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SMOKING VS VAPING CANNABIS FLOWER

SMOKING VS VAPING CANNABIS FLOWER

In most states, cannabis flower is the highest-selling form of cannabis.

However, as consumers become more health and terpene conscious, they may opt for non-combustible methods like vaporizing cannabis flower and oil. But does that mean it’s a better method of consumption?

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VAPING CANNABIS FLOWER

Let’s talk about smoking versus vaping cannabis flower, and which method may be best for you.

People may prefer vaping to smoking cannabis flower for multiple reasons.

For one, vaporizing cannabis doesn’t burn the bud, so you aren’t inhaling smoke, which is bad for the lungs and body. 

For two, when you burn the buds, you sacrifice a certain amount of terpenes in the flower. Butane flames in disposable lights can be as hot as 4,000 degrees. Most terpenes hit a boiling point between 300 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

When you preserve the terpenes, you preserve your experience and the entourage effect. 

The entourage effect basically suggests that weed works best when you maintain the product’s full chemical profile, versus isolating compounds. 

That means a THC distillate is nowhere near the quality of live rosin, or even a live resin. The same goes for cannabis flower with super high THC percentages. 

Putting flames to your weed might somewhat contaminate the flower with butane. Butane will alter the plant’s flavor profile (picture solvent-based vs. solventless concentrates). This is why people light joints and bowls with hemp wicks. 

 

STIIIZY's proprietary pod and battery system is well-known among cannabis consumers.
STIIIZY’s proprietary pod and battery.

VAPE PODS VS CARTRIDGES VS PENS

Vape pens are an overarching term for oil-based vape cartridges and pods in general. Vape pens are always oil pens, never flower pens.

They are called pens because of the pen-like shape of vape batteries that connect to 510-thread cartridges.

510-thread cartridges are the industry standard for vape cartridges. They are cylinder-shaped and screw into any universal 510-thread vape pen battery.

Vape pods are pre-filled pods that go with specific types of batteries. STIIIZY’s proprietary battery and pod system is a great example.

Vape pods can also be an all-in-one, disposable pod-plus-battery device. Disposable pods can’t be refilled or reused once empty.

Vape pods and cartridges can be filled with pretty much any type of cannabis oil. These days, most of them are either made with distillate and added terpenes, live resin, or live rosin.

Vape pens use distillate or any type of cannabis oil in their pods or cartridges.

Vape pods and cartridges can be filled with pretty much any type of cannabis oil.

VAPING DRY CANNABIS FLOWER

Vaporizers for cannabis flower are called dry herb vapes. Dry herb vapes are a great way to experience all of a strain’s compounds.

Vaporizers heat your plants versus burning them and allow you to take big pulls of flavorful terpenes.

The biggest advantage of dry herb vapes is their temperature control. You can adjust the temperature to each different cannabis strain you consume.

The disadvantages of dry herb vapes are their battery life, and how loud they smell once you’re done consuming them. You really need a carrying case for them if you’re going to be discreet.

The Zeus ARC GT and DaVinci Micro are great examples of dry herb vaporizers. 

Vape pods or cartridges contain some kind of cannabis oil and connect to the pen or battery.

Vape pods that go with specific types of batteries.
 
 

IS IT BETTER TO VAPE DRY CANNABIS FLOWER OR OIL?

There are many advantages to vaping both dry cannabis flower and cannabis oil. The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to experiment, but here are some things to consider.

The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to experiment, but here are some things to consider.

THE ADVANTAGE OF VAPING DRY CANNABIS FLOWER

The main advantage of vaporizing cannabis flower is that you can get those tasty terpenes in your body without inhaling smoke along with any potentially harmful byproducts.

This is why the Volcano vaporizer was so popular in the early medical days of cannabis. It fills a big bag with terpene-full vapor and provides the safest consumption method.

Vaping dry cannabis flower heats the plant's trichomes instead of burning them.
Vaping dry cannabis flower heats the buds insteadd of burning them.

THE ADVANTAGE OF VAPING CANNABIS OIL

The pros of vaping cannabis oil are the same safety measures as a dry herb vaporizer, but with the added fact that you don’t have to use plant matter. 

It makes the experience solely about the terpenes and cannabinoids, versus the flower matter plus these compounds.

THE BEST WAY OF SMOKING CANNABIS FLOWER

As with everything else in the cannabis world, when it comes to determining the best way of smoking cannabis flower, it all comes down to consumer preference. 

Smoking joints and hitting pipes are the most traditional methods.

How high you get from these methods depends on your tolerance levels to cannabis.

If you only smoke on occasion, a joint will get you a lot higher than it will someone who smokes every day.

Instead of thinking about how high, focus on the cleanliness and smoothness of hits. Pipes and bongs tend to produce pretty smooth smoke if you’re using high-quality flower that wasn’t grown in a way that produces harsh smoke. 

Joints provide a harsher experience because they’re also burning paper. There is also less heat mitigation like you get with water pipes, bubblers, and bongs, which have percolators and systems that filter smoke over water (or ice, if you’re an ice bong person). 

From that, you get a much cooler hit of smoke out of water pipes and bongs, versus the hits you’ll get from a joint or blunt. 

That is the difference between smoking flower with pipes and bongs versus pre-rolls. Additionally, pre-rolls get old from sitting on dispensary shelves at whatever random temperature for whatever random period of time.

From that, you get degraded cannabis flower and terpenes, which will make a much harsher smoking experience. 

Smoking cannabis flower in joints is a common way to get high.

What’s your favorite way of smoking cannabis flower?

THE BEST CANNABIS EXPERIENCE: VAPING WEED VS SMOKING WEED

Another entirely subjective discussion with considerable debate. Some think that vaporizing cannabis flower provides the “ultimate experience” because it doesn’t burn your flower, but instead just heats up those potent cannabinoids and flavorful terpenes.

With that, vaporizing both cannabis flower and cannabis oil is seen as the safest method of consumption.

You avoid inhaling plant matter, and instead, just take in vapor from boiling cannabinoids and terpenes. This promotes a high-quality experience for the health-conscious.

This is why dry herb vaporizers and oil vaporizers are so common amongst medical cannabis patients. They produce clean vapor and allow temperature customization for the health-conscious.

Still, smoking cannabis flower joints remain popular because you get BLAZED from smoking joints. It’s a bit harder to get ripped from dry herb vapor than it is from rolling up a fatty.

Joints allow you to consume a much higher volume of cannabis at once than vaporizers like the Volcano or Crafty do.

Regardless of whether you choose to vaporize or smoke your cannabis flower, just make sure that you’re purchasing it from companies that are known for their superior quality.

 

At STIIIZY, we only use premium flower for all of our cannabis products including our proprietary pods and battery system.

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