The dangers of smoking have been discussed so much that it seems as if people are being offered new ways to quit smoking and healthier alternatives to the habit every single day. There are those who say quitting cold turkey is still the most effective strategy, but let’s face it: it’s almost impossible for people to achieve that goal. Nicotine gum and nicotine patches became quite popular several years back, but many people slipped and went back to smoking because they missed the “social experience” associated with smoking.
One suggested alternative that has gained popularity in recent years is vaporizing. Perhaps the biggest reason for the growing popularity of this alternative and its success in helping people quit completely lies in the fact that it does not take away the social aspect of the smoking habit. It is also being hailed as the healthy way to enjoy the high and other benefits provided by whatever weed or herb you choose to take in. When you smoke, you burn the weed/herb and therefore release toxins along with the weed/herb’s active ingredients. With vaporization, the weed/herb is heated only to the point of stimulating the active ingredients without releasing any toxins.
Choosing a Vaporizer
The growth in popularity of vaporizing as a smoking alternative has also paved the way for the development of a wide range of vaporizers. There are now so many options that the task of shopping for the ideal vaporizer can be quite overwhelming. For one thing, you’ll have to decide whether to get a desktop or portable herbal vaporizer. If you plan to use the device only on a few occasions within the comfort of your home, then a desktop version may be the ideal vaporizer for you. However, if you need to use it for medication purposes several times each day, then a handheld model may be your best bet.
You will also have to decide whether to get a butane-powered or battery-powered device. Butane-powered devices are generally ideal for those who are constantly outdoors, without easy access to electrical outlets. Other factors that need to be considered include warm-up duration, heating elements, efficiency, design, price, and warranty. Note that there isn’t a single vaporizer in the market that can be considered “the best.” What’s best for you will depend solely on what you need.
Benefits of Using a Portable Herbal Vaporizer
As mentioned earlier, vaporizing is considered a healthier alternative to smoking, and there are many good reasons for this. Aside from the fact that it helps you avoid the harmful toxins that are typically released when you smoke, vaporizing also reduces the risk of damaging lung tissue primarily because the vapor you inhale is a lot cooler than smoke. Vaporizing also provides you with a purer and more concentrated form of whatever substance you choose to vaporize. This means you are able to get the most out of the substance.
Scientific tests have also identified vaporization as the fastest way of bringing herbal substances into your bloodstream. Therefore, if you plan to use a portable herbal vaporizer for aromatherapy purposes, you’ll be glad to know that this is the quickest way for you to experience the desired effects and enjoy the offered benefits. You may also want to note that technological advancements have integrated digital precision into most vaporizers, which means dosage and temperature are now more accurate than ever, thereby protecting you against the risk of excessive intake.
Vaporizing is known as the quickest way of bringing the active ingredients of aromatherapy herbs and other weeds into your bloodstream. Flickr.com photo by CINNAMON VOGUE
When you dig up information on vaporizers, you are bound to notice that there’s a lot of talk about heating elements. Brands tend to advertise their vaporizers as having the “best available heating element,” among other things. Now, you might wonder, “Why does the heating element matter?” Well, the heating element is indeed an integral part of any vaporizer, as it regulates the temperature of the substance you choose to vaporize or the air that passes through that substance. You’ll want your vaporizer’s heating element to be as precise as possible to make sure it is exactly as hot as you want it to be.
Here are the different types of heating elements and what they have to offer:
Some of the most popular (and expensive) brands of portable vaporizer feature aluminum heating elements. This material is said to be the most precise because it responds to temperature changes very quickly. Critics of this heating element have cited health risks such as an increased risk for Alzheimer’s. However, experts have already debunked this argument, pointing out that the aluminum heating block does not emit any substance that may be inhaled by the person using the vaporizer. A device with well-designed aluminum heating element is therefore safe enough.
This is the most commonly used type of heating element. Those who swear by ceramic heating elements argue that it is the cleanest (and therefore healthiest) heating element currently available. To a certain extent, this claim is indeed true. Ceramic has the ability to withstand extremely high temperatures before it starts changing into gas. Other types of heating element turn into gas at much lower temperatures.
If you do choose to go for a vaporizer with ceramic heating elements, make sure the heating element is of excellent quality. As a general rule, cheaper devices have exposed wire or solder in its ceramic heating element, which can emit harmful toxins. It may be a good idea to choose a device that’s priced at the upper end of your budget range.
Where heating elements are concerned, glass basically has the same characteristics as ceramic. However, only one vaporizer is currently using glass heating elements. If you choose this type of heating element, therefore, you won’t have much of a choice.
Although vaporizing is commonly touted as a healthy alternative to smoking, note that it’s not just tobacco and cannabis that you can vaporize. You can also use your portable herbal vaporizer for herbs such as chamomile, eucalyptus and mint, lavender, sage, and thyme, among others. Any weed or herb you normally use for aromatherapy sessions can, in fact, be used for vaping sessions as well. On days when you want to let go of stress, therefore, your options can go beyond an aromatic bath or massage; you can spend some time vaporizing so you’ll have a truly relaxing sleep.