WHY USE AN HERBAL VAPORIZER?
With the rise in medical cannabis legalization nationwide, many marijuana enthusiasts are coming out of the shadows and a lot of these closet stoners are really stinkin’ wealthy. These professional potheads are bucking the stereotype of marijuana enthusiasts as lazy, unmotivated and unreliable. With marijuana becoming increasingly embraced by the mainstream, many businessmen, executives and career-oriented individuals are exploring the medicinal properties of the plant and want to enjoy it in a discreet and professional way.
WHAT DREW ME TO PORTABLE VAPORIZERS
I include myself in the “professional pothead” contingent as I work pretty high up the ladder in a prominent video game company. Marijuana wasn’t a big part of my life until about 5 years ago when I realized that it could significantly aid my chronic insomnia. I have been a longtime owner of the Volcano Vaporizer but I decided that now the tide is turning. Last year, Bay Area e-cigarette makers Ploom demonstrated that vaporizing herbs can be fashionable as well as functional. Their Pax Vaporizer has set the bar for a pocket vaporizer that can effectively vaporize herbs. If you’re not aware, the point of an herbal vaporizer is to heat the flowers to around 400F, which will release THC and CBDs for inhalation without burning the leaves themselves. This was a perfect time to get a high-performing portable vaporizer so I could vaporize more openly while on the town, not just at home before bed.
PAX VAPORIZER REVIEW
On the whole I have greatly enjoyed using my Pax but the temperature settings are just too ambiguous in general. Pax colors light up which tells me a range that the herbs were cooking at, but I didn’t know exactly what the temperature was, and this disturbed me a little. I found that with the highest heat setting, I would get decent clouds but I was singeing my herbs way too early; basically I only got two or three decent pulls before the vapor quality started to decrease significantly.If I put it on the low or medium heat settings, I would get more pulls but the clouds were not as thick and satisfying as I had hoped they would be. The Pax is really easy to draw from, and it’s definitely a discreet handheld vaporizer, but the vapor production left me wanting more.
WHY BUY THE ASCENT VAPORIZER?
I decided to place a pre-order with a trusted store to get the new Ascent Vaporizer. I have friends who swear by the DaVinci Vaporizer, so when I learned that the same company was coming out with a state-of-the-art professional vaporizer for travel purposes, I had to see what the fuss was all about. Having used by new Ascent for a week now, I can honestly say this device is a huge step up from the Pax.
ASCENT VAPORIZER PROS AND CONS
The first thing you’ll notice about the Ascent is the ease of loading the chamber. The bottom of the Ascent just pops out revealing a really big herb chamber. No other portable that I’ve seen makes it this easy to load ground herbs into the device. Second thing I noticed was the fast heating time and the easy-to-read display. While the body of the Ascent gets a little hotter to the touch than the Pax does (especially at the bottom where the herbs go), the bright digital display allows me to accurately gauge how hot my herbs are getting. The other thing I really love about Ascent is the optional glass delivery tube. You don’t have to use it, but I found that, like with the Magic Flight Launch Box, the clouds of vapor are more robust and satisfying to taste when using the glass delivery tube as opposed to drawing directly from the device itself.
Another plus is the versatility: Just like the new models of DaVinci Vaporizer, the Ascent comes with oil cans so users can vaporize concentrates like essential oils or waxes. This option gives Ascent a serious leg up on Pax.
Unfortunately the one major drawback about the Ascent has to do with the “shotgun” method, which you’re supposedly able to achieve by blowing into the grated end (near the herb chamber), thereby pushing huger clouds of vapor out the other end. Like I mentioned earlier, the unit gets really hot at the bottom since that’s where the herbs are cooking. Due to this increased heat, it makes it really difficult to “shotgun” without burning your lips.
I am a huge fan of my Ascent Vaporizer. I have used it for a couple weeks now, and I have very few complaints. The main one being the dual-end use method doesn’t work since the metal vent at the bottom gets really hot and burned my lips when I tried inhaling and shotgunning from that end. All in all, I would still recommend this for any professional pothead like me, who wants undeniably euphoric results from a device that efficiently vaporizes and definitely never burns my herbal material.