Vaporizers are the logical choice for health-conscious cannabis consumers. A vaporizer steadily heats the herb to a temperature that is high enough to extract THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, but too low for combustion to release potentially harmful toxins; essentially, vaporization eliminates most health risks associated with smoking. Vaporizers also offer a significant reduction in odor.
At present there is a diverse landscape of vaporizer models, and the market is only expanding as technology improves. Multiple elements distinguish vaporizer designs, including portability and the product they vaporize.
As the market matures, so do the efficiency and quality of portable models, though these still frequently fall short of fixed models (tabletop and desktop vaporizers requiring an outlet power source) in terms of durability and robustness. The form of cannabis product vaporized is the other primary variable distinguishing vaporizers. Many take cannabis concentrates (which come in a variety of forms including oil, shatter and wax); these can be added manually or using cartridges depending on the vape design. The prevalence of concentrate vapes is due to their mechanical simplicity; fewer vaporizers take flower, which requires a heating element to accomplish vaporization, and thus a more sophisticated design.
A younger delivery method that is a point of contention amongst the cannabis community and attentive policy makers is dabbing. Dabbing is a form of vaporization in which potent cannabis concentrates are dropped on a heated nail, creating vapor that is trapped in a glass globe and inhaled. Although there are obvious health benefits associated with clean concentrates over combustible flower, concerns arise from dabbing's image and the intense effects of high-THC extracts. That said, dabbing is currently one of the fastest-trending delivery methods in the cannabis industry.