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Guide to vaping your marijuana

Portable marijuana baking devices have become more popular and safer in recent years.

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Christian Carlos. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].

More than a year ago, severe confinement began after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and people were told to stay indoors, forcing many to adapt their lifestyles to the comfort of their homes.

Increased subscription to streaming platforms ?streaming? home meal delivery service, the purchase of electronics as well as the purchase of tabletsThe need for entertainment, smartphones and video game consoles to satiate the need for entertainment also moved into homes.

Among the new devices, which could be categorized as accessories, there has been an increase in the production and sale of "dry leaf vaporizers" as an alternative to the combustion of a marijuana cigarette.

Unlike the mouthpieces with extracts obtained from cannabis for 510 threaded batteries, the "dry leaf vaporizers" work directly with the traditional dehydrated herb previously ground in a grinder to bake them in these devices that have small ceramic chambers that reach high temperatures not only to release the essences of the same, but to heat the air that serves as a vehicle to make vaporizations and extract, in a progressive way, the same properties of marijuana without paying the high costs of the nozzles with extracts.

Casual cannabis users had as an easy option the use of pipes or paper ?sheets? to smoke and thus subject the dried marijuana to a combustion process, like the traditional tobacco cigarette, which causes carbon monoxide consumption in both cases due to the burning of the dried herb and, in its case, the paper in which it was wrapped.

Smoke from marijuana combustion can cause illnesses such as chronic and acute bronchitis - according to the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse - however, the WHO has been able to conclude that smoking cannabis does not cause COPD.

Cannabis use had been on the WHO's Schedule IV since 1961, believing the plant "contained harmful substances" similar to those produced by cocaine or heroin; however, this changed in 2019 when the international body declared that medical marijuana and CBD pose no health concerns.

To minimise any health impact, cannabis users transferred their habit to these devices - many times smaller than smartphones - that raise the temperature of the cannabis inside a ceramic chamber, obtaining, in most cases, better results than if it is burned in the traditional way with a pipe or smoking paper.

This is largely because the active ingredients of marijuana do not disintegrate as quickly in the baking process, since the user can choose the temperature at which to heat the cannabis that previously underwent a combustion process in which the plant's active substances were instantly burned. In addition, these devices eliminate one hundred percent of the adverse effects of combustion and, therefore, the unintentional consumption of carbon monoxide than with the traditional cigarette.

Over the past few years, I have been able to transfer my cannabis experience from the pipe to the vaporizer with consistently favourable results. Most importantly, the adverse effects that I used to experience during the aggressive combustion process have completely disappeared, the most noticeable being throat irritation, tachycardia and, in extreme cases, cardiac arrhythmia - suddenly varying heart rates from 50 to 160 beats per minute - which, on many occasions, led me to discuss the impact on my health with my cardiologist. Which, on many occasions, led me to discuss the impact on my health with my cardiologist and my psychiatrist, who ended up advising me to stop taking it until rigorous medical examinations were completed.

While a bad experience with marijuana use in any form is not indicative of future experiences, a repetition of bad experiences can discourage the consumer and leave them with a wrong opinion that affects the reputation of the plant and stigmatizes marijuana use.

Depending on the portability of the device, you may be able to heat dried marijuana herb; however, temperatures range from 140°C to 225°C - 284°F to 437°F - but while higher temperatures produce more vapor, that may not be the right experience.

For reference, combustion begins at 232 °C or 450 °F, a common temperature when a cigarette is consumed by fire; that is, lighting a marijuana cigarette or lighting the herb from a pipe burns the components of marijuana faster.

Sites like https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/ indicate that THC begins to evaporate at a temperature of 157 °C or 314 °F. THC is where the psychotropic effects of marijuana are found, the euphoria begins, the happy part of the herb that makes its users laugh and it is also the cannabinoid responsible for increasing appetite, alertness is heightened. Marijuana users should make sure that in order to get a good amount of this cannabinoid, the variation of weed should be high in THC; however, you can try any variation of the plant and get good results.

Staying within 180°C - 356°F - would ensure the full experience of baking marijuana through a vaporizer and the ideal temperature for a THC and CBD-rich vapor.

CBD volatilizes at 160°C and 180°C ?320°F and 356°F? This cannabinoid produces no psychoactive effects; instead, it provides relaxing and calming effects that control the effects of THC; its concentrate contains analgesic properties; it also has antioxidant effects and, as it blocks CB1 receptors, it has benefits that slow down the degenerative process of neurons. Vapour at this temperature should not irritate the throat.

Sites like https://vaping360.com/ suggest that, for first-time marijuana users, you can gradually increase the temperature to 177°C and 204°C - 350°F and 400°F - an average of 190°C - 374°F - if you want to go straight to the maximum effects of cannabis - both THC and CBD - and then gradually increase the temperature to 177°C and 204°C - 350°F and 400°F - an average of 190°C - 374°F - if you want to go straight to the maximum effects of cannabis - both THC and CBD. While the vapour is denser, it is also hotter, which causes a slight throat hit.

Site humidity is also a factor to consider especially in these portable devices; in dry climates there may not be enough moisture in the air to transport the cannabinoids that are released from the herb - whether baked or smoked. Humid climates - such as near the ocean or during the rainy season - suggest a higher concentration of water in the air that serves as an easy vehicle for THC and CBD molecules, which is why water-based tabletop pipes ?bongs? are preferred for fixed site consumption without the negative effects of combustion; however, the humidity of an enclosed site can be quickly raised with an ultrasonic humidifier.

While dry herb vaporizers are not a new concept, they have become portable to the point of becoming an accessory that, depending on its rechargeable battery - as any mobile device does - can deliver two to four sessions below 200°C - 392°F - and even more.

Some vaporizers can be found online under the name "herbal aromatherapy" in unregulated markets. Some contain metal capsules that can be reused for more than one session instead of filling the ceramic chamber directly, making them very discreet, as you can reserve the capsules with marijuana and leave the vaporizer empty; others have interchangeable plastic mouthpieces for a glass one for a cleaner taste of marijuana; the more sophisticated ones may have bubblers to cool the steam with water in sessions where the temperature can be very hot.

Newer vaporizers can feature wireless charging, touch buttons and OLED displays to be precise with the desired temperature. For the most part, they prevent the device from overheating, and if the trip gets too deep, the vaporizer can automatically shut off after a few minutes of non-use.

All have safety mechanisms so that they cannot be activated by accident; in addition, their ceramic construction, refillable metal capsules and glass nozzles make these devices hygienic and very easy to clean and, to make sure they are completely germ-free, place them in a UV-C or ultraviolet light disinfectant box.

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