Medical Marijuana Vaporizer Reviews and Guides
Here at Quit Smoking Community, we support vaporizers and everything they are doing to help people quit smoking both marijuana and tobacco. In honor of this great new technology, we put together an ultimate guide to vaporizers for medical marijuana patients. If you don't know where to start, you've started in the right place!
Below are the 4 main categories of vaporizers. Click one to go see the top rated vaporizers reviewed in that category. If you're not sure, keep on scrolling to learn more about each type.
Not Sure Where to Find the Best Vaporizer For You?
If you're looking for a vaporizer capable of vaping all types of content (oil, wax, and dry herb) in addition to being portable and extremely powerful — check out the smallest 3-in-1 vaporizer: The Series 3. Remember, to vape more than one type of material, you’ll need to buy additional cartridges, which will add to the price. However, this gives you the freedom to choose only those cartridges that you need and can be cost-effective.
For experienced smokers and vapers, the V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer Kit is an excellent vaporizer for vaping on the go. Get the most out of your session with the long-lasting battery and the ability to vape everything. The V2 Series 3 travels well and is both durable and easy-to-use. With stylish design, these vaporizers are as attractive as they are unique. Available in three different colors, it offers something for everybody.
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Check out our best vaporizers list below or scroll down to see the top picks in each price category.
|Best Vaporizer Overall||V2Pro Series 7|
|Best For Vaping Oils/E-Liquids||XEO Void Vaporizer|
|Best Luxury Vaporizer||Pax 2 Vaporizer|
|Best For Stealth Vaping||V2Pro Series 3|
|Best For a Group Session||Vapir Rise 2.0|
|Best 3-in-1 Vaporizer||Series 7 Vaporizer|
Vaporizers Guide and FAQs
What is a vaporizer?
Put simply, it’s a battery-powered device used to turn the medium (which can be e-liquids, herbs, waxes etc.) into vapor, used for medicinal as well as recreational inhalation.
How does a vaporizer work?
Vaporizers are battery-powered devices, which have a heating element and a tank that stores the material (e.g. e-liquids, herbs or waxes). When the material in the tank gets in contact with the heating element, they turn into vapor. The vapor is then inhaled by the user aka vaper. Hence the term “vaping” is coined and is used instead of smoking.
Are vaporizers legal?
They are legal in most countries when used exclusively to vaporize tobacco or other types of plants or chemicals (except drugs). In the United States, drug paraphernalia is illegal; vendors have to limit themselves to advertise vaporizers as devices to vaporize only tobacco or herbs. However, in most States, they have the similar restrictions as tobacco cigarettes i.e. sale is prohibited to people under 18, and also vaping in public places is prohibited.
What are the types of vaporizers?
There are three types of vaporizers: Portable vaporizers, Vape Pens, and Desktop Vaporizers.
Is it difficult to use a vaporizer?
Generally no, but it depends on the type of vaporizer. The most trouble that is caused by more complex vaporizers is the annoyance of refilling the chamber or cleaning it. Aside from that, one must always be careful with the heating element, which can get very hot. However, with little experience, anyone can use vaporizers without much hassle.
Does a vaporizer smell when using it?
Compared to smoking, there’s hardly any noticeable smell when vaporizing. However, a light scent might impregnate your surroundings.
Are there any side effects to vaping weed, instead of smoking it?
Currently, there are no documented instances of health-related effects from using a vaporizer. It will take some time to gather enough information to accurately assess what the long-term effects of vaporizing are.
Is a vaporizer the same as a bong?
No. A bong relies upon combustion, which may result in the release of harmful toxins similarly to cigarettes.
Are vaporizers noisy?
Not at all. Even the cheapest forced air vaporizers won’t generate more sound than the hum of a brand new fan.
What is the best temperature for my vaporizer?
As every vaporizer is different, there isn’t an ideal temperature. Also, the ideal temperature range depends on the type of material you use. Generally, vaporizers perform best when set between 335 and 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
I vape herbs, is grinding them necessary?
If you want to get the best results from vaping, finely grinding your herbs is the way to go. When you grind the herbs, it produces smaller particles, which ultimately increases the surface of the herb in contact with the vapor. As a result, vapor will come through easier and more aromatic, and you’ll get a better, crisper flavor. Also, the material will be thoroughly vaped and little to no material will go to waste.
Why am I not seeing any smoke?
There shouldn’t be any smoke since you are not burning anything. The whole idea of vaping is to avoid the dangerous effects of smoke. However, you should see a light cloud of vapor, the vapor quantity and density depends on the temperature of your vaporizer and the VG/PG blend of the e-liquid used.
