How To Tell When Vaporizer is Cashed
Vaporizers have become an increasingly popular method for consuming medical marijuana, oils and other essential herbs -- and for good reason: since it uses a heating element to warm herb just enough to create a plume of mist-like vapor, there's no combustion taking place, nor is there any of the harmful side effects that are commonly associated with smoking. However, this can make it difficult to determine when your vaporizer is cashed, especially if this is your first time using one.
Determining when a bowl is cashed is essential to using a vaporizer. The term "cashed" -- when used in the context of smoking or vaping -- is used to describe herb that no longer contains its essential compounds; thus, rendering it useless. If you vape the same bowl without ever changing it, you won't reap any benefits from inhaling it. When a bowl becomes cashed, you must empty and replace it with fresh bud. This begs the question: how do you know when a vaporizer is cashed?
It's relatively easy to determine when a traditional smoking pipe is cashed. Since pipes rely on fire/combustion, cashed bowls are generally ash and grit, and burning them won't yield any additional smoke. With vaporizers, however, trying to identify a cashed bowl can be a bit more difficult. Vaporizers don't use fire/combustion, so cashed bowls will look similar to fresh bowls, although with a few distinguishable characteristics that set them apart.
The good news is that determining whether or not a vaporizer is cashed can be done. It may take a little while for newcomers to spot the difference between a fresh and cashed bowl, but you'll eventually get the hang of it. Normally, a cashed vaporizer bowl will have a consistent light brown coloring throughout (note: it should not have any black -- black is indicative of burning). Cashed vaporizer bowls also possesses an aroma that's similar to burnt popcorn. Pay close attention to these two characteristics to spot cashed vaporizer bowls.
It's important that you dump and replace your cashed vaporizer bowls rather than continuing to vape them. Trying to vape an already cashed bowl may cause the herb to burn and create smoke. When this occurs, it negates all of the benefits of vaping, at which point you might as well be smoking a pipe.