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A Beginner’s Guide to Vaping

Vaping cannabis products is one of the most popular methods to date. However, many beginners who’ve recently entered the cannabis market find vaporizers daunting.

Luckily, we’re up to the task of describing in detail how to use a vaporizer for cannabis products.

Read along as we dive into the beginner’s guide to vaping. From choosing the correct vape cartridge to assembling the product, you’ll be blowing vape clouds in no time.

The Different Types of Vaporizers

First, let’s discuss the different types of vaporizers.

Not all vaporizers are created equal, so understanding their differences is the first step to enjoying cannabis vapes.

Vape Pens

Vape pens are typically all-in-one solutions that feature a battery attached to a small cartridge.

Vape pens are usually one-time-use products. In other words, vape pens are discarded once you’ve vaped everything within. Additionally, vape pens typically feature an inhale to activate the function, which does away with buttons and increases the overall ease of use.

In most cases, vape pens are the most affordable vaporizers.

Vape Pods

Vape pods are single-use pods filled with a cannabis concentrate.

Vape pods typically feature proprietary threading, thus necessitating a specific battery. Usually, batteries for vape pods are sold separately.

From live resin to distillate, vape pods are leading cannabis products due to their ability to carry a wide array of cannabis concentrates.

Vape Cartridges

Vape cartridges are similar to vape pods; however, they are usually compatible with 510-style batteries.

Vape cartridges may contain more cannabis extract than pods because of their larger size. However, everything depends on the cartridge manufacturer.

Similar to vape pods, vape carts are single-use and discarded once complete.

Refillable Cartridges and Customizable Vape Batteries

Refillable carts are an exciting product for the overall cannabis market.

Many cannabis extract companies sell “syringes” filled with potent cannabis oil. These syringes can be used to refill empty cartridges.

Ultimately, refillable cartridges are more sustainable than single-use products. Additionally, consumers can choose between products, making refillable cartridges more customizable.

Additionally, consumers can buy customizable vape batteries. Customizable vape batteries give more power to users, such as custom temperature settings.

By doing so, users can change the temperature setting to enhance the terpene profile of any given cannabis concentrate.

Desktop Vaporizers

Desktop vaporizers are large vaporizers that generally stay at home due to their size.

Products, such as the Volcano, are too large and cumbersome to travel with. Instead, desktop vaporizers stay at home, where they can be kept safe.

Desktop vapes are far more powerful than any handheld vaporizer. Ultimately, desktop vapes are for those who mean business when vaping marijuana.

Choosing the Right Vaporizer

Now, let’s look at choosing the right vaporizer according to the three C’s rule.


Half of the fun of vaping cannabis products is the convenience factor.

Overall, most vaporizer styles are convenience-oriented — except desktop vaporizers. However, the most convenient types of vaporizers are vape pens, vape pods, and vape cartridges.


Budget is an important aspect to consider when buying a vaporizer.

Once again, vape pens, vape carts, and vape pods are the most reasonably priced. Next in line are refillable cartridges and custom vape batteries.

Ultimately, the most expensive type of vaporizer is the desktop vape.


When customizability is at the top of your list — a customizable battery and refillable cartridge can’t be beaten.

Additionally, desktop vaporizers are customizable due to their temperature switch and overall customizability.

Remember, custom tanks allow consumers to mix and match products. Therefore, it’s your decision as to what goes inside your vape tank.

Alternatively, pre-filled vape pens, pods, and carts are not customizable.

How to Use a Vaporizer

Below, we’ll briefly discuss how to operate a vaporizer to get the most out of your vapes without breaking a sweat.

Inhale to Activate

Inhale to activate style vape pens are as easy as they get to use.

In order to use these types of vape products, all you need to do is inhale. As you inhale, the device immediately heats up the cannabis concentrate within.

Within seconds, you’ll experience a mouthful of silky-smooth vapor. Remember, always check the instructions before operating a new vape pen that you’re unfamiliar with.

Button Operated

If your vape battery features a button — you must press it and hold it down while inhaling from the mouthpiece.

The action of pressing the button heats the ceramic coil, which in turn heats the cannabis concentrate. By holding the button and taking a slow and even drag, you’ll be blowing massive vape clouds within seconds.

Desktop Vaporizer

Desktop vaporizers are more complicated when compared to inhale to activate and button-operated systems.

Although there are many different desktop models, there is a general way to use them. First, the device must be turned on, and you’ll need to adjust the temperature on the digital dial.

Once you’re at the preferred temperature range, you’ll need to add your cannabis products to the chamber. Once complete, you’ll lock the chamber and assemble the rest of the device.

In the case of the Volcano, you’ll add the vapor bag on top of it. Once complete, users turn on the machine and allow the vape bag to begin filling with vapor. At this point, you may start consuming the vapor within.

In any case, you should always check the manufacturer’s assembly and instructions guide before using the device. There are many devices on the market, making it essential to become familiarized with the device before use.

Know Your Limit When Vaping

The golden rule of vaping (or any method of consuming cannabis) is to start slow.

Whether you’re used to smoking cannabis flowers or being completely new to marijuana — starting slow allows you to adjust accordingly. Vaping marijuana produces different sensations compared to edibles or flowers.

Users describe more intense yet clear effects when vaping cannabis in many cases. Ultimately, vaporizers are set to ideal temperatures that vaporize terpenes and cannabinoids without combustion.

Therefore, vaping is a more pure form of consuming cannabis because it does not include harmful compounds from the combustion process.

Ultimately, the best way to vape is to start slow and assess the situation after 35-45-minutes. Once this time has passed, you may proceed to vape more until you find a satisfying point.

Below, we’ll provide additional considerations regarding vaporizers to be aware of:

  • Vaping is smoother on the lungs, which may promote larger hits that in turn produce more intense effects
  • Vaporizers typically contain high-THC concentrates
  • Vaping cannabis produces more intense flavors, leading to more instances of overindulgence.

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