How to Choose a Vaporizer: Vaporizer high or Smoking high?

December 04, 2018 4 Comments

By Ayad Maher.

Vaping high vs Smoking high

While I was doing my research, I noticed that most of the articles I've read about this topic reference bunch of scientific details that you, as a casual smoker, don't need to know about. So I will make sure to be right to the point and not to get into unnecessary details.

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Vaporizer high vs smoking high? Do you get a different high from vaping? A question every marijuana smoker have asked or at least thought of, especially when smoking weed is becoming part of his or her lifestyle. Vaporizer high vs smoke high is better, or worse, depends how you're looking at it. 


As I mentioned in my "The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Marijuana Vaporizer," vaporizers are a relatively new way of consuming dry herbs (cannabis, tobacco, etc.), concentrates, and/or essential oils. For those in the vape community, it’s believed that vaporizers provide a much cleaner experience, are less offensive to those around the consumer since there is “almost” no smell, and the effects can be much more controllable and "pure." 

Related article: What Are the Benefits Of Vaping Weed? 7 Reasons To Vape Weed Instead Of Smoking It.

First, is it more cost effective to vape?


Would it be cheaper in the long run to use a vaporizer to smoke your pot?

To be able to answer this question, we have to compare apples to apples. If you keep your consumption habit steady and using one of the good quality and efficient vaporizers (The Mighty, The Crafty, or one of the Arizers or DynaVaps), yes, it will be cheaper in the long run. Most people whom exclusively vape herbs have seen a drastic decrease in their herb consumption.

One of the problems some vaperents run into, they get super into it, and get caught collecting different vaporizers, and in that case the acquisition of additional vapes wipes out any monetary benefit. So, if you have a vaporizer you're content with and does the job fine, stick with it. Don't upgrade till you feel the need for it. 

To be able to use it properly and efficiently, saving your AVB is only one of the tips that you need to be aware of when you get your first vaporizer. This an article that you'd be interested to check: How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer - Tips and tricks for Beginners.

Downsides of Combustion - Upsides of Vaporizing


Let me start explaining why the difference in the type of high. Most of us started smoking weed the old fashion way (joints, bong, pipes, etc.), we know what to expect when we smoke weed, which's not only burns off your weed, but also burns off your cannabinoids, even before you can get to them. Vaping your bud, however, feels different, and any change might be perceived as "not getting as high."

The reason is, the old fashion ways allow you to inhale not only the desired components you usually look for in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, but also undesired and toxic components (a.k.a "combustion toxins"), such as carcinogens, carbon monoxide and some more, and those toxins what give you the "not getting as high" feel.

Related article: Marijuana Effects: THC and CBD, and the Entourage Effect!

Inhaling those toxins along with the THC and CBD will give you different high versus inhaling only the cannabinoids. Rolling a spliff for instance, mixing tobacco with weed also gives a different high, which I do enjoy every now and then, but I also try to avoid. Those toxic components can be very harmful for your lungs and your body in general.

Fortunately, there is a way to "smoke" pot, at the same time avoid combustion toxins. It's simply by exposing your bud to the right amount of heat for the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to be released without burning the herb itself. This process called vaporizing.


Types of high - Which one feels better


A bong vs vape high? When it comes to the "type of high," a vaporizer can provide subtly different psychoactive effects. You might not like it at the beginning because simply you're used to inhale all these harmful toxins that only activate when there is combustion. Having said that, many first timers come to a party expecting an instant euphoric head-rush they associate with smoking cannabis, but unfortunately this is a misnomer, and it leads to the false myth that "vapes don't get you high."

Here is how I see it; vaping vs smoking weed like eating deep fried chicken vs grilled chicken. Grilled is better for you, and it tastes as good, but because you're used to eating deep fried chicken, you may not like the grilled at the beginning. However, once you get used to the grilled, deep fried will sound/taste gross.

We will talk later in the article about how you can get over craving the smoking high and start appreciating the vaping high. Keep reading please. 



Every dry herb has its own threshold boiling point, but in simple words, the higher the temperature the more toxins could be released. A study by Taylor and Francis Ltd shows 230 C (446 F) is the optimal temperature to release the most of THC and other cannabinoids, however, it will also burn other part of the herb and that may release more "byproducts" which can be harmful to our health over time (see the graph below from that same study).

If you want the healthiest way to smoke, turn the temperature down, and remember, later you will have the AVB (Already Vaped Bud) that you can use to make edibles and more.

This may slightly vary between a strain to another, so it's a trial and error till you find your best temperature. 


Related article: What Vape Temperature Is Ideal? And best practice for optimal results (For Dry Herb)

The Smell


Vaping weed does have a scent, but it smells different than smoking it. Most people can't really associate the vaping smell with weed if they haven't smelled it before or haven't been around it. I've had some folks say it smells like roast beef, popcorn, and some other irreverent weird stuff. Generally, it definitely smells like something out of the ordinary. On the upside, It dissipates fairly quickly as well.

