What is the best temperature for my dry herb vaporizer?
Throughout the UK, Vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as we become more health-conscious and aware of the dangers of smoking.
When you smoke, you are literally lighting your herbs up in flames and 10% of the smoke produced will contain cannabinoids. The vast majority of the smoke you inhale actually contains toxic by-products such as carbon monoxide, tar, benzene and other carcinogens. These are all chemicals we want to avoid, especially if we are using cannabis for its medicinal properties.
In contrast, Vaporizers only heat your dry herbs to the point where just the cannabinoids and terpenes reach their boiling point. The harmful and carcinogenic plant matter remains left behind, unevaporated in the oven.
The vapour from a dry herb vaporizer will have a far higher concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes - up to 95%. So not only is vaping healthier but it can be more efficient and cost-effective too.
What's the perfect temperature to vape your herbs at?
Generally, the best temperatures to vape dry herbs are between 160° and 220°C. Any lower and nothing will evaporate and if you vape at temperatures higher than 220°C, you are at risk of combustion.
The title is slightly misleading as there is, in fact, no perfect temperature to vape herbs at. However, there may be a perfect temperature for you depending on the particular vaping experience you are looking for.
Unfortunately, too many of us are familiar with just one compound in the cannabis plant - THC. In actuality, Cannabis is a complex and sophisticated plant that contains thousands of different compounds. Each compound has its own individual effects on the human body and evaporates at different temperatures.
By using a vaporizer with temperature settings we are able to control over which cannabinoids, terpenes or flavinoids evaporate. As such, we can manipulate the effects of our vaping session.
As a result, there is no perfect temperature for vaping cannabis. However, there may be a perfect temperature for the particular experience you are hoping for. Vaping at different temperatures releases different cannabinoids and terpenes.
As a general rule, temperatures below 190°C produce a head high, whilst temperatures above that are more intense and can induce a body high. After around 210°C, plant matter begins to combust - which is obviously what we are trying to avoid!
How do Cannabinoids affect my vaping experience
Cannabinoids are compounds that are naturally found in the Cannabis Sativa plant - they react with specific cannabinoid receptors in the body that are present in both the brain and the central nervous system.
The two most well-known cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). However, there are in fact 113 different types of cannabinoids that evaporate at different temperatures and have their own effects. Some of them include :
- THC-A - 105°C: Believed to be effective against epilepsy and muscle spasms.
- THC - 157°C: The most well known and sought after cannabinoids. It has psychoactive properties and gives users a sense of euphoria and can induce relaxation of the mind and muscles.
- CBD 160°C - 180°C: Popular among medicinal users. It also counters the negative effects of THC, countering feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
- CBN - 185° C: CBN breaks down THC and is also associated with a sedative effect.
- CBC - 220° C: Stress reducer and anti-inflammatory properties.
How do Terpenes and Flavonoids affect my vaping experience?
Terpenes are sare naturally-occurring compounds found in plants, fruits, and essential oils. On the other hand, Flavonoids are plant pigments that are sometimes referred to as Vitamin P.
Together, they are responsible for a particular plant’s individual flavour and aroma. For example, it is the terpene Limonene that gives Lemons their citrus taste and Mentha arvensis that gives the Mint plant its strong menthol aroma.
Basically, terpenes and flavonoids are the reason different strains have their own particular smell and taste profile. In recent years, research has discovered that terpenes can also greatly enhance both the medicinal effects of cannabis.
Again, different terpenes evaporate at different temperatures. Just a few of these include :
- Myrcene - 166°C: This terpene increases your body's ability to absorb THC. It also has analgesic, an antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Beta-caryophyllene - 199° C: Reduces anxiety effects from THC. Is all anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.
- Linalool - 199° C: Aids sleep, whilst reducing anxiety and psychosis.
Matching the temperature for your desired effect
Stimulating and mood-enhancing? Vape at 160°C - 170°C
This temperature range is perfect for days when you have tasks that need to be completed. You should be able to enjoy the uplifting and stimulating high from THC without any of the sedative compounds kicking in. I’d suggest this temperature when you are trying a new strain for the first time or just when you want to vape and still get stuff done!
Energetic high? Vape at 170 - 185°C
Once you're getting towards 180°C the Myrcene will further increase the rate that your body will absorb THC. This intensity will be later balanced out by the CBN which will aid the cerebral effects. This range is also popular amongst medicinal users due to it being the temperature that CBD evaporates in highest concentrations.
It is also a great temperature when vaping casually with friends due to the fits of giggles, munchies and epiphanies you’ll no doubt experience.
Deep body and mind relaxation? Vape at 190 - 210°C
Get ready for couch lock! At this temperature, you’re being hit with everything your herb has got!
At these higher temperatures, some of the more exotic cannabinoids are released - expect a sedative high.
My personal method of vaping
Personally, I like to start vaping on a low temperature may be around 170°C. I then turn it up every 7-10 mins, splitting my session into three parts.
I find this really stretches a session out to around 30 mins and means I really get to enjoy the flavour of my strain before the psychoactive and sedative effects kick in.
- Part 1 - 160°C – 180°C: Very light mostly mental medication and best for flavour (great if you still have a lot to do that day);
- Part 2 - 180°C – 200°C: Great flavour with good medication level, bodily effects will be more apparent;
- Part 3 - 200°C - perfect if you don’t have anything else to do that day. At temperatures this high, the effects may be quite strong and you may experience heavy body effects. Now is normally when I tuck my self up into bed!!
I hope that was useful! If you have any questions, please contact us. Otherwise, if you’re interested in better controlling your experience with herbs take a look at our vaporizers - they all have temperature control whether a range of settings such as the Black Mamba or full precise controls such as the Flowermate Aura.