to a higher-end, more permanent style product. Regardless of what you choose, go with the solution that seems to fit your needs the best. How Safe Is It to Vape CBD Oil? Vaping CBD oil is extremely safe. Like THC (the cannabinoid that causes marijuana's trademarked high), you can't "overdose" on CBD to the point that it would cause a dangerous health issue. It may be safer to vape CBD than traditional e-liquids since you avoid the nicotine that is often infused.  That being said, if you vape too much CBD too quickly, you can experience uncomfortable side effects. Common side-effects of vaping too much CBD include: Fatigue or drowsiness Anxiety spikes or general irritability Nausea or general loss of appetite Diarrhea or other gastrointestinal distress If you want to avoid these symptoms, you need to start your CBD journey nice and slow. When vaping, take one or two hits to start and listen to your body. Starting slow and working your way up to your ideal dosage is the best way to avoid these side effects.  Common CBD Vaping Mistakes It's easy for beginners to have a difficult first experience when vaping CBD. There is no standard "dosing" for CBD, regardless of how you consume it. If you choose to vape, it can be difficult to figure out "how much" you've actually ingested. To help address this difficulty, be sure to avoid these common newbie mistakes when you first start! Vaping Too Much Too Quickly This will be a particular issue if you have a box mod and vape tank set up and are used to puffing enormous clouds of traditional e-liquids. It is important that you moderate your CBD intake and do your best to keep track of how many puffs you take. Being experienced with vaping doesn't mean you can just dive into vaping CBD, so be patient and vape slowly. Not Keeping Track of Dosage If you are treating a chronic ailment, like anxiety or inflammation, you need to keep track of your typical dosage. This will help you standardize your treatment plan and will make it possible to accurately adjust your dosage if you need a stronger dose or need a weaker dose to avoid side effects.  There's not a super accurate way to keep track of CBD dosage when you vape. You can count your puffs and make sure you're pulling for similar times for each, which will give you a solid rough idea of what your "dosage" might be for a specific vape product.  Alternatives to Vaping CBD Not everyone wants or is able to vape CBD. If you want to avoid vaping e-liquids, there are several other ways you can enjoy CBD. Dry Herbs or Wax Earlier, we mentioned that you could vape hemp or CBD wax if you don't enjoy vape juice. Remember, these methods are far more potent, so be sure to take it slow when you first start. CBD Oil Tinctures and Edibles If you want to avoid inhaling vapor altogether, you can buy consumable CBD products. Tincture oils offer a very potent, long-lasting solution, and edibles are convenient and much tastier. If you eat or swallow a CBD product, it will take longer to feel the effects (just like taking a traditional weed edible takes longer to hit than smoking or vaping).  CBD Topicals If you are interested in using CBD to treat muscle inflammation, consider topicals. These products are traditional pain-relieving products (like Icy Hot) but have CBD infused into them. This allows for direct application to specific muscle groups, which works great for treating acute muscle pain.  Final Notes on Vaping CBD Vaping CBD is an easy, convenient way to enjoy the numerous benefits CBD offers. When starting, make sure to go slow, track your dosage, and gradually work your way to a comfortable, effective amount. If you don't like vaping CBD, remember you have several other options to consume CBD, like edibles or topicals.  If you're interested in vaping hemp for concentrated, full-spectrum CBD, then consider using the Firefly 2+. It is a premium dry herb vaporizer that creates smooth, delicious vapor from whatever dry herb you choose to enjoy.  SHOP NOW
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Guide to Different Types of Vapes and Vaping Devices

Types of vape Beginners to vaping often feel overwhelmed and confused by the types of vapes available on the market today. Even veterans can get confused when discussing the variety of vape pens, box mods, and devices designed to cater to particular substances or vaping styles. You are not alone in your confusion. Below, the vaping experts explain the variety of devices you can find when shopping for a vape. These explanations are fantastic for helping you narrow down your choices when shopping for your first vape (or even a second or third device). By the time you're done reading, you'll be a bit of an expert yourself. How to Vape Of course, before you start looking into different kinds of vapes, it's helpful to understand what you need to vape. There are three primary components you have to vape: Vaporizer battery Heating chamber/atomizer Vaping substance (for example, e-liquid or cannabis) It's easy for beginners to buy a device that looks complete but is missing a vital component to function. It is especially true with e-liquid vapes (like box mods), which are regularly sold without an included atomizer (this is the component that vaporizes the e-liquid).  It is why we recommend that beginners start with a vape kit. These kits will have everything you need to begin vaping (aside from your preferred substance), so you won't have any undue delays because you forgot a battery or atomizer.  Dry Herb Vapes and Wax Vapes Dry herb and wax vapes (often designed for use with marijuana flower or extract) are rarely sold without heating chambers, so the likelihood of you buying a device for either one of these substances and that device lacking a necessary component) is very low. However, you should read the product description carefully or reach out to the manufacturer if you are unsure what else might be needed.  Different Kinds of Vapes Not only are there different kinds of vapes for specific vaping substances, but there are also different styles of vapes that cater to the same substance. Take a look below to see if there's a specific style or design that catches your eye! Some vaporizers can vape your choice of oil, dry herbs, or wax (with a few attachments and accessories). Oil Vapes Oil vapes (often referred to as e-liquid vapes) are the oldest style of vaporizer available. The majority of oils vapes are designed to use e-liquids that have been infused with nicotine, though there are e-liquids available that are nicotine-free. Oils vapes can also use CBD and THC oils, which we will discuss later in this article.  