If you’re looking to learn everything there is to know about dry herb vaporizers; then you have come to the right place!
We all know by now that the act of smoking
anything, be it tobacco or dry herbs, isn’t great for us. If you were still on
the fence about smoking such as traditional cigarettes and how healthy or
unhealthy it was for you, check out some of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) facts on tobacco-related deaths
each year. There are an estimated 6 million people that die from smoking-related
deaths each year.
The good news is that there is an alternative. Dry herb vaporizers allow you to extract the active compounds from your favorite dry herbs without any combustion and the negative effects associated with it.
If you’re not sure what vaping is or how dry herb vaporizers work, then don’t panic, you’re not the only one. Dry herb vaporizers are relatively new and a little bit more complicated compared to just striking a match or flicking a lighter.
Don’t worry. This ultimate guide to dry herb
vaporizers will help you through your first dry herb vaporizer purchase and
will guide you through the different types of dry herb vaporizers, how they
work, how to set them up, what their components are and much more. To make it a
little easier, we have set up a Table of Contents that will take you to each of
the different sections.
Table of Contents
A dry herb vaporizer is an electronic device that heats dry herbs to the point where their active compounds or ingredients are turned into a vapor which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece of the dry herb vaporizer.
The dry herb vaporizer heats the material to
the point where the active compounds are released as a vapor but don’t heat it
to the point of combustion. If you’re vaping tobacco, you will get the
nicotine. If you were vaping cannabis, you would heat the cannabis to the point
where cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were
Many people are switching to dry herb vaping
because using a vaporizer eliminates the need to smoke through a joint, pipe,
or bong. Quitting smoking, because of the negative health aspects, can be
extremely difficult. No one wants to give up doing something that they enjoy,
so finding an alternative makes a lot of sense.
When you use a vaporizer, you aren’t heating the
material to the point where it combusts, just to the perfect point to release
the active ingredients. This means that you’re only inhaling vapor with no
carcinogens from smoke included.
While we believe that vaping could potentially
be a healthier alternative than smoking, the effects of vaping and especially
long-term vaping, haven’t been studied extensively. However, we have studied
smoking a lot, and we understand that most of the unhealthy aspects of smoking
anything relate to the smoke itself. It seems like a pretty straightforward
conclusion that if you eliminate the smoke, then you’re eliminating many of the
potentially harmful aspects by vaping rather than smoking.
The biggest benefit of dry herb vaping is that you’re getting the same experience without any of the smoke produced through smoking. While it’s great to avoid the dangers posed by smoking, there are also some other benefits associated with dry herb vaping.
One of the benefits is that vaping isn’t going
to leave a dirty smoke residue in your house, car, or clothes. No dirty smoke
smells lingering around and staining your walls or clothing.
Another benefit is that dry herb vaping doesn’t
irritate your throat and lungs like smoking through a pipe, joint, or bong can.
This allows you to inhale more deeply when vaping and achieve the same or
better results while using less material. When you’re paying a lot of money for
whatever it is that you’re using, you need to ensure that you’re getting the
most out of it.
Whenever you smoke cannabis, the cannabinoids
are only a small part of what you’re inhaling. Most of what you are inhaling is
only the by-product of the combustion process. When you use a dry herb vape,
you’re inhaling mostly cannabinoids without all the by-products of the
However, because smoke is an efficient carrier
for cannabinoids, you may find that it takes a little longer for any effects to
be felt when you use a vaporizer compared to smoking. It’s essential to start
slowly with vaping and allow the effects to be felt before taking multiple hits
on the vaporizer.
Many people find that using a vaporizer
delivers a completely different high to smoking because you aren’t getting the
effects of the smoke when vaping. There are several different terms that people
use for the high associated with vaping, including ‘functional high’ and
a ‘cleaner high’ because of the way they feel after vaping compared to
smoking. Whichever way you look at it, vaping is going to deliver a strong high
Popular opinion by people that consistently use
dry herb vaporizers is that dry herb vaping delivers a superior taste compared
to smoking through a pipe, joint, or bong. If you consider yourself a
connoisseur and appreciate the different tastes and smells associated with the
variety of strains available, then you’ll appreciate the way that vaping
doesn’t overpower them as smoking can.
Many people compare the taste of marijuana that
has been over vaped to that of burned popcorn. If you’re vaping your favorite
dry herbs too much, you’re going to experience that burnt popcorn taste, and
that’s an indicator that it’s time to add some fresh herbs.
It’s going to take a little bit of time for you
to appreciate the subtle flavor associated with vaping any dry herbs, so don’t
base your opinion on one type of herb or your first experience. After a few
weeks, you’ll probably find going back to smoking dry herb to be a harsh and
bad tasting experience.
