Cannabis vaping is still a relatively new phenomenon. Many people don’t fully understand it which has caused the spread of various myths concerning vape pens.
Some of these myths might prevent people who already smoke weed from seriously considering vape pens as a viable alternative to smoking.
According to an article by Forbes on how vaping is less harmful than smoking, many people remain unaware that “Vaping remains one of the least harmful cannabis consumption methods,” and thus continue to spread misinformation.
This keeps others from viewing vaporizers as an easy and effective way to enjoy cannabis.
To help reduce the spread of false information, we’ll be debunking some of the most common myths about vaping weed.
There are many commonly held beliefs about vaping cannabis that are partially or entirely untrue.
For instance, some think that it’s an expensive endeavor that’s not worth the price, especially when compared to how much it costs to roll a joint.
Others also tend to be worried about the strong odor or the issue of secondhand smoke, as well as issues with accessibility.
Of course, these myths are only the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other myths surrounding vaping cannabis.
Read on, learn the truth, and decide for yourself whether you should believe them or not!
Vaping Isn’t Cost-Effective
This myth is probably the most common one when it comes to vaping.
In fact, many people, whether they’re smokers looking for an alternative or just canna-curious, have a hard time believing that you can buy portable vaporizers for under $100 or glass pipes and dab rigs at your local vape store. They are not that expensive.
If you want to go cheap or the most budget-friendly, you can even buy a vape pen battery from a gas station for around $5-10. That’s pretty much as low as it gets. These will typically be disposable vape pens or one designed with 510-threading for disposable vape cartridges that you buy separately. These vapes typically have a USB-rechargeable battery.
Of course, for the best effects, it’s important to invest your hard-earned money in a high-quality vape pen. A better quality device will provide you with priceless convenience that’s much different from smoking a joint.
For example, if you’re not great at rolling joints, you may end up with a mess that falls apart shortly after lighting it. Some of your precious flower will inevitably go to waste.
However, if you vape THC cannabis oils, or other concentrate, you’ll get the same effects, and possibly a better and cleaner high, than if you smoked a joint. Vaping can stretch out your cannabis to last a long time. On the other hand, burning a single joint could easily cost you $10-20 dollars in one session.
Depending on how often you vape, you can use the same concentrate for a few days or even weeks.
On top of that, if you take good care of your vape pen, it should work smoothly for months before you’ll need to replace any of its parts.
Fortunately, with so many vape options on the market, finding quality vaporizers at an attractive price shouldn’t be a problem.
Cannabis Vapes Are Not Accessible
While there will always be shady actors in the cannabis market, the industry as a whole is becoming more legitimized.
In fact, the industry has transformed into a big player for boththe medical and recreational sectors. In regards to its growing legitimacy, as of July 2022, cannabis is now legal in 19 U.S. states, including Washington D.C. and even Guam.
Other countries that have legalized it include Spain, Colombia, Canada, and the Netherlands, among others. The times are changing rapidly, and so is our society’s view on cannabis. Therefore, there’s no need to worry about being unable to access cannabis and vaporizers for consuming it.
Depending on where you live, access to good concentrates and vape cartridge pre-filled with cannabis oil may be limited. However, if you have access to good flower, which is pretty widespread, you can get a good dry herb vape for it.
However, even if cannabis is legal in one country or another, the legality of smoking it in the form of a traditional joint may be a bit harder to understand. In this case, the fact that the restrictions surrounding vaping are usually a bit more relaxed speaks in favor of it.
For instance, in Australia smoking a joint in public is largely illegal, but there are no laws trhat would prohibit the vaporisation of medicinal cannabis in public smoking areas.
It’s still important to stay careful and respect local laws, especially if you travel abroad with your vape. Although, you should be fine vaping in most parks and public spaces as vaping is very discreet.
Vapes Are Hard to Use
Those who are used to simply rolling joints on their lap or packing bowls for fat bong rips may not want to take the time to learn how to vape. They may think it’s overly complicated.
Despite the common misconception that vapes are hard to use, there is really nothing to worry about.
Not all vapes are designed the same. While some vapes can be quite complex with many parts and features, most vape pens are quite simple to operate.
In general, vapes only require you to charge them and load them up with the type of cannabis they are designed for, whether it be ground up dry herb flower, concentrates, or a cartridge.
As long as you take good care of your vape pen, store it correctly, and keep it clean, you should enjoy a pleasant vaping experience.
Strong Odor and Secondhand Smoke are a Problem
Cannabis odors can be strong and offensive to those that don’t smoke. Also, in places where cannabis is prohibited, these odors can cause unwanted attention and potentially lead to legal trouble.
While many cannabis enthusiasts enjoy its distinctive smell, others dislike it and, at the same time, prefer not to worry about bothering others with it.
Fortunately, with vape pens, the odor of cannabis is significantly minimized. Because vaporizers heat up your cannabis without causing combustion, the material is not burned. As a result, you can clean vapors instead of plumes of smoke.
The smell is still there, but it’s not nearly as strong or as visible as when you smoke a traditional joint. It also leaves virtually no smell on your clothes, breath, or smoking space such as your car or bedroom.
If weed smoke or smell is a concern, you might want to invest in a cheap air purifier to keep your room smelling fresh.
Additionally, because vape juice is heated up in the vape pen, there are not as many carcinogens entering your lungs or being exhaled. This means that people around you won’t have to be as worried about secondhand smoke.
While vaping cannabis may not be ideal for the old school smoker, vaping does come with some nice benefits worth considering.
So, if you’re considering making the switch from rolling the good old joints to vaping, don’t let false information and vaping myths stop you.
After all, tens of thousands of people are already enjoying it, so it may turn out to be a good choice for you too!
You Can’t Fail a Drug Test from Vaping
Even though vaping is not the same thing as smoking weed, it can still cause you to fail a drug test. Whether you take dabs, vape your dry herb, or take hits from a cannabis oil vape pen, you’re still consuming THC.
Most vape pens are concentrated forms of THC, so you might actually be consuming more THC per puff.
If you’re concerned that you may have to take a drug test for work or some other reason, you may want to learn about how long THC stays in your system and what your options are to play it safe.