Direct-to-Lung (DTL) and Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) Vapes Within oil vapes, you'll see choices that are often labeled as DTL or MTL designs. This means the device is designed with one or two options in mind. DTL means the device is designed to breathe vapor directly from the device into their lungs with no interruption (so it goes straight to your mouth). Second, MTL vapes are designed for the user to draw vapor into their mouth, hold it, and then inhale it. DTL designs are prevalent with large-capacity atomizers designed for e-liquid vaping since it's much easier to create vast plumes of vapor. MTL designs are usually found with devices designed for more viscous oils, like CBD or THC oils. Dry Herb Vapes Dry herb vapes will come in two standard designs: convection or conduction. Conduction vapes use a heating element to make direct contact with your dry herb to vaporize it. Unfortunately, this leads to uneven heating, so unless you want to get a mouthful of ash, you'll need to stir your dry herb occasionally as you vape.  Convection vapes use super-hot air for baking your dry herb, which creates the vapor you can inhale. Convection vapes work just like convection ovens, so heat is distributed evenly throughout the heating chamber. This is an excellent choice if you try to target specific cannabinoids or terpenes or simply want a higher-end vaping experience.    Wax Vapes Wax vapes will have a variety of different features, but their core function will be the same. They will have a heating chamber where wax is loaded directly onto heating coils. Those heating coils vaporize the resin, which is then inhaled.  Cannabis and CBD Vapes With cannabis increasingly becoming more popular and legal throughout the world, cannabis and CBD vapes are rising. There are all kinds of different methods to enjoy your preferred cannabis products, ranging from simple and budget-friendly to powerful, high-end devices with complete suites of features.  THC and CBD Oil Vape Pens The simplest devices you'll find for cannabis are THC and CBD oil vape pens. These vaporizers will either be preloaded and disposable (like the Firefly Mini) or a permanent battery that attaches to disposable, pre-filled cartridges.  This style of vaporizer is small and discrete, which makes them ideal choices for vaping on the go without drawing attention to yourself. Most CBD or THC vape pens will have some kind of variable heat options, so you can tinker with different oils to see which temperature creates your preferred vapor.  Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers Portable dry herb vaporizers will usually be bulkier than THC or CBD vape pens. This is because dry herb vapes have a large heating chamber to hold the dry herb, which necessitates a larger size. While you can find dry herb vapes that are extra petite, you'll be trading performance and vapor quality for a more discrete size.  While these devices are typically designed for only dry herbs, some models have attachments available to accommodate e-liquids. These attachments are called dry herb vape tanks, which can be filled with your choice of e-liquid and then inserted into the device's heating chamber.  THC and CBD Wax Vapes Earlier, we discussed wax vapes, which are growing in popularity among cannabis fans. Wax offers a more concentrated hit in a shorter amount of time, making wax an ideal choice for long-term cannabis fans or those with acute pain. While the availability of THC wax will vary depending on your state or country, CBD waxes are widely available. What Is a Vape Pen? A vape pen is a small, portable device that combines a battery with some heating element to produce vapor. While vape pens started with nicotine-infused e-liquids, they are widely used to enjoy THC and CBD oils.  Vape pens offer a unique design advantage over larger, more powerful devices. Since vape pens are so slim and petite, they are easy to travel with and easy to use in public. For vapers that either want or need to use their device throughout the day, vape pens have proven to be a popular choice.  Different Types of Vape Pens As we've mentioned, there are all kinds of different vape pens you can choose from. Each has its unique advantages and disadvantages, and which one you choose will be based on which fits your expectations the best.  Fixed Voltage   Fixed voltage vape pens do not allow for variable voltages or temperature changes. Usually, entry-level and budget-friendly vape pens will fall into the fixed voltage category. This is especially true of disposable vapes and draw-fire vapes that may have their features stripped down.  Fixed voltage devices are great for beginners or as temporary travel devices. However, the majority of vapers will quickly outgrow a fixed voltage style.  Sub-Ohm Tanks   More experienced users that enjoy e-liquid vaping will regularly end up with devices that have sub-ohm tanks. These tanks have electrical resistances of less than 1 ohm, which means electricity can flow extremely easily. When you can get a bunch of power delivered to the atomizer at once, you'll get enormous vapor production, which cloud chasers love.    In the past, sub-ohm tanks were difficult for beginners. The lack of safety features made it easy to fry tanks that weren't designed to take on so much electricity so quickly. However, modern sub-ohm tanks are usually paired with a box mod, which includes a chipset that has automatic safety features to help prevent this kind of damage.  There are some vape pens that can use sub-ohm tanks, but usually, box mods are a better pairing.  Variable Voltage   Most mid-level vape pens have the option of some kind of variable voltage. You can usually find the option to adjust the voltage at the bottom of the pen via a turn-style switch, or you can adjust the voltage by rapidly pressing the power button once the device is turned on. The higher the voltage, the hotter your vapor will be! Variable Temperature Variable temperature vape pens and variable voltage vape pens are essentially the same, with one minor difference. A variable temperature vape will actually show you temperature options (by degrees), while a variable voltage vape will show you the specific voltage you have chosen.    It's common for e-liquid vape pens to have variable voltage and for dry herb vapes to have a variable temperature, even though the end result is the same. Higher-end vapes will usually have variable temperature options (often with degree-by-degree choices), especially in box mod style vapes. E-Cigarettes E-cigarettes are the earliest form of vape pens since vapes were initially designed to stop smoking traditional tobacco. They are made to look and feel like cigarettes, giving them the smallest vaping design currently available.  Since they are so small, e-cigarettes are usually stripped of features. They will almost always feature a draw-fire design (which we will discuss in the next section) and are almost always disposable.  Draw-Fire Vape Pens Draw-fire vape pens don't have any physical buttons and usually lack any kind of variable temperature features. Instead, the device powers when the use begins to draw in air, creating vapor in real-time. When the device is no longer in use, it will automatically shut off. You can find draw-fire vape pens in both traditional and disposable designs. Pod Vapes While many vapes use a 510 threaded connection to use oil cartridges, pod vapes offer a different solution. Most pod vapes will use proprietary "pods" pre-filled with e-liquid, which are then placed into a specific kind of vaping device. These devices are very user-friendly, making them popular among beginner vapers.  