Vaporizing terminology

Vape/Vaping

To vape, or vaping, refers to the action of inhaling vaporized substances from an electronic smoking device. Vaped substances include e-liquid,nicotine, alcohol,cannabis and medicines. Vaping is a relatively new term and has been short listed for word of the year 2014.

E-cig

E-cig is short for electronic cigarette, an electronic cigarette is a small battery powered vaping device.

Cig-a-Like/Cigalike

A term used to describe an electronic cigarette, ‘cigalike’ is an amalgamation of two words: cigarette and like. It has been coined due to an e-cig’s similar appearance to that of a traditional tobacco cigarette.

V-meds

V-meds is an abbreviation, V: vaporizing and meds: is short for medicine, v-medication is a treatment for medical conditions. It is a way to administer medicine to treat symptoms like flu and headaches.

E-meds

E-meds is an abbreviation, E: electronic and meds: is short for medicine.

Why is it called a ‘vape pen’?

The term ‘vape pen’ was coined due to a vaporizers similar appearance to a pen. Some vaporizers double up as a writing instrument and also have clips that you can attach to shirt pockets. The aesthetic similarity inspired the name.

What is a cartomizer/cartomiser?

A cartomizer (US) or cartomiser (UK) is a small detachable component of an electric cigarette. They are designed to look like a typical cigarette filter. The cartomizer/cartomiser is the piece that contains the e-liquid. It is the mouth part of the e-cig which you inhale the vapour through.

What is an atomizer/atomiser?

An atomizer/atomiser (US/UK) is a device that is used to emit the e-liquid as a fine spray or mist. The atomizer/atomiser is heated by the battery and on contact with e-liquid it almost instantly vaporizes the juice, producing a cloud of vapour that is inhaled into the lungs of the user.

What is a clearomizer/clearomiser?

A clearomizer (US) clearomiser (UK) is another term for the atomizer. It is the component that holds the e-liquid and is heated by the battery – this is the part that the vapour is inhaled through. It was given its name due to its transparency, this transparency allows the user to visualise the e-liquid and monitor the amount of liquid vaped or indicate when the device needs refilling.

What is an e-pipe?

E-pipes are just another form of vaporizer, they are styled to look like traditional tobacco pipes right down to the glowing tobacco heap. The e-pipe is a clear example of how e-smoking is looking to appeal to all forms of tobacco smokers.

What is a cannabis vaporiser?

A cannabis vaporizer is a device which allows the user to vape cannabis instead of smoking or burning it. Vaping cannabis is seen as a healthier option as not so many of the harmful by-products are inhaled. There is no need for tobacco when cannabis is vaporized.

Can you vaporize alcohol?

Yes you can vaporize alcohol and there are specific alcohol vaporizer out there to buy. The alcohol you vape has to be strong, you wont get a good hit off a Budweiser! The actual effect of vaping alcohol is under scrutiny, lots of users tried vaping alcohol but the general opinion was that they didn’t get as drunk compared to drinking. However, if you are concerned about the amount of calories in alcohol then vaporizing could be a good alternative as the process reduces the amount of calories absorbed by the body. You could say that vaping alcohol is better for your waistline.

 

E-medicines?

e-medicines

Vaporizing e-medicines could be an alternative way to treat anything from minor ailments to cancer. It is still in its early research stages as far as flu and lung cancer treatment goes. Though other medicines have been inhaled in a similar way for years. The asthma pump being an obvious example.

Vaporizing has been around for quite some time now. Although it was only five years ago or so that it revolutionized the smoking industry. Millions of smokers that wanted to quit tobacco have switched to electronic devices. However, little information has been made public regarding the research of vaporizing e-medicines

Inhaling vaporized e-medicines

Atomizing e-medicine to treat emphysema, flu and cancer. This potentially opens up a whole new research area in the pharmaceutical industry. E-medicines are an alternative way of administering drugs and medicines. Vaporizing heats the medicine before ingestion. This allows for reactive components to mix into a new compound for precise effective lung treatment.

Vaped medicine would obviously be inhaled into the lungs. This doesn’t just offer an effective treatment for lung disease though. It could also be used to treat other ailments such as headaches, migraines and rheumatism. The inhaled medicinal cocktail would be absorbed into the blood stream through capillaries in the lungs. Making this a more accurately targeted faster-acting cure or prevention. This compared to orally taken medicines. Can you imagine a vaped paracetamol or atomized pain killers?

Vaporized medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis vaporization is already taking place in the USA as a treatment for some ailments. Cannabis is not the only substance that can be vaped though. There is multitude of potential medicinal vaping possibilities that are sub-dependent on forthcoming regulations. Vaporizing cannabis is becoming very popular. With more and more being sold every year it will be soon be the social norm.

First vaping device

Herbert Gilbert filed a patent for the first ever electronic smoking device in 1963. At this time tobacco smoking was not perceived as a health threat. In fact to the contrary. Cigarettes were so ingrained as the status quo, in the social psyche that Gilbert simply didn’t have the custom. So his product idea remained just that – an idea.

Herbert Gilbert’s first vaporizers 50 years ago has now lead to new brands emerging. Like V2, Blu, VIP, Ego and Socialites electronic cigarettes to name a few. The electric brands have a range of devices like the electronic vape pen, vaping pipe and atomizers. So will we see in the future that these devices are not only being used to feed a nicotine addiction. But also being used to treat disease and illnesses?

E-medicines a reality?

How far are we from seeing cold and flu medicines being vaped? Offering a more targeted, effective treatment compared to orally taken cough syrups and capsules. In the future will leading cough sweet manufacturers like Halls and Strepsils branch out into the e-liquid market? With cough syrup e-liquid?

If the current research continues to prove that electronic smoking offers a healthier alternative than that of smoking tobacco. Then it could very well be the social norm in under ten years. It could be that even a non-smoker vapes medicines. With e-medicines that are vaporized in a controlled dose as and when symptoms occur.

New European regulations that are due to be passed in 2016. Will they continue to allow the sale and distribution of e-cigs, vaporizers and electronic pipes? There’s no doubt there will be a whole range of companies currently operating in different fields, who will embrace e-liquid medicine onto their product lines.