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Is a vaporizer right for me?

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Is a vaporizer right for me?
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:13:26 PM »
Hey Guys, I feel fortunate to have found this forum. I've read thru a lot of the posts, trying to find some answers. I love Troy's videos, he cracks me up and is very informative.

Here's my deal, I'm an old guy (63) I smoked pretty heavy in my 20's. I'm from Hawaii and was always able to get what we thought was pretty good weed. I moved to Las Vegas in the early 90's and working in the Casino's with random drug testing, stopped smoking and didn't smoke for about 25 years. So, I retired earlier this year and thought I'd try smoking again.  A friend took me to a dispensary and suggested a vape pen, it was filled with a hybrid oil, I didn't really enjoy it. I never took more than one hit in a session, as I just felt like I was to high.  After that ran out, another friend gave me a few buds (i guess people call them flowers now) so I went out and bought a dugout on his recommendation. That one hitter was kinda small and I felt like the lighter was a bit close to my face trying to light it.  This flower he gave me, on one hit, i was out there.  I'm not sure if I would describe it as paranoia or anxiety, but I didn't enjoy this either.  I'm amazed that as a kid I smoked continuously and now I can't handle more than one hit.

When I watch these videos and Troy is smoking hit after hit and other guys doing the same, I'm wondering how a vaporizer will work for me with taking one hit and that's it. Would it still be practical with such short use?

I typically now take a hit at night a few hours before sleep.  Hoping to get a good night's rest. I would always smoke at home, not concerned with concealment, just want something easy to use that would maximize the weed.  I'm enjoying retirement so far but because I'm on a fixed budget, need to be smart with the limited cash on hand.

I've recently learned off the differences of Sativa and Indica, so it appears my bad experiences lately must be from Sativa.  Funny, as a kid we just were happy to get whatever you could find and didn't think to much about the high that you got.

Anyways, thanks for any advice you can give!  It is much appreciated.

Johnny

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Troy

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2019, 05:32:27 PM »
Hey Johnny!

My tolerance is super high from vaping all day, everyday, for several years straight.

When I first started vaping, I could vape one bowl per day and be VERY high

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Satta

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 05:17:34 AM »
Hi Johnny, I would recommend a dynavap M. You can use a small amount of herb with it and the feeling is similar to smoking. I would aim for strains that are more indica, as these generally have a higher cbd ratio giving you more of a relaxed feeling. Hope you find something that suits!

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 07:40:46 AM »
Awesome! thanks Satta  :)

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Satta

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 01:53:47 AM »
No problems

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 01:50:41 PM »
Hey Satta, thought I'd update my progress  :)  Thanks again for the Dynavap M 2019 suggestion.  I got it yesterday, so I went up to my local dispensary and talked to a guy about some indica.  Hey showed me several types and suggested this "Mimosa" which i ended up buying.  When I got home and looked it up on Leafly, turns out it's a hybrid.  So I was kinda bummed since I wanted to try an Indica.  I ground up a bit and put a small amount in my Dynavap and started to heat it up.  It never clicked like I was waiting for so I finally just figured It had to be hot enough.  I took one hit and it didn't feel like much, but when I exhaled, it was a big cloud.  I stopped with the one hit which I have always done so far this year upon returning to smoking.  I was blown away, it was a nice smooth start, enjoyable high kicked in and after a few hours I actually had an urge to hit it again, although I didn't.  :)  Went to sleep a couple hours later and had the best rest I've had for awhile.

First session (since I started up again 7 months ago) that reminded me of why I started smoking 40+ years ago, Looking forward to session 2 today, hopefully I will have similar results.