A pod vape's design offers unique drawbacks and benefits. Since the design is proprietary, only certain pods will work within a specific pod device (usually, both the pods and the vaporizer are made by the same company or brand). This will significantly limit your ability to choose an e-liquid that might be right for you, as you will be limited to what the manufacturer has selected to produce.  However, a unique benefit of pod vapes is that they often come in unique designs not typically seen in the vaping world. If you want to vape and don't want people to recognize your device as a vaporizer, a pod device may be precisely what you're looking for.  Traditional Vape Pen Most vaping beginners are familiar with the traditional vape pen design. It features a cylindrical battery that uses 510 threading to connect to oil cartridges. These cartridges are typically disposable, though refillable 510-skinny cartridges are available for those that don't mind the refilling process.  Box Mods Finally, one of the most popular vaping devices is box mods. Box mods have a large-capacity battery and all kinds of different features, including precision heating options. They are compatible with a wide range of attachments and vape tanks, making them a popular choice for experienced vapers.  What are the Common Characteristics of a Vape Pen?   Keep in mind that vape pens will vary depending on what brand you get, but most vape pens share common qualities. Knowing the common factors will help you to notice devices that don't quite fit the mold, which may make them a better (or worse) fit for your vaping needs.  Battery All vape pens have a battery. Usually, that battery is separate from the other components (though not always). The battery provides power to other components to produce vapor, and most vape pens have batteries that can be recharged. There are exceptions, like disposable vapes, that are generally designed to be thrown away instead of recharged.    Disposable vapes, draw-fire vapes, and pod vapes often have a battery that can't be separated from the other components. This makes it easier to use these vapes, but it will limit what attachments or cartridges can be used with them.  Cartridge or Tank The tank (with the atomizer inside) is what holds and vaporizes your e-liquid or oils. Often called cartridges, they usually attach to the vape pen via a 510 threaded connection, though some devices don't allow for external attachments (especially disposable vapes or pod vapes).    Cartridges can be prefilled or refillable, but if you're using your vape pen to enjoy CBD or THC oil, they'll almost always be prefilled. If you enjoy vaping e-liquids, you'll usually have a choice of prefilled or refillable attachments. Mouthpiece Finally, the mouthpiece will attach directly to the cartridge, which is where you will draw vapor that is created inside the atomizer. Many mouthpieces come pre-attached to cartridges (especially if you are using prefilled options), but many will allow you to replace and customize mouthpiece options. Are Vape Pens a Good Fit For You? Vape pens can be convenient, easy-to-use options for vapers, but that doesn't mean they're a good fit for everyone. Consider the following general pros and cons of vape pens to try and determine whether or not they'll be a good fit for your vaping needs: Pros Budget-friendly Easy-to-use Beginner-friendly Easy to travel with Cons Often lack advanced features (like precision heating control) Vape juice capacity is often small compared to options like box mods Very few quality choices for dry herb vaping (most vape pens are for e-liquids, oils, or concentrates) Lack a removable battery Usually do not have replacement parts available (so if a component fails, you'll have to replace the entire device) What is a Cig-a-Like Cig-a-likes are the most basic kinds of vape pens you'll find. They are usually the size of a cigarette (and often designed to look like a cigarette as much as possible). If you're new to the vaping scene, you may not have seen a cig-a-like before, but veterans will be familiar. The first commercially successful vapes were cig-a-likes, though they've dipped in popularity.  Cig-a-like devices essentially have one goal: look like a cigarette. This makes them the most discreet form of vaping available since these devices are often indistinguishable from real cigarettes at a distance.  What are the Different Types of Cig-a-Likes Since cig-a-likes are basic devices, you'll only find two real variations of these vapes: disposable and refillable. Disposable cig-a-likes have been around since the beginning of modern vaping and are still easy to find today in gas stations and grocery stores.    Refillable cig-a-likes are newer and allow users who want the convenience of a tiny vaping device without the extra expense of buying disposable devices. Most vapers who are interested in refillable devices will eventually move towards vapes with more robust features that still allow for public use without drawing unwanted attention. What are the Typical Characteristics of a Cig-a-Like? Whether you're using a disposable or refillable cig-a-like, the basic anatomy will be pretty similar across brands. It will also be similar to a standard vape pen, with a few minor designs and feature differences.    LED Light Starting at the far tip, cig-a-likes usually have an LED light that shines when a hit is being taken. This serves two purposes. The first is that it allows the vaper to know that the device is on and heating vape juice. The second is that it helps complete the illusion that the device has been lit (since the LED looks like the lit end of a traditional cigarette).  Battery The battery on a cig-a-like is very small (similar to watch batteries). You won't be able to open a cig-a-like to replace it (even on a refillable model). However, since the power needs are so low, you'll still get decent life out of a reusable cig-a-like model.  Cartomizer/Tank The cartomizer (which is the component that does the vaporizing) is next and contains the microprocessor and heating elements that allow the cig-a-like to create vapor. Disposable cig-a-likes often have the cartomizer and tank as a single unit to save on space, while refillable options will still connect to a cartridge like a traditional vape pen.  Mouthpiece Finally, the mouthpiece is on the opposite side of the LED light. When you're ready for a hit, just take a draw from the mouthpiece, and a cig-a-like will use its draw-fire function to immediately begin to create vapor. It makes it easy to start and stop vaping, though the vapor production will pale in comparison to larger vape pens or box mods.  