Vaping in the 6ix: Master the Art of Cannabis Vaping in Ontario

Cannabis Vaping, Vaping in the 6ix: Master the Art of Cannabis Vaping in Ontario

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How did cannabis vaping get so popular? Explain it to me like I’m 40+

In the landscape of cannabis consumption, vaping has emerged as a significant trend, particularly intriguing for those of us over 40 who’ve witnessed its meteoric rise. Understanding this shift requires a look back at the evolution of cannabis use and technology over the past few decades.

Let’s start with the basics: Vaping is the act of inhaling vapour produced by a device called a vaporizer or vape pen. Unlike traditional smoking, which burns the substance to create smoke, vaporizers heat cannabis (in oil or flower form) to a temperature that releases its active compounds in a vapour form without combustion. 

English please? It feels a bit like blowing the air in January except you’ll probably get pretty high if you take more than a few puffs. 

Where did vaping come from and how come I see it everywhere? 

Firstly, technology played a crucial role. If you remember the early days of the internet or mobile phones, you’ll remember how quickly technology can become indispensable to our lives. The same goes for vaping. Early vaporizers were bulky and inefficient, but rapid advancements in technology led to the sleek, portable devices we see today. These user-friendly devices brought vaping to the mainstream. It should also be said the development of vaping nicotine was crucial in this normalization. 

Another factor in the rise of vaping is the cultural shift in how we view cannabis. Over the past few decades, there’s been a gradual but significant change. Cannabis use, once stigmatized and relegated to the fringes of society, has become increasingly mainstream and accepted, especially with the legalization in Canada. Vaping aligns well with this new, more open perspective. It offers a discreet, less odoriferous (fancy word for smelly) way to consume cannabis, fitting more comfortably into the everyday lives of adults, particularly those who might not align with the traditional ‘stoner’ stereotype.

Lastly, consider the health angle. As we get older, we tend to pay more attention to our health and wellness. Vaping is perceived as a healthier alternative to smoking and e-cigarettes, as it doesn’t involve inhaling burnt plant matter, which can be harsh on the lungs and throat. In short when you don’t feel like burning trees but want to get elevated, vapes are a great choice.  

History of Vaping 

Cannabis Vaping, Vaping in the 6ix: Master the Art of Cannabis Vaping in Ontario

The roots of vaping trace back to ancient times, with historical records suggesting forms of vaporization in various cultures. However, it was not until the early 2000s that modern vaping as we know it began to take shape. The development of e-cigarettes was a pivotal moment, paving the way for cannabis vaping. Initially viewed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, the technology quickly adapted to cannabis, offering a way to enjoy the plant without the harmful effects of combustion.

Vaping in Popular Culture 

As vaping technology improved, it seeped into popular culture. Films, music videos, and celebrities embracing the trend played a significant role in its popularity. In Southwestern Ontario, vaping became synonymous with a modern, health-conscious lifestyle. The discrete nature of vaping devices also made them appealing, allowing cannabis users to consume more subtly than traditional methods.

What goes inside the vape? 

Depending on what you’re vapin’ on you may have different forms of cannabis. 


For dry flower vapes are a great way to enjoy weed without smoking on it. Depending on how fancy you want to get you can play with the temperature to get the optimal taste and aroma. 


Some vapes and vape cartridges are loaded with cannabis concentrates hash rosin, live resin or weed oil. Trending on the higher end of THC levels start low and go-slow. 


Distillate is still the most popular form of vape ingredient. Some brands like General Admission use distillate and botanical terpenes to create wild and exotic flavours. 

Types of Vapes

Cannabis Vaping, Vaping in the 6ix: Master the Art of Cannabis Vaping in Ontario

Cannabis vapers today are spoiled for choice, with a variety of devices catering to different preferences and lifestyles:

Stationary Vaporizers

These are the powerhouses of the vaping world, often used at home. They are known for their robust vapour production, precise temperature settings, and the ability to handle larger quantities of cannabis. While there are hundreds of devices on the market, the granddaddy of them all is the mighty Volcano Vaporizer!

510 Portable Devices

Named for the thread design used in their batteries, these are among the most popular vaping devices. They are favoured for their balance of portability, ease of use, and compatibility with a wide range of THC cartridges as well as other cannabinoids like CBD and CBN.

Disposable Pens

These are the epitome of convenience in the vaping world. Pre-filled with cannabis oil and requiring no charging or maintenance, they are perfect for on-the-go use or for those new to vaping.

