In the beginning, I strictly shopped for dried cannabis flower. Although the dispensary carries a wide variety of options, I wasn’t interested. I enjoy smoking. I appreciate the rapid onset of effects and the flavor. There are some drawbacks to rolling a joint. It wastes quite a bit of the flower, requires specialized gear and creates a mess. I was willing to buy pre-rolls because of the convenience and affordability. However, there was still the problem of requiring an ashtray and lighter. The smell and smoke drew unwanted attention. A budtender at the dispensary finally convinced me to try cannabis vapes. I was surprised by the superior flavor and potency. The budtender explained that a vape eliminates the combustion process. The cannabis oil is only heated to the point of creating vapor, leaving the terpenes and cannabinoids intact. The terpenes are responsible for flavor and smell. The cannabinoids are the reason for the effects. Because of this, vapes provide a more beneficial experience. Plus, the vapes use a battery and are operated with the push of a button. They don’t create smoke, ash or odors. The better options allow me to control the temperature and the amount I inhale. This is very helpful for dosing. There are both disposable and refillable cartridges that are so compact, they fit easily into my pocket. I love that smoking a vape is discreet. The dispensary carries a wide variety of indicas, sativas and hybrids in all potency levels. I can even purchase CBD vapes. I still sometimes smoke a joint on the weekends but typically opt for the convenience of a vape pen.