I have personally smoked marijuana for well over 10 years now and have often been curious of what effect this had on my body and health. I am fully aware that cannabis smoke is not anywhere near as harmful as the smoke from cigarettes, but you only have to take a look your other cannabis smoking paraphernalia bong’s, pipes etc. to see the oily residue that cannabis leaves behind and let’s face it inhaling burning leaves cannot be good for your system. I am well aware that there are many methods of getting marijuana into your system I have smoked it ate it and more recently I have been reading articles about vaporizers.
Consuming Cannabis Orally
When this is done in the right way it can be an enlightening experience indeed. From my experience eating cannabis creates more of a body high then a head high during the time you are under the influence. Also you would have to consume a lot more cannabis to get high than you would say smoking a joint or pipe. This method of consumption will make you sluggish and you will have an overwhelming desire to sleep. It is also possible to cook with cannabis but this can take a lot of time and knowledge to get it right. As a rule cannabis growers are a lot more likely to cook with it than a buyer would be as they are more experienced in general.
You can very easily develop a cough or a bad chest from inhaling cannabis smoke for a very good reason. The heated smoke can be quite harmful to your throat which instantaneously makes you cough and then as a knock on effect you get the red eyes that are caused by bursting tiny blood vessels in the face while straining coughing. When burning the cannabis it creates a very potent odor that is an unmistakable smell, this makes it extremely difficult to smoke in a small space without being undetected by others. Just because cannabis smoke does not contain cancer causing impurities like cigarettes do there are still a lot of harmful tars that are created when burning the buds and leaves and you are inhaling these harmful chemicals each time you smoke a joint.
Then there is the vaporizer. Here is a fast track guide to what vaporization is all about. The process of vaporization is basically forcing super-heated air through the cannabis to release its ingredients and its amazing flavor in a vapor stream. In the complete vaporization process the plant material is not burned and no flame is used. The temperature of the super-heated air that is passed through the cannabis can be up to 230 degrees Celsius. When the vapor escapes from the vaporizer you can catch it and inhale it.
In The Volcano Vaporizer Review, I’ll be covering all aspects of this Storz & Bickel product. The two Volcano Vaporizer’s the Volcano Digital and the Volcano Classic are the top vaporizer’s you can buy today. Since I have never used a vaporizer to smoke cannabis before, I decided to do a non biased review to give my viewers the information they require before spending there hard earned cash on the volcano vaporizer.
My volcano vaporizer was delivered and I was amazed by the manufacturing skills that had gone in to creating this product and the packaging was good also. I took the vaporizer out of its packaging and realized instantly that it was no ordinary smoking device or novelty product. The body of the volcano comes complete with the highest quality, metal and plastic mold accessories. The vaporizer can be broken down in to three separate sections, the mouth piece, heating chamber and the base.
This vaporizer felt and looked phenomenal. It was apparent no expense had been spared when it was built; it resembled something you would buy from an appliance store like a kettle or some other household product. Attached to the heating chamber is a temperature control button. The heating element is quite impressive in itself, it manages to get to the required temperature and maintain the temperature throughout the vaporization process. Many factors need to be taken into consideration before deciding on the right temperature, the type of cannabis, how wet the cannabis is and also the density you would like the vapors to be outputted.
You are able to get around 5 grams of cannabis into the filling chamber if it is finely prepared. Grinding is a very important part of the perpetration process, you cannot just put buds directly in to the filling chamber and expect to get optimum performance. The more fine you can get you cannabis the better as the super-heated air can penetrate the small particles of cannabis better. If a dense vapor is what you are looking for then you need to add more cannabis to the filling the chamber, but do not compact the cannabis or this will make the process fail. The more loosely you can get the cannabis in the heating chamber the better as it will allow the air to flow more freely through the cannabis.
When you are ready for the vaporization you just set the dial to your desired temperature on the heating element. There is a green button on the base, I suggest you click this button before you apply the mouthpiece this will turn on the heated air. This will work as a preheat setting and as a result you will get a better vapor to air ratio in the balloon 4-6 seconds is the ideal time for preheating.
