We really appreciate all of those who took the time to respond to our post this week on vaping - Thank you! We wanted to follow that article up and answer some of your questions about vape recommendations. Carly has been medicating with vapourisers for many years now and has a number of favourite vapes so we caught up with her to find out which she would recommend.
First things first..
Decide how you prefer to inhale:
First, before you choose your vape, you need to consider how you inhale. Do you prefer the vapour to go from mouth to lung or do you prefer your vapour to go direct to lung or do you do both? As vapes are manufactured with this in mind, it’s always best to check before buying. Carly has purchased all of her current vapes from Vapefiend. The staff there are very knowledgeable and will be able to answer all your questions. Products usually arrive the next day and customer service is excellent.
Mouth to lung:
Mouth to lung refers to a way of inhaling. When you inhale ‘mouth to lung’, you take the vapour into your mouth and hold it in your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs. It is a very similar way to smoking a cigarette, so many smokers or ex-smokers prefer mouth to lung vapes.
Direct to Lung or straight to lung:
Direct to Lung inhalation is when the vapour is inhaled directly into the lungs, without holding it in your mouth first. It is like taking a deep breath of air and is, in some ways, similar to using a wide-tubed bong. Direct to Lung vapes are manufactured to give a greater airflow to cool the vape down.
Some people alternate how they inhale between mouth to lung and direct to lung inhalation. We suggest that if you are new to vaping, try a ‘mouth to lung’ vape first because ‘direct to lung’ can be quite intense and can make you cough. Many vape shops offer great advice on their products.
The products referenced below are the ones that Carly currently uses but there are so many out there to choose from!
Low cost options
1. Sapphire by Spirit
Carly recommends the Spirit Sapphire as an entry vape. This is a great low budget vapouriser which costs £59. Although you cannot replace the battery, she has found that it is still working well one year after purchasing. You can vary the temperature on this vape for optimum terpene and cannabinoid inhalation but its temperatures are already set ranging between 180 degrees and 220 degrees. It is small and compact to carry around. Carly often has this filled next to her bed for any sudden onset night time pain or dystonia. It heats up in about one minute. The light flashes whilst heating and remains on steady when ready.
2. Spirit by Storm
The next vapouriser is the Spirit Storm. It is very similar to the Sapphire in terms of size, but it gives you greater temperature control so you could vape at 215 degrees if you wished. It has a digital display so that you can see its temperature and it vibrates when it is ready and also when it is finished. You can replace the battery in the Storm. It costs £109 and is also available at Vapefiend UK:
Both the sapphire and the storm work well if you prefer ‘mouth to lung’ delivery and you can also use them ‘direct to lung’.
Mid range options
1. The Arizer Go
The Arizer ArGo Vapouriser is a good mid-range vape costing £159. Carly loves this vape as it gives a great flavour because the vape pathway is constructed from glass. It is incredibly economical with the amount of cannabis utilised for one session, so represents good value for money. It is very easy to use and its digital control panel is clear. It’s a sturdy and well constructed vape.
This vape works well if you like direct to lung vape delivery.
Top range options
The Mighty Vapouriser by Storz and Bickel is undoubtedly an excellent vape retailing at £257. There are many fake Storz and Bickel vapes on the internet so if you are spending this amount of money, it’s best to make sure you get a genuine product. The Mighty heats up in seconds giving thick clouds of vapour and has a great battery life. You can adjust the temperature using the digital control panel. Many who vape prefer the Storz and Bickel range.
This vape works well if you like ‘mouth to lung’ or ‘direct to lung’ vape delivery.
1. Arizer Extreme Q
It is only a year since Carly purchased the Arizer Extreme Q vapouriser and since then she has used it every night. It is on her bedside table and the tube is long enough for her to lay down and vape in bed. One bowl can last around half an hour or so. You have control over the temperature and can decide whether you want to have forced air assistance or not by switching the fan on. It comes with a remote control which means you don’t need to move too much to switch the fan on. You can use it as a direct to lung vaporizer or, with the fan switched on, you can just breathe in the vapour. It also comes with a bag inflation system which works very well. It took a little bit of experimenting for Carly to get the best out of this vape. She finds that if she uses the ‘elbow packing’ technique with the baskets provided and leaves it on for 10 minutes or more first, then it is ready to go. It plugs into the wall socket but you can buy a portable battery should you require one.
This vape can work well for both ‘mouth to lung’ and ‘direct to lung’ vapers.