Is a Cig-A-Like a Good Fit for Me? A cig-a-like offers a unique vaping experience when compared to other devices. While this unique experience is a draw for some, there are many who will not enjoy using this kind of device. If you're trying to decide if a cig-a-like is a good fit for your vaping needs, take a look at the pros and cons below: Pros Extremely easy to use (most are draw-fire activated with no adjustable features) Discreet (designed to look like a cigarette, ideal for not drawing attention to yourself) Budget-friendly Safe to use  Cons Limited vapor production Lack of features to customize the vaping experience Very small e-liquid capacity (will produce less vapor and run out more quickly) What Are the Different Kinds of Box Mods? Even within box mods, you'll find a vast variety of device choices. Some of the differences are subtle, while others create a unique vaping experience entirely.  Squonk Mods Squonk mods offer a unique vaping design not found in any other kind of device. The vape tank is located in the body of the boxy mod and is made with soft, squishy silicone. When the device is powered on, the user squeezes the tank, which forces a rush of e-liquid onto the heating coils.  It makes an enormous amount of vapor at once, which can easily overwhelm beginner vapers. However, squonk mods are a popular choice among cloud-chasers since so much vapor is produced so quickly.  Mods with Rebuildable Atomizers (RBA) Some box mods use vape tanks that are not designed to be opened and customized. Others use RBAs, which are designed to be opened and have internal components replaced or exchanged. They are far more work-intensive than standard vape tanks because you have to make your coils, install them, and insert a wick of your choosing.  What Are the Best Types of Vape? There isn't an objective "best type of vape" since whether or not someone sees a particular device as good will be dependent on whether the features and functions included match specific vaping needs. In general, dry herb vapes that use convection heating and fully loaded box mods offer the complete vaping experience, but they may not fit the needs of all vapers.  It is especially true for those who need devices that are travel-friendly, budget-friendly, or discrete.  Choosing a Vape That Works Best for You The best way to choose the vape that's best for you is to take time to consider what kind of vape would best meet your needs. If you're unsure where to start, considering asking yourself the following questions: What's my budget? What features are must-haves for me? What substance do I want to vape? Do I plan on vaping while on the go?  Take time to ask yourself these questions. It will narrow down your choices to specific styles (and maybe even specific brands) of vapes, making the process of choosing a device much more effortless.  Taking Care of Your Vape Once you've chosen a vape and have it in hand, you need to be sure to take care of it. Make sure you: Store it at room temperature (NEVER leave it in your car) Do not store dry herbs or wax in the heating chamber. Leave vapes upright to avoid leaks or spills. Replace aging components before they fail. These simple steps are a great way to get the most out of a vaping device! Which types of vape is suitable for you? There's a lot to consider when choosing a type of vape, so it's essential to take your time deciding. After all, don't you want to have an ideal device on the first buy? If you're considering a dry herb vaporizer, then take a look at the Firefly 2+. It's easy to use, offers a ton of features (including precision heating), and uses convection heating to create excellent vapor! Thinking about a disposable THC vape pen? You'll be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the Firefly Mini. It comes preloaded with various strains and offers an incredible aesthetic design, uncommon among disposable vapes.    SHOP NOW
Best Temp to Vape Weed
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Best Temp to Vape Weed

Vaping dry herbs, especially weed, has grown in popularity among former smokers and vapers alike. For traditional e-juice enthusiasts, vaping weed offers a more authentic experience with dry herbs. For traditional smokers, vaping offers a more accessible, less messy, and more discrete experience. Vaping dry herbs are here to stay.    Of course, there's more to the story than just vaping weed. Beginners will quickly learn that the process is nuanced, and different temperatures provide very different vaping experiences, even with the same kind of dry herb being used. Is there an optimal temperature for vaping weed, and if so, what is the best heat setting?  We tackle these questions and more in the article below. You'll learn about what to expect from vaping weed at different temperatures, why different temperatures provide different vaping experiences and the best devices for precision heat control.  What's the Best Temperature for Vaping Weed? There isn't an objective "best" temperature for vaping weed. Just as long as you stay within the range of activating the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is between 325 and 430F (163-221C), you'll feel some overall effect.  You can also adjust your heat settings to target certain cannabinoids or terpenes at different times (which we will discuss a bit later). Trying to coordinate your heating to target specific cannabinoids or terpenes might be overwhelming for beginners, but this practice is growing more popular among experienced vapers.  Everyone, including beginners, should pay attention to the broad experiences you can expect to have when vaping weed at low, medium, and high temperatures. Finding that sweet spot can make your vaping experience perfect, and you may even find a temperature setting you hadn't considered before. Note: the temperature ranges provided are estimates which can vary depending on the nature of your specific bud. Fresh weed that is still moist may not vaporize according to these estimates because moisture is still present. If you want to target certain cannabinoids or terpenes precisely, it's best to make sure your weed is completely dry.  Low Temperature: 246 - 319F (119 - 159C) Degrees Depending on your device, you may be able to vape your weed below THC's boiling point. Vaping weed at this temperature isn't going to get you very high (if at all). However, there are many other cannabinoids (compounds that easily bind to cannabinoid receptors in your brain) found in weed aside from THC.  You'll also find many terpenes, which are hydrocarbons that give specific strains unique smells and tastes. When terpenes are brought to their boiling point, they also impact the physiological effects of smoking weed, including influencing how the high feels mentally and physically. Vaping Experience At temperatures this low, you will produce a small amount of wispy vapor, thin vapor. If you're targeting the specific cannabinoids and terpenes listed above, be ready to have an extended vaping session as they are slowly vaporized. Most dry herb vapers will vape at higher temperatures, and we recommend most vapers do the same.  