A vaporizer is a device that generates THC in the form of vapor, for medicinal inhalation. There are many different brands and models that have their own unique features and differences.
What’s a Vaporizer / What is ‘Vaping’
A vaporizer is a device that allows you to inhale cannabis vapor Vaporizing is a smokeless, efficient form of inhalation; the process of heating up dried cannabis to a temperature below its combustion point of 392°F. Using a vaporizer requires finely grinding up dried cannabis flower, which is then heated to the point where the desired cannabinoids (typically found in the resin of the flower), are released without igniting/destroying the material.
Vaporization Health Canada and Apollo Applied Research Inc. recommend that medical cannabis be administered by vaporization. Research has shown that vaporization can be up to 80% more effective than smoking, which means that with vaporization you are able to use less medication for the same effect, then if you smoked it. Additionally, vaporization produces approximately 95% fewer carcinogens and is less likely to irritate the upper airway, versus smoking cannabis.
What Should You Look For When Buying a Vaporizer?
Multiple Temperature Settings.
Regardless of which vaporizer you purchase, it should have multiple temperature settings. The medicinal properties in cannabis are activated through the process of heating, so you must have control over the temperature setting. The key is to heat cannabis as much as possible without burning. Your vaporizer should have temperature settings for 200°C or higher.
Portability and small size, or home use that doesn’t require batteries.
You may be administering medical cannabis multiple times throughout the day in order to achieve continuous pain relief. Therefore, at times when you are out in public and need to vaporize, it may be easier to medicate if the device is easy to carry, is light, and also discreet. There are two types of vaporizers: portable vaporizers are small in size and can be taken anywhere, whereas desktop vaporizers are much larger and need to be plugged into the wall in order to function.
- Better if you want a small, handheld unit
- Better if you want to be able to take your vaporizer with you on-the-go
- Better if you need a unit that is stealthy and discreet
- Better if you want the best quality vapor possible
- Better if you will vaporize mainly in your home
- Better if you want to share your vaporizer with other people
- Better if you want something that will last longer
- Better if you don’t want to recharge batteries
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Good to Know Vaporization Facts:
Patient Starts to Feel Effects: Within seconds or minutes inhalation.
Duration of Effects: Effects usually peak around 30 minutes and can last between couple of hours.
Benefits of Vaporizing: Known as one of the safest ways to consume dried cannabis flower, for instant relief. Minimal odour, which dissipates quickly. Portability or home units are available for convenience.
Drawbacks of Vaporizing: Vaporizing dried cannabis is a short-acting method of consumption and may only provide relief for a few short hours. Patients looking for longer-acting symptom control may wish to consider combining vaporizing with other forms of administration.
How Much Should I Vaporize?
Your physician will decide the total amount of medical cannabis you should use each day (for example, 1 gram per day). This total amount is a maximum, but we recommend using the full amount prescribed to you by your physician.
It is not typically recommended for a patient to consume the entirety of their prescription at one time. In order to achieve continuous pain relief it is recommended that you divide your daily dose into smaller separate doses, taken periodically during the day. For example, if you are prescribed a total daily dose of 1 gram per day, you may choose to use 0.3 grams in the morning, 0.3 grams in the afternoon and 0.4 grams in the evening.
Often patients report that slightly more medication consumed in the evening helps to reduce disruptions in their sleep. If there is a time during the day that your pain is far worse than other times, more medication can be used during those painful times. If you are prescribed a total daily dose of 1 gram per day, and your pain is the worse in the morning, you may choose to use 0.4 grams in the morning, 0.3 grams in the afternoon, and 0.3 grams in the evening.
Changes to the way you split your total daily dose of medication is completely up to you. We recommend that if you are changing your medication dosage, you should consult with an expert at Apollo Applied Research and/or your physician.
A major advantage of this medication is that you have control over when and how much to administer and you can make your dosing schedule match to fit your lifestyle. It is encouraged to determine a dosing schedule that works best for you to maximize your pain relief.
Where Can I Buy a Vaporizer?
You can purchase a Vaporizer directly from Apollo Applied Research Inc. Not only do we sell many Vaporizers, but our patient educators have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in recommending a Vaporizer tailored to your specific wants and needs. Vaporizers can also be purchased from stores that sell recreational cannabis-related products, such as ‘head shops’. Some of these stores will sell Vaporizers online and ship them to your house.