When I first began shopping at the local cannabis dispensary, I wasn’t all that familiar with the different types of consumption methods.
In the past, I’d strictly smoked dried flower.
Since I’d always rolled my own joints, pre-rolls were an exciting luxury. Because of a recommendation from one of the budtenders, I gave vapes a try. I was amazed by the burst of flavor. Because the cannabis oil is only heated to the point of vaporization rather than combustion, more of the terpenes are preserved. Plus, I was really appreciative of the lack of smoke and odor. A disposable vape pen is the easiest thing in the world. It fits in my pocket, allowing me to bring cannabis along on a variety of activities. I like to have a little puff off a vape prior to going for a run, when I take a bike ride or if I paddle my kayak along the river. The better vapes let me determine how much I want to inhale and there’s no waste. I push a button and breathe in. I don’t need to have access to a lighter, ashtray, rolling papers or rolling tray. There’s no ash to deal with. There are less carcinogens which is a healthier alternative for my lungs. The popularity of vapes has led to an explosion of options. Nearly all of the most sought-after brands now produce a line of disposable and refillable carts. For the refillable options, all I need is a battery. I can shop for high-THC potency sativas or equal ratio THC and CBD indicas. There are hybrids that target specific effects. I can focus on relaxation, getting energized, pain relief, a better night’s sleep or stress relief.