A Marijuana vaporizer is a device which heats marijuana to the point of releasing the psychoactive ingredient THC, without causing combustion (180-220C. As a result of avoiding combustion, vaporizers have proven to be a much healthier alternative to smoking marijuana, with studies proving the benefits of vaporization to actual smoking. Vaporizers are especially beneficial to medical marijuana patients (see my article here) who may have an adverse reaction to the smoke from traditional smoking methods such as joints or bongs (here’s a smoking vs vaping infographic!). Furthermore, In 2006, a Leiden University study discovered that

Our results show that a safe and effective cannabinoid delivery system seems to be available to patients. The final pulmonal uptake of THC is comparable to the smoking of cannabis, while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.

Vaporizers generally come in two styles, portable and non-portable. They are typically available at price points ranging anywhere from 50$ to 700$ depending on the model and features. Vaporizers can use a range of different heating methods, which can greatly alter your experience. Aside from cannabis, there’s plenty of other things you can vaporize as well!

Portable
The VapeXhale Cloud Evo, one of my favorite desktop vapes
The VapeXhale Cloud Evo

Portable vaporizers include models such as the Davinci Ascent, the Inhalater, and Firewood II. Being small and easy to carry, these models have the advantage of being highly portable as well as stealthy. Their downside however is that they must be recharged (unlike their desktop counterparts).

Desktop

Desktop vaporizer models such as the Extreme Q and Cloud Evo are less portable, but they’re able to hold more bud and can produce a large amount of vapor efficiently. Desktop vapes can come either with a whip or bag system depending on the vape (some have both!). Desktop models also tend come with fancy options such as precise temperature gauges and remotes.