Vaping is an alternate way of smoking created by an electronic device called a vaporizer. It works by heating up e-liquid, dry herbs or concentrates until a vapor is produced, which is then inhaled. There are many benefits for making the switch from smoking to vaping, below we will go over the top 5 reasons to make the switch today.
#1) - No Combustion.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and can cause harm for a number of reasons. Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 69 can cause cancer. Cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke cause about 480,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Of those premature deaths, about 36% are from cancer, 39% are from heart disease and stroke, and 24% are from lung disease. One of the main reasons cancer occurs is because of the combustion of tobacco and inhalation of smoke which produces tar. The tar can form a sticky layer on the inside of the lungs. This damages the lungs and may lead to lung cancer, emphysema, or other lung problems. With vaping e-liquids, there is no combustion, inhalation of tar, or anywhere near the same amount of carcinogens as smoking tobacco. Even if you're not smoking tobacco, vaping dry herb is still a beneficial option. The smoke from any herb will still affect your lungs and throat as well, even if it doesn't contain all the harmful chemicals found in a cigarette. Especially for medical patients that have problematic respiratory systems and their lungs may be highly irritated by smoke. Vaporizers heat cannabis to release active cannabinoids, but remain cool enough to avoid the smoke and toxins associated with combustion.
#2) - Smoke Scent.
Everyone is familiar with the smell that comes with smoking. Whether you're smoking tobacco or dry herbs the smoke scent will stay on your clothing, hands, mouth, and surroundings. Because of no combustion, when vaping dry herb or concentrates the odor is reduced making it easier to freshen up and clear yourself of any vape scent. Concentrate cartridges being the most discrete cannabis vaping option, with minimal to no scent on exhale. With e-liquids only the aroma of whatever flavors you are vaping will occur when vaping. Compared to the overpowering smell of smoking tobacco, vaping e-liquids produce little to no scent at all.
#3) - Taste.
Whether you are vaping your favorite dry herb, concentrate, or e-liquid the flavor vaping produces is unmatched compared to smoking. When vaping dry herbs and concentrates you are able to taste and experience the full terpene profile of the strain you are vaping. Vaporizers are able to provide this experience by streaming heated air to the materials at a temperature that releases the cannabinoids and medicinal properties. Compared to traditional smoking which requires burning of the materials causing inhalation of hot smoke, burned materials, and ash. E-liquids are available in many different flavors from traditional tobacco, fruit, desert, and more! Providing more options than your traditional tobacco cigarettes. Even better you can mix your favorite brands and flavors to create your own blend that suits your vaping desires.
#4) - Control & Options.
Many devices on the market are capable of different heating temperatures allowing the user to find the perfect setting to match their preference. Cannabinoids begin to vaporize around 280°F, with combustion beginning around 450°F for dry herbs. Dry herb vaporizers are capable of applying heat between those temperature ranges with some devices allowing users to control the temperature consistently, which effects the amount of cannabinoids and terpenes being released in the process. Concentrate vaporizers are great in this aspect due to the device having the ability to heat to a consistent temperature. Allowing you to ditch the torch and have control over the type of low or high temperature sesh you desire. Vaping e-liquids is great for those looking to help quit smoking tobacco because of the amount of options on the market. E-liquid companies produce different levels of nicotine mg options from 0-12mg allowing consumers to select the amount that best suits them. For the heavy tobacco smoker searching for a stronger dose of nicotine and prefer a more cigarette-like experience, nicotine salt e-liquids produce smooth vapor and high nicotine content.
#5) - Overall savings in cost in comparison to traditional smoking methods.
Depending on your area the average cost of a pack of cigarettes can run $9 (California) - $13 (New York). Which means a pack a day habit can cost $279 - $403 a month. Vaping e-liquids is only as expensive as you make it. You can get a starter kit for $24.99 or spend up for a high end mod for $129.99.These devices are reusable and can last a substantial amount of time with proper care. The only other additional cost would be spent on e-liquids and replacement coils. A bottle of e-liquid can cost anywhere between $9- $29. For example a 30ML bottle can last as long as a month on average. For heavy users 30ML can last 1-2 weeks depending on usage. When it comes to vaping dry herbs, most devices require less materials to achieve the desired effects as compared to smoking. Because of the controlled process of slow roasting your herbs you can often get the most out your dry herbs while using less. Compared to the uncontrolled, rapid burning process of traditional smoking.
Everyone is aware of the effects of smoking cigarettes, vaping e-liquids shows to be another alternative for those looking to substitute or quit smoking. If you do not smoke cigarettes you should not start vaping e-liquids containing nicotine. Vaping dry herbs and concentrates has it's benefits as well that many consumers are now discovering and exploring. As technology advances, the devices quality and vapor production has improved. With so many innovative options being released into the market, you're sure to find a device the suits your needs. But personal preference in the end will help you decide if vaping dry herbs and concentrates over smoking is for you. But most that try the vaping method make the switch and never look back. What are your thoughts on vaping vs smoking?
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