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Best Vaporizer for Herbal Blends

Organic, Smokable herbal tea, vape and bath

Vaping is an amazing way of experiencing DroppingSeeds herbal blends. You skip on the chemicals from the papers and the tar from the smoke and truly smell and taste the herbs. But not all vaporizers are created equal.

To correctly vape, you need to heat the herb (thru conduction or convection) enough so that the plant releases its chemicals in the form of vapor, but not hot enough that the plant burns (combust). There are ideal temperatures for vaporizing our blends where anything lower then the recommended temp, no vapor is produced and anything higher, the herb will ignite.

Majority of e-cigs that claim to be portable dry herb vaporizers simply combust herbs (burn the plant) like Atmos Raw Rx, Ago G5 pen, and devices by Yocan. These devices light herbs by directly exposing them to a heating coil which ignites and burns the herb just like any normal pipe. You could use a brass, glass or metal screen filter, which prevents combustion by acting as a barrier between the herbs and heating coils. The only problem with this method is that A) it’s a pain to place the mesh filters at just the right height and B) if the filters fall onto the heating coils, it could short circuit the device and ruin the battery.

However, there are devices out there now that can do correct vaporization without any extra accessories but are a bit more expensive. The one we personally love is the Da Vinci. You simply load your herb into the chamber, set the temperature and let it heat up for about 30 seconds, and start inhaling the vapor.

Then there are the popular non-portable convection vaporizers like the Volcano. These devices usually heat up water below the herbs, and then use the steam produced to create vapor which you can inhale. The drawback is that these things are larger, bulkier, and not made for on-the-go situations.

Whichever vaporizer you buy, remember, if the smoke is black, you are most likely burning the herbal blend, if the smoke is white then you are vaping your way to happiness! Don’t forget to grind your herb and use the temperatures that the vaping manufacturer of your choice recommends as a starting point .

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Vaping In Solidarity

To whom it may concern…

Consider this a public service announcement intended to shine a little light for all vape heads (Vaporizer Users). The American Journal of Physiology published the results of study, where lab mice were exposed to e-cig vapor and non nicotine vapor from e-liquid. A couple of weeks later mic.com published a post interepreting the findings. The head line was Put Down The Vape: There’s Bad News Out There For Everyone Who Thinks E-Cigs Are Healthier Than Cigarettes.

All this said, we think there are key points brought up in this study, namely nicotine extracts, carrier liquid typically less than food grade glycerol and glycerine in combination with specific temperatures that resulted in adverse responses in the lung health of the lab mice. The study nor science.mic article actually cover vaporizing in the all the forms vaping includes. Vape heads know that Vaporizing refers to non combustion derived vapor intake of wax, oil, e-liquid, as well as dry contents. The study and the story only evaluate e-liquids and isn’t clear about the temperatures that trigger formaldehyde (carcinogen) formation with glycerols and glycerine. I appreciate the awareness the article inspires around the misnomer that E-Cigs are “healthy” alternatives to commercial cigarettes. Conversely, the post “Put down the Vape” and summary statement “anyone considering taking up vaping should be aware there’s probably no such thing as a consequence-free smoke yet“ are a little sensational.

I strongly recommend vaping dry herbs, and quality food grade nicotine free carriers at temperatures that do not cause combustion, or burning of your contents. There are number of dry herb vaporizers on the market. Some of my favorite brands based on quality ease of use and price are, DaVincci, Atmos, Kind-Pen, HipVap and Pax. Some sites with great selection of these products are portablehookahs.com and vapornation.com. You’ll find product reviews at Vape Nation as well as high Hightimes. Also, be sure to try vaping intentional smokable tea recipes comprised of 100% organic, fair trade, and wild crafted non-addictive alternatives to cigarettes.

Vaping in Solidarity,
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