Do you even vape? Now you do. All the cool kids are doing it—and it doesn’t rip up your throat with every hit—so you might as well get on board.
Before you do, keep this in mind: Vapes get cannabis bud hot enough to release those good compounds that get you sailing, but not so hot the cannabis burns up into smoke. Going the smoke-free route with a vaporizer is generally healthier for your body than smoking cannabis, because smoke itself is bad for your lungs. While smoking marijuana isn’t conclusively linked to lung cancer like smoking tobacco is, it’s still irritating. If you vape, you’ll avoid putting smoke into your body at all. The vapor you do ingest has “virtually no” smoke toxins, according to one study.
Besides the relative respiratory ease, vaping marijuana is subtle—unless you make a spectacle of yourself, Leonardo DiCaprio-style—and tastier. Many people say the effect is more pleasing. A recent study also found the high was much more powerful than that from smoking marijuana for people who don’t regularly partake.
But really, the jury’s still out on whether or not there are significant risks associated with vaping marijuana. It’s hard for scientists to put vaping to the test when the federal government still considers marijuana a highly dangerous drug and the possession of it a criminal offense. Right now, 33 states have medical marijuana laws on the books, and 10 states plus Washington, D.C., have gone right ahead and legalized the stuff for recreational use. Senators in the capitol are tacking their names onto a bill that would limit federal intervention in states with progressive weed laws. Another bill takes an even stronger stance, calling for the full legalization of marijuana throughout the country as well as righting many of the wrongs wrought by the War on Drugs in marginalized communities. The country is slowly, surely catching up to the people.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. You just want to vape. So here are the 10 best—and best-looking—weed vaporizers you can buy right now. Pair one with quality flower and vape away
For a smoker first making the switch to vaping, or for a vaper who wants to keep things as simple as possible, finding the best vape pen brands on the market is a big priority. Offering vast improvements in performance in comparison to cigalike devices and being considerably more compact and simple than the vape mods many long-term vapers gravitate towards, vape pens are the perfect middle-ground for the vaper who wants solid performance without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles.
Traditionally, vaporizer pens were basically eGo-style devices, with 650 to 1000 mAh batteries and fairly small, high-ohm coil clearomizers, but the best vape pens for 2018 extend beyond these traditional boundaries, with many devices sporting bigger – almost mod-like – batteries and supporting sub-ohm resistances. This might blur the boundaries between vape pens and mods, but it’s added some excellent performers to the class.
So here’s our list of the best vaporizer pens for e-liquid currently on the market, ranging from the more basic, traditional styles through to the modern, sub-ohm capable beasts that push the category to breaking point.