Low to Mid Temperature: 320 - 350F (160 - 177C) Degrees At this temperature, you'll hit the boiling point of THC and cannabidiol (CBD), which are the two primary cannabinoids found in most strains of weed. Since you activate the THC, vaping at this temperature will produce a high traditionally associated with consuming cannabis products (though it won't be as strong as vaping at higher temperatures).    If you don't enjoy strong highs but want more potent vapor, consider using a weed strain that is high in CBD. When CBD and THC are used together, some of the more uncomfortable possible side-effects of THC (like paranoia) are often reported to be eliminated.  Vaping Experience At this temperature, you'll find your vapor becoming thicker, more flavorful, along with a more decisive kick of mental and physical effects. The overall impact will still be light, making it an excellent place for beginners to start if they're afraid of getting too high too quickly.  Medium to High Temperature: 350 - 400F (177 - 204C) Degrees This temperature range is the sweet spot for many dry herb vapers. Your vapor is still much cooler and smoother than smoking dry herbs, but the weed's physiological effects are more substantial. Many former smokers or those experienced with other forms of cannabis consumption will feel right at home in this temperature range.  Vaping Experience Your vapor will become much thicker and much more noticeable. Flavors will be more intense, but you may begin to lose some of the more subtle tasting notes that are easy to notice when the vapor is cooler because of the heat. However, if your focus is searching for a rich vaping experience regardless of flavor, this temperature range is a great choice.  High Temperature: 401 - 430F (205 - 221C) Degrees If you don't have any plans for the rest of the day, this is the temperature range. At this heat, you're getting a near complete extraction of all cannabinoids and terpenes (including the full brunt of THC and CBD). The psychoactive effects will be powerful, and the common symptoms of a traditional high will be present (like couchlock or the munchies).  If you are suffering from acute pain or are trying to mitigate an anxiety attack, this may be the range you want to try. If you are a beginner, take your puffs slowly and wait 10-15 minutes after a good draw. This will let you feel the high strength and allow you to decide to continue or set the vape down for a bit.  Vaping Experience This temperature will provide the most vapor in the shortest time frame. It's ideal for those that want to get one or two strong puffs and move on or for those that want to treat pain or anxiety in a hurry. Your puffs will be full and thick, but they will also be much hotter. You'll be right on the line of combustion, so be sure not to burn your throat by taking too big of a hit! Vaping Temperature Chart Are you looking for an easy reference for cannabinoid and terpene boiling points? Take a look below! You'll find the most prominent cannabinoids and terpenes found in weed and when you can expect them to make an appearance in your vapor! Remember, not all strains have all cannabinoids or terpenes, and these temperatures are estimates. Dryer weed will follow these estimates more closely, so if accuracy is a priority, make sure you let your weed properly dry before vaping. Temperature Guide for Cannabinoids Temperature Guide for Terpenes   Source: National Library of Medicine, Leafly, and Steep Hill Dry Herb Vaporizers with the Most Accurate Temperature Control If you've already started shopping for dry herb vaporizers, you've likely noticed that they essentially all have some measure of temperature control. While this will allow you to alter the heat settings from low to high, it is not guaranteed that the temperature is correct.  Not all vaporizers are equal, and this is especially true for dry herb vaporizers. Certain styles of vapes are just better at providing precision heating control. While you're shopping, look for the following characteristics: Convection heating (not conduction. Conduction vapes heat dry herb unevenly, so it's impossible to accurately target specific cannabinoids and terpenes.) Digital display of set temperature, either on the device or through a connected app Sold directly from the manufacturer (or is a trusted brand from a reliable retailer) If your vaporizer has these qualities, then it likely is going to provide an accurate temperature reading. If you're serious about precision heating control to target specific terpenes and cannabinoids, then we recommend starting with the Firefly 2+. It uses advanced dynamic convection technology, pairs with a computer or phone for precision heat settings, and is sold by Firefly, a leading premium brand in the vaping world.  Specific Cannabis Compounds, Their Boiling Points, and Effects As you get more experienced with vaping weed (or if you are vaping weed for specific medicinal purposes), you may be interested in targeting particular cannabinoids and terpenes when you vape. Below, you'll find an easy reference of what cannabis compounds to expect depending on what temperature you vape at: Cannabinoids and Terpenes at 246 - 319F (119 - 159C) You'll vaporize cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), and cannabigerol (CBG). None of these cannabinoids are psychoactive (so you won't get a traditional high), but they can treat inflammation, depression, anxiety, and nausea. Early research suggests CBG may treat a variety of health conditions, similar to CBD. As for terpenes, beta-Caryophyllene is the most prevalent terpene you'll activate at this low temperature. It is reported to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties potentially. If you need to vape all day to manage pain or anxiety, this is a great temperature to choose. You'll experience little to no high at this range.  Cannabinoids and Terpenes at 320 - 350F (160 - 177C) THC and CBD will begin to boil at this temperature. The CBD will provide more potent anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety, and depression benefits, while the THC will give the typical high marijuana. You'll also start to feel more potent pain-relieving and anti-nausea qualities in this range. You'll start to activate cannabichromene (CBC). It is the second most common cannabinoid found in weed, coming in behind THC. While more abundant, it's not as potent as a standalone cannabinoid like CBD is, but the two share similar properties (including anti-inflammatory benefits and depression and anxiety regulation).  This temperature won't give you the full strength of these cannabinoids. Instead, it will provide you with just a little taste of the experience they provide. As you move to higher temperatures, your vapor will have a much higher concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. This is especially true for THC, CBD, and CBC, which entirely release at much higher temperatures.  You'll also activate several more terpenes when vaping within this temperature range, including alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, and limonene. Their effects vary, depending on their specific concentrations within one particular strain, but they include stress relief, anti-anxiety, euphoria, and relaxation.  