How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer

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Now that you know how vaping is different from smoking, you’re ready to learn more about vaping. Time for some facts:

  • Vaping does not result in the inhalation of CO2 like smoking
  • Vaping offers a higher 😉intake of THC and cannabinoid
  • Vaping is more discreet
  • Vaping has a higher cost efficiency

Whether you are here today because of health concerns, want to experience something new, or finally realized that vaping surpasses smoking your dry herb, this guide will offer the necessary insight for successfully vaping cannabis. Read on to find out more!

Here’s a comprehensive guide to loading and using your dry herb vape:

Fundamentals of Weed Vapes

There is a positive correlation between technology and vaping. The more technology advances, the more vaporizers improve, and the more accessible vaping becomes. This is great news but the overwhelming amount of choices can make it difficult to find the right device.

For a newcomer, their initial vaping experience can have different results. Finding out your vaping style is crucial to having a great first experience. There are many things to consider when buying a dry herb vaporizer, let’s cover some of the most helpful aspects for finding your vaping style.

Design Features of Dry Herb Vaporizers

These are features that you see in every dry herb vaporizer, let me break them down for you:

  • The Oven – sometimes called the chamber, this is where you put the herb and where it gets heated. They’re usually made from ceramic or metal, though you’ll find some that are made from quartz.
  • Airpath – this is the path the vapor takes to get to the mouthpiece. Longer airpaths are usually preferred because the longer the path, the cooler the vapor.
  • Temperature Control – Some cannabis vapes allow you to choose the exact temperature while others have a selection of pre-set temperatures.
  • Mouthpiece – this is where you vape from of course, the length, draw resistance, and concealability of the mouthpiece are all factors to consider.
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Heating Methods and Heating System

The two most common heating methods are conduction and convection. There are also some hybrid devices that feature an internal heating chamber with an external heating source. When it comes to heating up your weed, the heating method is a matter of personal preference.

Each method has benefits and drawbacks. A person that values battery life might want to consider a conduction vaporizer, while someone who is interested in vapor quality and flavor might prefer a convection type. If you’re having a hard time making a decision, a hybrid vape is a good idea.

The heating systems used in dry herb vapes are either session or on-demand. You can get a more detailed explanation in the session vs on demand article but for now, you should know that on-demand is better for solo users and session is good for solo users or groups.

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Special Features

Once you’ve decided on your preferred design and heating method, it’s time to consider the special features that make that vaporizer stand out. There are many to consider but you only need to focus on the ones that directly appeal to you. Here are some special features to evaluate:

  • Special heating methods – are there any special ways the vaporizer heats up the herb?
  • Smartphone compatibility – can you control any of the vaporizers functions through your phone?
  • User interface – how easy is it to monitor the status of the vape’s battery life, temperature setting, or vaping readiness?
  • Pass-through charging – can you use it while it is charging up?

Make sure to read reviews and do your research so you know the vaporizer’s feature set.

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Advice for Using a Vaporizer for Pot

Once you’ve chosen your vaporizer, it’s time for the next step, how to use the thing!

Note: It is crucial to read the user manual of your specific vape.

Having said that, here are some general tips to guide you in your process.

Choose the Right Flower

If you’re a total weed newbie, you should research the different strains and the high that they each offer. There are lots of different strains and finding the one that’s right for you is one of the most important and exciting steps of the whole process. Of course, you can always have more than one favorite but, well, baby steps.

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Grind and Pack Your Dry Herb

When it comes to vaping, grinding your weed thoroughly is essential to ensure maximum flavor and vapor quality. The ground herb as opposed to the nug, allows for efficient airflow and heat transfer. We recommend using one of the best weed grinders available when you’re preparing your herb.

After grinding comes packing the chamber. Avoid over-packing, it can restrict the airflow of the heat and prevent your herb from being vaped properly. It can also damage your oven or chamber. Avoid using sharp objects to pack or move the dry herb, use the included packing tool instead.

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What Temperature Should I Set My Vaporizer?

When experimenting with your device, I suggest to start out with the lowest temperature (usually around 320°F-360°F). Not only do lower temperatures offer great flavor, but they also allow the user to get a feel for how the vapor affects them. Increasing the temperature can intensify the vaping experience but that comes at the cost of flavor quality.

As you become more experienced, you can slowly ramp up the temperature until you find the setting that best suits you.

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Don’t Hit the Vape Too Hard or Too Often

Hitting a vape can be tricky. Since it is clean vapor, it will feel lighter than regular smoke as you inhale. For someone who is new to vaping, they might think that nothing is happening, resulting in them taking more hits than they need and getting super high. Do not take vapes lightly, as they are really powerful devices.

It is important to draw or take small puffs. Better yet, inhale as if you were taking a normal breath. Exaggerated inhalations not only look strange but too much suction can result in the herb blocking the airway.

Take short breaks in between draws to allow the vapor to build up and and so that the vaporizer doesn’t get uncomfortably hot.

Maintaining your Vape

Cleaning is not the most fun activity but it is definitely vital to the overall vaping experience. A clean vape ensures that the device will work according to expectations. Before you clean your vape, make sure to read any specific instructions that pertain to your device.

Not all vapes are cleaned the same way and some might require more attention and care than others. Take the parts apart (if applicable) to get a deeper cleaning. Alcohol, warm water, lemon juice, salt, wipes and cotton swabs are all great for getting rid of residue. We recommend buying the Higher Standards Supreme Clean Kit to make your life easier. If you’re feeling lazy, you can consider ultrasonic cleaners.

Maintenance is not just about cleaning. It also consists of replacing malfunctioning or broken components of the vaporizer. Most manufacturers sell replacement parts, which is cheaper than buying a whole new vaporizer.

Note: Always clean your vape before using it! A well maintained vape leads to a better session.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide on how to use a dry herb vaporizer. The next step is actually buying one, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too. Everything you need to know about buying a dry herb vaporizer is right here.

For more help in finding the right device for you, check out our list of the Best Weed Vapes you can buy. If that’s not for you then you can try concentrate vaping instead.

On a final note, AVB (already vaped buds) can be used for making edibles. You are essentially getting high off your own supply twice!

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