If you’re anything like us, you carry your vape at all times. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for when you need a quick puff of sativa, and it’s [arguably] the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy the benefits of marijuana anytime, anywhere — though some could say the same about edibles.
Anyways, in the weed world, vapes are a relatively modern innovation — at least in comparison to traditional flower and the many ways to smoke it ranging from joints to bowls. However, they may not be as ‘new’ as you think; in fact, modern vaping devices date back as early as 1927 when Joseph Robinson patented a mechanical butane ignition vaporizer.
However, the modern form wasn’t introduced until the 1960s when Herbert Gilbert patented the ‘Smokeless,’ which contained a liquid that was heated by a battery-powered device and ultimately vaporized for inhalation — just as we use today.
Though Herbert Gilbert created the modern form, only time could truly tell where his invention would eventually lead. Given the popularity of vapes, it’s no surprise that vaping culture has reinvigorated the cannabis vape market in recent years; however, before this introduction gets too far into another stoner school history lesson, let’s jump into the different types of vapes.
Remember how we alluded to the fact that vapes are portable, stating that they allow you to enjoy the benefits anytime, anywhere? Well, tabletop vaporizers are the exception.
As the name suggests, tabletop vaporizers require a flat surface in order to use them — such as… a tabletop. They are sold in a variety of different bodies and forms that all feature a temperature dial, a mouthpiece attachment, a heating element, and a heating chamber. Keep in mind that tabletop vaporizers are most commonly used to vape flower versus oil or concentrates.
Portable vaporizers are extremely similar in concept to tabletop vaporizers; however, they’re—you guessed it—portable! They operate in a relatively similar way, featuring a chamber to hold the flower, a heating element, and of course a battery; additionally, most include a temperature control feature that may be a simple button or a small temperature dial similar to that of a tabletop vaporizer.
Portable vaporizers come in a variety of options with some only allowing for the vaporization of dry flower, some that are best suited for different types of concentrates, and some that are created to be a hybrid of the two — allowing you to choose whether you want to vape flower or concentrates using a single device.
Cannabis Vape Pens
You’re probably already familiar with vape pens. They’re those small devices that may or may not feature a button to inhale, and have become especially popular and mainstream in recent years; those handheld pens that we all know and love, and the devices that your friends are always carrying around and you may steal a puff or two from time to time.
Vape pens, weed pens, dab pens, hash oil pens… these are all terms that refer to vape pens in general; however, the name chosen often refers to the type of vape pen.
Reusable vape pens require a battery and a pre-filled cartridge or pod that you exchange once emptied. Batteries come in a variety of different shapes and sizes ranging from a cylindrical form that resembles a traditional writing pen, to a flat shape that resembles the disposable nicotine vapes commonly found in smoke shops. Whichever size or shape you prefer, all solo batteries require a cartridge or pod that contains cannabis oil with concentrated amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes.
You also have all-in-one disposable vapes that are a one-time-use sort of device. They contain all of the traditional elements featured in reusable pens, but the entire device needs to be repurchased each time.
A huge benefit of vape pens is that they allow for precise temperature control. Keep in mind that a lower temperature typically ranging from 325-350 degrees produces the best flavor but a milder high, while high temperatures ranging from 400-430 degrees create a hotter, less flavorful experience with stronger effects. We typically recommend opting for the in–between range of 350-400 degrees because you still taste the terpenes and cannabinoids without sacrificing the high.
The Pros & Cons of Cannabis Vapes
Needless to say, we love vapes. From cartridges to pods, we love them all and most importantly, we USE them all. The pros are nearly endless given that they’re portable, user-friendly, odorless, discreet, temperature controlled, and oftentimes allow the true flavor of the strain to shine.
However, for every product with an endless number of pros, a few cons that are important to take into consideration manage to surface. In the case of vapes, the effects can be somewhat different compared to smoking herb because vapes produce a “cleaner” high — sure, they can still get you ridiculously high, but maybe not as heavy of a high as compared to flower. Additionally, many brands on the mass market will infuse their oil cartridges with additives; however, rest-assured that our HyperWolf brand vapes, as well as the brands we carry and put our golden black and yellow stamp on, are free of any and all unnecessary additives — giving you the purest vaping experience possible.
Vapes at HyperWolf
If you navigate to the Vape section of our website, you’ll notice a wide variety of different options to choose from. As your local cannabis connoisseurs, all of the products you see are thoroughly vetted and tested before showing up on our menu — meaning that we stand behind each and every product.
From brands such as TerpHogz, to STIIIZY, to Rove, to Plug Play, to our very own HyperWolf vapes, you have your choice of the best vapes on the market, delivered to your doorstep in 60 minutes or less. So what are you waiting for? Head to hyperwolf.com to choose a vape, order weed delivery, and join the movement.