Why isn’t my vaporizer heating?
Most pen vaporizers come with a locking mechanism, because they are usually carried around in pockets, bags, or backpacks; this is utilized so you don’t unintentionally heat it in your pocket. To unlock it, 3-5 times (depending on the model) in a quick succession.
How long does it take for the vaporizer to heat up?
It depends on the vaporizer. Some vaporizers take up to 2 minutes to reach the ideal vaping temperature whereas other units can produce vapor in just 2 seconds.
How can I tell when my blends are finished when vaporizing?
It all depends on your preference. Some users will stop when the blends have turned light brown, others will vaporize until the blends are way darker. However, you should refill the chamber as soon as you start getting dry hits or a burned taste.
What is a temperature control feature? What does it do?
It relies on a variable impedance so you can select a temperature range. This will help you select how hot your vaporizer gets to get a deeper, denser hit — by selecting a higher temperature — or prevent your throat and lungs from getting sore — by selecting a lower temperature. Temperature control mods allow you to vape at extremely low resistances.
How do I clean my vaporizer?
It depends on the type of vaporizer. Most portable vaporizers require little to no cleaning, but glass vaporizers require frequent rinsing with hot water and solvents. More powerful vape mods come with cleaning kits, which make the process easy.
What are convection and conduction based vaporizers? What’s better?
Conduction based vaporizers heat the herb/oil/wax/e-liquid directly through contact with a metal plate or heating element. Convection based vaporizers heat the herb/oil/wax/e-liquid indirectly by blowing hot air to them and extracting the flavors. Conduction based vaporizers are affordable but not ideal since the direct contact with the herb/oil/wax/e-liquid might burn it and lead to carbonization. The convection style vapes are becoming more popular as they offer a better, crisp flavor.
What's Your Vaping Budget?
If your budget is $50 to $100 for a vaporizer, you actually have more options than you probably think. Check out our "Best Portable Vaporizers" page to see a list of quality, portable vaporizers that are right inside your price range.
If your budget is $50 to $100 and you enjoy vaping dry herbs, waxes, or e-liquids, then you have even more options. Be sure to check out our "Best Vaporizer Pens" page to find even more options within your price range. Some of these vaporizer pens do work with dry herb, but if you prefer vaporizing dry herb than we recommend looking at the "Best Portable Vaporizers" page, you'll be more likely to find something better on that list.
$100 to $200 is a bit of a conundrum because many of the high-end portable vaporizers are in the $200-$250 range. So if you raise your budget just a bit it could really be worth the extra money. However, if you're stuck at under $200, than we'd recommend looking at the "Best Portable Vaporizers" page, particularly at the MigVapor Matrix Vaporizer ($150) and the V2Pro Series 7 Vaporizer ($169).
However, if you want to push up to the top of your budget, there are some other really good options. The DaVinci Vaporizer ($199.99) is one of the top portable vapes on the market for under $200. You could also even go for a desktop vape, such as the Da Buddha Vaporizer ($190) or the Silver Surfer Vaporizer (which is a little more than our top limit — $208.99).
In the $200-$300 range, your options really open up when it comes to portable vaporizers. If this is your budget, you can go for any of our "Top 10 Portable Vaporizers" and pretty much every one of our "Top 8 Desktop Vaporizers" besides the Herbalizer, Volcano, Aromed Vaporizer, and the Herbal Air Elite Vaporizer.
It really depends on your personal preference. If you want to be able to take your vape on the go, than we would recommend our #1 ranked portable vaporizer in this price range, the Arizer Solo ($223.99) or the FireFly ($269.95). The Firefly is the more portable of the 2 but the Arizer Solo is very fun to use and extremely efficient.
If you don't mind keeping your vape at home most of the time, a high-end desktop vaporizer could be right up your alley. We would recommend the Arizer Extreme Q ($239), Vapir Rise ($249.99) or the Silver Surfer ($269.99). They are all whip style vaporizers but each has their own unique qualities.
If you have over 300 dollars to spend, than you may as well just splurge on the Volcano. You can get the Classic Volcano for $479 or the new Digital Volcano for $579. You could also look into the highly touted Herbalizer, which is currently going for $599. Sure, the Herbalizer is $299 more than $300, but if you're going to spend that much on one of the best vaporizers on the market, you should just spend a bit more and get THE best vaporizer on the market. If you're into luxury portable vaporizers, check out the second edition of the Firefly 2 vape. It's $329.95, but if you have some extra money, it's definitely worth it.
