What are vape pens and how do they work?

What are vape pens and how do they work?

You have vaporizers, and you have vape pens. Both are two of the most popular cannabis consumption methods today, not only because they're better for you than smoking, but also because they're convenient and deliver stealthy puffs on-the-go. On the other hand, vape pens and vaporizers are not to be confused with one another. A vape pen is entirely different from a vaporizer in more than one way, even though they sound the same.

If you're new to using vape pens and want to learn how they might fit into your lifestyle, then we're here to help. Let's take a look at what vape pens are and how they work.



Think of vape pens as the simple version of a regular vaporizer. They come in the shape of a pen, are portable, and can function with a press of a single button. While holding the button, all you do is take your puff and keep it moving. That makes them not only travel-friendly and discreet but also easy to use, even for novices.

For the most part, vape pens only consist of three parts, the chamber, where your weed goes, the battery, and the heating source. Speaking of their heating source, vape pens take as little as 5 seconds to heat up. That's mighty convenient when you have places to be and things to do, but need to get in a swift hit of herb or two beforehand, or while you're at it.

Another bonus that comes with vape pens is that they give you the freedom to monitor your high. You can puff as little as you want, or as much as you want without going overboard. When you've had enough, you can smoothly slip the vape pen into your back pocket and save it for later. Or, if you want more of a buzz, you can intensify it slowly one hit at a time, rather than all at once.

Vape pens also produce very little smell. That's because they unleash vapor, which isn't anywhere near as thick as smoke. There is still an aroma there, but it's hard to notice unless you're basking in it or right next to it. Vape pens produce less prominent clouds too, meaning in the daytime, you can smoke outside with fewer worries. But of course, always be mindful of those around you, especially police officers, who are trained to detect even the smallest hints of dank.

While most vape pens come with temperature presets, some vape pens will allow you to set it yourself. Generally speaking, the optimal temperature range lies between 180-210°C/356-410°F, and usually a vape pen will have a preset temperature of between 190-230°C/374-446°F.

Depending on what kind of high you are looking for, a vape pen that allows to manually control the temperature is a bit better, as controlling the temperature allows you to control the effect to a certain extend as well. When keeping the temperature below 190°C/374°F, you can expect a more euphoric and energetic high, while higher temperatures will usually lead to more relaxing and meditative highs.



Just like with vaporizers, vape pens come in many shapes and variations. Some can be used for consuming different forms of cannabis, while others can only be used with dry herb or either concentrates or liquids.

The downside to using cannabis oil with vape pens is it's a mess when it doesn't come already loaded. Not just while you're dispensing it into the chamber, but also while you're attempting to clean it. It's sticky and hard to remove. However, for many, its high potency makes it worth every bit of the hassle.

In addition to cannabis oil, wax is compatible with a lot of vape pens. Wax, in particular, is a highly concentrated form of cannabis that's typically extracted with Butane. Unlike cannabis oil, wax has a workable consistency, which makes it easier to insert into your vape pen's chamber and clean up after to boot.

Finally, you can't forget about the classic form of cannabis, dry herb. You already know all about dry flower and how it looks and feels. When used for vaping, dry bud produces a phenomenal taste. On top of that, it makes unloading and loading your vape pen a cinch. Its potency, of course, varies from strain to strain, but the experience is pure and sweet all the same.

So when you are planning to purchase a vape pen, make sure you know which form of cannabis you prefer and which vape pen is most suitable.


Vape pens: the final hit

If you're new to vaping, what better place to start than with a vape pen? Even if you're a fan of regular vaporizers, it's nice to have a vape pen on hand for specific occasions, especially when you're participating in adventurous activities or are attending events. You don't want to drop or lose an expensive vaporizer potentially. At least vape pens are cheap to replace.

For cannabis consumers that don't need nifty Bluetooth apps or a ton of settings to enjoy their favorite flower, vape pens are a more straightforward way to get your daily dose. They're also more portable, generally less expensive, and don't take as much time to charge or to use. They are, in reality, a barebones vaporizer.