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2013’s Most Sought-After Vaporizers!
In recent years, vaporizers have gained recognition as the safest, most effective method in extracting therapeutic properties from plant material. So, what’s the difference between smoking and vaporizing? A great deal, actually -- and it all boils down to extraction methods.
Smoking is a result of the combustion process, which ignites/burns plant material in order to create smoke for inhalation. Contrary to misnomers, active plant ingredients are not responsible for posing health concerns; rather it’s the toxic byproducts contained in the smoke, itself, that causes the most damage to the human respiratory system. Holding in smoke after inhalation absorbs even more noxious chemicals and tar into the lungs; thereby exacerbating the onset of greater health risks.
Vaporizers, on the other hand, serve as the ideal alternative for extraction. Available in both desktop and handheld vaporizer form and often used as a healthy medium for aromatherapy blends, vaporizers are also employed for prescribed, therapeutic blends (ie, the medical stuff)
NOTE: It’s worth mentioning that vapor -- while smoky in appearance, is obviously NOT smoke, and therefore does not involve the standard, combustion methods of traditional inhalation devices.
Vaporizing is the process of heating plant material between 380-410° F -- just below the point of combustion. This process extracts the full flavor, active compounds, and purity of the plant material -- sans smoking risks. With vaporization, you only need small, shallow puffs to receive noticeable, therapeutic effects.
Vaporization works through one of two ways (depending on the specification of your particular vapor device). The method of conduction involves heating your plant material through direct contact. Unlike combustion, your loose leaf blends are not burned during this process, but rather warmed until the desired vapor effect has been achieved.
Convection, on the other hand, occurs when air passes through a heating element -- often times, a ceramic casing - until a desired temperature has been achieved. The heated air is then subsequently passed through the plant material; producing a clean, tar-free vapor.
There are a number of benefits and perks to either vaporization technique; it really boils down to a matter of individual preference (and budget, of course!).
For those interested in the most sought-after vaporizers of 2013 (by way of search engine queries and social media mentions), look no further than our latest infographic! Here you can gauge the most popular vaporizer devices of 2013....and perhaps even finalize what’s on your wish list, this holiday season!