So you’ve decided to start vaping cannabis—great choice! There are lots of benefits to vaping your nugs, like the fact that there’s significantly less smell (making it more discreet and portable) and even being easier on your lungs than smoking.
Although dry herb vaporizers make it simple to have a smoke-free smoke sesh, it can take a while to finally figure out which temperature setting is right for you. Luckily, we’re here to break it down so you can skip all that time and get the most from your dry herb vaporizer right away.
How do dry herb vaporizers work?
Dry herb vaporizers are battery-powered devices, usually handheld, that vaporize the weed instead of combust it, like when you burn it with a lighter. They are designed to heat up the bud and decarboxylate all the unique cannabinoids and terpenes. Devices like the Verge use conductive heat that disperses throughout the loaded chamber, as well as convection heat to pull the hot air over and through the bud. Then, the potent vapor is inhaled in gas form instead of smoke.
All you have to do with most dry herb vapes, like the Drought (a tried-and-true bestseller), is load up your freshly ground nugs into the device, initiate the heat-up process and take a hit.
Most dry herb vaporizers also allow you to change the temperature settings, like the Flare device, which ranges from 330-446 degrees Fahrenheit. With precise temperature control and a digital screen, you can see the cannabis heating up so you know exactly when it’s ready for a hit.
What’s the best temperature for dry herb vaporizers?
This is actually a trick question, because there is no overall “best.” It’s subjective and totally depends on what you want out of your vape. What it comes down to is your intended levels of potency, physical vs. mental effects, and flavor. All of these factors are determined by the temperature when vaping cannabis, because all the different terpenes and cannabinoids are expressed at different levels of heat. For example, THC vaporizes at around 314 degrees Fahrenheit, while CBD reaches its peak at around 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Pretty wild stuff!
This is why it’s important to know how the temperature settings affect your high and your experience. For the simplest breakdown:
1. 330-350 degrees Fahrenheit will give you the best flavor expressions and the lightest high, which will be mostly mental. Terpene flavors will vaporize at a lower temperature, so if that’s a big part of the experience for you, stick to the lower end. This is also a good place to start off at so you can gauge if you need to increase the heat.
2. 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit will give a balanced high with both physical and mental effects, still with good flavor. This temperature range will release more cannabinoids than the lower range, giving you that body high as well as the psychoactive buzz.
3. 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit will provide very strong physical and mental high, and huge vapor clouds. More of the THC and other cannabinoids will have had time to vaporize, giving you more in one hit than the lower temperature ranges. Don’t crank up the heat unless you don’t have much to get done that day!
Use this as a starting guide for your dry herb vaporizer, but know that it can be a bit of a learning curve to decide which temperature works best for you. This may also change depending on the day, and even the strain you’re loading up. Feel free to experiment and take notice of how each temperature affects you differently. As always, remember to start low and work your way up.