Vaporizers: they’ve become quite the hit, with both good - and bad - light being shed on this ever-growing trend. But, there’s a lot more to them than you might think - and, they can be a healthy alternative, depending on the type of vaporizer being used.
Vaporizers work by heating oils, wax or herbs at a cooler temperature - around 284°F to be exact. The product is then converted into vapor - a healthier, toxin-free alternative to combustion (that is, burning, which happens at around 446°F).
Instead of combustion, vaporizers work by conduction or convection heating. With conduction, dry herbs or oils are placed on a heated surface, such as a solid or mesh screen. That plate is then heated to the perfect vaporization temperature and vapor begins to form. With the convection approach - a more recent development - your herbs don’t need to come in contact with a screen or plate. Instead, the air is heated, and - once the perfect temperature is reached - is moved by a fan or through inhalation to the area where your dry herb is located.
Just like there are different ways of heating, there are different types of actual vapes, too! With the standard desktop vaporizer, there are two ways the vapor is delivered: whip-style and bag-style. “Whip” basically means there’s a tube attached to the main chamber and a mouthpiece for inhalation, while the bag style - come on, we’ve all seen (and/or used) a Volcano - has a plastic bag attachment that gets filled with vapor, and then removed for inhalation.