Cannabinoids and Terpenes at 351 - 400F (177 - 204C) Along with higher CBD, THC, and CBC concentrations, you'll start to pick up on cannabinol (CBN). This cannabinoid has a potent sedation effect, so it may be a great choice to target if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Research also suggests cannabinol may be effective at treating and preventing certain kinds of cancer. Not only will you get a more potent hit of the other terpenes previously mentioned, but you'll also start to activate linalool. Linalool may be an excellent choice for treating depression or anxiety. If lower vaping temperatures aren't producing the desired effect you want, then cranking it up to activate linalool might be a great choice.  Cannabinoids and Terpenes at 401 - 430F (205 - 221C) You're not only going to get a taste of all the cannabinoids present, but you will get a quick and potent extraction from your weed. That means a single hit at this temperature will be far more powerful than even several hits at some of the earlier, cooler temperatures.    The cannabinoids with the highest boiling points will finally make their full appearance. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) and CBC will be at their strongest in this temperature range. THCv can help prevent panic attacks and act as an appetite suppressant, helping counteract the munchies associated with other cannabinoids.  Along with the other terpenes we've already mentioned, you'll also get total extraction of terpineol, pulegone, and quercetin. Their possible effects range from stronger sedation to anticonvulsants. You're also getting a more potent blast of the other terpenes present, which will help give you the full-spectrum high of the strain you are vaping. Final Thoughts on the Best Vape Temperatures for Weed Vaping weed is one of the best ways to enjoy the potent effects of your favorite strains. Remember, not all strains have all cannabinoids and terpenes present or in the same concentrations. Most legal dispensaries will have this information available if you're trying to target a specific cannabis compound, so be sure to ask when you go shopping! Also, the research on how cannabinoids and terpenes affect the human body is still in the early stages. This means that we're still learning how these compounds affect the body and how different combinations of different compounds can produce other effects. Each person reacts to different cannabinoids and terpenes differently; consider this article a general guide.  Finally, the quality of the vape you choose will dramatically impact your ability to target specific compounds. If you're serious about precision, accurate heat settings that allow for cannabinoids and terpenes to be targeted, then we recommend starting with the Firefly 2+.  It is made with premium materials, features fantastic convection heating technology, and can pair with a computer or smartphone for precision heat control down to a single degree. There's a reason the New York Times described this device as producing vapor "tastier, cooler, and frankly, stronger (than) all of the models we tested." You'll have to experience it yourself to see why! SHOP NOW
Vape Tastes Burnt? Here’s How to Fix It
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Vape Tastes Burnt? Here’s How to Fix It

Nothing is worse than looking forward to a tasty mouthful of vapor only to be met with a nasty, burnt flavor meeting your taste buds. A vape that tastes burnt can ruin a vape session and can be infuriating to fix. Many vape users give up trying to resolve the issue and end up buying a completely new device, which can be a needless and hefty expense.  Trying to pinpoint why a vape tastes burnt can be a chore because different vapes will taste burnt for various reasons. A few questions you’ll need to determine to begin troubleshooting the root cause, include: Are you using oil, dry herb, or a wax vape? Does your vape have a disposable design, is your cartridge refillable, or do you have a high-end box mod setup? If you're new to vaping, it can feel impossible to diagnose the issue, let alone resolve it.  Fortunately, you don't have to worry about figuring out the problem on your own! The experts are here to discuss the most common reasons your vape tastes burnt and the best strategies to follow to fix the issue. We'll also talk about when it's time to replace your device. Burnt Hits vs. Dry Hits Before determining why your vape creates a burnt flavor, you need to determine that what you're experiencing is a burnt hit. Dry hits are often confused with burnt hits, but they are very different experiences that have very different solutions.  A dry hit is the precursor to a burnt hit. Dry hits are caused by a dry wick, which happens when your vape tank or cartridge is running low on vape juice or THC concentrate. You may suddenly realize that your pen is creating less vapor than usual, the traditional flavor of your vape juice is weaker, or there's a strange, subtle flavor that was not previously present.  The solution to a dry hit is simple. Just add more vape juice or THC concentrate! Refilling the vape tank will re-saturate the wick, which will allow your vape to produce vapor normally. If you're using a disposable oil cartridge or disposable vape, a dry hit signifies that you need to buy a new disposable.  If you take too many dry hits from a vape pen, you will eventually start getting burnt hits, which are less than pleasant. Heed the warning of the dry hit and refill your vape tank or replace the disposable as soon as you can.  Why Does Your Vape Taste Burnt?  When you start getting burnt hits, you'll know immediately. The vapor will taste scorched and harsh, and you may experience discomfort or pain in your throat and lungs. What causes a burnt vape will vary, but it's likely related to your wick.  The most common reason your oil vape tastes burnt is that you did not heed the warning of a dry hit, and ignited your wick. When a wick is saturated, it transfers the heat from the atomizer into the vape juice to create vapor. If there is no vapor, the heat burns the wick, creating nasty, scorched-tasting smoke.  Getting a burnt hit is more than just an unpleasant experience. It could potentially be dangerous since the chemicals released from burning cotton are toxic.  There are several ways you can burn your wick. Avoiding these mistakes is a great way to keep your vapor smooth and tasty. Too Much Wattage Pumping in too much power too quickly is a quick way to burn your wick, even if vape juice is present. This is usually an issue with box mod-style vapes, which sport a powerful battery that can output a massive amount of power. To avoid this issue, start at a low power setting and work your way up until you find that vaping sweet spot. Vaping Too Much Too Quickly If you are taking large drags back-to-back, you may exhaust the vape juice that was soaked into your wick. If you vape faster than the wick can draw up vape juice, you'll end up burning the wick, resulting in a scorched flavor.  