Factors That Affect Vaping Quality
There's no denying the fact that vaporizers offer a safer and more effective solution than smoking. Whether it's a large Volcano (shown in the image to the right) or small Magic Flight Launch Box, you can rest assured knowing that it will deliver smooth, clean vapor without all of the harmful chemicals associated with smoke. With that said, there are a few things you should now about the different factors that affect vapor quality. Familiarizing yourself with them will allow you to get the most benefit from your vaporizer, which is something everyone should strive for.
Density of Herb/Oil
Pay close attention to the density of your herb or oil when using a vaporizer. Stuffing a dense, unbroken nugget of herb into your vaporizer isn't going to work. Sure, your vaporizer may still produce a solid amount of vapor from it, but the temperature won't be accurate, and you will likely leave some of your herb untouched. Before using a vaporizer, run your herb through a grinder until it's broken up -- the finer, the better. This will promote a clean, even vape with proper temperatures throughout. If you don't have a grinder, you can always break up your herb by hand, although this is somewhat tedious and time-consuming.
I guess you could say this goes hand-in-hand with herb density. Going back to the basic principle of vaporizers, these devices work by heating substances just enough to create a breathable plum of mist-like vapor. Since there's no fire or combustion taking place, they don't produce the same toxins found in regular smoke. Of course, this function relies heavily on accurate, managed temperatures. Allowing your vaporizer to heat up the herb or oil beyond a certain amount will cause it to burn, at which points toxins will be created. The bottom line is that you need to familiarize yourself with your vaporizer's temperature settings and how it works.
Storage Time of Vapor
A lesser-known factor that will effect the quality of your vapor is the time in which it remains inside the vaporizer. Allowing vapor to sit inside the chamber for 10 plus minutes, for instance, will reduce its effectiveness. During this time, some of the ingredients will dissipate and the temperature will fluctuate. To prevent this from occurring, try to get into the habit of inhaling your vapor as soon as its produced.