For quite a while, I refused to try anything other than traditional cannabis flower.
Now and then, I’d take advantage of pre-rolled joints or blunts, but I typically preferred to roll my own. The process of packing, rolling, twisting and creating a perfect joint requires some skill, extra gear and time. There’s mess and waste involved. While I really enjoy smoking, the odor and ash can be a problem. Because of this, I got talked into trying out vapes. One of the budtenders at the Denver dispensary convinced me to buy a disposable pen. Although I was initially skeptical, I quickly changed my opinion. The convenience is unbeatable. The vape includes everything necessary to enjoy the inhalation process. It has a cartridge filled with cannabis oil and a battery that works to heat the oil to the point of vaporization. Because it doesn’t involve any combustion, there are no carcinogens. It’s a healthier way to consume cannabis. The smoke and odor dissipates instantly. All I need to do is press a button and inhale. The plant material isn’t burned which retains a higher level of the cannabinoids and terpenes. The flavor is richer and the taste cleaner. The popularity of modern vapes has led to an amazing selection of options. From the actual vape to the strains, terpenes and potency, there are nearly endless choices. I can pick from disposable or refillable cartridges. I can buy sativas, hybrids or indicas and opt for high THC levels, strictly CBD vapes or a combination of the two. While I occasionally still smoke a joint when I’m at home on a weekend, I mostly take advantage of the simplicity of vapes.