From about 7 million people in 2011, the number of people using vape (or electronic cigarettes) around the world has gone up to almost 55 million. Because studies show that the inhalation of any kind of smoke can be detrimental to the health of the human lungs, many consider vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking.

It is such a widely recognized belief that even a good number of cannabis users and medical marijuana patients have chosen weed vapes over the traditional way of consuming it — smoking. 

Now, you may be wondering, how exactly does one go about vaping weed? Well, the first thing you should know is that you don’t vape weed by putting some in a regular vape pen. This is because most pen vaporizers have oil cartridges, which means they only work with vaping liquid or vaping oils. Vaping cannabis or weed would require you to use a different type of vaporizer. 

To help you navigate and familiarize with what is increasingly becoming popular out of several different weed consumption methods, we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide on how to vape weed

Preparing The Necessary Tools and Paraphernalia

Dry Herb

The first thing you will need is, of course, the dry herb. Make sure you get marijuana that is of high quality. Also, make sure that the consistency of the bud you procure has just the right texture. Getting a cannabis product that is either too dry or too sticky will not work well properly with your weed vaporizer. 

While acquiring your herb, you may want to check out what cannabis strain you are purchasing. Each strain has a different amount of flavonoids, cannabinoids and terpenoids, the most common compounds in medical marijuana. 

You will need a grinder to make sure that your cannabis plants are ground finely. By using a grinder, you can make sure that your dry herb will be consistently ground, evenly heated, and more kief will be retained. 

A Tip: Most dry herb vaporizers require medium ground herbs. 

The Vaporizer

The truth is that nowadays, there are many different ways to consume marijuana that do not necessarily require you to smoke weed. You may use weed pens, wax pens and electric dab rigs with some cannabis concentrate, cannabis oil, or vape juice. However, in the context of this guide, we will be talking about a dry herb vaporizer

Dry herb vaporizers come in two types: A tabletop vaporizer or a portable vaporizer. Whichever you choose to use, though, you have to be sure that it is a dry herb weed vaporizer. 

To further classify dry herb vaporizers, such vapes could work on either convection heating or conduction heating. A convection heating vape uses air to heat the herbs, while a conduction heater heats the herbs within proximity. 

A Quick How-To

Now that you’ve got the necessary materials to vape weed, it’s time actually to start doing it. Here’s how to vape weed in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Pack Your Vaporizer

Scoop your mediumly ground dry herbs into the vape cartridge, oven or herb chamber. To do this, use a weed scooper or makeshift scoopers like business cards or paper. 

Once you have scooped your weed into the vaporizer’s chamber, pack it in using a finger or a small tool. However, you will have to make sure that it is not packed in too tightly. Otherwise, air will not flow properly. 

Step 2: Turn On Your Device

When you’ve packed the weed properly into the device, you may start using in. Turn it on and set it to your desired temperature. Wait until the device reaches your desired temperature before taking your first hit. 

Step 3: Inhale From Your Vape

To prime your vape, take a few gentle puffs. Once ready, put the mouthpiece loosely between your lips and start taking slow drags. Let the vapour fill your lungs and then exhale.

Fair warning: If you haven’t vaped before and have only smoked weed before, you should know that inhaling vapour feels different as compared to inhaling smoke. 

Also, note that most weed vapes limit your usage per session. You may, however, turn it back on to continue using it. You may continue using already smoked marijuana as long as it still has some colour in it. If it is too dark or black, then you may want to stop using it. 

After using it, you may start cleaning and sanitizing your vaporizer. Make sure to clean your vape correctly, as not cleaning it appropriately may cause uneven vaporization and overall poor vape performance

Benefits of Vaping Vs Smoking Weed

Although it is more than just an alternative to smoking, there is no denying that it does have a few advantages to smoking. Here are some examples:

  • It provides a more intense high – Vaporizing weed does give a more intense high as compared to smoking flower of the same dose, especially if you are an infrequent user
  • It is less harsh on the lungs – Even without vaping in the equation, heavy smoking already causes significant lung injuries. However, studies by the British Lung Foundation show that vaping or e-cigarettes cause 95% less damage versus smoking. 
  • The smell is more subtle – The weed smell is still evident when you use a vape. However, the scent will not be as intense as compared to the smell that lingers after smoking weed. 

Final Thoughts

Whether you smoke or vape weed, its health benefits remain real and the same. However, considering all the advantages that vaping marijuana possesses over smoking it, it is safe to say that vaping is a much better option. So, if you think vaping weed is something you want to give a try, then you should purchase your first weed vaporizer today!