Any of the different herbs that you smoke in
any of the traditional ways you can use in a dry herb vaporizer. Some people
that use dry herb vaporizers like to add a variety of other herbs into their
mix to enhance its effects or change its flavor. If you go online and search,
you’ll come up with a variety of different herbs that people enjoy adding to
their dry herb sessions.
Each of the different dry herbs vaporizers has
its advantages and disadvantages. Desktop vaporizers are larger and more
powerful, and usually hold more dry herb for larger sessions. Most desktop
vaporizers utilize convection heating methods that heat your dry herb material
Convection heating pushes the heated air
through the material, rather than heating the material in an oven or chamber-like
conduction heating. Many desktop vaporizers have pre-heat modes that allow you
to have your dry herb ready to vape.
Desktop vaporizers require you to have access to mains power. If you’re planning on vaping in a variety of different locations, then a portable vaporizer or pen vaporizer may be the best choice for you because they have internal batteries that don’t rely on mains power. Portable vaporizers use conduction heating, which requires the dry herb to be shaken or stirred to achieve the best results.
Portable vaporizers and pen vaporizers make it possible to vape in a discreet and stealthy way anywhere you like without having to worry about mains power. They are usually small and discreet enough to slip into your pocket or a bag and transported around to wherever you want to use them. Many small vape pen devices are used for concentrates such as waxes and oils because of their small size.
As cannabis products become more popular around the world, we’re starting to see more products added, such as concentrates. Concentrates include things like waxes, crumbles, oils, and shatter. Concentrates are much stronger than the dry herb and require specific equipment. Small concentrate vaporizers allow you to experience the intensely powerful concentrates.
The biggest advantage if you’re using wax
vaporizers or oil vaporizers is a there small and convenient size. It’s
essential to consider that concentrates are much more powerful than vaping dry
herbs. With concentrates, you’re getting a concentrated form of the
cannabinoids such as CBD and THC and less plant material.
Cannabis concentrates can get you extremely high very quickly, which some people find too intense. Many people try cannabis concentrates such as waxes and oils but returns to dry herb because the dosage is easier to control.
E-liquids are flavored liquids that usually contain nicotine and are used by people looking to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. You can also find e-liquids that contain THC and CBD. E-liquid is specifically designed to be used in a vaporizer and turned into a vapor which is then inhaled. CBD and THC oils can’t be used in a vaporizer unless they were specifically designed to be used in a vape.
Most cannabinoid-based e-liquids don’t contain
the full plant material. Instead, they usually utilize concentrated
cannabinoids in liquid. This difference can result in you experiencing a
different type of high when compared to smoking or vaping dry herbs.
There are hundreds of different dry herb
vaporizers available on the market, and each has its advantages and
disadvantages. The one you choose will ultimately depend on your requirements
The most important part of packing a dry herb
vaporizer effectively is getting the herb ground up correctly. If you haven’t
got a dry herb vaporizer, then it’s well worth investing in one. There are some
great dry herb grinders available that will consistently deliver evenly ground
Many dry herb vaporizers come with a small
tamping tool that’s used to evenly tap down or stir the dry herb throughout the
When you use a conduction vaporizer, the dry
herb is packed into a chamber or oven that is heated up. The dry herb comes in
direct contact with the walls of the chamber. It’s because of this that you
want more of the dry herb to come into contact with the walls of the oven.
Convection vaporizers utilize a fan to push
heated air through the dry herb material. If you pack the dry herb in too
tightly, the air won’t be able to make its way through the dry herb, and it’s
not going to heat up effectively.
If you buy a dry herb vaporizer with
customizable temperature settings, then most experts agree that you should
start with a lower temperature until you’re accustomed to vaping dry herb. When
you vape at a low temperature, you’ll be able to experience the full flavor of
the dry herb. If you vape too hot, then you can heat the dry herb too fast and
have an unpleasant vaping experience.
Inhale deeply and slowly when you first start
vaping. Unlike smoking via traditional methods such as bongs, pipes, or joints,
you don’t get a stronger experience through vaping. You should average about
five to ten hits off your portable vaporizer before your dry herb is finished,
and you need to refill.
If you are using a conduction vaporizer, try
giving it a gentle shake or mix to redistribute the dry herb at about the
middle point of your session. Mixing or shaking the dry herb will help to
distribute the dry herb and allow a more even heating experience throughout the
session. If you pack the convection vaporizer correctly, you shouldn’t need to
shake or mix it throughout the session.
The best temperature for your dry herb
marijuana flower is approximately between about 170°C and 210°C. One of the
great things about vaping with a dry herb vaporizer is that you can choose
temperature ranges that suit your personal preferences.
Different cannabinoids such as CBD or THC are
released at different heating points, and by adjusting your temperature, you
can choose a temperature that suits your tastes. For example, THC is released
at 157°C, CBD is released at 160-180°C and CBN is released at 185°C.
