When most of us first try out a dry herb vaporizer, we tend to feel a little intimidated. The process of using a pipe, for example, is simple: apply a flame to the herb, and inhale. With a dry herb vaporizer, there are different settings that you need to understand to ensure that you get the best experience possible in terms of flavor, potency and throat hit.
Almost all dry herb vaporizers come with different settings for vaping, with most of today’s models offering variable temperature. Knowing the proper temperature to vape at is crucial as there are some temperatures that can result in either zero potency and flavor, or completely burning your herb. Luckily, most of these devices come with user manuals that tell you exactly what to vape at, as each device is different and therefore may have its own distinctive variety of output settings. But, there are some universal rules to vaping flower that can be applied to any device that’s on the market.
Is There an Ideal Temperature for Vaping Herb?
There is no single temperature that is considered universally and objectively favorable, because every vape enthusiast has their own preferences. See, each setting brings out different qualities in the flavor of the terpenes, the potency of the cannabinoids and even how strong the vapor feels against the throat when you inhale.
However, there is an ideal range of temperatures, which is between 325 and 430 degrees (Fahrenheit). Within this range are three levels that generally suit different vaping needs.
The primary cannabinoids that you’re trying to experience the properties of have a boiling point of 315 degrees, give or take. This means that vaping below 315 degrees will likely not give you the effects that you are looking for. This is why the general range of vaping starts at 325, which doesn’t just activate those cannabinoids, but introduces enough of a potency for you to feel the effects.
325-350 degrees is considered a low temperature for dry herb vaping. You’ll get a nice hit of flavorful terpenes, especially pinene, myrcene and limonene which have citrusy and pine-like flavor notes. The vapor will be cool on the inhale, and harshness will almost certainly be no issue, which is a big win for coughers. The potency of effects will be fairly subdued but noticeable, especially in those with a low tolerance.
Perfect for: Those who care about flavor more than effects, those who cough, those who are new and have a weak tolerance
A lot of people stick to this range because it acts as the perfect middle-ground, so to speak. Vaping at 350-400 degrees gives more noticeable cannabinoid effects while still preserving the complex flavor of the terpene profile, with more flavor notes coming to life while being a bit weaker than the low temperature options, overall. The vapor is warmer, and still isn’t known for being super harsh, unless you’re a beginner.
Perfect for: Beginners to vaping who have a tolerance to cannabinoids from other types of products, those who are still sensitive to the harshness of high temps, those who want a balance between cannabinoid potency and flavor, those who want a mellower experience in general.
400-430 degrees is basically at the top of what’s a compatible temperature range for vaping dry herb. Anything higher will likely result in the product degrading rather than activating, and therefore result in little potency if any. Also, the flavor will be diminished, and you’ll likely cough.
400-430 is the sweet spot of many enthusiasts, because it delivers strong effects, and let’s be real – that’s what most people are chasing. The flavor of the terpenes won’t be as strong, and the harshness will be more noticeable, which is likely fine for experienced users. The vapor will be very warm, and you’ll get a lot of vapor per puff that gives you the added advantage of some gorgeous clouds. Because the THCV compound is activated at this temperature range, you might get a little hungry afterwards.
Perfect for: Those who want the strongest potency, those who don’t care about flavor, those who want a lot of vapor, those who have a high tolerance.
What About Wattage-Based Vaporizers?
Wattage-based dry herb vaporizers aren’t as popular but do exist on the market as an alternative to those that work on temperature. These devices are usually smaller and more portable.
Overall, it’s agreed upon that the ideal wattage range for dry herb is 15 to 28 watts. Anything lower than this will fail to activate the compounds, and anything higher can burn your product and cause it to degrade. Wattage-based vaporizers also tend to use conventional coils, which can also burn out when heated to too high of a temp.
Each Vaporizer Device is Unique
Remember that each vaporizer is unique. Some come with more precise and intricate output settings, such as the ability to set an exact temperature number, while others use presets, such as “low,” “medium” and “high,” which would likely reflect the three temperature ranges discussed at length above. And, wattage-based devices, often being more simplistic in general, may offer variable wattage adjustments or operate at a fixed wattage to be as user-friendly as possible.
What this means is that if you are seeking out a specific output level for your dry herb, you need to look thoroughly at the device to make sure that it allows you to vape at the wattage or temperature that you crave the most.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the more powerful your herbal vaping sessions are, the more quickly you’ll run through the battery. Naturally, more output uses more battery power. This means that you need to pay attention to the capacity of the battery as well, so that the product is as power-efficient as possible. The lower the battery’s capacity, the more often you’ll need to recharge it, and if you’re vaping at, say, 425 degrees, you may be charging that battery far more frequently than is actually convenient for you.
Choosing the Best Setting for Vaping
Dry herb vaping relies heavily on choosing the best output level for your unique preferences and goals with flower. Beginners should always start with a 325-350 range, while other users can explore various options as desired. Remember to avoid burning your flower, and always find a device that offers efficient adjusting of output with a compatible battery to handle the demands of your vaping sessions.