(Last Updated On: February 16, 2021)

Over recent years, we have all learned a lot about the benefits of cannabis, and that these go far beyond giving you the giggles for fun times on a Saturday night. People are consuming cannabis for a range of therapeutic reasons, and while edibles and tinctures have their place, smoking is still by far the most popular way to get those cannabinoids into your system.

Of course, the smoking culture has also changed dramatically over the past decade or so. These days, vaping is the popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, and it is also an option that more and more people are trying for cannabis. Thinking of joining them? Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics Of Vaping

Before you dive in, it is worth taking a few minutes to understand how vaporizers work. Instead of combusting the weed to create smoke, vaporizers heat their contents to a specific temperature to create vapor for you to inhale. This means you don’t get the unpleasant extras that are associated with combustion, so vaping is less harmful to the lungs. It also heats the cannabis to a far lower temperature – around 150 to 200 degrees Celsius compared with 500 to 550 degrees when you light a joint.

Vapes Vs. Edibles

It’s also worth taking a moment to consider other alternatives to vaping. Edibles like the famous brownies you can buy in Amsterdam have always been a popular alternative. Since the arrival of CBD on the scene, the choice has positively exploded. These days, people use cannabis oil in salad dressings and you can get CBD-infused drinks ranging from soda to coffee to wine. There’s even a CBD beer that has lower alcohol and is rumored to relieve headaches instead of causing them!

All these are certainly worth considering and they have their place. However, if your priority is to get the cannabinoid into your bloodstream with minimal delay, whether it is for recreational or therapeutic reasons, then a vape really is the best choice. The problem with edibles is that they must first pass through the digestive system. This takes time and is less efficient. Vaping bypasses all that, sending what you need where you need it via the lungs so that it can get into the endocannabinoid system much faster and start doing its work.

Choose Your Vaporizer

how to choose a bong ? There are dozens of different vaporizers available, but when we are talking about dry herb vapes (as opposed to those that use oil or “vape juice”), they fall into two basic types. Conduction vapes are the simplest. They put your weed in direct contact with a heating element and that’s all there is to it. These vaporizers are cheaper and simpler to use, and most of the conventional vape pens that you see people using in the street every day are of the conduction type.

Convection vapes use hot air instead of a heating element. This means more even heating and less risk of combustion. The downside is that a convection vaporizer is a little more expensive and not quite as straightforward to use. A conduction vape is fine when you are getting started. If you find that vaping is right for you, then it is definitely worth investing a little more in a convection vape. Once you are an experienced vaper, you will notice the difference in terms of smoothness and delivery.

Give Yourself Time And Space To Enjoy

If you’ve never vaped before, be ready to go slow. If you’re experienced in using conventional nicotine vapes, still be prepared to go slow, this is quite different! Make sure you are in a quiet place, ideally in the company of a friend or two who has some prior experience. The last thing you need is a sudden work phone call or a demanding child, so put the phone on quiet and enlist a babysitter if you have kids.

Just take a couple of puffs at first, and be ready for the inevitable side effects. Munchies really are a thing, although the phenomenon doesn’t affect everyone. Still, having a few healthy snacks nearby is a wise precaution to guard against you hitting the contents of the kitchen cupboards or impulsively ordering a huge pizza!

Your high could last for anything up to four hours, so most important of all, make sure there’s nowhere you need to be so that you can relax and enjoy the experience, whatever form it might take for you.

Written by Kathy Cooley