The word vaporizer may conjures an image of traditional vapour inhaling technique. An example might be inhaling steam when someone suffered from congestion, headache or breathing trouble. Inhaling vaporized air unclogged nasal passages and lungs. Classic vaporizers consisted of a pot of boiling water and a dash of essential oil. One had to cover the head with a towel and inhale deeply. However, it had its own set of drawbacks. One of them was the loss of therapeutic quality of oil due to extreme heat.
Those days are passé.
Vaporizers have come a long way since then. Technology has revolutionized vaping, giving us more control and choice. Today, these are available in an array of shapes, materials, heating mechanisms and inhaling methods. Moreover, the classic meaning of vaporizer itself has evolved. Today, these contraptions are used for aromatherapy. Producing vapor from essential herbs, oils and other aromatic compounds, and also for leisure inhalation. The latter uses tobacco or cannabis as the source material / ingredient.
Nonetheless, the end use remains the same - treating medical conditions. Additionally, this form of inhaling brings about benefits such as;
In short, it offers improved cognitive functioning.
But none of the above has clear scientific proof. The above benefits are some of the effects promoted by users. Though, not enough data has been gathered to really prove these claims, yet.
Interestingly, the essential oils, herbs, etc in vaporizers can be heated in several ways. Some use burners to break up the ingredients setup on a small metal, glass or porcelain dish. Others use a battery powering a heating pad to break up the aromatic compounds. The latter uses a fan to disperse the fragrance around the room. Vaporizers are also distinguished by the way the aromatic vapor is inhaled. There are three distinct ways -
Once the essential oil is heated, and steam/vapor rises into the air, it can be inhaled through a tube directly. However, some people are sensitive to direct inhalation. In such cases an inflatable bag collects the vapor which can then be taken in small breaths.
Vaporizers that use an inflatable bag are popular with people who have problems with direct draw. The release of vapor from a bag is gradual and passive. This control makes it a comfortable choice for sensitive people. Incidentally, these devices display temperature and also offer a calibration button. The user can simply adjust it to his or her own preference. Controlled release translates into longer life of herbs and oils – a great way to save money on raw ingredients.
These are more like diffusers. The vapor produced from essential aromatic oil is forced out of the container with the help of a fan. This vaporizer is safe, and a great way to energize the room ambiance. The gradual and continuous output fills up the entire space with relaxing aromas in a controlled manner. This plug and play electronic vaporizer has a heating element, a pad for essential oils or herbs and a blower which makes it one of the most preferred options.
Today, vaporizers have gained a new audience. They are used recreationally as well as therapeutically. Their usage has now been associated with oils and tobacco inhalation without smoke. Along with instant nirvana from fatigue and anxiety. Mentioned below are some of the popular vaporizers.
As the name suggests this vaporizer resembles a pen. Do not be fooled by its small form factor. They can accept several ingredients – from oils, to herbs and some of the modern e-liquids. Vape pens can also be used for wax based aromatic compounds. This makes it one of the most versatile and subtle vaporizer types. Some of its compelling features are mentioned below.
Highly portable - It is discreet, portable and easy to maintain.
A user can quickly migrate from one raw ingredient to another without hassle.
A great alternative to traditional smoking and inhalation.
These are a little larger in size but still handy, and it can be plugged in anywhere. Vaporizers from this category tend to offer high return on ingredients. They are especially good with dried herbs as it vaporizes them completely. Some of the features are mentioned below.
There are certain portable vaporizers that work on rechargeable batteries. The quality of vapour isn't as intense. But it comes in handy during emergency. These vaporizers also boast precise temperature control feature.
This type of vaporizer is large, with several intriguing functions such as;
All this simply means more vapor. Which incidentally, and in many cases is collected in a balloon. This captured vapor can then be inhaled. Desktop vaporizers offers extended periods of inhalation due to the larger size.
Dry herb vaporizers are unmatched if you do not use essential oils, e-liquids or aromatic compounds. Vaporizers made to take one material are often more specialized than those that take many.
One of the categories of desktop vaporizer, a diffuser allows the entire room to be filled with aromatic vapor. This kind of therapeutic approach not only soothes frayed nerves, but also provides other benefits such as -
Diffusers have been a proven remedy for those who undergo frequent mood swings.