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Does Vaping Smell? [The REAL Answer…]
Nowadays, weed smokers are turning to vape pens instead of rolling up a joint when they fancy a smoke. But before making the transition, many people are left with the lingering question: does vaping have the same smell? Or better yet, can you use a weed vape right out in public without anybody being the wiser?
How do vape pens work?
Vaporizers have several components that allow users to “light up” a little more subtly. First off, there is the tank, where cannabis oil or the herb itself is placed. This is linked to the atomizer, which is the heating mechanism in the device. As new models are designed, new jargon is entering the market (such as cartomizers or clearomizers, among others), but in reality, they are all types of an atomizer.
Then, there is the battery, which provides the power to the pen. Vaporizers usually use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which have a high energy density and are very unlikely to explode if improperly charged.
There are two types of heating methods when it comes to vape pens. Convection heating involves passing hot air around the herb or cannabis oil, heating it up without making direct contact. In modern vape pens, this is the most common heating method. Conduction, on the other hand, involves placing the herb in direct contact with the heating mechanism. This method is more common in desktop vaporizers than vape pens, but there are pens available that use this technique.
Most vape pens nowadays use marijuana concentrates, or hash oil, in their chambers. This yellow liquid is extracted from the cannabis plant, but something to note about it is that it is much stronger than the flowers themselves. Marijuana flowers usually contain up to around 20% THC, but hash oil can contain up to 90%, or even more. It is vital to be aware of this the first time you take a hit using hash oil – know your limits, and take it slowly until you get used to vaping concentrate.
Joints vs. Vape pens
Whether you use more traditional smoking methods or switch to a vape pen to get your hit of cannabinoids is really up to you. There are quite a few differences between the two, however, which is why it’s important to make an informed decision. The main difference, quite obviously, is that vape pens are powered by USB ports, while cannabis cigarettes obvious require a lighter.
Vape pens can use either cannabis oil cartridges or ground up cannabis flower inside a heating chamber to deliver a hit. The crucial difference is that neither of these options involve combustion – a fact that makes vaping much safer since there are (usually) no carcinogenic chemicals released. This, of course, doesn’t mean that excessive weed consumption via vaping is overly “healthy,” but it is certainly a safer option than rolling a blunt.
What’s more, vaping can be a more convenient choice. With numerous vape pens already on the market and more in design, these are a portable, handy option.
Traditional cigarettes and joints are probably going to seem like the ‘cooler’ option for years to come, but the vape pen craze is really catching on. And the reason for this trend may lie in the answer to one simple question… do vape pens smell with the same sort of obvious marijuana “pungency?”
Do vape pens smell?
Vape's definitely do not hold the same level of notoriety as joints or even bongs. They resemble e-cigarettes in appearance, and these devices definitely don’t carry as much of a stigma as smoking marijuana through any means (strange, when you consider the infamous addictive quality of nicotine).
Furthermore, many vape users will testify to the fact that vapes do not have the same aroma that comes with burning your herb. This is due to the lack of combustion involved in using a vaporizer, which means that the pure cannabis smell does not get mixed with the nasty tang of smoke.
No need to panic, though – even though the scent is purer, it tends to dissipate a lot quicker. A lack of smoke particles means that it won’t cling to your clothes and hair, so no need to worry about getting caught.
That said, it is important to know that the strength of the scent will actually depend on the pen itself. Some vaporizers release a stronger smell than others, but these tend to be older models that use conduction heating methods. Since the herb is in direct contact with the heating surface, it releases a much stronger odor than convection vaporizers.
If you’re looking for a super discreet way to vape weed without anyone noticing, you’ll have to invest in a more advanced (and expensive) convection-style device.
Like the CF20 Vape Kit.
So… What’s the Conclusion, Does Vaping Smell?
Some weed smokers are quite concerned about the smell that lighting up produces. Unfortunately, there’s no real way around this when smoking joints. Vaping is a viable option for those looking to reduce the smell, although there is no way to get rid of it completely.