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The truth about vape pens: Everything you need to know

Vernon FlemingNovember 6, 2019

We all know the classic saying, “The pen is mightier than the blunt," (or something like that). Vaporizers, or “vapes" for short, are used to heat cannabis flowers or concentrate. They can come with an assortment of different attachments and some are more versatile than others.

Your first
Getting your first vape pen is exciting but knowing which pen is best for you can be difficult.

And with illicit vape cartridges flooding the market, low-quality ingredients and materials are making it hard to know which products and manufacturers to trust. Here, Lantern shines a light on all you need to know about herbal and concentrate vapes.

The first and most important thing to know before you buy or use a vape pen is where it came from. Unless you are a whiz in the cannabis kitchen and have the proper equipment and materials, please buy your vape cartridges and batteries from a dispensary or licensed producer. Recent news has consumers and non-consumers alike concerned about oils and other potentially dangerous substances being used in the manufacture of illicit e-cigarettes, e-juice, and some cannabis cartridges, leading to serious medical complications.

Vaping: The Discreet Choice

Vaping allows you to heat your oils, concentrates, and herbs with an indirect heart that allows for a smokeless burn. Since smoke isn't generated using this method the risk of inhaling tar or other carcinogens that could cause severe health risks is reduced.

Perhaps what makes this form of consumption so popular is the discretion it provides. With vape  Particularly with vape pens, vaporizing concentrate significantly alters and reduces the odor of burned marijuana. (There are also vaporizers that are for use with dry flower, and while the odor is significantly reduced, count on a little more of that sweet Mary Jane aroma with a dry flower vaporizer.)

As with all concentrated forms of marijuana,
you only need a small amount of concentrate to receive the same effect of a small joint, which can help save you money overall.

What is the Right Vape Pen for you?

Choosing the right vape pen starts with consumption type: concentrate or herbal. To assist in your search here are a few recommendations based on consumption type.

The Davinci Miqro portable vaporizer can assist in all your dry flower vaporizing needs. With its ability to fully control your heating spectrum, discreet size, replaceable batteries, and 5-year warranty you can't go wrong. At a price point of $149, the Davinci Miqro is one of the better herbal options for beginners and experienced vapors alike.

If herbs aren't your speed and you want to hit your concentrate with ease, look no further than the KendyPen Special K. This pen allows for two 1 ml tanks, three heating settings and a lifetime warranty on the battery. With a small backlog on orders and at a $75 price point, those who want to enjoy this wonderful pen should check it out now!

If you're looking for something that can be used with both dry flower and liquid concentrates,  check out The Pax 3. The Pax 3 holds up to3 grams of dry cannabis, with the option to use it with concentrate as well. With a temperature spectrum of (360F-420F) and supplementary app, Pax 3 allows for full high-tech control of your vaping experience. At $250 this vape pen is known to be easy to use and very discreet but can be a bit annoying to keep clean if you're a daily user.

Vernon Fleming
Vernon Fleming
Vernon Fleming of South Side Consulting is a Chicago native who enjoys a good smoke over talks on the local cannabis industry.