The ideal way to quit smoking is to just give up cigarettes, but a lot of people can’t do it. They try going cold turkey. Acupuncture, laser treatment, hypnosis: none of them end cravings for nicotine. Nicotine patches and gum are insufficient to replace the hand-to-mouth movement of smoking.
Where these alternative measures fail, nicotine vaporizers are often an alternative many consider better than smoking tobacco. Although they are not sold as smoking cessation tools, many people give up smoking nicotine and even stop puffing on anything after a few months of using nicotine vaporizers.
After perusing websites for vaping products, you realize that there is the option to go without nicotine. Light smokers who pick up a cigarette once in a while or smoke half a package of cigarettes a day or less might be able to switch to zero nicotine products right away. Being able to continue the habit of “smoking” by putting something in their hands and between their lips is enough to curb cravings.
Heavy smokers, however, are attracted to products that contain nicotine at various levels. One must not assume that all smokers want to give up nicotine. It’s the tar and chemicals they want most to avoid, so nicotine products will always be around. Having the option to slowly reduce nicotine, however, gives them the choice to change their minds.
Vapor is created by heating water in anything (plant, fruit, vegetable, etc.) until it changes form. From a liquid it becomes water mist.
If you have ever dried fruit, you know that heating an item gently releases water from it without burning. Too much heat dries the fruit until it is dry and unappetizing, while heating it even more causes the fruit to catch fire.
Of course, you are not aiming to consume the remnants of vaporized herbs and e-liquids vaporize to nothing. Still, the point is that to create vapor, you need a heat source that can be minutely controlled. Otherwise, you inhale smoke and a burnt flavor.
Nicotine vaporizers come in two forms: electronic cigarettes and herbal vaporizers. The latter group uses plant materials or essential oils. Electronic cigarettes are filled with liquid.
Picture your nicotine vaporizer as a tiny oven. Although the oven contains elements that become red and heat up items below or beneath them, the heat source for your oven comes from somewhere else: electricity, propane, or a built-in gas supply.
Vaporizers use electricity or oil as power sources. Power is transmitted to a heating element. Herbal vaporizers use ceramics and steel as heating elements, like an element on a stove, to heat leaves or oils. Vaping pens utilize an atomizer.
Desktop vaporizers are heavy, large, and must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Rechargeable batteries or tanks of butane are connected to portable devices.
An herbal vaporizer pen typically features buttons or a knob for setting the temperature you desire, up to a little over 400F depending on the brand and model. If there is a digital display, this will indicate how hot the element has become versus how hot you want it to be.
Devices without screens use colored lights to indicate if they have reached the temperature you chose. For devices vaporizing concentrates, that value could rise to double the typical maximum temperature.
A vaping pen, such as an eGo e-cig, does not have temperature controls. Advanced items offer a range of voltage values. You can control voltage output plus the resistance of your tank so as to create warmth, more throat-hit, or thicker vapor.
Arizer, Storz and Bickel, 7th Floor, and Magic-Flight are some of the makers of portable and non-portable herbal vaporizing devices. These are just some of the best known brands, and they develop new models yearly. The line-up is big, but not as confusing as a catalogue of potential nicotine vaporizers from electronic cigarette manufacturers. That makes for a long list.
Favorites include Cigavette, Green Smoke, Eversmoke, and South Beach Smoke. You can add Halo Cigs, V2 Cigs, and NJoy to the list. JoyeTech, SmokTech, Kanger, and Innokin are big manufacturers from China.
The Price to Vaporize
Compared to a single cigarette, an electronic or oil-powered vaping pen sounds like a costly investment. You can’t buy just one disposable e-cig for less than $4, and $10 is more likely. The cheapest herbal vaping pen costs around $20 to $30 without anything in it. No herbs or oils: those are sold separately per ounce.
Take the price of a year’s worth of cigarettes. Compare that to prices for various devices sold in the United States today. A rechargeable kit for e-cigs comes with at least two cartridges, each equal to several cigarettes. The rechargeable battery lasts for 100 or more cycles. Refillable tanks don’t wear out overnight.
You could own your herbal vaporizer for life. It’s a durable unit and all you need to do is supply the raw materials and occasional new batteries or tanks. With battery-operated ones you need a charger. Some pieces wear out, but they can be replaced. Even if you end up buying a new one, a quick calculation will show how much you saved by switching to vaporizing.
Filling Your Nicotine Vaporizer
Herbs, oils, and e-liquids are sold online, sometimes by the same people selling you their vaporizers. Usually, they are easiest to access from general suppliers that carry vaporizers, chargers, screens, spare parts, and more. These companies provide a lot of options and sometimes helpful education. Because they are mainstream firms, their product lists do not include illegal substances and have a professional tone to them.
E-cig firms carry their own liquid, but many devices can be filled with juice from any brand so long as they use refillable tanks or cartridges.
Where nicotine is concerned, e-liquid is the easiest place to get it. Most of the companies selling e-liquid offer values of at least 2.4%, but frequently as high as 3.6%. Almost all of them make zero-nicotine juices too.
When you are vaporizing leaves, your search should lead you to tobacco leaves and off of the large sales sites to small, independent companies.