I never use vapes, I’m perfectly happy with a pipe and flower, and I think vape pens are kinda the iPhone of smoking weed, so I pass. Whenever I see someone with a vape pen (I have usually no idea whether it’s tobacco or weed, honestly lol), I just see it as a brief fad, one of those things like Tamagochi’s or laser pointers or Beanie Babies, where people go crazy for them out of nowhere, but then a year later they’re completely gone from social memory. A glass pipe with some flower has always worked fine for me, and my stance is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have used vape pens before.
Actually, I once had a vape kinda gifted to me, but it wasn’t one that used a cartridge or anything. It was a short, fat pen, and what you did was just load the chamber with your flower on the end, where it had this magnetic lid that snapped on. Then you’d push on the mouthpiece for it to extend out, and the vape would start heating up. I used it a few times, but it always smelt HORRIBLE, and it didn’t seem to work very well unless the chamber was COMPLETELY packed, and it was a fairly big chamber so loading it would take out a fair bit of weed. And even then, it didn’t feel I was getting a high equivalent to the amount of flower I was using in it, so I kinda felt it wasn’t a very efficient use of flower. When it DID work, it would hit pretty nicely, but again, you’d use like 4-5 bowls worth of weed that’d be gone in like a few hits. And the smell was sooooo horrible, like those herbs people burn and swing around their house. I used it a few times, but stuck with my pipe.
Dabs, on the other hand, I’ve been interested in getting into, but as I don’t have a rig, I usually just stick with what I have. I’ll do dabs when offered, a friend of mine has a dab rig and we usually do that when I stop by. I like dabs because it reminds me of getting stoned the first time lol. I’ve thought about getting a rig, but as I live in a (red) weed-illegal state, I try to limit trips to purchase such things, and I don’t really smoke socially so much so it’s just me smoking usually, and I’m fine with using my glass pipe. If I ever move back to a weed-legal state, or if someday it gets legalized nationally, I might think about it.
Funny side tangent, I explained to my roommate what “dabbing” was, how it worked and all (he doesn’t smoke weed, he doesn’t do many drugs. He’s not a straight-edge, he just usually doesn’t do much stuff like that. Sticks to occasional drinking for big events and smoking cigarettes). After explaining it to him, he said, “Oh, so it’s like you’re smoking crack”… and I was like, “…well, I mean… I guess I can see that” lol I mean, it’s weed, but I do admit it looks kinda bad lol.
It’s like in high school, my friends and I tried knife-hitting one time, which looks REALLY bad. It’s taking the weed (or kief, even better), heating up a couple butter knives on a stove, then having the person who’s gonna take a hit, grab a straw or other tube and get ready, then another person grabs the knives, squeezes the weed between the two, and the hitter sucks up the smoke…
like, ok… it kinda looks like you’re smoking crack. lol I mean, I don’t do crack, not into that stuff, but… I see that lol