Well here we are, into the Christmas and Hannukah shopping season, and searching high and low for that special 420 gift for your favorite stoner. Bear in mind, people who partake of the herb are not addicted to smoking some sort of harmful substance. In fact, many people are getting away from smoking altogether, because now it’s not necessary. There are plenty of ways to get the goodness that Cannibis Sativa has to offer from vaporizing the weed – without smoke, without carcinogens, and especially without tar. The active ingredient in marijuana is readily available by this slow, controlled heat that vaporization has to offer. So consider the gift of high, along with the gift of good health, and consider a vaporizer for your loved one.
Today we’re looking at the Vapolution. This device is kind of inconspicous, looking a bit like one of those small propane cylinders for a camp stove. It even comes in green!
The kit itself contains two bowls which utilize glass on glass heating along with two whips (tubing for inhalation) Home and car power adapters are included as well. Given the most consumed or broken parts are doubled, this is a huge plus in the package! Bowls are thin glass in most vaporizers and with misuse can easily be broken. Use care when filling.
So, time for a test. I followed the instructions carefully, noting that unlike most vaporizers, grinding of the herb is NOT recommended. The makers actually want you to use a small bud or two and leave them whole. While this is a huge convinience, as most people consider a grinder a must, I wondered whether I would get all I could get out of each bud the way I did in other vaporizers, where you’ve maximized the surface area and exposure of the pollen.
So now, with the bowl loaded, I found attaching it felt like a risky proposition. Here I am jamming glass into this hard surface and I felt like I might break it. I used care, and it worked fine. My concerns about breaking the bowl may be founded because they did give you a second one in the kit. Connecting the tubing (whip) to the bowl also felt a little stiff. In a rare RTFM moment, I discovered that you can heat the bowl in hot water to make connecting the tubing, a one-time proposition, easier. Vapolution does give you a one-time unit replacement, no questions asked, for $50.
Okay, with that behind us, I found the unit’s controls allowed vaporization range from barely there to burning. Somewhere near the 2 o’clock setting on the dial was vapor bliss. Good stuff, and I do feel – as I initially suspected – that I might not get all I can out of each bud without it being ground.
Remember, though, that with vaporization your herb can still be smoked, or used for baking AFTER vaporization. There is still plenty of active ingredient in there to use again.
So, the box score:
Pros: Small size, inconspicuous, good vaporization, lots of control, multiple power sources (battery pack optional for true portability), good accessories (with extras) in the basic kit, no need to grind, glass-on glass convection – best method
Cons: Parts are very fragile, need to take care when assembling and use;temptation to combust herb, because you really are only vaporizing the exterior; lack of “wow factor” – this performs like many whip style vaporizers, albeit a very very good one. If the box-tube whip style vaporizer is what you are after, this one has it in spades.
Bobbie Carson writes about marijuana culture and Mary Jane girls.