There is a well-constructed finger grip on the mouthpiece that allows you to slot it into place once the preheating process is complete. The balloon will slowly transform into an upright position as more vapor and air is pusher out of the heating chamber. There is not much pressure behind the heated air so there is no chance of the balloon exploding, so it’s possible to overfill the balloon allowing more vapors in.
As soon as you are happy with the density of the vapors all you need to do is simply turn the air flow button off and again using the finger clasp extract the mouthpiece from the rest of the vaporizer. The mouthpiece has a one way valve to stop the balloon instantly deflating when the mouth-tip is removed. Then it’s simply a case of inhaling the vapors by pressing your mouth firmly against the mouthpiece.
This will feel a lot different to what you are used to. The vapor feels nothing like normal cannabis smoke; remember its vapor not smoke. There will be absolutely zero chance of getting ash or burnt cannabis in the vapor, you will only get pure vapor everything else is filtered out and the vapor cools really quickly to a nice temperature. Even though the air is super-heated when it passes through the cannabis the vapor cools down really quickly once it’s in the balloon. By the time the vapor hits your lungs it will be at somewhere around room temperature, not at the temperature the vapor is created like you would get with smoking a traditional bong or pipe. This makes a much smoother passage through the throat and causes no irritation to the throat thus preventing coughing or a bad chest.
Vaporization is a quick and effective method of getting high. While testing for this review I found the average amount of cannabis was around 1.5 grams this lasted me all day long and most of the evening and I was regularly smoking. The vaporizer will make your cannabis last a lot longer than traditional smoking methods, but I did come to relies that I was taking several balloons to get the same effect as a normal pipe or bong. If your mission is to make your cannabis go further, then this is a great product for you. One of my favorite things about the vaporizer method is not having ash, smell, lighters and smoke. The vaporization creates a smell like roasting leaves as opposed to the distinctive smell of cannabis. After a good smoke you can still smell cannabis in the room but I think this maybe could have come from the cannabis its self as opposed to the vaporization process.
The vapors have a really unique clean taste in comparison to traditional smoking methods. You taste the cannabis but nothing else. I personally am not a big fan of the taste of cannabis when consumed orally so I usually mix it with something to make it taste better, normally in cakes. The vaporization method worked in much the same way. One thing I like to do is mix something with the cannabis before vaporizing; a little fresh mint or something like that works well. With the filling chamber full and the mint added, I realized that I had a new favorite way of smoking and I needed to get some other herbs bought to try an experiment with different mixtures.
The normal smell of cannabis was more than over powered by the lovely smell of mint that filled the room. As the capture balloon filled up my mouth was watering. This was like nothing I had tasted before, mixed at the right density with the correct amount of mint added it was perfect. This is a great way to smoke cannabis, adding herbs add a great taste to an already great experience. There are absolutely no boundaries when mixing herbs and other things with your cannabis, the possibilities are endless.
I know what you want to know now, how does the high feel? I was very impressed to say the least, a very high quality buzz. To be honest, to begin with I didn’t think it would be any good I thought I would dislike it like eating cannabis. Vaporizing will not make your cannabis any better. You will feel more intoxicating effects from higher grade cannabis that’s just how it works no matter how consumed. When conducting my own test I used extremely high grade cannabis with no seeds and dried out completely. Vaporizing will not improve the quality of your cannabis but it is still a smart move in avoiding the dangerous chemicals that come from burning cannabis.
I would not consider the effect of vaporizing exactly the same as eating cannabis but if I had to compare it to anything it would be that. You get an instantaneous effect as soon as you inhale the vapor and it is extremely noticeable. I would explain it as a head high instead of a body high. There was absolutely no throat irritation or coughing, and I could still undertake my usual daily tasks with a really nice feeling. For me the effects didn’t last any longer or shorter that my usual bong or pipe smoking.
Give your body and health a treat, especially if you are a long term regular smoker and get your hands on one of the volcano vaporizer’s. Reap the health benefits of swapping vapor for smoke. Inhaling the vapor feels so nice in comparison to inhaling the smoke from traditional smoking methods; add some mint to make the experience even more enjoyable. I have changed my smoking habits forever since buying the Volcano; nowadays I only use a vaporizer when smoking cannabis, nothing else.