What Are the Different Types of Cannabis Vapes?

With so many different designs of cannabis vaporizers on the market, it can be intimidating trying to figure out how each works or whether they’re the right product for you. 

After reading this quick guide, you’ll be able to walk into a dispensary and confidently discuss with the budtender how you’d prefer to vape. Let’s take a look at the four main types of vaporizers so you can find the one that’s right for you and your cannabis vape needs. 

What Are the Types of Cannabis Vape?

Tabletop vaporizers

Tabletop vaporizers are large devices that plug into a power source and sit on a table or other solid surface. They’re nearly always used to vaporize cannabis flower and allow you to regulate the heat temperature so you can get different effects from your strain.

Tabletop vaporizers usually feature:

  • A temperature dial
  • An element that produces heat
  • A heating chamber for the concentrate
  • A mouthpiece.

‌Some use a long tube that’s directly attached to the heating chamber. Others feature a bag to collect the vapor first, which is then detached and inhaled. 

Get this vaporizer if: You only want to vape at home and prefer a smoking session with friends over a regular one-hit dose throughout the day. 

Flower vape pens

Flower vape pens are vaporizers that look like pens, run on batteries, and have a chamber to fill with the cannabis bud of your choice. They’re smaller than tabletop vaporizers and portable — most will fit in your pocket. Flower vapes often feature a button you press that activates the battery, heats a chamber, and vaporizes the flower so it’s ready to be inhaled. Some vape pens can even hold concentrate as well as flower. 

Get this vaporizer if: You want to enjoy the experience of smoking flower while out and about without having to go to the trouble of rolling a joint. It’s perfect if you want an easier method for inhaling bud, as well as greater discretion and a less potent aroma when vaping.

Dab vape pens

Dab pens are the safer and user-friendly alternative to more traditional dabbing methods that involve blasting concentrate with a blowtorch over a nail. Dab pens are simply activated by either pressing a button or sucking on the mouthpiece. The battery then heats coils at the end of the pen to a fixed temperature. The user dabs the coils into a small bowl of concentrate, melting it, and inhales resulting vapor through the mouthpiece. 

Get this vaporizer if: You want to choose which strain of concentrate you vaporize each time, but need the process to be as straightforward as possible. 

Oil cartridge vapes

Oil cartridge vapes contain a battery and a cartridge filled with cannabis oil. The battery heats the oil, then the vapor is inhaled through a mouthpiece. Some oil cartridge vapes are designed to be semi-reusable, where you throw away and replace the cartridge once it’s empty. Others are fully single-use and sealed in an oil cylinder. Either way, make sure you only buy only quality cartridges, as some contain ingredients considered unsafe for inhalation

Get this vaporizer if: You want ultimate ease of use and measured doses and don’t mind having a narrower selection of strain choices. 

Getting Your Hands on a Cannabis Vape

Now that we’ve talked you through the four main types of cannabis vaporizer, check out what the best Massachusetts recreational dispensary has to offer. Visit our Campfire Cannabis Worcester dispensary to see our selection of vaporizers and cartridges, or take a look online to find th‌e one that’s best fit for you and all your cannabis vape needs.

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