There are a lot of different possible goals or rewards you might have in mind for yourself whenever you decide to use some herbal remedy or other. Whether it be relaxation, the treatment of insomnia or anxiety, curing nausea, or to focus your energies, there are naturally produced compounds in plants that can help you reach your goal. There are also many different ways of getting those compounds out of the plant and into you. Today we want to look at the vaporization process.
The closest analog to vaping is smoking the herbs, and smoking remains quite popular. The decision to try an alternative rather than to smoke can be viewed in the same way as any other big decision with unknown variables. From high-finance, to gambling, to international diplomacy we choose the path that maximizes the reward and minimizes the risks. How does vaping do this? It takes a minute to explain, but it’s easy to understand.
First, when you burn something you produce any number of compounds that you may or may not want to come into contact with. Think of a campfire for a moment; It produces heat and light and a pleasant enough smell, but when the wind shifts and the smoke blows into your eyes, it’s unpleasant and irritates your eyes, nose, and lungs, even though nothing about an unburned chunk of wood would do that to you. That’s because burning is an oxidization process, the material that is being burned is being chemically changed, and a lot of the chemicals it changes into are undesirable. ANYTHING you burn, smolder, or smoke undergoes that same oxidation process and produces irritants along with many sorts of toxins from carbon monoxide to ammonia, and anything you burn will produce cancer causing carcinogenic compounds, even if those compounds are not present before the thing is burned.
The process of vaporization seems similar at first, but in fact is very different. It’s more like boiling water than it is like burning. When you boil water, you make steam which is a gas instead of a liquid, but it’s the exact same chemical as liquid water. That’s what we’re trying to achieve when we vape our herbs. A properly adjusted vaporizer will be heating up to between 290 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit, compared about 1,100+ degrees for burning and smoking. It loosens some of the molecular bonds, but doesn’t really change the make up of your natural remedies. Most of the desirable liquids and oils within a plant will be evaporate and become airborne at a much lower temperature than that at which the starches and cellulose that make up most of a plant will burn. All the things you want, and none of the things you don’t want will be released at the lower, vaporizing temperature.
Another fantastic attribute of eliminating the flame is that many modern dry herb vaporizers offer adjustable temperatures. This allows you to heat to precisely the right temperature for the herb you’re using as well as the substance within that herb you want to release. Smoking can never achieve that level of precision, no matter what you do to cool the smoke down, by burning you release everything at once and inhale whatever is in the smoke, good, bad, or in between.
So if you want to experience the maximum benefits of your herbal remedies along with the best efficiency for the effect you’re seeking, while minimizing every downside, you really need to try using one of our vaporizers as soon as possible.
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