Weed pens demystified- Everything you need to know

Weed pens have soared in popularity as cannabis legalization spreads. These compact devices offer a convenient, discreet way to vape weed on the go. A weed pen is a type of vaporizer designed specifically for cannabis flower or oil. Unlike smoking, vaping heats material just below combustion, releasing vapor containing active compounds without smoke. It produces cleaner, smoother hits of THC/CBD without toxins from combustion.  Weed pens rapidly heat cannabis inside a chamber to create smooth vapor for inhalation. Advanced models allow temperature customization for optimized vapor quality. Pens offer an easy way to vape cannabis flower or oil concentrates like shatter, wax, budder, and more.

Benefits of weed pens

Weed pens offer several advantages over traditional smoking methods:

  • Portability – Compact size fits into a pocket or bag for vaping on the go.
  • Discretion – Pens resemble e-cigarettes and don’t produce tell-tale smoke.
  • Dosing – Measured chamber sizes and oven loads allow proper single-serving doses.
  • Safety – No fire hazard from an open flame.
  • Health – Vaporization avoids toxic byproducts from combustion allowing cleaner consumption.
  • Taste – Preserves terpenes and flavonoids for better flavor.
  • Efficiency – Full extraction into vapor means very little wasted material.
  • Convenience – Simple buttonless operation and easy loading of material.
  • Customization – Temperature controls allow for adjusting vapor production.

Types of weed pens

Weed pens come in two main varieties – for dry herbs or concentrates. Dry herb pens contain an oven chamber designed for vaporizing dried cannabis flowers. Material is ground to a coarse consistency and then loaded into the oven. Popular models like PAX and G Pen allow adjusting heat for customized dry herb vaping sessions. Concentrate pens use coils or chambers optimized for cannabis oil consistency. Waxy extracts like rosin, shatter, or wax vaporize cleanly for intense hits. Some pens have quartz or ceramic coils to maintain pure flavor. Models like KandyPens Crystal are designed specifically for concentrated use.  Many pens accept both dry herbs and concentrate with interchangeable chambers. Multi-use models like Vapium Summit+ allow switching between materials by swapping the chamber component.

Features to look for

  • Heating method – Convection heating is best for dry herb pens while concentrate weed pen use conduction heating. It impacts vapor production.
  • Temperature controls – Variable temperature allows customizing vapor density and flavor. Pre-set heat profiles further optimize sessions.
  • Build materials – Pens with quartz, titanium, or ceramic pathways produce a purer flavor compared to exposed coils.
  • Battery capacity – Higher mAh ratings last longer between charges. USB-C charging is faster than micro-USB.
  • Heating time – Fast heating under a minute allows quicker vaping sessions.
  • Loading method – Look for easy-load chambers that snap or slide into place. Top-load ovens are the most convenient.
  • Maintenance – Models with removable mouthpieces and oven covers allow proper component cleaning to maintain flavor and lifespan.

How do you use a weed pen?

Using a weed pen is simple once loaded with material:

  1. Grind dry herb to a coarse consistency and pack lightly into the oven chamber. For concentrates, load a small dab using the included tool.
  2. Turn on the power and wait for the pen to reach optimal temperature. This usually takes 15-30 seconds.
  3. Once at temp, inhale slowly to draw vapor into the mouth, then into the lungs.
  4. Exhale slowly while savoring the flavor. The vapor should be smooth and comfortable when inhaled properly.
  5. Take additional draws during the session until the vapor drops off. Then power down and reload for the next use.
  6. Clean mouthpiece and chamber regularly using iso alcohol and provided tools. It prevents buildup and maintains fresh flavor.