What is the optimal temperature for my dry herb vaporizer? - 2018
Throughout the UK, Vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as we become more health conscious.
Vaporizers work by heating up your dry herbs to the point where the cannabinoids and terpenes evaporate, leaving only the harmful and carcinogenic plant matter behind.
One of the cleanest and fun ways to enjoy herbs is to vaporize it. Using a Dry herb vaporizer also gives you unprecedented control over your experience, allowing for a pure and pleasurable experience.
When you burn plant matter, only 10% of the smoke produced contains cannabinoids. 90% of that smoke actually contains toxic by-products such as carbon monoxide, tar, benzene and other carcinogens - chemicals we want to avoid, especially if using cannabis for its medicinal properties.
In contrast, the mist produced from a dry herb vaporizer can contain upwards of 95% cannabinoids. Not only is vaping better for you, but it is also more efficient and cost effective too!
What's the perfect temperature?
OK, so that heading is misleading. There is, in fact, no perfect temperature. However, there may be a perfect temperature for you depending on the experience you are hoping for. Vaping at different temperatures release 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 - this is what we are trying to avoid!
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 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.
Terpenes are the essential oils found in plants. They give different medical cannabis strains their individual flavours are aromas. For example, it is the terpene Limonene that gives Lemon Kush a citrusy smell.
In recent years, we have discovered that individual terpenes can enhance how your body reacts with various cannabinoids. As such, they can greatly enhance both the medicinal effects of cannabis.
Just like cannabinoids, 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.
Choosing the right temperature.
Stimulating and mood enhancing - 150°C - 165°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.
Energetic high 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. Expect to get the giggles, munchies and epiphanies! This range is also popular amongst medicinal users due to it being the temperature that CBD evaporates in highest concentrations.
Deep body and mind relaxation 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.
Personally, I like to start vaping on a low temperature maybe around 170°C. I then turn it up 10°C every 20 mins or so - this really stretches out the life of my herbs and means I get to enjoy both the flavour as well as any psychoactive effects.
I hope that was useful! If you have any questions at all, just drop me an email at email@example.com. 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.