What is available
For recreational cannabis vaporizers, consumers can pick from a variety of options. Offerings include disposable all-in-one units that are easy to use – simply unbox and go! Disposable vaporizers are not meant to be separated from their battery and are not refillable.
Pre-filled cartridges come in either a 510 thread or closed loop. It is important to be aware of what battery is compatible with the cartridge that you are looking at purchasing. Most batteries are labelled as having a 510 thread, which means they are compatible with 510 cartridges. It is important to note that some vaporizer cartridges are intended to be used with brand specific batteries.
Some handheld vaporizers allow the consumer to vape small amounts of concentrates or dried flower directly. Some vaporizers are even smart device enabled – meaning you can control features such as temperature right from your smart phone!
History of Vaporizers
Although vaporizers for dried flower have been available for some time, now Ontarians can now purchase vapes and vape accessories that work with both dried flower and extracts. Vapes come in several shapes and sizes, but are basically made up of a mouthpiece, tank or reservoir, heating element and battery.
Vaporizers are a fantastic alternative to traditional methods of consumption that require combustion of the cannabis product. Because combustion is not achieved, vaporizers offer the consumer enhanced flavour and more control over the desired hit size. When the cannabis product is heated to a pre-defined level, cannabinoids and terpenes are released into vapour molecules and are ready to be inhaled.
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Pre-filled cartridges are available as a convenient way to consume your preferred concentrated cannabis product. These cartridges attach to a battery (be sure to confirm compatibility) and come with the heating element contained within the cartridge / mouthpiece.
Dried flower vaporizers were among the first offerings available on the market. Available in both tabletop and handheld units, they are a wonderful alternative for the user who is looking for to consume their dried flower without combustion. It is important to remember that when dried flower is being vaped, it is a best to get in the habit of cleaning the vaporizer after each session to ensure optimal performance is preserved.
Some Ontarians prefer to vaporize their extracts such as shatter and wax. The OCS offers a variety of concentrated cannabis products that are compatible with vaporizers. Many dried flower vaporizers also have an extract insert available allowing the user the flexibility to use either product (flower or extracts).
Likely the most significant benefit of using a vaporizer versus traditional methods of smoking is the lack of combustion. This means that the device does not produce smoke when utilized, rather it produces a vapour.
Because the cannabis product is not undergoing combustion, when vaporized, the terpenes in the cannabis product are preserved.
Thanks to the nature of their operation, vaporizers can produce very little vapour if desired (simply vape at a lower temperature will achieve this and increase flavour). Unlike traditional methods of smoking cannabis, users can still consume their product of choice without any visible vapour clouds –
Convection vaporizers use a heating element that ait passes over. In this instance, the hot air is what heats up the cannabis product, not the chamber itself. Convection vaporizers can use an internal fan (like a Volcano tabletop vaporizer) or the user’s inhale to circulate the warm air over the cannabis product, cooking it and releasing vapour.
Conduction heat is a process where heat is transferred through direct contact. Conduction vaporizers commonly use battery powered heating chambers where cannabis products are loaded directly into the chamber. When heated, the chamber causes vapor to be released from the cannabis.
Conduction vaporizers usually have a smaller footprint and tend to be more portable than their convection-based counterparts. Conduction vaporizers produce good vapor quality and tend to be more battery efficient (for portable models).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Do I Know My Pre-filled Cartridge Is Safe?
All legal recreational cannabis products in Ontario must undergo strict quality assurance testing and their content must be known. This is no different for pre-filled vaporizer cartridges. Unlike the black market, where there is no true regulation or quality assurance, pre-filled cartridges offered by the OCS and Sparq Retail are
2. How Do I Recharge A Vaporizer?
Most vaporizers are now offering convenient USB charging, and many come with a charging cable. Other recharging methods include device specific charging bases. Please review device specifics to see how your vaporizer battery can be recharged.
3. What Can I Use In My Vaporizer?
Vaporizers are very versatile in the products that they can accept. Ranging from dried flower to concentrated extracts such as rosin, wax and shatter; simply ensure that your vaporizer has the appropriate attachment to accept your preferred recreational cannabis product.
4. How Do I Know My Product Is Being Vaporized? I Cannot See A Cloud
Unlike combustion, low temperature vaporizing often does not produce visible vapour. If seeing the vapour is desired, higher temperature settings are recommended. Relying on senses other than sight can help you determine that vaporization is in fact occurring – you will be able to taste and smell the product even is you cannot see a discernable vapour cloud.