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Cannabis Vaporizers and E-Cigarettes - Friend Or Foe ?

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Vaporizers and e-cigarettes were both introduced to provide an alternative to cigarettes for people who were tired of inhaling toxic smoke emitted by cigarettes. These alternatives provide a non-toxic and nicotine free solution to heavy smokers.

Here are some basic information that you should be aware of in order to gain a better understanding of the two:


E-cigarettes were introduced a long time back and began to be used almost at the same time as traditional cigarettes. These were made to resemble traditional cigarettes in shape and size and operates in a similar manner. They emit an odorless cloud of smoke in the form of vapor and the tip of the e-cigarette emits an orange glow like regular cigarettes.

E-cigarettes were first started as disposables and were later made available in different varieties like ones with replaceable cartridges and in a battery operated rechargeable variety. They also began to come in different colors and flavors.


Vaporizers, also known as vapes, came into the picture much later. They come packed with an array flavor options in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There are different types of vaporizers like pen vaporizers, portable vaporizers and stationary vaporizers. Vaporizers produce far more vapor as compared to e-cigarettes and traditional cigarette smoking.

Amidst the growing popularity of vapes, a popular option among the crowd are cannabis vaporizers which require heating of dried cannabis to a certain temperature. Proper use of cannabis is seen to have numerous health benefits, however, it is advised to consult a medical marijuana doctor first.

Here are some distinct differences between e-cigarettes and vaporizers:             

 1.  Shape and size

While e-cigarettes look similar to regular cigarettes, cannabis vaporizers do not look anything like cigarettes and come in larger sizes in different shapes and designs.

2.  Nicotine

E-cigarettes generally contain nicotine, while cannabis vaporizers do not contain any nicotine. They contain chemical compounds like THC and CBD, which may or may not be permitted in your country, as per the prevailing marijuana laws.

3.  Longer life

While e-cigarettes have a shorter life as it needs to be recharged or requires a cartridge replacement, vaporizers are more durable as they simply need to be refilled with fresh e-liquid once its empty.

4.  Variety of flavors

The flavor options for e-cigs are limited. Cannabis vaporizers, on the other hand, come packed with a vast combination of flavors which is dissolved in the e-liquid. Opt for authentic vapes to make the most out of your vaping devices.

5.  Harmful effects

While e-cigarettes potentially cause no short-term harm, long term use can pose health risks. While proper use can benefit, improper use of cannabis vaporizers are also seen to have significant impact on human health.

The differences between e-cigarettes and vaporizers are prominent. But there are also similarities between the two that cannot be ignored:

1.  Both function in a similar manner- each has a heating source and a delivery system.

2.  Both provide a safer alternative to smoking as there is no tar and carbon monoxide involved.

3.  E-liquids, used in both of these devices, are composed of the same base substances like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine which are both non-toxic.


As we can see, e-cigarettes and vaporizers both operate on the same concept which can lead to misconceived perception between the two. However, it can be rightly said that vaping assumes a more dynamic form as compared to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes can be considered a form of vaping.

Thus, despite them having similar concepts, it can be safe to conclude that they are both two different things which have their own benefits and functioning in terms of their end-use and design.


About The Author - Jessica is a passionate researcher and writer on the Cannabis vertical. She has been a strong believer in the worldwide legalisation of this herbal drug. She also enjoys meeting new people and travelling to exotic places.


Thank you to Thiago Patriota for our blog cover photo


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