Vaping the Wrong Kind of E-liquid Different vape tanks are built to handle different kinds of vape juice. High vegetable glycerin (VG) vape juices are thicker and contain more sugar than other vape juice mixes. The result can be a clogged juice or vapor path, preventing vape juice from flowing freely, resulting in the vape juice scorching.  Old or Scorched Coils If you have a refillable vape tank, you may taste a consistent scorched flavor because your coils are old. All vape tanks will eventually need their coils replaced (or the entire tank replaced), as the march of time is relentless upon all things. If you have confirmed your wick is not scorched and note that you have plenty of vape juice and still taste a burnt flavor, it is time to replace the coils.  If your vape tank does not have replaceable coils, you'll need to buy a new vape tank. Most rebuildable atomizers (RBA) can exchange coils, though this feature is rare among disposable cartridges or disposable vapes.  What's the Best Way to Prevent Burnt Hits? Now that we know what causes burnt hits, it's time to learn how to prevent them in the first place. Remember, your primary goal is to keep the wick from burning, and there are several ways to do so. Keep Your Vape Tank Filled The most common reason wicks get burnt is that there isn't enough vape juice in your vape tank. Regularly filling the tank before it starts to get empty is the easiest, most straightforward strategy to keeping your wick protected and avoiding burnt hits.  Prime Your Coils If you use a vape tank that allows you to replace your wick, you should have the ability to prime your coils. This means you pre-soak your wick manually before turning your vape pen on and letting it sit for around 10 minutes. The steps to priming your coils will vary from product to product, so be sure to study the accompanying manuals that come with your vaping equipment.  Avoid Installing Too Much Wick Material Overstuffing your coils with too much cotton or other material is an easy way to get burnt hits. Too much wick material means your wick will have a tough time becoming completely saturated, which means there will always be a part of the wick exposed to direct heat. This increases the chance that you burn your wick, which creates a scorched flavor.    Ensure you follow the manufacturer's instructions on what kind of wick to use and how much material to use.  Use the Right Vape Battery with the Right Vape Tank Even if a vape tank can physically attach to a vape battery, this doesn't mean they are genuinely compatible. If you have a vape battery that is extremely powerful connected to a vape tank with modest power requirements, it will be very easy to fry your coils. This ruins your vape tank since there is no way to unfry scorched coils.  As we said before, it's a good rule of thumb to start with a low power setting when using a vape tank for the first time and work your way up. We recommend that beginners buy vape kits (vape batteries paired with an ideal vape tank) to avoid running into incompatible equipment.  Regularly Replace Your Vape Coils If you are using an RBA-style vape tank, regularly replacing the coils on a set schedule is a fantastic way to avoid getting nasty, scorched hits. It's the same idea as getting new tires before you get a flat. Replace your coils when you know they are close to the end of their life but before they begin to fail and produce burnt nasty-tasting hits.  Other Ways to Avoid Burnt Hits There are a variety of different ways to avoid burnt hits, depending on your vaping device. While less common, the following techniques could help prevent getting the occasional nasty burnt hit.  Use the Right Vape Juice Most vape devices are not built to handle high concentrations of VG (likewise, the vast majority of vape juice available has at least a 1:1 ratio of VG and propylene glycol (PG). This ratio will rarely cause issues for your vape tank, nor will vape juices with higher concentrations of PG.  Use a Disposable Vape The likelihood of you getting burnt hits from a disposable vape are meager (unless the device has some kind of defect). If you don't like the idea of having to constantly maintain your vape tank, consider switching to disposables, like the Firefly Mini. The battery is designed for the attached cartridge and is charged with enough power to run out at about the same time the oil does. Switch to Dry Herb Vaping Dry herb vapes that use convection heating will rarely if ever, give nasty, scorched hits. The reason for this is the temperature of the heating chamber is never high enough to cause combustion, so you never actually "burn" the dry herb or marijuana inside. You will eventually exhaust the dry herb, but you won't ever get a burnt hit.  If you like the idea of vaping dry herbs with a high-quality device to avoid burnt hits, then looking at the Firefly 2+ is a great place to start shopping.  How Can We Stop Our Coils From Burning Out? Unfortunately, all coils will eventually burn out. Though you can't stave off the certainty of entropy, there are a few steps you can follow to stretch the life of your coils as much as possible. Remember, you need to regularly replace your coils (or eventually replace your vape tank) regardless of whether you follow these steps! Avoid Using Too Much Power Too Quickly If you crank your vape to the highest possible temperature the first time you use a vape tank, you run a very good chance you will roast your coils. Even if the coils are rated for the temperature level you want to use, pushing a surge of power through a cold coil could ruin the sensitive electronics involved. Start slow and work your way up to your ideal temperature! This is especially true if you were storing your vape in an abnormally cold location. Of course, you shouldn't be keeping your device in extreme temperature conditions anyway. Avoid Overusing High-VG Vape Juices VG juices are generally very thick and have high sugar content. Over time, this will create buildup on your coils more quickly than other juice ratios, which will cut the life of your coils short. If you are sold on vaping high-VG e-liquids, be sure to buy a vape tank that is specifically designed to handle the unique properties VG juices have.  Clean Your Coils Since residue buildup is a common culprit for coils burning out, keeping coils clean is a great way to extend their life. Again, not all coils can be cleaned (especially if your cartridge is disposable or the vape tank isn't designed to be disassembled), but for those that can, clean them! Most coils follow a simple cleaning process of allowing them to cool and using a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to gently rub off residue. Your specific vape tank may have unique steps for coil cleaning, so be sure to follow the detailed instructions provided by the manufacturer.  