Even with the growing acceptance of marijuana-centric vaporizers among consumers some misconceptions about the devices still remain. A lack of information has made non-users assume the worst about these devices. We’ve got a list to help you combat a few common misconceptions about vaporizers.
1. Vaporizers can explode
This is probably the most common misconception about vaporizers, be they marijuana or e-liquid devices. Every time a vaporizer explodes, local and national news jump on the chance to paint vaporizers as wildly dangerous devices. This is simply untrue. Given the number of people who vaporize and the few explosion stories we hear about, you can rationalize that there isn’t some “exploding vape” epidemic plaguing the world.
When a “vaporizer explodes” story pops up on the local news, it most often involves e-juice mod batteries that are unregulated and improperly stored. Your average vape pen or portable vaporizer will not have an unregulated battery, nor one that produces enough power to explode. Even unregulated mod vaporizer batteries are perfectly safe if used properly; understanding the correct amp capacity will go a long way in ensuring no failures take place. There is a TON of hard science involved with unregulated e-juice batteries, and if you want to dive deeper into what goes on with them, VapingScout published a great piece on understanding vaporizer batteries.
2. Vaporizers still burn your weed or wax
A lot of people unfamiliar with vaporizers assume that vape pens, in particular, are just “combustion sticks”, glorified one-hitters if you will. While some vaporizers (usually on the cheaper end of the spectrum) may inadvertently combust your material, this is not a common issue. Top brands calibrate their vape pens to preset temperatures in order to achieve the ideal conduction-induced vaporization. NORML conducted a study about the effects of vaporization compared to combustion on vape users, which sheds light on the vaping vs. smoking debate.
If a user holds down their vape pen’s button too long or doesn’t reload their material enough, combustion can occur. To ensure no combustion takes place, it is important for the owner to be fully educated on their vaporizer’s capabilities. Having knowledge about one’s device will prevent impure vapor with bad tastes, and foul odors.
3. Vaporizers produce formaldehyde
Thanks to a study at Portland State University, a group of researchers found that if you powered up a vaporizer to levels beyond what any human would ever try, an inexpensive atomizer would produce formaldehyde. This resulted in headlines blasting vaporizers as more dangerous than cigarettes, hurting the overall reputation of vaporizers.
Obviously, this is not a real problem in any way. If you do fire a wick and coil with low-quality concentrate at an insanely high temperature, like they did in the study, you’ll get a “dry hit”. This is a truly awful experience, so measuring the toxins produced from such an experience is unnecessary as no one would want to keep inhaling in this way. Moreover, if vaporizers used in a normal way did produce formaldehyde, there would be A LOT more press about it. This was a situation where an experiment was done by scientists who did not fully understand how people generally vape.
4. Vaporizers get you too high for too long
If someone has only used a vaporizer once and had a “bad trip”, they will throw this misconception at you. Not understanding what is actually inside of a vaporizer, be it weed or wax can lead to people becoming overwhelmed by the effects. Newer vaporizer users may be used to taking drugs off joints or blunts, and if you apply the same force to a vaporizer, you can definitely become a little thrown off by the speed at which the THC hits you.
Being “too high for too long” is a subjective problem that new users may run into. Taking the time to fully educate yourself as to what you’re vaping will help you prevent too intense of an experience. A nice way to do this is the “baby steps” method: take small draws from yours or a friend’s vaporizer and monitor how you react. There is no shame in narrowing down just how much THC you can handle as this will make your overall experience better and help you find the right vaporizer for your needs.
5. Vaporizers produce the second-hand vapor that will get those around you high
Okay, this is one of the funnier misconceptions out there. Most people reading this have been in a car or room that someone is “hot boxing” with a joint or combustion-fueled weed accessory, and yes, in that situation you may feel effects if you haven’t been smoking. The key here is that smoke is being produced, not vapor. Smoke is much heavier and denser than vapor so the chances of feeling second-hand high are, well, higher. Vapor is less persistent than smoke, so the risk of someone around you getting high from your vape is very low.
Is it possible to get second-hand high from vaping? Sure. If you locked yourself in a room with another person, who was using a vaporizer for hours on end, with no airflow, there is a possibility you would feel some effects. But how often is this situation happening? Second-hand vapor inhalation poses no risk to those around you who do not want to feel high.
So there it is vape-heads, your guide to battling some common misconceptions about vaporizers and their use. When used properly and fully understood, vaporizers are perfectly safe and can provide years of elevated THC enjoyment. If you need to upgrade your vape arsenal, pop on over to VaporNation and check out their selection of the newest and most advanced vaporizers!