Proprietary Systems

Some companies have developed their unique systems, offering specialized cartridges and devices. These systems often promise higher quality control and a more refined experience, though they can be more expensive and less widely available. 


General Admission/Blinkers 


Conclusion to Vaping in the 6ix: Master the Art of Cannabis Vaping in Ontario

Well my friends we’ve come to the end of our scheduled program. Hopefully you’ve learned a little something about the popularity and history of vaping. Some consumers will be drawn to vaping as their primary consumption method. While others will include vaping into sessions from time-to-time, especially during winter in Southwestern Ontario arewerite? However you wish to explore the wonderful world of vaped cannabis we hope you’ll drop by one of our 4 Stok’d locations or order a delivery from Scarborough or Niagara Falls to try some of the best vaping devices and extra fire vape cartridges. Until next time, stay Stok’d! 

Vaping in the 6ix FAQs 

Still here? Ok well here are some frequently asked you know what’s about vaping, the basics and some more advanced stuff. 

How to use a vape pen?

Using vape cartridges or a vape pen is relatively simple, making it a favourite for both beginners and seasoned cannabis enthusiasts in Southwestern Ontario. First, ensure your vape pen is charged. If it’s a model with a refillable tank, fill it with your chosen cannabis oil. For pre-filled models, attach the cartridge to the battery. Turn on the pen, usually with a quick button press. If it has adjustable temperature settings, select your desired heat. Then, just inhale from the mouthpiece. Some pens activate automatically upon inhalation, while others require holding down a button as you draw. After use, remember to turn the pen off to preserve battery life and cannabis oil.

What is a vape pen?

Vape pen, aka vape cartridges, are compact, pen-shaped vaporizers used for inhaling cannabis and nicotine products. They come in various designs, from sleek and discreet to more robust and feature-rich. Typical vape cartridges and pens comprises a battery, a heating element, and a cartridge or tank for the cannabis oil or e-juice. In Southwestern Ontario, vape pens are popular for their portability, ease of use, and ability to provide a cleaner alternative to smoking.

What is a weed pen?

A weed pen, often referred to as vape cartridges, is a specific type of vape pen designed for vaporizing cannabis products. These can include pre-filled cartridges of THC oil, concentrates like wax or shatter, or dry herb. Weed pens have gained popularity in Southwestern Ontario for their discretion and convenience, offering a smokeless way to consume cannabis with minimal odour and lung irritation.

What are vapes made of?

Vapes are typically made of a combination of metal, plastic, and glass components. The main body is often a lithium-ion battery, which powers a heating element made of materials like ceramic or quartz. The tank or cartridge, where the cannabis oil or e-juice is held, is usually made of glass or high-quality plastic. Some advanced models might include digital screens and controls made from various electronic components.

Are dab pens legal in Canada?

Yes, dab pens are legal in Canada for adults of legal age, following the Cannabis Act of 2018. However, it’s important to purchase these products from licensed retailers to ensure they comply with health and safety standards. In Canada, including Southwestern Ontario, regulations around where you can consume cannabis products like those used with dab pens also apply, so it’s important to be aware of local laws.

Erm what about the environment?

The environmental impact of vapes is a growing concern. Issues include the disposal of batteries and cartridges, which can contribute to electronic waste. Some manufacturers and communities in Southwestern Ontario are addressing this by implementing recycling programs for vape parts. We encourage you to dispose of your vape components responsibly and you can always swing by any Stok’d location to recycle

What about health impacts and safety concerns?

While vaping is generally considered a safer alternative to smoking, it’s not without risks. Vaping cannabis can still introduce psychoactive compounds into your system and should be used responsibly. Users should source their cannabis products from reputable suppliers to avoid additives and contaminants. Additionally, it’s crucial to use vape pens as intended and within the recommended temperature ranges to prevent overheating, which can lead to harmful by-products.

I fancy myself a techie, what’s going on under the hood of vapes and dab pens? 

Technically, vapes operate by heating a substance to a point where it turns into vapour but doesn’t combust. The key components include:

  • Battery: Powers the device.
  • Atomizer/Heating Element: Heats the substance (e.g., cannabis oil, e-juice, or dry herb) to create vapour.
  • Tank/Cartridge: Holds the substance to be vaped.
  • Mouthpiece: Where the user inhales the vapour.
  • Sensors and Controls (in some models): Allow for temperature and usage regulation.

When activated, the battery sends power to the heating element, which warms the cannabis product in the tank or cartridge, creating a vapour that is then inhaled through the mouthpiece.

Sure but what does Reddit say? 

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