Dry herb vaporizers differ. Each brand and model have unique mechanics. However, the whole idea is to turn the cannabis product into vapor. Instead of inhaling smoke, users draw on the vaporizer to inhale and exhale its vapor.
The idea is to avoid taking in the toxins produced by the flame and combustion when smoking joints, blunts, or pipes. A vaporizer is sort of a mini bong.
However, you must understand the vaporizer’s mechanics to maximize your pleasure and minimize waste and combustion. Different herbs and combinations of other herbs challenge the vaporizer and the user to adjust the temperature to release the herbs’ active compounds. Here’s a guide to select the best temperature for dry herbs.
Understand the chemistry
Cannabis is a botanical structure with stems, buds, and flowers. It contains well over 100 cannabinoids and terpenes. Each element combusts and gives off vapor at a different temperature. THC hits its peak at 314°F (157°C) and CBD at between 320°F and 346°F (160–180°C).
If you want to optimize your psychoactive buzz, you want to favor a more potent strain and shoot for 314°F. If you are going to maximize the medical benefits, then you choose a strain high in CBD and set the temperature around 325°F. The beneficial, healthy terpenes like Myrcene and Limonene activate at slightly higher temperatures than the CBD, and many of the flavonoids at even higher temperatures.
By altering the temperature, you can vary the effects. Adjusting the temperature sparks new experiences. So, while you might target a temp at the start, you should experiment until you reach the comfort level you were after.
First, understand your vaporizer
Vaporizers do not burn cannabis; thus, users avoid the potential carcinogens inhaled from burning fuel and papers. Different manufacturers market proprietary devices with various mechanics, but they generally fall into one of two classes:
1. Conduction Vaporizers heat your dry herbs with direct contact between the heat source and the herbs in a ceramic, stainless steel, or aluminum chamber. You can imagine heating the herbs on a range burner. These portable handheld vaporizers produce more vapor as you raise the temperature. They take about five minutes to heat up, but the user has more control of the temperature settings.
You pack the dry ground cannabis into the vaporizer’s heating chamber. You activate the heating coil with a push of a button until it reaches a targeted temperature at which you draw on the device to inhale and exhale the vapor produced. However, the material closest to the coil burns first, requiring you to stir the contents frequently.
You will want to research the device’s operation, its reviews, and its battery life.
2. Convection Vaporizers work like ovens drawing hot air across the product. Convection Vaporizers will produce a more massive vapor cloud at lower temperatures, cooking the dry herb evenly without stirring. However, they take longer to heat up, offer less control over the temperature, and cost more than conduction vaporizers.
Using a desktop convection vaporizer requires you to set the temperature and load the dry herb into its removable chamber. You wait for the product to heat up before drawing on the device, pulling the vapor across the heated herbs.
What temperature works best?
It depends on what you want. Whether you are heating your dry herb directly or indirectly, you must know the chemical compounds break down from the least complex to the most complex in that order.
Big Vapor: To produce a more significant, denser cloud of vapor, you will want the vaporizer to reach 392°F (200°C) to 428°F (220°C). At high temperatures, you trigger the THC content for a euphoric clarity and sleepy relaxation, depending on the strain.
Medium Effect: You will get the maximum flavor and some vapor at medium temperatures between 356°F (180°C) and 392°F (200°C). It produces a moderate stone, elevated mood, and giggles suitable for mid-day use.
Small Vapor: At the lower temperatures, the device will produce only light vaper and effects. Set the device to hit 320°F (160°C) and 356°F (180°C), and the favorable results will see you throughout the day with a mild uplift and productive focus.
As a rule, you can set the temperature at 455°F (235°C), and you will exhaust the dry herb fuel steadily until you are satisfied. To stretch and increase the effects, you might set it at 190°C before increasing the temp by 10° to 20° at a time and watch the vapor volume increase as you use it up.
The title is slightly misleading as there is, in fact, no perfect temperature at which to vape herbs. However, there may be an ideal temperature for you, depending on the particular vaping experience for which you are looking.
There is no perfect temperature.
Cannabis affects different people differently. Moreover, different strains affect other people differently. When you use a vaporizer to consume yours, you will also find different vaporizers produce different results depending on the mechanics and temperature settings.
You get what you pay for, so you will find vaporizers with more or less dependable mechanics, various ways to set temperatures, and different ways to read the temperature. The more sophisticated the device, the easier it is to establish and adjust the temperature as you vape. The more you can manipulate the temperature, the more you can control the experience.
With more trial and error trials, you can find the strain, device, and temperature mechanics that deliver the brain or body high that works for you. You will also learn how to alter your experience by manipulating these influential factors.