What is a Vaporizer?

What is a vaporizer you may ask? Great question, lets find out &

Ohio’s HB 523 specifically states that any medical marijuana plant/flower material must either be consumed via ingestion or through a vaporizer.

A vaporizer is a device used to release the active ingredients of plant material or to release the therapeutic compounds. A healthier alternative to smoking, vaporizers heat the material at a much lower temperature (when compared to smoking) so that the active compounds contained in the plant material produce an aromatic vapor (instead of smoke). Rather than burning the plant material, which can produce numerous harmful by-products, this vapor contains virtually zero particulate matter and significantly reduced noxious gases. By avoiding combustion (smoke), the user is able to achieve the same desired effects without the harmful side-effects of smoking.

Styles of Vaporizers

Desktop Forced Air:

  • Built in fan that pushes out air
  • Fills balloons or whips with vapor
  • Can do plant/flower material, waxes & oils

Here are a couple of examples of “forced air” vaporizers, the Airzer ExtremeQ pictured on the left & the Volcano pictured on the right.


  • Rapid heat up time of 5 to 15 seconds
  • Usually shaped like a pen or small enough to discretely fit in the palm of your hand and easily in your pocket for portability
  • Can do plant/flower material, waxes & oils

Here are a couple of examples of “portable” vaporizers, the DaVinci Ascent pictured on the left & the Pax 2 pictured on the right.

Materials Being Vaped

Dry Herb:

  • Dried & cured plant material
  • Beneficial properties released when vaporized

Dry Herb

Waxy Concentrates:

  • Extracted from dry herb
  • Extraction methods include CO2, butane, or high-proof alcohol


E-juice / E-liquid

  • Liquid used in electronic cigarettes
  • Concentrated flavoring that may include nicotine


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