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To Vape or Not to Vape: Deciding if Vaping is the Right Answer for Your Medical Marijuana Needs

Updated: May 24

What's With the Gear?

For many who are new to the world of smoking or to medical marijuana, vaping can provide the steepest learning curve in terms of gear. While convenient, vaping can be intimidating at first! There are three main categories of gear that you can consider when deciding whether or not to vape medical marijuana. If any of these methods appeal to you, you’ve overcome the first major hurdle and may well be a candidate for vaping!

How to Vape Cannabis

When someone smokes a cigarette, they burn the leaves of the plant and inhale the smoke. Vaporizers work very differently! They use batteries and small, metallic coils to heat a substance until it evaporates. It is that evaporated substance that the individual then inhales.

That’s the high level overview. The following are the three main methods you can use when vaping.

Herb Vaporizers

An herb vaporizer provides a small chamber into which you can insert flower. The vape then extracts the therapeutic compounds from the flower and distills it into a vapor, which you can then inhale.

A quality herb vaporizer will heat the flower to the ideal temperature so that it doesn’t burn, thereby minimizing your risk of inhaling tar or carcinogens. Many of these vapes will also have different temperature settings that you can experiment with to get the ideal flavor and intensity from the flower.

Oil Pens

Oil-based vape pens work with cannabis oil concentrate instead of dried flower. This oil is typically inserted into a pen via a cartridge. Pens can be a one-use unit or come with a reusable cartridge design. Due to the extracted oil being vaporized, oil pens can deliver a more potent experience than vaporized herb. Oil pens are often considered the best option for newbies, as they are easy to use and keep clean.

Wax Pens

Wax pens are the most complex to use, but are said to deliver the most powerful effects. A wax pen contains a battery, a mouthpiece and an atomizer. The semi-solid wax is placed in the atomizer, where it is heated and vaporized. Wax can cost more than other popular medical marijuana products but is by far the most potent, according to most.

The Benefits of Vaping

If you’ve made it past the talk of gear, you might be ready to hear about the benefits of vaping! Here are just some of the reasons why people choose this method for consuming medical marijuana:

  • Less odor: We all know it—cannabis comes with a strong smell! Using a vape won’t leave you odor-free, but it does minimize the smell significantly.

  • User-friendly: Once you know about the gear, vapes are actually pretty easy to use. All you need to do is charge your battery on the regular and load in whatever product you prefer.

  • Less waste: Vaping also wastes less cannabis than smoking methods such as pipes or rolled joints and each dose tends to be more potent!

  • Reduced secondhand effects: Vaping reduces the carcinogens others around you might inhale via secondhand “smoke.”

  • Dosing consistency: Vaping also gives you an easier way to ensure you get the same dose every time.

  • Instant effect: Vaping is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of your medical marijuana.


With all of that to consider, what do you think? Vaping just might be the answer for you! With a wealth of products and flavors available at Virginia dispensaries, you may well be able to find a vaping option that suits your tastes and needs in no time at all.



Get Your Medical Marijuana Card and Enjoy Vaping Today!

Medical marijuana is a safe and legal option for Virginians looking to address a variety of symptoms with vapes. Your first step is consulting with a doctor who can give you the recommendation you need to access this natural product.

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today to start gaining access to safe and legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more for your loved one or patient!


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