Buying a vape can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are many different types of vapes, that do different things. There are dry herb and concentrate vapes, conduction vapes and convection vapes, vape pens, desktop vapes, etc. How can one possibly know what to look for. Buying a vape is simple though, as long as you know which questions to ask.
What Are You Using it For?
Why are you interested in vaping? Are you trying to get healthier by eliminating combustion (smoking the regular way with a butane lighter), are you just curious and want to try consuming cannabis a new way? Perhaps you’re just looking to expand your knowledge as well as your collection of pieces. Vapes are a lot like snowflakes, in that no two are exactly alike (unless they’re the same model, of course) so you should examine what you are using a vape for. This will help you determine what type to get.
What Are You Going to Be Vaping?
There are many different types of vapes out there, but as stated above, there are two types that you need to concern yourself with: dry herb and concentrate. Dry herb vapes require dried flower; the latter require concentrate oil. If you are more comfortable using dry flower (and some people are), then you should get the first type of vape. I would also recommend a dry herb vape if you are particularly fond of the taste of cannabis. Nothing will bring out the flavor of a good strain like a dry herb vape.
What Are You Able to Spend?
Some vapes are quite inexpensive and others can cost you half of a paycheck. Vape pens, most often used for concentrates are inexpensive and work just fine. Larger portable vapes such as the PAX, are a little more expensive, but last longer and are much more effective than some of the more inexpensive vape pens. Then there are of course the desktop vapes, which are not always the most expensive, but can be pretty pricey. The mistake that a lot of people make when shopping for a vape is thinking that only the most expensive vapes are going to be high quality. If you’re looking for quality and don’t mind spending a little more, you can always buy the older models. I know my PAX 2 is outdated, but it’s still a great vape.
Is it for Medicinal or Recreational Use?
If you’re using a vape for medical reasons, such as for treating pain, then you would be better off getting a concentrate vape. Concentrates are more potent than dried flower, and as such are more effective for treating medical conditions. Concentrates also have the benefit of being easier to control your dosages, something which is vitally important when using cannabis medicinally. If you are planning on buying a vape to use recreationally, then you might enjoy a dry herb vape more.
Honestly, it's up to you and your preferences. Somedays I prefer herb, others are made for concentrates.
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