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2019, 12:25:25 PM »
Hey Satta, thought I'd update my progress  :)  Thanks again for the Dynavap M 2019 suggestion.  I got it yesterday, so I went up to my local dispensary and talked to a guy about some indica.  Hey showed me several types and suggested this "Mimosa" which i ended up buying.  When I got home and looked it up on Leafly, turns out it's a hybrid.  So I was kinda bummed since I wanted to try an Indica.  I ground up a bit and put a small amount in my Dynavap and started to heat it up.  It never clicked like I was waiting for so I finally just figured It had to be hot enough.  I took one hit and it didn't feel like much, but when I exhaled, it was a big cloud.  I stopped with the one hit which I have always done so far this year upon returning to smoking.  I was blown away, it was a nice smooth start, enjoyable high kicked in and after a few hours I actually had an urge to hit it again, although I didn't.  :)  Went to sleep a couple hours later and had the best rest I've had for awhile.

First session (since I started up again 7 months ago) that reminded me of why I started smoking 40+ years ago, Looking forward to session 2 today, hopefully I will have similar results.
Awesome, check Troys vids for more vapcap info. Should definitely click. Not sure why but would unless there is a fault with the cap. I would try heating with no weed to see if it clicks. If it doesn't after 30 seconds or so then go back to the shop and change it. There are fakes out there that don't click.

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Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2019, 05:21:21 PM »
Hey Johnny I was a long time combustion guy until about a month and half ago - you're about 10 years my senior. Tried a Launch Box years ago which turned me off and I stayed on the combustion path. End of June took a deep dive into Troy's videos among others. I went completely electronic to avoid torches. Got an Arizer Solo 2 based on Troy's comparisons. Totally blown away by the experience and was hooked. Because of the way the Solo 2 loads, I've found that I can do pretty short sessions almost on demand (quick heat up) off a single load and the flower will keep reasonably well. I found it works for me and doesn't waste much anyways versus a continuous longer session that vapes the full bowl. I just got a Fury Edge as well, which is a different experience. Definitely generates more vapor with the convection, and the convection system doesn't dry out the flower as much as the solo when doing short sessions on the same bowl.

Of course the Edge can go rip roaring if you want it to as well - definitely can put a lot into you in a short time if you want it to. For me Solo 2 is more of a sipping leisurely session, and I have found it to be a bit tastier as I can go a little lower on temp than the Edge. The Edge travels better and can be more discreet. Both are dead simple to clean and maintain. Troy provided some masterful advice.

I'm still learning quite a bit myself and found I have to put a bit more care into flower storage (relative humidity) and preparation (shredding consistency) than burning buds in a pipe, but man the material lasts a lot longer and the feeling is overall much cleaner.  It would be great to hear your thoughts on the Dynavap M experience versus an electric oven with your fresh perspective. I too am finding this all very fun and interesting again, and the ability to easily get and vape CBD flower is so much better than edible delivery but in terms of control and time to effect.

Re: Is a vaporizer right for me?
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 12:51:21 PM »
Hey Mike!  Thanks for the reply and information. Sorry I hadn't checked back into the forum for a few weeks, was happy to find your message.

Here is what happened with the Dynavap experience.  The first session was definitely the best, but each day afterwards I found that I wasn't achieving the same results.  I didn't like having to heat up the vape with a torch either.  I bought the Dynavap from Planet of the Vapes and they have a 14 day guarantee and after speaking to them I decided to return it.  I was leaning in the Fury Edge direction, but I ended up getting the Xmax Starry V3 purely because it had the most positive feedback of any similar vape on their site. For the most part I'm happy with it, figuring out what temp to use is my biggest challenge I guess at the moment.  A fresh bowl I'm around 365 and get up to 390 when I feel there isn't much left.  Honestly, the taste of the bud isn't great and I'm not sure why that is.  It smells good when grinding it up but when vaping it, meh.

So today I thought I would give it a thorough cleaning, (the mouthpiece anyway) the oven is pretty simple to clean with alcohol and a Q-tip.  I'm  hoping it will taste better later tonight when I wind down.

After reading about how you like the Edge and the Solo 2, I wish I was having a similar experience.

I thought to check into the forum today with all this news about people having health issues with vaping and all.  I figure what's going on with those people has to be from e-cigs and whatever they are inhaling from those devices. I was curious if there was any talk of that here.  My wife doesn't smoke and she keeps pointing out the news. 

Anyway, thanks again for the feedback and your experience!