But don't be too cocky when you vaping weed especially around or close to people who disapprove of it. Pair it with an open window and a candle, then it's really hard to pick up on it unless you stand directly where you are vaporizing. 

What to do if you're "not feeling the high" from your vaporizer?


If you consider "smoking weed" as part of your lifestyle, something you wanna do everyday, as I am, then don't forget about yourself and your well-being and Switch to vaporizing! You owe it to yourself to have a healthy lifestyle. We all do.

Dry herb vaporizers produce a cleaner and more subtle high which is way better for your body, the transition from smoking weed the traditional ways to vaporizing it, however, can take time, especially if you were a heavy smoker. When I started using my first dry herb vaporizer two years ago (my first was the first Firefly Vaporizer), I didn't like it. It sat aside in my drawer for few months till I decided to give it another try. Now, it never leaves my pocket

Related article: Wax vs. Dry Herb Vaporizers: What’s better?

It can be hard to detect the high at first (5-10 minutes after the first hit), you might not get the satisfying feel you're looking for at first because your body is so accustomed to the toxic mix of smoking the herbs.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, ease yourself into it and DON'T GIVE UP too quickly. It needs some time to get the hang of it. Give it 2 or 3 weeks of solid dedication; stop smoking and start vaping exclusively. Let your body adapt - if you're not feeling it, reload the vape and keep going.

If you make a 100% switch-over to vaporizer for several weeks, try smoking a joint again afterwords and see how it feels, the difference is surreal.

Important note: Always make sure to save your ABV (Already Been Vaped).



So, vape high vs smoke high, do you have the answer? 

Since I started using a dry herb vaporizer, I noticed the too many cons to smoking. When I smoke, for instance, physical discomfort is enhanced. On the other hand, vaping lacks of the physical part of being high (which can be adjusted through experimenting with the vaping temperature). This was a bit of a disappointment when I started, but after becoming more familiar with the sensation, I stopped bothering me. 

There is clearly ups and downs of either methods, but I believe the ups of vaping totally trump the downs. Vaporizers are the new technology of consumption and are becoming increasingly popular with health conscious consumers concerned with the benefits of the medicine without the drawbacks and potential harm of smoking. Start saving, and get a high end one, you won't regret it. 

Read more about the benefits of vaporizers here

Go back to the main article: The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Marijuana Vaporizer.

Finally, what people on Reddit think about vaping vs. smoking marijuana

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Here are couple of useful quotes from marijuana users comparing vaping vs. smoking:

Vaping over smoking:

  • Vaporizing is just objectively better than smoking in almost every way in my opinion. The only thing smoking has over it is how enjoyable it is to smoke out of a bong. (Source)

  • Smoking decreases my motor skills more than vaping, i.e. I'm more clumsy. (Source)

  • I get so much more baked vaping and it's just an all around more pleasurable experience. Vaping instead of smoking massively improves the flavor, smoothness, efficiency, feel of the high, even the hit (when you've taken a too big rip of smoke it feels awful, with vapour it feels tingly and pleasant deep in my chest). It's also more fun because buying, owning and maintaining my devices turn it into a bit of of a hobby. (Source)

  • The difference between vaporizing and smoking is your control over the process. With smoking you have zero control, apart from start and stop. With vaporizing you can have near absolute control over temperature and therefore which cannabinoids you choose to release. (Source)

Smoking over vaping, couldn't find too many, but here is one:

  • Vaping may lack some of the physical part of being high. This was a bit of a disappointment when I started, but after becoming more familiar with the sensation, I don't mind it at all. It's not my favorite part anyway, and I feel like the advantages far outweigh this disadvantage. (Source)

Those can go either way: 

  • If I want to play video games, I use my bong. If I want to get housework done or work on some photography, I use my vape. (Source)

  • Smoking in a group, vaping on my own. (Source)

 The Major Benefits to Vaping Vs. Smoking


That's all folks, and stay toasty my friends!

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Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Company; Monroe Blvd and 421Store.

4 Responses

Andrew Chonka
Andrew Chonka

July 12, 2018

well written, you can tell the writer has a passion for the product, it makes the ARTICLE POP! Well done.

Barbara Harris Whitfield
Barbara Harris Whitfield

June 09, 2018

Excellent article. I was originally trained as a respiratory therapist. Personally, I could never smoke cannabis. Vaping is the way to go because it is much less toxic to the respiratory system.

Shelly Johnson-Ochoa
Shelly Johnson-Ochoa

June 09, 2018

Very nice article! I too prefer a Pax 2 vape and use t daily. I will definitely share this article to help educate people. Thanks for what you do!!😎🖖

Craig F Kimball
Craig F Kimball

May 30, 2018

Good article, I would probably add that Vaporizers sold as all in one don’t vaporize flower if it’s put into into a heated chamber it’s combustion, if it gets heated air pulled through it it’s induction which is what you want.

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