Finding your ideal Vaporizing temperature
How Does a Dry Herb Vaporizer work?
Vaporizers are a relatively new technology when it comes to aromatherapy with the newer Lithium batteries largely responsible for making them possible on this scale.
A dry herb vaporizer really works like a tiny fan forced oven, sending heated air over your herbs. Instead of burning herbs the temperature control on these devices allows the user to choose which compounds they want to ingest and avoid potentially harmful ones present are higher temperatures.
Side note: Combustion VS Convection
Combustion simply means direct contact with fire or being lit on fire. This is the most common way that herbs are consumed and indiscriminately boils or degrades all compounds in the material - including harmful byproducts which are inhaled into the lungs.
Convection vaporizers work by insulating the herbs in a (usually ceramic) chamber, and passing heated air over them. This air boils the active compounds and the vapour is carried through the mouthpiece to be consumed. Because the temperature of the air is controlled there is less of a risk of degrading your herbs from overheating or worse, releasing carcinogenic compounds through combustion.
Which Temperature should I set my vape to?
Overall it is best to keep your preferences in mind when looking to start vaping. Depending on the material you’re trying to vape the maximum suggested temperature will be different.
For example, in our Herbs you can legally vape in NZ blog give specific temperatures to set your vape to when using these herbs. Going above these temperatures often doesn’t give any benefit and can compromise the integrity of the oils and minerals within the herbs.
As for Medical marijuana its a little less straightforward due to the huge variety of active compounds. Patients usually stick with a temperature range on the lower end (<180C), that activates mostly the CBD chemicals and fewer of the THC chemicals, creating a mellow high that is not as psychoactive but retains pain, hunger, and stress relief elements.
Keep in mind you will not completely exclude a compound with temperature differences, it’s more of a percentage game.
High temp vaping produces thicker, hotter, and more potent smoke.
High temp vapes also create more visible clouds.
Lower temp vaping activates CBD chemicals and provides less potent effects.
In conclusion start out low, and exceed the maximum temperature recommendations at your own risk. You can always turn the temperature up if you feel you aren’t getting everything you want out of your herbs.