Over the past decade Herbal Vaporizers have been increasing in popularity immensely due to their promises of being a healthier and more efficient alternative to smoking. They also offer an interesting option in the world of aromatherapy as they allow the user to extract the essential essence of their favorite fresh herbs with great ease.
In this page I will not only explain exactly what a herbal vaporizer is and how they work but I will also explain the health benefits as an alternative to smoking tobacco.
A vaporizer is a device that allows the user to insert a herb, resin or oil of their choice (often Tobacco) and rather than burn the herb which produces lots of toxic and carcinogenic by-products, the device heats it until the essential essence (the good stuff) evaporates and forms a cloud of vapor. When compared with the smoke from a cigarette this vapor contains significantly less carbon monoxide, no smoke and little to no tar making it considerably less harmful to the consumer.
All of the vaporizers currently available on the market fall into one of two categories.
The first category is conduction vaporizing.
Conduction vaporizing works by placing the herb/oil/resin on a metal or glass plate/bowl. This plate/bowl is then heated. Through the direct contact between the herb and the plate the essential essence is evaporated and a vapor cloud is formed. Although this method of vaporizing is efficient and often less costly than the second type of vaporizing, if the plate is heated to high then herb can sometimes start to combust which produces unwanted smoke and carcinogens.
The second category is convection vaporizing.
This works by rather than heating the herb through direct contact with a hot plate, it uses hot air to heat the herb. This means the herb never comes into contact with the heating element and is considerably less likely to combust.
You can find an example of a convection vaporizers here volcano vaporizer