When it comes to inhaling cannabis, there are really only two ways to go about doing it: vaping, or smoking. While many of us are picking up on the vaping trend, and it might seem like vaping is the superior choice—there’s a bit more to it. Here’s a guide that breaks down all the pros and cons of both methods, from flavor, to convenience, to health benefits.
The winner in this category is clear. Vaporization primarily releases only the cannabinoids and essential components of the plant that we all enjoy. Vaping heats up the oils found within the plant matter without producing tar and other carcinogens that smoking produces. Think of it this way: vaping gives you all the good stuff, with very little of the bad.
One thing to consider when purchasing a vaporizer is the manufacturer of the device being used. To safely and properly vape, it’s key to use a trusted and highly recommended product. With the market for vaping devices becoming so saturated, many devices that were manufactured in China (with minimal regulation) are starting to hit the states.
Luckily, there are many reputable manufacturers with products on the market, and finding a trustworthy brand is getting to be much easier as they’re more easily accessible. For a list of some of the most popular vaporizers on the market, check out this post from Esquire Magazine!
Again, this one is pretty clear. Vaping wins this category, hands-down. While both personal vape devices and traditional smoking devices can be small, and carried around with relative ease, vaping devices tend to be less messy, less bulky, and don’t usually have as much of a potent aroma as a joint or pipe. Vapes have become more common mostly due to the face that they don’t produce a thick, pungent smoke that sticks to your clothes, hair, and breath. Instead, they create a soft cloud that dissipates much more quickly. Also, with e-cigarettes being so popular, it’s almost impossible to tell a from a distance if someone is vaping cannabis or e-juice.
Ease of use
While plugging in a device to recharge overnight, to get you through the next day seems exponentially easier than rolling a joint to smoke or lighting up a bowl, vaporizers have their own hassles. Each device is different and loading them can be a pain in the ass. Equally as frustrating is the process of cleaning them out once you’ve only taken a handful of puffs off the device. When it comes to reliability, sometimes it’s just easier to go the old-fashioned route and light up. Sure, it’s not as forward-thinking as using the latest vaping device, but you don’t need to have a power source to get your high. As long as you have a lighter and a joint or a bowl, you’re pretty much good to go in any environment.
If you’re not a fan of the burnt flavor and just enjoy getting a good buzz, then vaporization is without a doubt the way to go. Vaping won’t actually burn the plant material, thus not creating blankets of strong smoke. Still, many cannabis users do enjoy the consistency of flavor, smell, and taste of smoking. With both smoking and vaping, each hit on a device or bowl will downplay the flavor quality slightly (you only get one green hit!).
Our Final Verdict
Everyone has their own preference! In the end, it’s all about what you’re looking for from your cannabis experience. If you’re at a party or socializing with friends, consider sticking with the classic experience and pass a blunt! If you’re health-aware, and want to get the cleanest experience possible, consider vaporization as your method of consumption.