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The Go-To Guide for Shatter, Wax & Vaporizers


January 25, 2016

Vaporizers have been around for a while, but have become increasingly popular with the wide variety of concentrates offered to users. However, many cannabis consumers are bombarded with so many options and varieties of vaporizer pens, it can be hard to know which one is the best to buy. Here are some frequently asked questions Altitude Dispensary has answered to help you make an educated choice:

What exactly is a vaporizer?

A vaporizer pen is a device that uses vapor to deliver cannabis concentrates or herb with less harmful effects and toxins than smoking. Basically, they work just like an electronic cigarette. The vapor results from a central heating component that heats up the contents between 350 – 400 degrees. Normal smoking devices often rise in temperatures over 1000 degrees which can burn the product and toxins and residue may be inhaled.

What is “shatter”?

Shatter is a clear and smooth substance used in a vaporizer that is the most potent of cannabis concentrates.  The extraction process removes waxes, fats, and lipids which means it can be over 80 percent concentrated THC. However, this purifying process also means that the health benefits from terpenes are lost.

What is “wax”?

Wax is non-transparent, which means that the THCA and other solids have separated from liquid components such as terpenes. Once the butane is separated from the extract and the oil is agitated, it turns into a wax. Agitation of the oil is done a couple different ways: The temperature under vacuum can be raised or the substance is whipped and then put back under the vacuum. Wax appears more crumbly and dry and is sometimes referred to as honeycomb because of its resemblance. Wax is “purged” for longer at higher temperatures which is what gives it the drier appearance. It is also called “BHO” or butane hash oil because of the extraction process.
Why is using a vaporizer better than smoking?
  • It doesn’t stain your nails or fingers
  • No odor left on clothing
  • You aren’t breathing in smoke
  • If you invest in a vaporizer, it can save you money with its burning efficiency
  • Vaporizers are small, discreet, and portable

How do I use a vaporizer?
  • Power it up by pressing the power button a couple times until you see the coils light up.
  • Place your chosen concentrate on the head of the atomizer which should be just above the coils. Make sure to start with a smaller portion, first!
  • Replace the glass attachment and mouth piece
  • Turn it on and inhale!

How do I know what vape pen is best for me?


Not all vaporizers are created equal. There are a number of different factors that go into choosing you perfect vaporizer. Some are designed to work with wax, shatter, and herbs, and some work exclusively with concentrates. It helps to make your decision based on what you like to buy from your local Denver Dispensary. If you prefer herb, take a look at Atmos’s list of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers that Altitude Dispensary sells.
How much vaporizers cost?

Vaporizer pens can cost from as little as $30 to $300. It’s important to consider what you’re willing to invest and to look at reviews before buying. If you still prefer classic methods of enjoying your Denver recreational marijuana, Altitude Dispensary also has a great assortment of bongs, joints, and pipes.

As always, Altitude Dispensary is here to help you decide what vaporizer is right for you. We also have a large selection of different types of concentrates and herbs to compliment your choice. Come in Altitude Dispensary today for the great selection at the best prices!  
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