Herbal Vaporizers have been booming in popularity since their introduction to the global market in 2006.
So let’s talk about what we do know as fact– most vape injury cases have been associated with the use of liquid vapes. This is an extremely important detail since any vape enthusiast knows that there are different types of vaporizers which include dry herb, concentrates/waxes, oils, and liquid units. The most popular type of vaporizer is the portable dry herb vaporizer. This type of vape is compatible only with pure, dry flower and is battery-powered. There have been no hospitalizations and emergent health issues associated with dry herb vaporizers. It is a considerably different product versus an e-juice or cartridge (liquid) vape in both terms of operation and possible risks.
The issue with the use of liquid and e-juice vaporizers is user error. Nicotine has listed a poison with a wide range of side effects including nausea, vomiting, chest pains, heart palpitations, and body-temperature fluctuations. Users that incorrectly use their products or have faulty devices run the risk of getting e-liquid into their mouths and accidentally ingesting large doses. However, the worst outcome of these cases is if the e-juice goes down the wrong ‘pipe’ and ends up directly in the lungs. Any inhalation of liquids even water is harmful to the delicate lung tissue (think of partial drowning cases) and can lead to an ER visit. It is also important to note the lethal dose of nicotine is 0.5 to 1.0mg/kg for an adult and even less for teenagers and children. A good portion of the vape-associated injury cases has been teens experimenting with e-juice cartridges.
So the question remains: are dry herb vaporizers bad for your health? The short answer is no and the long answer is absolutely not– in fact, they are good for you since dry herb vaporizers paired with the proper herb can alleviate a myriad of health problems. Dry herb vaporizers that use convection and conduction heating methods that eliminate the production of carbon monoxide, a dangerous by-product of traditional smoking methods. These devices also create aerosols that harmlessly dissipate into the atmosphere and don’t pose the same risks to anyone nearby, unlike second-hand smoke. Dry herb material is not liquid in nature so there is no risk of accidental inhalation or ingestion. Additionally, CBD flower material can be purchased from trusted medical distributors and there is NO risk of additional elements in the mix.
In summary, if you are a medical vape user, the best and safest bet will be to purchase a dry herb vaporizer. In particular, certain desktop devices offer the purest and most flavorful vapor quality and zero risk factor. Some recommended portable dry herb vaporizers include the Fenix Pro/ Fenix mini/ Fenix 2.0 etc..