Vaping evolved a lot over the past decade. Back in 2010, pretty much all vaporizers relied on vegetable glycerin and polypropylene glycol as carrier agents. One of my most popular blog topics revolved around how to dissolve drugs to vape in these devices.
Meanwhile, Juul keeps growing, surpassing $1 billion in revenue in 2018 and expecting over $3 billion in 2019. As much as mainstream media wants to blame candy flavors for luring underage kids to vaping, it’s actually the discrete look of Juul vape devices over older incarnations.
It looks like a USB thumb drive, and the vape clouds disappear quick enough that kids were able to get away with vaping in school for a long time before teachers and school caught on.
We’re living in a fascinating time – lighters and torches used to be the only way to smoke or vape drugs in glass, on foil, etc. But that’s the old crackhead way of doing things. Today’s drug users are more sophisticated, and the vape pen is this generation’s iconic Zippo lighter.
Vape devices have become high-end consumer electronics. We get it – you vape, so you’re no longer allowed to show off the fancy cloudblowing tricks. It’s impressing literally nobody over the age of 12. The new status symbol in the vaping community is owning a collection of luxurious vape gear, which can end up costing you thousands of dollars.
Each of these devices has a different way to vape different materials. Some are two-in-one or all-in-ones, while others focus on doing just one thing right. Most have adjustable heat settings, and many connect to smartphone apps.
These high-tech vape devices can be used for much more than just cannabis and tobacco liquids, concentrates, and plants. Let’s take a brief look at the history of vape devices.
Evolution of the Vape Industry
In the beginning, every smoke shop on the planet had its own proprietary vape devices and juices. It made it difficult for the industry to grow because consumers felt like we were wasting money on proprietary devices, adapters, chargers, etc.
Things were soon standardized with micro-USB-powered c-cell batteries resembling cigars and disposable vapes resembling cigarettes. Much of the vape industry follows this pattern, but legal murkiness surrounding both vaping and cannabis put end-users (even medical patients) at risk of being arrested for carrying or using legal products.
While adults are fighting for our rights, the youth are searching around the house for liquids to put into vape devices long discarded and forgotten by their parents. The answer is you shouldn’t be making your own DIY mixes unless you know what you’re doing. Making replacement vape “oils” with household products like vegetable, canola, or coconut oil can give you lipid pneumonia.
And even commercially available vape juices, pre-filled carts, and disposable pens aren’t always reliable. The FDA is doing its best to catch up with regulations, but even these are missing the cannabis and medical marijuana vape industries.
Cannabis vape brands routinely upped the THC dosage of vape carts and disposable ecigs. They’re now regularly found at 300-1000mg per cart. Meanwhile some companies started replacing VG/PG blends with organic essential oils, terpenes, and other liquids found naturally in cannabis plants. This pushed innovations in cannabis vaping far beyond the juice-based vape makers.
But entrepreneurs pushed through, and the 2010s was a big decade for vaping. While juice manufacturers and distributors fight the FDA, companies like Grenco Science, Cloudious9, Da Vinci, PAX, and more are developing more advanced vape devices.
They’re getting more sophisticated too – heating elements are mostly made with ceramic, quartz, and titanium. Design refinements are improving device usability, longevity, and functionality. At this point there’s a perfect vape pen for any person and any usage.
And that’s where people are finding more innovative ways to use these devices to consume drugs other than nicotine and THC.
Meanwhile the flurry of vape shops that opened led to a whole new culture around vaping. Vapers and smokers mostly coexist peacefully, and both are preferred by many over needle injections, snorting, and swallowing pills as a form of consuming drugs and medications.
Of course, if you go into a vape shop without understanding what you’re looking for, you’re going to end up with a $500 juice-only vape device that you have to manually piece together just to look cool to only the guys in the vape shop.
Ain’t nobody got time for that – we need our vapes to be instant. It has to fix our craving immediately. And we need a variety around so something is always available while the other is charging.
For vaping to be a viable lifestyle, it needs to be discrete, functional, sustainable, and readily available. The only thing it isn’t (unless you’re lucky enough to be the kid of a parent who earns and wastes a lot of dough) is cheap.
Vaping Drugs Moving Forward
I’m not going to teach you how to vape every drug because that isn’t the point of this article. I have previous articles explaining some of the theories behind drug usage in vape devices. They’re read and used by users, medical professionals, law enforcement, and others to understand the reality of what’s happening in the world.
The point is to showcase that drugs like DMT, cocaine, amphetamines, molly, opiates, xanax, etc., can be used in these vape devices. The trick is to figure out and functionally understand the science behind the chemical reactions of your drug of choice.
Like the FDA, you need to determine if it’s necessary, safe, and possible to consume the active ingredient by heating and inhaling it. From there, you need to determine the temperatures it melts, evaporates, and burns at. This information is all easily found online.
At that point, you simply need to find a vape pen that will handle your needs. There are so many different types at this point, but they’re mostly divided into the three categories of: Liquid Vape Pens, Concentrate Vape Pens, and Herbal Vape Pens.
Liquid vape pens are commonplace at this point – they use a tank and atomizer to evaporate a VG/PG-blended liquid. Sizzurp (lean, purple drank, etc.) is codeine and promethezine dissolved in vegetable glycerin, so it can technically be vaped in these tanks.
Concentrate vape pens are the new breed that include plate atomizers made of quartz, ceramic, and titanium. Different pens use different heating materials, and some come with all 3. drugs like DMT, crack, and meth work great in these vape devices.
Herbal vape pens use convection or conduction to heat a chamber (often made of stainless steel, although ceramic is sometimes used, and quartz less often) filled with plant material. These are best for cannabis, although other herbs can be blended in and any solid matter can be heated and consumed.
With the right device set to the right temperature, you can vape anything you want. It’s a lot more sophisticated than it used to be, and the devices are very discrete so it won’t be obvious at a glance what you’re doing.
A phone-sniffing dog can probably smell your vape pen, and drug detection dogs most certainly will. Of course, the devices themselves aren’t illegal. It’s what you’re using in them that may be, with nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students admitting to using cannabis ecigarettes in a recent survey.
Don’t do anything illegal, but if you do, at least be safe about it. The worst part of self medicating is not realizing you overdosed until you’re already dead.
And don’t forget about desktop vapes:
The Mininail and Volcano Digit replace propane/butane torches, and even a bong with electric devices that vape concentrates, herbs, and more.
There’s no shortage of ways to vape without oil to get a more pure experience.