As the cannabis industry grows, new and amazing products come out all the time that allow consumers more choice than ever before.

Cannabis vaporizers are in a product category that continually sees incredible gains in popularity. Looking at the buying habits of California cannabis consumers between 2015 and 2016, sales of marijuana vape cartridges went up 400%.

Why is vaping cannabis becoming so popular? Let’s take a look at the basics of vaping and the benefit of this consumption method.

What is Vaping?

Vaporizing is an alternative consumption method to conventional smoking. When smoking, plant matter is burnt and the resulting smoke is inhaled deeply into the lungs. Electronic vaporizers, on the other hand, have a mechanism that heats the plant matter to the point where active ingredients are released in a fine mist without any sort of combustion or burning.

There are two main vaporizer types, and they both come in different shapes and sizes depending on the brand. You can vaporize cannabis concentrates, like the ones we create at Voyage, or you can find a vaporizer that utilizes dried cannabis flower.

Benefits of Vaping Cannabis

Fewer Negative Respiratory Effects

Smoking anything, including cannabis, is hard on your lungs. And while cannabis smoke has been proven to be less dangerous than cigarette smoke, any sort of combustion of plant matter can result in harmful toxins like tar and ammonia. Luckily, there’s some evidence that cannabis vaping can be a more lung-friendly alternative to smoking cannabis.

While scientific research on cannabis consumption is sparse in general, there are some studies that suggest vaping could be an alternative to smoking that produces less carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances. A 2017 study published in  BMJ Journals compared the cancer potencies of emissions from vaporized products. The study concluded that under certain circumstances vaping can be up to 99% less carcinogenic.

Incognito & Convenient Consumption

This may be obvious but vaping cannabis results in vapor, not smoke. That makes the resulting puff way more discreet. The resulting vapor does not smell nearly as strong as a joint would and dissipates almost completely within a few seconds. While there will still be a faint lingering smell of cannabis, it is way more manageable than your average weed smoke. Vaporizers that use cannabis concentrate, like ours here at Voyage, are extra-incognito compared to dried flower vaporizers which emit a slightly stronger smell.

Vaporizers are also ridiculously convenient. So long as you keep your battery charged and your cartridge full, that’s all the maintenance it takes. Set aside your rolling papers, filters, grinder, lighters, ashtrays, doob tubes, bongs, and bowls! Simply put your vape pen in a pocket, backpack, or purse and you’ll be ready for low-key consumption anywhere you go.

More Robust Taste

Burning cannabis flower can disrupt much of the natural flavor profile of cannabis. Many people that use cannabis vaporizers, especially those that utilize cannabis concentrates, report a more robust flavor profile. At Voyage, we take extra care to preserve the natural cannabis flavor in our concentrates. Using our CO2 extraction method, we are able to keep the flavorful terpenes intact and produce a high-quality, clean concentrate free of any heavy metals.

Higher Potency

Using a cannabis concentrate vaporizer, you can expect a higher potency from a smaller amount of product. Like every other plant, cannabis produces essential oils full of beneficial cannabinoids like THC (what makes you feel high) and CBD (often associated with the medical benefits of cannabis). By extracting the essential oils from cannabis, concentrates are a much more potent consumption option. A study by California’s NORML shows that vaporizers can “convert 46% of available THC” while the average joint converts around 25%. Cannabis vaporizers are a great investment to save money in the long run, since you will need less product to achieve the affects you desire.

Voyage vape cartridges are available all throughout Oregon. You can learn about our different product options, our trusted extraction method, and where we source our cannabis flower on our website.

About the Writer

Tricia Cleppe is a freelance cannabis content strategist and writer. She previously worked as Senior Manager of Marketing for New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis data & analytics firm. She began her career in cannabis as a Digital Strategist for the LA-based cannabis non-profit Spark The Conversation, on whose board she sits.