A vaporizer is a device used to release the active ingredients of plant material or to release the therapeutic compounds. A healthier alternative to smoking, vaporizers heat the material at a much lower temperature (when compared to smoking) so that the active compounds contained in the plant material produce an aromatic vapor (instead of smoke). Rather than burning the plant material, which can produce numerous harmful by-products, this vapor contains virtually zero particulate matter and significantly reduced noxious gases. By avoiding combustion (smoke), the user is able to achieve the same desired effects without the harmful side-effects of smoking.
While the vaporizer concept has existed for decades, only recently have companies turned their attention toward vaporization technology as a commercial aromatherapy solution. For the last fifteen years, vaporizers have been manufactured and sold worldwide as the benefits of vaporization are permeating the public consciousness. As a consequence, there has been a huge upswing in companies producing vaporizer devices in a variety of forms. While there are several different classifications, the essential elements of any vaporizer are the heat source and the delivery method.