How to vape cannabis for beginners

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Up until recently, marijuana was mostly used in the form of a flower. Every now and then, someone would come through with a little bit of hash, but that’s as far as diversity went.

People only used to smoke weed in pipes and joints.

Nowadays, though, there is way more diversity, both in the product and in the consumption departments. Not only are pipes and joints more present than ever before, also available are bongs, blunts, electric dabbing tools and vaporizers.

Vaporizers, sometimes called vape pens, are the newest trend in cannabis consumption. In short, they are the least harmful way to inhale cannabis. Even though certain papers might say that vaporizing is healthier than smoking, clearly, inhaling neither vapour nor smoke is healthy by itself. But since vaporizers are a new trend, a little elucidation is in order to explain how they work and how to vape weed in the healthiest way possible.

Vaporizers work by heating up the plant material into a vapour. That vapour then rises and it’s inhaled through the mouthpiece of the vaporizer.

Not all vaporizers work the same, as there are two basic types of them. The more popular vaporizers are also called vape pens, although there are also desktop versions that are only for stationary use.

Some vaporizers work by heating up the air below the plant material. That hot air then goes around and through the weed, which releases THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in the air.

Others heat up the weed directly through a heated surface, such as a metal plate or a chamber. Once the weed touches the hot surface, it releases cannabinoids into the vapour.

How to vape weed?

Let’s first talk about the less common, but often more convenient, stationary vaporizers. These machines are quite big, and they require a power outlet. They are set up on a table or some type of flat surface. Depending on the model, they either make use of a small hose or a plastic balloon.

The hose is used to inhale the vapour directly from the vaporizer, while the balloon gets automatically inflated, and then the user inhales from it.

To vape weed, put the weed into the chamber, or on the surface, which gets heated. Set the plastic bag/hose, plug in the vaporizer into the power outlet and turn it on. Select the desired temperature, give it a minute or two before starting to drag the vapour in.

Check out this great video on how to use a desktop vaporizer.

How to use a vape pen?

Vape pens are much simpler to use. If familiar with the concept of an electronic cigarette, this is pretty much the same thing. Charge the battery and once it’s full, fill it up with your desired material.

However, every vaporizer is different, so users would be well-advised to read the instructions in order to learn how to use the vape pen. They are small, so they have very specific ways of turning on and controlling the various features.

Most vape pens are just for cannabis, but some vape pens can be used for cannabis concentrates as well. Check that in the instructions as well or call the manufacturer.

How to make your own vape juice?

Making one’s own vape juice isn’t that hard. Electronic cigarettes that have a detachable lid can be used for vaping cannabis. What’s needed is to have come cannabis extracts, such as hash or BHO.

In order to make vape juice, turn on the e-cig and put the extracts in. Put a small piece of the extract in the chamber. If it doesn’t fit, break it down or shape it so it does fit. Keep the e-cig turned on and give it time to melt down. Enjoy the custom-made cannabis-infused vape juice while puffing on big clouds of vaping liquid.

What is it like to be high?

Depending on what type of cannabis has been vaporized, a user can feel a bunch of different types of high. But most cannabis strains will provide a head rush that will make the user feel lightheaded. It is also very likely the user will feel a pressure in the eyes, almost as if it was a type of burn.

A person may even get dizzy if he or she has taken too much. This will be clear if the user is sitting and begins having the feeling of quickly sinking.

On the other side, if the right amount has been consumed, a user may feel like the couch is hugging you and everything is soft and comfy.

It’s also likely one will think a bit slower and zone out. Cannabis is known for having the “zoning out” effect on its users.

However, don’t worry—sometimes these moments can be extremely calming and clarifying.

It’s important to stress that the types of high cannabis produces largely depend on the cannabinoid and terpene profile of that particular strain being smoked. For example, myrcene is a terpene most commonly found in cannabis indica varieties and is the one responsible for the “couch lock” type of high.

How long does a high last?

Type, amount of cannabis will influence duration of the high HIGHGRADEROOTS / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Depending on what type of weed has been vaporized, as well as the amount, the duration of the high might be different. A person’s tolerance will also have a play. If the person has never used cannabis before, expect to feel high anywhere from one to four hours.

In case of edibles, the high can last up to 12 hours, but usually is between six to eight hours, which is why edibles aren’t recommended for cannabis novices. In fact, it’s not recommended they be tried until the person has gotten a hang of cannabis a bit.

Keep in mind that cannabis does stay in the system significantly longer than how long the high feeling lasts, so don’t even think about driving after vaping.

What does weed smell like?

Not all cannabis smells the same. Depending on the strain, some types of cannabis might have a hint of lemon or berries, while others smell like diesel or mango.

The reason for this is because every strain has a unique terpene profile—terpenes are volatile aromatic molecules secreted inside the resin glands of cannabis, and are what gives each strain its unique scent.

At first, it will seem that almost all weed strains tried have a skunky and pungent smell, however once a user starts gaining experience, he or she will realize that there are plenty of different aroma’s in cannabis.

 

 

Source – https://leaderpost.com/cannabis-culture/cannabis-trends/how-to-vape-cannabis-for-beginners/wcm/985be6dd-b2d1-46d8-9c10-9dbdbc4d6537

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