What Form of Medical Marijuana Will You Be Using?
Vaporizers have changed a lot since the development of concentrates in wax and oil form. Now that THC comes in concentrated form, vaporizers don't have to be as big and bulky to do their job. Vaporizer pens have come on to the scene in force and are pretty much the go-to vaporizer for any type of concentrate. But the classic dry herb vapor technology has improved as well. You can now get a premium dry herb vaporizer for around $200, and instead of it being a bulky, whip-style vaporizer, it's small enough that you can put it in your pocket and carry it around with you.
Because things have changed so much, we really have to look at what type of product you'll be putting in your vaporizer most of the time.
If you prefer wax concentrate to dry herb, than you have it pretty easy. You can get a quality wax vaporizer for much cheaper than you can find a quality dry herb vaporizer. We would recommend any of our "Top Wax Vaporizer Pens". They are cheaper than the portable or desktop vaporizers, as well as smaller and more discreet. Our top recommendation out of that list is, of course, the vape pen ranked in the #1 spot: the Matrix Ceramic Vape Pen. It's only $149.99, has tons of rave reviews, loyal customers, and with its wax chamber, the Matrix handles wax amazingly.
As electronic cigarettes have exploded onto the scene and changed the world of cigarettes and smoking, they've also affected the world of medical marijuana. Now cannabis patients can use the same technology found in e-cigarettes to vaporize their medicine in liquid form. By replacing nicotine-laced e-liquid with THC-laced oil, you can now use e-cigarette technology to discreetly and potently access your medicine. Many people who are out and about a lot prefer the THC oil vaporizers, so if that describes you, we recommend you check out our "Best Vape Pens" page to see which one suits you best.
Dry Herb is still the most popular form of vaporization. Simply vaporizing the original product is much easier than buying it and then getting it into wax or liquid form, or paying more to somebody to do it for you. Plus, vaporizing dry herbs just tastes better! Because there is such a wide range of dry herb vaporizers, it mostly comes down to your budget. Look at the above budget section again to get an idea of what you can afford. You may also want to take a look at our "Top Portable Vaporizers" page to see a full list of the best herbal vapes on the market.
Where Will You Be Doing Most of Your Vaping?
The final aspect of choosing the right vaporizer we will be looking at is location. Location, location, location. Where do you spend most of your days? And what does that say about what type of vaporizer is best for you? Let's take a look.
Spend Most of Your Day at Home
Whether you work from home, are a stay-at-home mom or you're just simply unemployed, the fact remains that you spend a lot of time at home. You are lucky because you can actually get a quality desktop vaporizer for a lower price than you can get the same quality portable vaporizer. We would recommend the Da Buddha Vaporizer ($189) or the Arizer V Tower ($149.99). If your budget isn't quite as high as $150, than maybe something like the Atmos Liv ($89) or the Magic Flight Launch Box ($119) could also do the trick.
Spend Most of Your Days in Public
Whether because you are an extrovert who loves being around people or because you hate being at home, some people just spend a lot of time around other people. Whether hanging out in the downtown area of your city or at the local park, if this is your situation than you need something that is fairly discreet. We would first recommend that you take a look at our "Smallest of the Small Vaporizers" page, to see just how small and sneaky you can really get it. The Magic Flight Launch Box ($119) and the Indica ($199) are particularly small but effective. If none of those suit your fancy and you have a mid to high budget, than you may want to look at the Pax Vaporizer ($249.95) or FireFly Vaporizer ($269.95). If those are more than you're looking to spend, you may want to go for a vape pen such as the Vapor Fi Orbit ($99.99) if you like dry herbs or the Omicron ($97.99) if you like wax.
Spend a Lot of Time at Friend's Houses
If you are often hanging out with friends at different houses and plan to be sharing your vape, than a portable vaporizer is definitely best for you. A vape pen is too inconsistent and doesn't hold enough for even the entire circle to get a puff. The desktop vaporizers are a bit too bulky to pack up and move all the time. If you have a larger budget, than we definitely recommend the Arizer Solo ($239.99) or the Vapir NO2 ($149.99). If you have a budget below $100, than a desktop option might actually be best. A smaller, whip-style vaporizer like the Easy Vape 5 ($89.99) is perfect for a shareable vaporizer on a smaller budget.
Wrapping Up our Best Vaporizer Reviews and Buyers Guide
Hopefully, by now you have at least clicked on a "Top List" or a product link that caught your eye. If not, I recommend you go through again and write down your budget, what form your product will be vaped in and where you spend most of your time. Based on the answers, you should be able to find the absolute best vaporizer for you.