Why You Should Buy a Vaporiser
TL;DR: Vaporisers are affordable and discrete. They do not damage your lungs like smoking does, and they have excellent efficiency, saving you lots of money in the long term. I recommend the Magic Flight Launch Box, which costs about £80 shipped to the UK via Amazon – click the big link above to order!
Hello there fellow well-adjusted, cannabis-consuming homo sapien / curious non-consuming friend. I want to talk to you about an innovation which over the last 5 years or so has dramatically improved my (already good) interactions with cannabis – vaporisation. In this case, ‘vaporisation’ refers to a method of inhalation whereby the active incredients in the cannabis (THC and other cannabinols) are released from the plant matter through conduction or convection rather than directly burning the weed. This provides numerous benefits. Listed in order of importance:
By releasing the active ingredients in this way, you totally eliminate the numerous negative health effects associated with inhaling smoke (of any sort, not just cannabis). Now, I know the jury’s out on whether or not cannabis smoke causes cancers, but people make their spliffs with tobacco, and everyone knows that shit’s well bad for you. And even if you make pure-weed joints (not that anybody does), you’re still lining your lungs with tar.
Since the effects of smoke inhalation are literally the ONLY negative physical (or non-psychological*) health downside to smoking weed, eliminating those means you’ve reduced the impact of your weed habit on your health to zero. That’s pretty good, that. You’ve made the physical impact of inhaling weed as minimal as that of eating it!
* Note: I can be pretty sure I’m not going to go crazy because of weed. Anyway, that’s another discussion, not relevant here.
Value for Money
To make a good spliff, I would normally use a minimum 0.6 gram of ground cannabis. This makes for a reasonably expensive habit, with a spliff costing more than a pint. An equivalent (in terms of effects) vaporiser load would be maximum 0.2 grams – since you inhale the vapour directly, nothing is wasted. This means that my weed lasts three times as long!
Obviously, this could also mean (lets say you have a lot of free time) you can get three times as high for your money. Both are good. The savings mount up on the peripherals, too: Using a vaporiser you don’t need to buy any tobacco, rolling papers, lighters, etcetera. All included, I reckon I likely save about £50/month. Perhaps more! My cannabis intake is now one of my lowest expenses. In an average month I now spend three times as much on curry as I do on cannabis. Admittedly I eat a lot of curry.
To roll a joint you need: a lot of equipment, a level surface, and a few minutes. To use a vaporiser you just need: Your vaporiser, your weed. If you get a portable one (mine uses butane), leave it filled up and ready to go! Vaporisers are much more discrete, too. Spliffs give off a fair smell (admittedly not as much as cigarettes) that sticks around even when they’re sat between your fingers burning and not getting anyone high. Vaporisers don’t create any smell in operation, and your exhaled breath only has a light twinge of plant matter, and not the sickly, obvious weed smell.
Reasons People are Wary of Vaporisers and Why They’re Wrong
Now, I realise that what I’ve said perhaps sounds too good to be true – that vaporisation make weed consumption convenient, healthier, and cheaper. Perhaps you’re thinking there’s some downside I’m not explaining or something. Maybe I’m being bribed by shady pro-vaporiser cartels. Here are a couple reasons you might not want to invest a vaporiser, again in order of importance, followed by the reason you’re wrong (sucker):
“There’s a heavy element of ritual to smoking weed. Rolling a decent spliff takes a good few minutes, is relaxing, and focuses your mind temporarily. It’s like origami. It feels good to smoke from a joint that you’ve laboured over. It builds anticipation for the pleasurable effects of the cannabis, the same as waiting for a pint to settle.”
These are all valid concerns to some degree, although they basically amount to ‘I’m used to doing it’, which is innately hard to defend. Lets say you save three minutes by using a vaporiser. Why not create a new ritual for that time? When I first hit my vaporiser I like to get a song on – I’d argue that’s a much more complimentary way to ease yourself into highness, in-line with what your body ‘wants’ to do while stoned.
“A vaporiser costs money. A good portable one costs £80ish. That’s a lot of money! I got bills to pay and I gotta eat!”
Firstly, I don’t think you can really put a price on your health, so this seems kinda meaningless to me. Anyway, a Magic Flight (for example) pays for itself really, really quickly. Like, within six months at an absolute maximum. And a good vaporiser will keep on truckin’ for years / come with a long warranty.
Me Being Bribed by Pro-Vaporiser Cartels
“Mr Flight, we can’t trust you. You’ve got a beard. You’re a kook and we’re not listening to you.”
I promise that more sensible, more scientific people than me advocate vaporisers too. If you do a bit of a Google you’ll find they’re quite a hit. There’s lots of choices and discussions about them. And the science and health benefits are real – check Wikipedia!
Okay, I’m Convinced, Tell me What Vaporiser I Need to Buy!
I own the Magic Flight portable electric vaporiser with power adaptor for home use, and have previously owned an Iolite (portable, butane), a Da Buddha (electric, non-portable), as well as a host of other low-quality no-brand vapes of various types. I quite happily went a year without a portable vaporiser and only ever got high at home when I was near a plug socket, but now that I’ve got a portable one it’s all I’d recommend – the benefits in terms of convenience / portability are obvious, and it’s important to stick fully to vaporising – having no vaporiser when you’re out and about will just result in combustion!
Having owned many a vaporiser, I am now satisfied to only use the Magic Flight Launch Box, £80ish. I’d recommend the Magic Flight as the vaporiser of choice for 95% of people because it comes with an amazing lifetime guarantee, is cheap, very discrete, is very low maintenance, and with the power adaptor can also be used as a plug-in vaporiser for using at home when you’re feeling super lazy.
I hope you found this note informative! I feel we ought to be do our best to, and encourage others to responsibly enjoy cannabis in a way which doesn’t negatively effect our health, our wallet, or the smell of our homes.
Stay high and healthy!
– Mr MagicFlight.co.uk