The consumption of cannabis is becoming more acceptable and in some cases legal to consume across the country. Thus more people are turning to this plant for various reason such as pleasure, pain management, and anxiety management. With increased acceptance, there has been a considerable uptake in the consumption of cannabis.
However, with the boom in cannabis usage, one device has been at the center of improved user experience – the vaporizers. Vaporizers have become commonplace, offering superior user experience whilst negating the occurrence of the majority of the demerits that come with the traditional combustion of cannabis to consume. Herein, we are going to explore just how vaporizers work with the intention of understanding how they can yield higher user experience.
Basics Principles Of Vaporizing
The premise behind vaporizing is heating the cannabinoids and terpenes into the vapor without burning the cannabis flower of concentrate – thus the term vaporizing. In this regard, the cannabis concentrate or flower is heated up to a temperature that is high enough to allow the cannabinoids and the terpenes to evaporate whilst, yet lower than the combustion temperature of the flower and or the concentrate.
In this regard, the cannabinoids and the terpenes begin to vaporize at around 284°F whilst the combustion temperature is usually 446°F. Therefore, vaporizers heat the cannabis content to any temperature in between these two temperature points.
Advanced vaporizers come with a temperature control capability, which allows users to determine the temperature at which to heat the cannabis content in the vaporizers. Moreover, the vaporizers come in different forms and sizes. There are those that are designed for home use only as they are meant to be plugged in whilst others are designed for mobile use (they are battery powered and have a small compact design).
The Heating Mechanism
Whilst the basic principle is to heat the cannabis content to the optimal temperature for vaporizing the cannabinoids and terpenes, the means to this may vary. There are two main methods that you can use to heat the cannabis content. They are:
#1. Conductive Heating – vaporizing using conduction operate by having an electronically heated plate made of metal or screen. The heating plate is heated to the ideal temperature, thereafter transferring the plate to the heat to the cannabis content directly through conduction. In this regard, the content in the chamber is heated to by the hot plate until the terpenes, and the cannabinoids are converted to vapor.
#2. Convective Heating – Convective heating is a heating mechanism that makes use of the hot air to vaporize the terpenes and the cannabinoids. In this setup, there is an air-heating chamber with ceramic or stainless steel heating elements where the air is heated to the ideal temperature. Thereafter, the air is transferred to the chamber holding the cannabis content either by a fan or through the inhalation action. Upon coming into contact with the cannabis content, the cannabinoids, and the terpenes are vaporized.
How Vaporizers Work – Both of these heating mechanisms work optimally without charring the cannabis content. Therefore, there is no development of the toxic substances that result from the combustion of cannabis content.