Why use a Vaporizer?

"A vaporizer is a device used to release the active ingredients of plant material or to release the therapeutic compounds. Rather than burning the plant material, which can produce numerous harmful by-products, this vapor contains virtually zero particulate matter and significantly reduced noxious gases." VapeNation

" Vaporization has emerged as a safer, viable delivery method 
for inhaling the active compounds from cannabis."  -Source

Each person's preference of vaporizing varies. 

Much like computers, there are two types available: desktop (plug-in) and portable. And just like computers, there are numerous options and upgrades available. Average price range is anywhere from $100-$300, and can go upwards as high as $800 (Minivap). If you're just starting out, I'll list a few popular options below with the price ranges. I have been vaping for the past few years with two great plug-in vaporizers- "Da Buddha" and the "Silver Surfer." 

Besides the amazing health benefits of vaping, saving money is automatic by using significantly less Mj than with traditional smoking. On average expect to use only half the amount that you would with traditional smoking. I know it can seem like a lot of money upfront for a vaporizer, but trust me, it's so worth it. From one 420'er to another... get a vaporizer.

The overall benefits far outweigh the initial investment. Invest in you..your health..your quality of life.

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Reviews and Tips:

What to expect?
When you vaporize MJ, you will see a soft, white "vapor-like cloud" of fluff, the same that you might see from a humidifier... instead of the burning smoke from traditional pipes and papers. 
  1. "Your herbs should never turn to ash while vaporizing. Since you are heating the herbs at a much lower temperature than smoking, you are avoiding the point of combustion which normally turn your herbs into ash. Instead, you are extracting the key elements from your herbs without actually burning them." - VapeNation
The smell from vaporizing is really quite minimal compared to traditional smoking, and keeps your clothes and home smelling fresh. Keep a can of Febreze spray by the door and if guests come by unannounced, spray a bit and (at least in our experience) they shouldn't be able to tell there is Mj in the house. I don't think you'll get the same assurance from smokin' a dubie.

As a matter of fact, my hubby and I had a recent toke of a joint in celebration with some friends, and afterwards, I felt kinda gross and I just couldn't wait to take a shower to get the smell out of my hair. It was fun but I could not see myself ever going back to traditional smoking over vaping.


$150-$200 | Da Buddha
I personally use and like "Da Buddha". It's one of the least expensive vaporizers on the market, nice-looking and does it's job well. I have not had to replace a bulb or anything internal so far; after having it a few years already. I did drop the glass mouthpiece and replaced it for around $20. Da Buddha is fairly simple for anybody to use, small enough to store easily, and a breeze to keep clean. A great overall vaporizer if you're starting out and don't want to spend a fortune. It also features cool add-ons like an aromatherapy bowl ($25) or hands-free kit ($29).

$250-$350 | Silver Surfer
We also use and recommend the Silver Surfer. A lot like Da Buddha, you control the temp with a dial which allows for accurate and precise control over the vaporizing of your MJ. Price depends on extra options and features available. This particular Vaporizer utilizes a standard connection. Unlike the glass found on most other Vaporizers, the maker of this unit hand blows all of their glass pieces to ensure only the highest quality components. Silver Surver Vapes feature a custom glass knob and heater cover that are colorful and unique. The 'Surf has been around a while, has many positive reviews and would be a great starter for a little more cash. Plus, they come in cool customized colors below (even pink!)

$500-$700 | Volcano
Forced-air vaporizers like the Volcano Vaporizer utilize an internal fan that propels hot air over the MJ, creating a steady stream of vapor that is typically collected in a balloon bag for inhalation (balloon bags must be replaced after 75-100 uses). There are 2 models - classic or digital. The classic offers a dial allowing you to select the heat adjustment (a fairly common choice in the vape world) while the digital offers a temperature selection between 104 and 446 degree on a manual dial. Many people use dials and like them just fine compared to digital.

Considered "higher-end" because of their efficiency, Volcanos boast automatic shut off and intensifies the effects of the active ingredients released through the vapor by 75 percent. One reviewer said "Well built and runs smooth. It is like having an AMG in the driveway." 
Despite the hefty price tag, the health benefits are worth looking into. Comes with a 3 year warranty. This unit is definitely a bit complex, for more info, Download full instructions here


$40-$70 | Vapor Genie
Vapor Genies are a portable option ideal for camping trips, when you won't have access to an outlet or batteries, or prefer using butane lighters. Great for on-the-go, designed as a tobacco pipe, and plenty durable. Bit of a learning curve to get the vaping down, but you won't have to worry about batteries or trying to find an outlet. Tip: Don't inhale the flame down the carbon area on top. Keep it hovering as if you were "warming your hands over an open fire," and let the vape come slowly. The ceramic filter is said to not burn, fracture or deteriorate, and never need replacing.

$110-$150 | Palm Vaporizer
Palm Vaporizers are quite popular, less expensive than most and work great. They feature a quick heat up time (less than 5 seconds), 2 rechargeable batteries, multiple color choices, and vape temps between 350 and 375 degrees. The battery lasts about 20-30 minutes of full use before needing recharging. As long as you don't forget to bring along extras (which is kind of annoying, but doable). Discreet, easy to carry in your pocket and offer a lifetime warranty on the unit (batteries-3 month warranty).

$150-$250 | Iolite Portable 2.0
Very popular Iolite Portable 2.0 is a breeze to use. I love this one. Available in an array of colors to fit your style and does not require flames, cords, wires or batteries. Small and discreet unit. Allows you to vaporize anytime, anywhere in less than 40 seconds. This is great to use in public places, or that long family gathering when you need to step outside for a break. Holds enough butane to last for 30 minutes of continuous use. Ideal for all users whether a light or heavy user. Simple to use. 2 year warranty. 


$10-$20 | Grinder
I also recommend a grinder as a must-have with vaping. It's much easier to load vaporizers after grinding. Grinders are very simple to use and make a world of difference. I didn't use one when I first vaped, but after having tried one I couldn't be without. They can be found online, smoke shops, etc. I am an affiliate for VaporNation, so if you're going to consider a vaporizer, definitely check out their website - they have them all. They also offer free shipping and a free grinder with most orders.  So that will save you a little extra and get a freebie. The accessories are low and competitively priced, I haven't found another site I like better.   www.vapornation.com 

Range from $10 - $50

To use a grinder - Place a few MJ nuggets in the top area, place lid down, grind section middle back and forth like a salt shaker, and presto - evenly shredded bliss.

You'll be using your grinder hopefully every time you vaporize, so you want one that will be durable. I would recommend metal or wooden for durability and ease of use, and stay away from the plastics.

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a terrific website with every vaporizer imaginable!

Good luck!

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