What is vaporization?
Vaporization is the transition from a liquid to a gas. Evaporation is a very common form of vaporization,where surface water turns to mist, steam, or clouds. In the context of modern vaporizers, vaporization occurs when the liquid content of tobacco, herbs, oil, or wax is heated until it becomes a mist and then inhaled.
What are the benefits of vaporization?
For users of tobacco and aromatherapy herbs, vaporizing significantly reduces the amount of carcinogens inhaled when compared with traditional smoking. Tobacco smoke contains tar, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and approximately 60 other chemicals known to cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease, and other illnesses. While vaporization is not 100% safe, it can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals inhaled by as much as 95%, depending on the substance and method used.
During combustion (heating up a substance until fire is created), a significant portion of the active ingredients can be lost through burn-off or second-hand smoke. Vaporizers can extend your supply of tobacco or herbs, since there is little-to-no waste created.
What types of vaporizers are there?
Vaporizers can be divided into two main categories: those designed for dry herbs and those designed for oils and waxes.
How do oil/wax vaporizers work?
Most oil/wax vaporizers utilize a heating coil or similar element that rapidly heats up oil/wax until it becomes a vapor. These devices can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but current technology has allowed manufacturers to create powerful vaporizers that are little bigger than a pen. Oil/wax concentrates are preferred by some when vaporizing, since it is easier to create vapor from a liquid than it is to create from a solid. Wax/oil concentrate may be more expensive or take more time to make since additional processing is involved.
How do dry herb vaporizers work?
Most dry herb vaporizers use a heating coil or similar element to vaporize the liquid content of dry herbs or tobacco. These devices can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but current technology has allowed manufacturers to create powerful vaporizers that are little bigger than a pen. Dry herbs are preferred by some when vaporizing, since they may be more readily available and require little to no processing. Dry herb vaporization can be tricky, however, since accidental combustion is more common than when vaporizing oil/wax.