Marijuana vaping has become increasingly popular over the past few years. A study published in 2015 by the NCBI showed that 37% of cannabis users report vaping in the past 30 days—that's a lot of people using vaporizers!
Vaporizing is healthier than smoking due to reduced carcinogens, it's more efficient which saves you money and many people prefer the flavor of vapor over smoking. If you want to learn more read this article on smoking vs vaporizing.
Ten years ago it was easy to pick a vaporizer since there were only a few options. Since then vaporizers have gotten better, smaller, more efficient and easier to use. This all happened due to an increase in competition in the vaporizer market. There are now over 100 vaporizer brands and potentially thousands of options to pick from.
It can be tough to navigate the vaporizer market and figure out which one is right for you.
Luckily, we got our hands on a flowchart (designed by Vaporizers Direct) which helps you pick a vaporizer in 2018. Just work your way down the flowchart and you'll end up on the perfect vape for your situation.
Just a few things to keep in mind if you're a beginner:
Vaporizers are generally either portable (you can bring them around with you) or desktop (you have to keep it plugged in at home).
All of these vaporizers can handle herb but only some can handle concentrates. If you need to be able to vaporize concentrates (ex. oils) make sure you pick one that can handle them.
Be prepared to spend at least $100 since there aren't many safe vaporizers priced under that. If you're looking for a top-of-the-line vaporizer, you can spend upwards of $700 (on the Herbalizer).
That's pretty much it. There are other things to look for like conduction vs convection, battery life, etc. but this is a great place to start your search.
Author Bio: Christian Sculthorp is the Founder and Chief Product Tester at Vaporizers Direct. He’s a Canadian and avid “vaper” who moved Down Under and realized there was no good place to buy a vaporizer. He opened up shop to share the joys of vaporizing with the beautiful country of Australia.