How Do I Use a Marijuana Vaporizer? | Discover Marijuana

Marijuana vaporizers, devices that heat raw cannabis flower to release vapors for inhalation, are the method of choice for many cannabis connoisseurs.

Vaporizers intended for use with cannabis are available in a huge range of shapes and sizes. Some models require a power connection and a bit of real estate on your desk or table, at least while you’re using them. Others are portable and easily mistaken for writing utensils.

Some vaporizer devices are also equipped for the dual uses of cannabis flower and concentrates like shatter or wax.

Utah’s Medical Cannabis patients can get raw flower, if OK’d by a Qualified Medical Provider, but they aren’t allowed to smoke it. Dry herb vaporizers, like the PAX 3 or the Firefly 2+, help those patients stay in compliance with the law.

Because vaporizers operate at sub-combustion temperatures, it’s impossible to inhale many of the (often carcinogenic) hydrocarbons found in marijuana smoke.

Many devices allow the user to adjust the temperature, allowing greater control over the specific cannabinoids and terpenes released for inhalation. Delta-9-THC, for example, is released at 315°F/157°C. View the “Activation Temps” guide at for more!

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Tim Pickett, PA-C is a Medical Cannabis expert and the founder of Utah Therapeutic Health Center. As a Qualified Medical Provider, Tim works directly with patients in need of Medical Marijuana recommendations and treatment plans. Salt Lake City Weekly readers voted Tim Utah’s Best Medical Cannabis Doctor (QMP) in its “2021 Best of Utah mind and body” edition.

Blake Smith is the Chief Science Officer at Zion Pharmaceuticals and an expert in the biochemistry of cannabis. Blake has a keen understanding of cannabinoid compounds and their effects on the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Kylee Shumway is the Pharmacist in Charge at WholesomeCo, a Medical Cannabis pharmacy in Bountiful. Her interest in cannabis medicine also began in college, when an organic chemistry professor sometimes mentioned the compounds in marijuana.

For more information on getting a Utah Medical Marijuana card or Utah marijuana laws, visit

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