Vape Pens: What You Should Know

Vape pens are a newer type of portable vaporizer (Photo:

Vape pens are a newer type of portable vaporizer (Photo:

Vape pens continue to grow in popularity due to their discreet nature.

Vaporizer pens are everywhere these days, but what is it about them that makes them so popular?

Simply put, they contain a battery-powered heating element that vaporizes your cannabis without producing smoke. As a result, vape pens allow you to consume cannabis without being engulfed by burning weed.

Some users feel that vape pens help eliminate the negative persona linked with joints and bongs. They also seem to provide a healthier way of inhaling THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.

But before purchasing a vape pen, it’s best to get to know the basics behind these portable vaporizers.

What are they? How do they work?

Most people have heard of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) by now. Well, as it turns out, vape pens look and work very much the same way and could easily pass as a high-end electronic cigarette.

E-cigs contain a battery-powered heating element called an atomizer that vaporizes liquid nicotine. Just like e-cigarettes, vape pens incorporate the same technology. However, instead of nicotine, vape pens work with concentrated cannabis oils, waxes or dry herbs.


Vape pens heat oils, waxes or dry herbs to approximately 400 °F or 205 °C — before combustion. This allows the user to inhale pure vapor without the harmful toxins found in smoke.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all vape pens offer the same functionality. Some vape pens only work with dry herbs and others exclusively with waxes and oils. Certain pens may require specialized cannabis formulas, often known as THC or CBD e-liquids. So, what type of cannabis you prefer plays an important role in choosing the right vape pen.

Generally, most vape pens work best with cannabis concentrates (oils and waxes). For the pen to be effective, the oil needs to be liquid enough. If the substance is too thick, there is a good chance it will burn and produce smoke.

Vape Pens vs. Desktop Vaporizers


The biggest difference between vape pens and desktop vaporizers is portability.

Better suited for home use, desktop vaporizers have evolved into quiet, sleek, energy efficient models. They have the means to deliver vapor by whip attachment or balloon. Some models have the capability to do both. While great for parties and sharing with friends, these units are not meant to leave your home.

Vape pens, on the other hand, allow you the flexibility to vape at home or on the go. The downside is that vape pens have smaller chambers and limited battery life. So, you may need to refill and recharge the device more often. Additionally, vape pens only allow one user to inhale at a time.

What Studies Say About Vaping

According to various studies, using a vaporizer is better for your health than smoking.

Research suggests that using marijuana is less harmful than using tobacco. Yet, when it comes to smoke, both marijuana and tobacco contain many of the same harmful toxins. Luckily, vaping seems to eliminate those harmful toxins.

In fact, many experts believe that vaping is better for your lungs. A recent study showed that daily cannabis smokers who switched to a vaporizer, for one month, showed vast improvements in their lung health. Users reported experiencing less shortness of breath and coughing up less phlegm.

Many doctors also recommend vaporizers over other cannabis preparations such as edibles. This is because vaporizers allow patients to dose more accurately — you simply stop inhaling once you have achieved the desired effect.

The bottom line: Vape pens offer portability, convenience and discretion and may even be healthier for you.

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