Dry herb vaporizers and cartridges are two popular options for cannabis consumption, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. In a world of a million different cannabis terms and tools, it can feel confusing when distinguishing the difference between the two “vapes” of the cannabis world.
Dry herb vaporizers use actual cannabis flower, while cartridges are made by extracting the active ingredients from the plant material. In this blog, we'll explore the key differences between dry herb vaporizers and cannabis concentrates, and discuss the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision about which option is right for you.
Dry Herb Vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers are a popular alternative to traditional smoking because they heat cannabis at a lower temperature, which produces a vapor that you can inhale. This vapor is much less harsh on your throat and lungs compared to the smoke produced by traditional combustion methods.
Produces vapor instead of smoke, which is easier on the lungs and throat.
Effects are similar to smoking but tend to be milder and more manageable.
Discreet and produces less odor than most other cannabis consumption methods.
Flower becomes decarboxylated and can be repurposed into edibles after being vaped.
May not be for everyone and requires a certain level of technical knowledge to operate.
May be more expensive at purchase than other consumption methods.
Requires more maintenance than other options.
Usually needs to be charged or plugged in.
Health-conscious consumers often gravitate towards dry herb vaporizers, since they are a great option for those who want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the harmful effects associated with traditional smoking methods. Vaporizers can also be a safer option for those with respiratory issues such as asthma or chronic bronchitis.
In that same vein, consumers who require a specific dosage of cannabinoids may find dry herb vaporizers to be a more precise method of consumption, as it is easier to track consumption via a small oven chamber than it is papers or bowls. Vaporizers should be considered for those who need to manage their symptoms throughout the day. Because of the lack of smoke, dry herb vaporizers are also a great option for those who want to consume cannabis discreetly. The vapor produced by vaporizers is less pungent than smoke, making it a more subtle and less stinky method of consumption.
While dry herb vapes may seem intimidating, beginners can easily become acquainted with them with a little help from ANJA, online resources, and the respective manufacturers that the dry herb vape was purchased from.
Also- a bonus for edible lovers: Decarboxylated dry herb bud (the bud that was heated in the dry herb vaporizer), can be repurposed for use in a variety of edibles such as brownies, cookies, and gummies. To infuse the bud into the recipe, grind it into a fine powder and add it to a fat or oil, like butter or coconut oil, to help the cannabinoids bind to the fat molecules. This allows for better control of the potency of the recipe. It's important to start with a small dose and wait for the effects of the edibles to set in. Straining the bud or using flavorful ingredients, like cocoa powder, can minimize its distinct taste. That’s right- not only do you get to smoke your wedding cake, but you get to eat it too.
THC cartridges are pre-filled vaporizer pens that are designed to resemble an ordinary e-cigarette or 510-thread vape pen. They are a popular method of cannabis consumption because of their ease of use and discretion. Cartridges are user-friendly and good for beginners, but beginners should approach cannabis slowly until they are aware of how it makes them feel.
Discreet and easy to use
Pre-filled with concentrate and available in a variety of strains and strengths
Potent effects make it easier to achieve a desired effect quickly
Convenient for on-the-go use
Does not produce much smoke or odor, making it suitable for many locations
Can be harsh on the throat and may make you cough
The flavor may not be enjoyable for some users
Easy to misplace, especially when you’re high
Cartridges and disposable cannabis vapes are ideal for those that want a discreet option. Cannabis cartridges are designed to resemble an ordinary e-cigarette or vape pen and produce less odor than other cannabis consumption methods, making them a discreet option for those who want to enjoy cannabis in public spaces or around others without causing discomfort.
It will also suit the needs of those who want a potent and immediate effect: Cannabis cartridges are pre-filled and are generally more potent than other consumption methods. This makes them an excellent option for experienced cannabis users who want a strong high or for those who need fast relief from symptoms. If using for wellness terpenes, try to find a cartridge that emphasizes the entourage effect or a strong terpene blend; this means that you are receiving more benefit from the whole flower, rather than just from THC or CBD.
Those who want a convenient option: Cannabis cartridges are easy to use and are pre-filled with cannabis oil, making them a convenient option for on-the-go use. They require less preparation than other consumption methods, and the effects can be felt almost immediately.
Those who prefer a flavored option: Cannabis cartridges are available in a wide range of flavors and strains, making them an ideal option for those who want to enjoy the taste of cannabis without the plant taste from traditional smoking methods. That being said, your weed is going to taste weedy to an extent, so don’t expect the same flavoring that is found in nicotine vapes.
Overview: How do Dry Herb Vapes and Cartridges Differ?
Dry herb vaporizers use actual cannabis flower, while cartridges are pre-filled with concentrates such as resin or rosin. Dry herb vape consumers will generally own a grinder and their own weed in addition to owning their respective dry herb vapes. Cartridges, depending on the brand, will either have a built-in battery (these are called disposable cartridges) or require you to purchase a separate battery.
Dry herb vaporizers require a certain level of preparation before use, such as grinding the flower and packing it into the vaporizer. Cartridges are pre-filled with cannabis oil and are ready to use right out of the package.
With dry herb vaporizers, the user has more control over the experience. They can choose the strain, grind the flower to a certain consistency, and adjust the temperature of the vaporizer to achieve the desired effect. With cartridges, the user has less control over the experience, since the cart is pre-filled with a specific strain and potency.
Dry herb vaporizers tend to produce a milder and more manageable experience, while cannabis cartridges are generally more potent and can provide a stronger, more immediate effect. Dry herb vapes are one of the cleanest ways to "smoke" cannabis and may be a good recommendation for people using cannabis for wellness purposes.
Cartridges are a more convenient option for on-the-go use, as they are compact and easy to carry around. Dry herb vaporizers require more preparation and can be bulkier to carry around.
When it comes down to it, the decision between dry herb vaporizers and cannabis cartridges ultimately comes down to personal preference. Dry herb vaporizers are a great option for those seeking a healthier and smoother cannabis consumption experience, while cannabis cartridges are perfect for those looking for a potent and convenient method of consumption.