Refill Regularly As we have mentioned, the absolute best thing you can do to avoid getting burnt hits is to regularly refill your vape juice tank. Many tanks are designed specifically for easy refilling, which may be attractive if you hate the idea of having to periodically clean up vape juice messes.  Keep your vape juice tank primarily full most of the time and will bring your experience with burnt hits to a minimum.  Conclusion Burnt hits are nasty, gross surprises when they come. However, if you follow our advice above, you'll find that burnt hits will be few and far between. It takes some effort and due diligence, but the work is worth it to consistently have delicious tasting vapor! If the work to avoid scorched hits from a refillable vape tank isn't attractive to you, consider moving to disposable vapes. They take the work out of maintaining a device, and while burnt hits are possible, they will be exceedingly rare. If you enjoy vaping THC-oil, consider picking up the Firefly Mini (the premium choice for disposable THC-oil vapes). If you want to move away from vaping oils or e-juices altogether, vaping dry herbs or cannabis flower may be an attractive option. If you're new to dry herb vaping we’d recommend considering Firefly 2+ which will offer an incredibly smooth, satisfying dry herb vaping experience. You can learn more about what to expect from the Firefly 2+ in this detailed Vaping 360 review.     SHOP NOW
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The Best Portable Cannabis Vaporizer

Weed vaporizers today are much more portable and efficient than when they first emerged on the market, thanks to improved technology and understanding of how to best vaporize the cannabis plan. This is true for the Firefly 2 upgrade that provides an outstanding vaping experience with cannabis. Learn about this portable and convection marijuana vaporizer for sale and all of its features, below. Portable Vaporizers With  an assortment of portable vaporizers for weed available for purchase, it might be hard to choose which is the best one for you. This article will outline why we believe the Firefly 2+ is the best choice when it comes to portable weed vaporizers. What is the Firefly Vaporizer? The Firefly is, as mentioned, a portable cannabis vaporizer. The brand was created in 2012 by a former Apple Designer who had a profound appreciation for cannabis and wanted to leverage technology to bring out the best in the cannabis plant and saw an opening in the market to improve upon what existed. Firefly spares no expense when it comes to materials used and technology platforms leveraged to create the optimal vaping experience.  Best Small Marijuana Vaporizer  From the start, they were dedicated to developing the best marijuana vaporizer they could make. The team spent two years developing the technology platform, but ultimately decided it wasn’t perfect and not ready for market introduction. They pivoted and decided to go a different route. Instead of using butane as a heating source, they would use an electric heating coil.  The team tried many different metals in order to find the perfect one. Soon after testing, they both happened to develop a nickel allergy. This also happened to be the standard type of coil in weed vapes at the time. This led them to ceramic as the heating element in the device, which is now the industry standard in vaporizers due to its superior heat retention abilities. When the R&D process was done, the final result was a first of its kind high-tech product known as the Firefly dry herb vaporizer. Since its inception Firefly has released three additional iterations of the vaporizer device, as well as, a prefilled oil vaporizer known as the Firefly mini.    Why buy the Firefly? The Firefly has a number of thoughtful qualities, but here are just a few:   Speed The Firefly 2+ has one of the fastest heat-up times of any vaporizer on the market, heating the material inside in just 3-seconds. When you’re ready to charge, you only need 45 minutes before the device is fully charged and ready for its next use. Temperature The Firefly takes the same amount of time to heat up as it does to cool down. This enables more control with each puff. The Firefly also uses modern dynamic heating technology to heat up each draw to your preferred maximum temperature, helping you to maximize what you get from each draw. Design The design of the Firefly is elegant and understated. Available color options include jet black, gold, blue, black, oak, and zebra wood. Other key features of the design include: Magnetic Lid Borosilicate Glass Bowl Laser-drilled Microjets Capacitive Touch Sensors Glass Vapor Path Removable Mouthpiece Magnesium Alloy Chassis Waste-Free The Firefly 2+ is designed specifically to heat up as you inhale, so no material is ever wasted.  Long-Lasting Inhalation lasts 10 seconds, this enables the vapor to stay in your body for longer periods of time, entering the surface of the lungs and going to the bloodstream thereafter. It also mitigates large plumes of vapor that are wasteful, keeping the cannabis in your body and more discreet. Technology Controlled The Firefly also allows the user to conveniently control the temperature from their desktop or via an Android app. You can choose a wide range of temperatures between 200° and 500° Fahrenheit. This is the largest available temperature control of any portable vaporizer.  Taste The 2+ has exactly 33% more airflow than the previous model. Since the Firefly is able to use a range of temperatures, it can activate all of the compounds in your cannabis appropriately, helping to reveal nuanced flavor profiles and effects. The taste delivered via the Firefly device is unlike any other vaporizer for weed. Warranty The Firefly has a two-year satisfaction guarantee, with a warranty repair center available for troubleshooting and repairs.  All these and more it is a strong contender for the best weed vape pen for sale.     What makes the Firefly 2+ different from other portable vaporizers on the market? As discussed in this article, the Firefly uses technology to its advantage to effectively and expertly vaporize all compounds within cannabis flower or extract. Other vaporizers can only activate one thing at once, sacrificing flavor and potency. The Firefly features a dynamic heating technology, so you can smoke at your own pace rather than needing to vaporize the entire bowl in one session. The device only takes a few seconds to heat up and cool down with each draw, allowing for efficient vaping sessions in respect to both time and wasted cannabis. It’s small and sleek, so you can easily pack it with you and use it on the go or at home.  When you purchase the Firefly 2+ cannabis vaporizer, it comes with the vaporizer itself, the charger, a rechargeable battery, a concentrate pad, a charging dock, three alcohol wipes, and the charging cable.  Final Thoughts The Firefly is great for those who prioritize vapor quality over all else. The device's construction and proprietary heating technology make it a top-of-the-line taste and aroma, making it the best vaporizer for any vaping experience.    SHOP NOW