A vape pen is a device that fits in the palm of the hand that contains a battery that is attached to a cartridge filled with concentrate from cannabis. Concentrates are heated up in the vape pen and the output is vapor. There is no combustion or burning involved. The origination of vaping and vape pens goes back a long way.
The Ancient Egyptians used to inhale vapors that permeated from heating up herbs. Thousands of years ago in India, the hookah was created. If you fast track to 2003, a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik had a bad habit of smoking tobacco. He eventually learned how to vaporize the nicotine using ultrasonic vibration, which he then compiled into a single device that resembled a cigarette.
The first e-cigarette vaporizer was launched in the U.S. in 2007. Vape pens are extremely convenient and the cartridges are very small, which makes them discreet and easy to transport around. Cartridges are typically filled with concentrates and distillates, so there is no need to carry a bunch of loose cannabis around with vape pens. Some studies have shown that cannabis that is combusted can contain over 100 toxins.
Vape pens don’t heat cannabis to the combustible point, so consumers aren’t exposed to these toxins. One study that was conducted in 2010 showed that cannabis users that had existing lung conditions showed improvement after only one month of switching to a vaporizer. Vape pens are also considered to be cleaner because the cartridges are disposable and there is no resin, no smoke, no ash, which means no clean-up involved. The simplicity of vape pens makes them a preferable method for cannabis consumption across many users.
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I use a vape pen to consume cannabis concentrates because they are so small, discreet, and always get me high.