The debate continues between those who prefer dry herb and those who choose oil vaping. There is a place for both, but increasingly dry herb vaping is the go-to method for many. There are some good reasons for this.
Vaping use has evolved significantly. E-cigarette vaping has been around since 1963 and boomed after 2003. Today the market has expanded beyond nicotine-addicted smokers. The movement to legalize marijuana has resulted in a flood of cannabis users who prefer vaping to lighting up a joint. Their enthusiasm for dry herb vaping greatly contributes to its status as the go-to vaping method.
Quality of the Vaping Experience
Heating oil extracted from the cannabis plant was the natural follow-up to the e-cigarette revolution. Oil vaping usually results in less smoke, a desirable trait to those who wish to be discreet in their weed consumption.
Many consumers, however, find that vaping the actual unprocessed herb enhances the enjoyment of cannabis. For them, dry herb vaping produces a more natural and enjoyable vaping experience, not to mention the easier maintenance and cleaning of vaporizers.
Dry herb vaping eliminates the harshness of smoking. By reducing the by-products of combustion, the consumer receives a purer taste experience, replete with the broad flavor spectrum from different parts of the plant.
Natural flavor intensity is easy to adjust by vaping parts of the plant that suit the vaper’s taste. There is no infusion of flavors or other artificial materials to alter the essence of the herb.
Quality of the High
Because oil vaping uses extracted resin as its base, THC content can be much greater than that in natural herb. Consumers frequently describe the high it provides as more intense and immediate. Some may find it overwhelming.
Dry herb vaping provides a more relaxed, comfortable high, preferred by many. Vapers can control the intensity of the THC released by using different parts of the plant or reducing the amount of herb, according to the vaper’s preferences.
For years, dry herb vaping required using larger, cumbersome vaporizers. That is no longer the case. There are a variety of compact dry herb vaporizers available for consumers to buy. The development of these smaller devices has converted previous oil vapers over to dry herb vaporizing.
Health and Medical Use
The dramatic rise in the use of medical marijuana has created a need for a method of consumption without the side effects of smoking. Many medical users today had no prior experience with cannabis and experience difficulty in inhaling the smoke from a burning joint as they attempt to medicate to the required levels of THC.
For many of these medical consumers, vaping has become the solution, providing an alternative with benefits such as:
- Reduced or eliminated respiratory problems associated with traditional smoking.
- Vaping converts a higher percentage of THC into vapor, 46% compared to 25% from smoking a joint.
- Because less cannabis is required for the same effect, vaping is less expensive for users of medical marijuana.
Smoking weed may not be the same as smoking a cigarette, but the truth is that inhaling any smoke into your lungs is bad for you. Dry herb vaping provides the pleasure of the smoking experience while eliminating tar and other toxins inhaled through smoking.
Vaping Options – More than Cannabis
Although cannabis is the principal dry herb vaping material, there are many other options, including:
- Passion Flower
- Lemon Balm
- Green Tea
And the list goes on, even including tobacco if the vaper is so inclined.
As the vaping world continues to expand, the debate will certainly continue. In the end, it really is a matter of preference and usage habits. Dry herb and oil vaping both have their place.
Chances are, however, that even the most enthusiastic oil vaper will have a dry herb vaporizer stashed away somewhere, for that special occasion and dry herb vaping will continue to be the “go-to” in the vaping world.