Vaporizer Do’s and Don’ts to Live By
VAPORIZER DO’S AND DON’TS
According to a study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and reported by NORML, a total 7.6% of surveyed adults used a vaporizer as their way of inhaling marijuana products. This number is on the rise now that vaping shops are opening coast-to-coast and more states are legalizing cannabis.
Due to its low odor and wide adoption by tobacco smokers, some users are turning to vaping cannabis as a way to keep a low profile. But it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of vaping marijuana. To avoid potential social faux pas and even potential arrest, take a look at these suggestions and follow them.
DON’T SMOKE IN PUBLIC PLACES
Yes, using a portable vaporizer or a vape pen does eliminate a majority of the pot smell. However, it can still be detected, particularly by those with sensitive noses. Even in the states where recreational use is legal, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon still make it illegal to consume the product in public.
Also, many people still can’t tell the difference between vapor and smoke. The court of public opinion is still deciding whether vapor is healthier or less offensive than traditional smoking. Thus, if you’re too bold with vaping in public you could get unwanted questions. If you absolutely must smoke in public, ask the people around you if they mind as a courtesy.
DO INVEST IN A QUALITY VAPORIZER
Whether you choose a pen-style, portable vaporizer, or a desktop model, be aware that you are getting what you pay for in terms of price. Go with a cheap model and you could be combusting your herbs instead of vaporizing them. Which basically means that you’ve just purchased a high-tech, albeit nifty looking, bowl. And we all know that combusting cannabis will get that distinctive smell rolling.
DON’T HASSLE PEOPLE WHO DON’T CONSUME OR DON’T VAPE
This may be a “duh” moment, but trying to push someone into consuming when they do not want to or trying to convince someone that vaping is better is just rude. Respect a person’s right to do their own thing or use their own methods.
DO CLEARN YOUR PEN/PORTABLE/DESKTOP VAPE REGULARLY
This Tumblr article suggests the importance of cleaning your device regularly, especially the battery and the atomizer. This is especially true if you use your vape for consuming dry herb, oil, and waxes and differing e-juices. Cross contamination is a thing. It will also lengthen the lifespan of your device.
DON’T TRAVEL OR WALK AROUND WITH YOUR FULLY ASSEMBLED DEVICE
The same article on Tumblr mentioned above also points out another ‘don’t’ that may seem like common sense. Don’t walk around with your fully assembled device in your pocket or bag. You could accidentally trigger it and that could be bad. Leaving the button depressed too long can lead to the lithium battery (if it has one) heating up. This has led to certain e-cigarette models and pens to explode. It could also completely discharge your battery, or use all of whatever you’ve loaded it with – and that’s bad.
DO GRING YOUR HERBS
Do not ever shove a full bud, small or large, into the vaporizer! This immediately pegs you as someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Grinding your herbs into a fine consistency allows for even heating, which allows for the effective delivery of the most THC. It also lets the herb vaporize much more cleanly.
DON’T SHARE YOUR VAPE (OR USE SOMEONE ELSE’S) WHEN YOU’RE SICK
Unfortunately, preventing a cold or flu virus isn’t among marijuana’s medical benefits. When smoking in a social situation, let the others know that you’re sick. Better yet, bring your own for personal use. If you must share, the Colorado Pot Guide recommends cupping your hand around the mouthpiece to avoid contamination.
DO CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES (OR CARRY EXTRAS)
Nothing is more disappointing than bringing your pen or portable vape up to take a hit and getting… nothing. Finding out that your battery is dead just when you’re jonesing can be the worst feeling. It is recommended that you charge it regularly and, if your model allows it, carry one of these extra charged batteries with you if you’re going to be unable to charge the battery.
Whether you’re new to vaping or a seasoned pro, we hope that you’ve found this list of do’s and don’ts helpful. While some might seem like common sense, you would be surprised at how many people are unaware of these little rules of both etiquette and preparedness.
Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points.