Vapes, Globes & Dnails
Vaporizers: The advantages of vaporizing dry and waxy oil materials formerly burned is not limited to e-cigarettes. In fact, vaporizers reduce carcinogens (over combustion), reduce or negate odor and minimize the quantity of product used. It’s important to grind the product thoroughly (though newer designs accept a coarser grind) and not pack too tightly. A dry herb vaporizer such as FlowerMate or Pax will reach it’s operating temperature of about 200 degrees Celsius in less than a minute. Short puffs allow the active ingredients to be absorbed through the mouth as well as the lungs. 2 or 3 sessions can be enjoyed from one filling but it should be stirred occasionally.
Desktop units come in two varieties: whip style for immediate use and forced air, which pushes the air past the heated material and into a balloon for later use.
There are two styles of creating the vapor as well: Conduction and Convection.
- Conduction – this was the original method of vapor creation for most vaporizers where the herbal material makes direct contact with the heat source to produce the vapor
- Convection – herbal material does not directly touch the heat source. Instead, vaporization is achieved by passing heated air over the material, extracting the active ingredients. Most desktop vaporizers today utilize convection, whether whip or forced air. Most pens and wax style vapes use conduction but that’s quickly changing with the latest Firefly and others.
Globes, DNails, eNails and Pens: many vaporizers also support the use of concentrated resin from the plant material, often referred to as waxy concentrate, wax, shatter or dabs. Globes are constructed with a battery connector, a coil screwed into it, and a glass “globe” with a mouthpiece. When the globe is attached to a battery (standard e-cig ego 510 connector) and fired, the coil (or coils) burn red hot. The glass globe is removed so that a small amount of wax can be placed directly on the coil. The wax is melted into the wick of the coil and vaporized.
Read the Quick Start Guide to Vaporizers.