Before getting into the benefits of vaporizing herbs, take a look at how vaporizing works with cannabis.
THC, CBD, and various terpenes are important compounds in cannabis plants. These compounds need to enter the bloodstream for them to take effect. People do this differently, but historically, smoking has been the most common consumption method.
Traditional smoking represents the fastest way of getting the active ingredients in cannabis into your system. Burning the plant matter activates THC and terpenes quickly, which you then inhale with the smoke.
Once in the lungs, these active compounds rapidly absorb into the bloodstream, with effects appearing almost instantaneously.
While not as harmful as tobacco, smoking marijuana still poses a risk to your health. One of the main benefits of vaping weed is that it’s much healthier for you.
Vaporizers work on the same principle as traditional smoking. The idea is to apply heat to cannabis to release its active ingredients. The main difference in vaping buds is the temperatures applied.
Burning cannabis in a bowl, bong, or joint produces temperatures of up to 2000°F while vaping temperatures range from 325–430°F.
With regular smoking, these high temperatures mean much of the cannabinoid and terpene content burns away before it gets to you.
Vaping applies just enough heat to the cannabis to release its active ingredients without reaching the point of combustion. The desired cannabinoids and terpenes are delivered through the vapor, leaving behind the unwanted plant matter.
While the main draw of vaping is health, vaping weed benefits you in several other ways. Read on and learn why more people are switching out their ashtrays and lighters for vaporizers.