Pot's terrific, except for the carcinogens and other damaging materials that go directly through the bronchial tree and into your lungs when you smoke.
We say vaporize. Instead of producing smoke, vaporizers dehydrate the buds, causing them to release their yield without catching fire. That means no chemicals in the air - or in your lungs.
Here are some we recommend. As Bob Dylan used to say, "Everybody must get stoned."
1. MAGIC-FLIGHT LAUNCH BOX
($119.95, Friendly Stranger, 241 Queen West, 416-591-1570, friendlystranger.com)
This relatively inexpensive entry has a lifetime warranty and uses rechargeable AA batteries that you plug into the bowl for about 10 seconds to generate heat. Its compact format lets you indulge in pubic without attracting attention, but you won't get as potent a hit as you would from other tools.
Bonus: the company has a philosophy based on love.
2. VAPORGENIE WOOD VAPORIZING PIPE
($69.95, Toronto Hemp Company)
For those who don't want to shell out big bucks for a portable product, this is a cool option.
Bonus: all finishes are lead-free, and no glues or adhesives are used in its manufacturing process
3. THE HAZE
This vaporizer uses rechargeable batteries and has four different temperature settings.
Bonus: two bowls let you use dried herbs and oils interchangeably.
4. ARIZER SOLO
($199.95, Toronto Hemp Company, 665 Yonge, 416-920-1980, torontohemp.com)
The virtue of this vaporizer is that it's easy to use.
Bonus: woohoo! - temperature control.
5. PAX BY PLOOM
($259, Friendly Stranger)
This is the most stylin' vaporizer, available in black, blue, green and purple. Complete with a charging dock and a multicolour LED status indicator, it offers four hours of battery life per charge and comes with a 10-year Canadian warranty. When you press down on the mouth piece, it pops it up, turning on the unit.
Bonus: it kinda looks like an iPod, so it's good for stealth use.
6. ARIZER EXTREME Q
($200, Roach-O-Rama, 204 Augusta, 416-203-6990, hotboxcafe.ca)
This new version costs $75 less than the older model.
Bonus: it's manufactured in southern Ontario. Is that dope or what?