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Reading time - 7 minutes - August 10, 2021
The first of anything is a huge event; your first steps, your first kiss, your first car. All of these are memorable moments. However, what about your first dry herb vaporizer? This first might not be as universal, but it’s definitely a big moment for anyone. Finding the perfect vape for you, inserting the bud and taking your first inhale...it’s paradise. However, choosing your first weed vape is not only memorable, it’s also tough. That’s why today we’re going to help you understand how to pick your first dry herb vape. We will run though the important things to know, and how to flesh out the truth amidst thousands of vaping potentials. So, without further ado, let’s make sure you get the perfect and most suitable first vape for you.
The first question you’ll be thinking before you even start on the journey of purchasing your first weed vape is: what the heck is this weird, sonic screwdriver-looking device? Well, it’s a fair enough question. Afterall, it’s only really in the last 5 years that dry herb vaporizers have become mainstream. Vaping in general, in fact. This is because these devices have proven to be healthier than smoking.
A dry herb vaporizer is a vape that allows you to consume cannabis without the harmful process of combustion; or in other words, smoking. Not only that, you don’t need tobacco - so no need for harmful nicotine to ruin your high either. Surprisingly, weed vapes are legal in the UK. This is because only the act of selling cannabis is illegal, not selling weed accessories. It’s a nice little loophole.
Here’s an example of one of our dry herb vapes.
Of course before buying a dry herb vape, you’re going to want to know how it works. Although, to be fair, it’s unlikely anyone knew how a phone worked before they got their first one. It’s doubtful anyone does, even now. But anyway, dry herb vapes are more exciting and comprehendible than silly old phones.
A dry herb vaporizer is not as complex as perhaps it looks from the outside. Although there are many shapes and sizes of weed vape, they all essentially work the same. The dry herb vape is made up of three main parts.
The chamber is where the cannabis bud or cannabis concentrate goes. In other words, this is where the magic happens. The chamber heats up the cannabis at a temperature of around 180-220 degrees. This causes the substance to turn into vapour, but not burn. This means you can inhale without the fear of inhaling toxic smoke fumes; that’s the beauty of vaporizers.
The mouthpiece is of course where you inhale from. There are many different shapes of mouthpiece, all of which slightly affect the airflow. The easier and smoother the airflow, the better. Some mouthpieces are even made from ceramic, to enhance the flavour of the bud.
The battery is like the invisible hero; it may live in the shadows, but really, it’s the most important element of the weed vape. Without a decent battery, your dry herb vape could last only a few hours. Click here to check how long a vape battery should last.
Finally, just before you enter the world of dry herb vape purchasing, perhaps you’d like to ask yourself one last time...why am I buying one of these again? Well, there are three main reasons why dry herb vapes are the right way to go. Here they are.
The cost of using a weed vape, over time, is much much cheaper than smoking joints. Although the initial cost of a vape is anywhere from £80-300, after that, the money you will save from weed efficiency and no longer needing accessories (like tobacco and papers) is massive. Weed vapes are known to be a lot more efficient with the cannabis you use in comparison with burning joints. Studies have shown that burning marijuana wastes a lot more of the initial substance, whereas vaping wastes a lot less. Therefore, if you’re looking to save money as a regular cannabis consumer, the dry herb vaporizer is the way to go.
Another huge reason to purchase your first dry herb vape is for health purposes. When a joint is on fire, it burns at around 900 degrees. This releases dangerous and cancerous toxins, which are then inhaled by the user. With weed vapes, not only is tobacco not involved, the weed is only heated at around 200 degrees. The weed is never actually on fire. This makes it a far more healthy substance to inhale. In addition, when you use a dry herb vape, it’s far easier to control your dosage and know how much you’re putting in there. So, even if you’re looking to limit your weed consumption, the weed vape is perfect for that.
The final reason why the weed vape is perfect for you is: ease. Vaporizers are extremely easy to use in the current world we’ve created. You can use them indoors, you don’t have to roll them up, and no one finds them offensive. You’re not going to bother a family on the table next to you with a vaporizer. Also, weed vapes have the glorious perk that they do not make you smell of weed anywhere near the amount that joints do. Therefore if you need a quick vape session before going somewhere, you’re not going to be ‘hummin’ of bud after.
So, now you’re ready to purchase a dry herb vape. You know what they do, you know why they're beneficial, and now you just need to choose one and lose your vape virginity.
The problem is, due to the capitalist, competitive world we’re in, there’s so many of them! So which one do you go for? Well, we’ve created a list of things to think about before selecting your first weed vape.
As previously mentioned, dry herb vapes come at varying costs. Some can be bought for as low as £40. However, there are also vapes which cost over £500. As you can imagine, the more you pay, the better and more durable they are - on average. Nonetheless, this isn’t always true. The question you need to ask yourself is: what is your budget? This will help you to narrow down on the specific vapes you can buy vs the ones you simply can’t. With so much choice out there, it’s important to understand what you want first before being bombarded by options.
The second question you’ll want to ask yourself is this one. Weed vapes usually go down one of two directions. They are either designed to look sleek, cool and smooth. The kind of device you’d see Jeff Bezos holding. Or they’re designed to be huge monsters, producing enough vapour to vanish yourself during a magic trick. This kind of device you’d see Hagrid vaping. This question isn’t about whether you’re more like Bezos or Hagrid, but it’s about why you’re using the vape. Do you want a lot of vapour? Or do you want it to be more discreet?
The final question is, in a way, the most obvious. How much are you going to actually be using this? If you’re buying it to use everyday as a replacement for your joints, then perhaps this is something you should spend a little more money on to ensure the battery life will withstand your lifestyle. However, if this is just a hobby purchase, then buying a slightly cheaper one won’t be a problem.
TIP: If you’re still unsure and looking for a slight push in the right direction, we at Nectar believe the perfect dry herb vape is one that sits slightly in the middle. It isn’t too cheap, but it also isn’t too expensive either. It’s affordable, reliable and enjoyable.
Here are the top 5 dry herb vapes of 2021 to check out.
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