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In the thousands of years since humans began smoking weed, we have always chosen to smoke weed in a pipe or roll it into a joint for inhalation. However, the landscape of cannabis consumption has changed significantly over the past few years.
With the legalization of marijuana enacted in April 2022, more attention has been paid to the quality and safety of inhaled marijuana technology.
So, as marijuana use has become more mainstream, two other modalities have joined smoking as the main way to absorb the substance: vape and dab.
These trendy methods of using various types of hay may seem unnecessary to traditionalists.
What is the essential difference between smoking and dabbing and vaping?
When you ignite marijuana with a flame, the chemical process that turns the weed into smoke is called burning.
THC vapor is produced by dabbing or vaping and applying heated oils or concentrates.
So, the most important difference between using a portable vaporizer and pumping dry herbs is the actual substance the consumer inhales: steam versus smoke.
As we all know, the sensation of steam is far less intense than that of smoke.
Which device can dabbing/vaping or smoking?
To smoke herbal flowers or cannabis concentrates, you will need to buy a vaporizer. There are different vaporizers depending on the cannabis product you want to smoke. These include dry herb vaporizers and dab pens/vape pens as well as other vaporizers designed to vaporize concentrates.
- Dry Herb Vaporizer:
For cannabis flower or weed, it needs to be ground and put into dry burning equipment.
- Dab Rig:
Smearing is a process of inhaling cannabis concentrates (such as wax, shreds, shreds, or buds) using a water tube called a dab rig. Shaped like a small bong, the dab rig is a water-filled device through which the user inhales the steam. The concentrate is slid onto a heated base (called a “nail”) and after waiting 20-40 seconds, the consumer then uses a dabbing tool to touch a piece of wax or crumb onto the nail, which instantly creates steam, which the consumer passes through Rig suction.
- Portable device:
For the more practical consumer, there are also portable tap tools available. RELEAFY Glow is a portable nail with its own battery: no more blowtorches or heated bases to heat up the concentrate, and you can take any of the concentrates with you on the go.
What do the different inhalation methods feel like?
Whether you’re smoking, vaping, or dabbling in a cannabis product, the effects start within minutes. However, the intensity will vary depending on how you inhale.
Dabbing, vaping, and smoking provide a more rounded, controlled experience. Because it uses a very potent concentrate, one hit can lead to an intense orgasm.
Most experts advise beginners to use dab rigs sparingly. If your body and mind aren’t used to marijuana, the power can be incredibly uncomfortable. Beginners can start with a portable dab pen and adjust it to a temperature that they can adapt to inhale.
Which method of marijuana inhalation is the safest or healthiest?
Studies have shown that dabbing or vaping may be healthier than direct smoking. When you burn marijuana, harmful compounds are produced and delivered to your lungs. And because less heat is required to vaporize marijuana, fewer toxic chemicals are produced.
But when we’re talking about safety here, we’re comparing vaping or smoking actual marijuana flowers. There is very little research on the safety of evaporative concentrates. And there’s always been concern that the compounds in the thin cannabis extract added to vape pens could become harmful when heated and inhaled.
Which way is better for you to inhale marijuana?
The truth is there is no right or wrong answer. It’s really just a matter of preference, desire, and necessity.
When choosing between the three, you need to consider different factors.
A dab or vape is a great place for beginners to get started.
It’s a no-mess, no-fuss option for edible wax and other concentrates.