Vaporizing has rapidly taken over smoking, both in the US and across other parts of the world. The reason for this can be traced to modernization and the many benefits of vaping devices over traditional smoking methods. However, despite the increased popularity of vaporizers, many people find it challenging to choose between heated cannabis vapes and wax pens, and many people even go as far as confusing one for the other.
Understanding the difference between herbal vaporizers and dab pens, especially as a newbie, will help make you decide which device best fits your needs.
What is a Dry Herb Vape?
As the name suggests, dry herb vapes are vaping units that are designed specifically for the consumption of dry cannabis buds. It is a better alternative for weed consumption as it only extracts the active ingredients from the material without combusting the herbs. Herbal vapes are not suitable for non-dry cannabis products like concentrates and thick oils.
Let's see some of the top benefits of dry herb vaporizers that make people prefer them to traditional smoking methods.
- No Smoke
First of all, vaporizers don't produce fire, so there is no room for smoke. This is called convection heating. The cloud that is produced during vaporization is called "vapor," and they are clean and pure. Unlike smoke, vapors from vaporizers don't contain toxins that are harmful to your respiratory system.
- Less smell
Since dry herb vapes don't produce smoke, there is less smell. One reason why people hate smoking is because of the awful odor that sticks to the body and clothes of the smoker. Of course, no one likes perceiving a nasty smell. This is why people tend to look at a smoker with a judgmental eye whenever they smoke in public. Even at work, smoking pot will leave you looking unprofessional as you force your colleagues to deal with the unpleasant smell oozing from your body and clothes.
That, however, is not the case with dry herb vaporizers. You can take quick draws without being afraid of the smell. And even if your vape does produce odor at all, it is less smelly and doesn't stick your clothes.
What is a Wax Pen?
Unlike dry herb vapes, wax pen or dab vape are designed to work with concentrated forms of cannabis like thick oils, wax, shatter, rosin, and live resins, just to mention a few. Concentrates are highly potent materials that are extracted from cannabis plants, and their consistency and terpene flavors vary. Using a wax pen is almost similar to using a dry herb vaporizer, and some devices are built for dual compatibility, meaning you can use such a unit for vaping both dry herbs and wax. This helps you save money if you are a fan of both cannabis products.
Wax pens are known for many great benefits. Here are some advantages that make them stand out.
Using a traditional dab rig is not at all discreet unless you are using it in your own space like in your bedroom or living room where you are far from the prying eyes of the public. Wax pens, however, are very discreet because of their pen-like structure, which helps to keep you under the radar while on the go. So you can take quick draws on the bus or at the park, and slowing exhale the vapors without giving up your privacy.
- Quick Use
A glass rig isn't particularly beginner-friendly. First-timers could easily hurt themselves with the torch or hot bowl, plus they may find it hard to set things up in the first place. But wax pens are not as difficult or as risky as that (even though they come with little risks in terms of battery usage and other risks associated with operating an electric device). Dab pens are straightforward and quick to use – no heavy setup required. You just need to know how to fill the oven with your dabs and how to toggle through the different temperatures. You will also need to know how to clean and maintain your wax pen to prolong its efficiency and lifespan. Fortunately, that is also easy to learn!