How Does a Herbal Vaporizer Work?

How Does a Herbal Vaporizer Work?

There are many types of herbal vaporizers on the market but they all work with the same principle, which is to heat your medical marijuana until the active chemicals boil and herbal vaporize.

The chemical makeup of cannabis.

Marijuana or cannabis contains cannabinoids which are a group of terpenophenolic compounds including THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what gets users high. In addition there is CBD (Cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol), the latter is produced as the THC ages and breaks down.

  • Cannabis with high levels of both THC and CBD will create a strong energetic high where low levels of THC and high levels of CBD will be more of a body, sleepy stone.
  • Cannabis indica has higher amounts of CBD and lower amounts of THC than sativa.
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is found primarily in strains from African and Asian cannabis. The THCV may increase the speed and intensity of THC effects, but the high may tend to end sooner. Cannabis that has a potent smell before smoking may indicate a high level of THCV.
  • CBC (Cannabichromene) seems not to be psychoactive in its purest form but is thought to interact with THC to enhance the high.
  • CBL (Cannabicyclol) is created when the cannabis breaks down just like CBN. Light will convert CBC to CBL.

Herbal Vaporization

When cannabinoids are heated to the right temperature they literally boil and vaporize. The cannabinoids are concentrated in a viscous resin that is produced in glandular structures known as trichomes, these are the tiny, sticky hair like formations you see at the end of buds.

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