You can fine-tune your vape temperature to suit
you. However, remember that the combustion point of cannabis is approximately
230°C, and if you reach that point, then you’re going to burn your dry herb and
start to inhale smoke rather than vapor.
If you’re used up dry herb looks brown or
lightly toasted, then you’re vaping it, but if it’s black, burnt, or ashy, then
you’re just burning it.
Most sessions on your dry herb vaporizer will
deliver about 5-10 hits before the dry herb needs to be replaced. Still, there
are a lot of variables that you need to consider, such as the quality of the
dry herb, the type of heating, the temperature you’re vaping at, and how much
dry herb you use.
If you reach the point where your vaporizer
starts to taste like burnt popcorn, then your dry herb is finished, and it’s
time to replace it with fresh herbs.
Depending on the size of the chamber, many
people find it difficult to vape an entire bowl in one session. This is particularly
relevant with large desktop-style vaporizers that have a bigger capacity
compared to small portable vaporizers. Whether or not you can stop midway
through a session depends on the type of vaporizer that you’re using.
If you are using a dry herb vaporizer that
utilizes conduction heating, the dry herb will remain in contact with the
chamber until it cools completely down. The dry herb will continue to be heated
until the chamber cools, and you can’t effectively return to it later. If you can’t
finish one full chamber in a session, try packing smaller amounts of dry herb
into the bowl.
If you’re using a vaporizer that has convection
heating and the chamber doesn’t get excessively hot while vaping, it is
sometimes possible to stop vaping halfway through a session and then return to
It’s important to note, though, that if you
stop halfway through a session and then return to it later, you’re vaping experience
isn’t going to be the same. THC vaporizes at a lower temperature compared to
other cannabinoids, so the THC may be gone leaving only the other cannabinoids.
If you are vaping with your dry herb vaporizer
and find that it starts to taste like burnt popcorn, then this is a good
indicator that you have got all that you’re going to get out of that dry herb,
and it’s time to replace it with some fresh material.
The completely vaped material is going to
appear light brown and dry, while if the material is burnt or black, then it’s
been heated too much.
One of the great things about most dry herb
vaporizers is that they’re relatively quick and easy to clean if you do it regularly
and don’t leave a residue to build up. Most dry herb vaporizers contain a
removable screen and mouthpiece that are quick and easy to take apart.
Once they are cool enough to touch, you can
remove them from the vaporizer and either wipe them down with an isopropyl
alcohol wipe or soak them in a solution of isopropyl alcohol and then wipe
clean with paper towels.
The more frequently you clean your dry herb
vaporizer, the easier it will be. If you leave it for longer periods between
cleaning, then the oil or residue can build up and become stubborn to remove.
It’s essential to keep any electrical components, including batteries, out of
the way of any water during the cleaning process.
If you have a higher budget and you’re looking
to target specific cannabinoids when you vape dry herbs, then customizable
temperature control is important. If you don’t have the budget for fully
customizable temperature control on your vape, then a basic model with low,
medium and high-temperature settings will probably get the job done. The more
control over temperature you have, the better the vaping experience will be,
but for beginners, a basic dry herb vaporizer is the recommended choice.
Almost all small portable dry herb vaporizers
are going to use conduction heating. Conduction heating involves placing the
dry herb into the oven or chamber, which then heats the dry herb through the
walls of the oven.
When you have convection heating, which is
usually in more expensive and larger desktop vaporizers, heated air is pushed
through the dry herb. If the dry herb is packed into the chamber correctly,
convection heating provides a more effective heating method that delivers more
While the convection heating method can deliver
better results, larger, more expensive desktop convection vaporizers aren’t
always the most practical devices, especially if you enjoy vaping in different
locations rather than being at home. Most desktop vaporizers require that you
always have access to mains power compared to portable vaporizers that have
If you are vaping your dry herbs at the correct
temperature, there could be some of the active ingredients left after you
finish vaping them, so don’t just throw them all away in the rubbish after your
session is done.
Many people use their left-over dry herb to
make their version of herb butter. You need to start by grinding your left-over
dry herb into a fine powder. You can do this by using a coffee grinder or a
mortar and pestle.
Now, you want to combine equal parts of your
dry herb with regular butter and gently heat it in a pan with a small amount of
water. Gently heat the mixture over low heat and frequently stir for at least
Next, pour the mixture through a strainer and
allow it cool in a refrigerator. The butter and water will separate, and you
can scrape the butter off and use it in regular recipes as you see fit. Some
people make this recipe without the water component. Still, popular opinion
says that the water helps to remove some of the chlorophyll from the cannabis
and makes the final mixture not only taste better but easier to filter.
If you have never tried edibles before, it’s
important that you start extremely slowly as the effects can be particularly
strong. It’s a completely different high compared to smoking or vaping. Take it
very slowly and be sure to allow 30-60 minutes before eating more edibles as it
can take some time for the effects of edibles to be felt.
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