Inhaling from a herbal vaporizer

When inhaling from your dry herb vaporizer do you...

  • Inhale as deeply and as long as possible?
  • Hold the vapour in your lungs for a few seconds?

If you answered yes to either, then it is quite likely your vaping method is all wrong!

Good quality herbs are expensive. Therefore, it is important that we get as much mileage out of our bud as possible.

By using the correct method to inhale we can maximise the extraction of cannabinoids from our herbs.


What happens when we inhale?

When we draw breath on the mouthpiece of our vaporizer, cannabinoids leave the oven and pass from down our throat, to the windpipe and into two main bronchial tubes that lead to each lung.

Our lungs have been finely tuned to absorb compounds from the gases in our environment. The surface area of both lungs is roughly the same size as a tennis court and the total length of the airways running through them is 1,500 miles. That's about the distance from London to Egypt!


- compounds passing from alveoli into the bloodstream

Each lung is home to over 300 million tiny air sacs called alveoli. The alveoli absorb cannabinoids inside our lungs instantaneously and immediately transport them to our bloodstream.

Once the cannabinoids are in our bloodstream they are transported around our body and we start to feel any effects within ten minutes or so.


Why are long big tokes inefficient?

Conventional thought is that you can heighten the effects of your herbs by inhaling as hard as you can and holding the vapour in your lungs for a few seconds. However, there are two reasons this is not true.

Reason One - Absorbtion in your lungs happens instantaneously.

As we've already discussed, your the alveoli in your lungs absorb compounds almost instantly. In healthy lungs, the time it takes for red blood cells to be saturated can be measured in milliseconds.

The only thing you achieve when holding your breath is depriving your body of oxygen!

Reason Two - Absortion doesn't occur above the bronchial split.

The trachea (or windpipe) splits into two so it can pass equal amounts of gases into each lung; this is called the bronchial split. Absorption into our bloodstream only happens in our lungs. Therefore, any breath that exceeds the capacity of your lungs will just sit in your windpipe and is 100% wasted!

Really obvious when you think about it!


What is the best way to inhale from a dry herb vaporizer?


Step One: Once the oven has reached vaping temperature, take a steady and controlled breath on the mouthpiece. If you inhale too hard and too fast, you'll actually suck out all the hot air from the oven and your herbs will not vaporize efficiently.

Step Two: Once you've inhaled from your vape, in the same breath, take in some fresh air as deeply as possible. This final deep breath opens up your lungs and exposes more of it to your vapour. The clean air also acts as a plunger and pushes the cannabinoid vapour to the bottom of your lungs.

Step Three: Exhale in one smooth motion.


Further Reading: You can read how to get the best use out of your new dry herb vaporizer here.