A dry herb vaporizer is a device that heats up your herbs and releases the essence contained in them as vapors. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, but they all do the same thing.
Aside from the obvious health benefits of vaping over smoking a cigarette or joint, these nifty little devices can be used to ingest medical marijuana quickly and easily. The dry herb vaporizer provides you with an inhalable steam of therapeutic cannabinoids which deliver relief for muscle cramps, chronic pain and other symptoms associated to a disease without any harmful effects on your lungs.
There are several important factors you should consider when deciding to go the herbal vaporizer route over smoking or vaping a joint.
Things to Consider Before Smoking/Vaping With a Dry Herb Vaporizer
Though this is a topic that bears all types of information, we will only cover the tips that are most relevant to your dry herb vaporizer. These are the things you should think about before using your active dry herb vaporizer for the first time.
1. The smell
Some people claim that their dry herb vaporizers have a bad odor, but this is just because of the way the device is used. If you are using your vaporizer with fresh herbs, the herb scent will be much sweeter than if it has been steeping for a long time. Steeping refers to giving your herb’s essential oils time to develop and combine together before putting it into your dry herb vaporizer.
2. The amount of vapor you’ll get
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a dry herb vaporizer is how much vapor you will be inhaling with it as opposed to what smoking does to your lungs. This is a good thing, but this also means that you should be very careful not to expose yourself to too much vapor because this could be harmful to your lungs and throat. That said, there are some people who inhale way too much vapor and get their noses sore as a result of it. If you do this, see your doctor for a remedy.
3. Volatility of the herbs
This is the rule of thumb when it comes to dry herb vaporizers: The more potent the herbs are, the less volume they will give off when heated up. This means that being more discerning in what you choose to vaporize. If you are used to smoking marijuana, don’t expect the same amount of relief or high from your dry herb vaporizer.
4. Grind size and consistency
While vaping is very versatile and can be used with absolutely any type of herb you want, your dry herb vaporizer will only work if it has a good enough temperature range for all the different types of herbs to get heated up evenly. If the product’s temperature is too low, your herb material will not be heated evenly and will give off weak vapors while on the still-hot element inside it. If it is too high, you will blow your herb material into tiny pieces that will burn in the vaporizer’s heater and possibly even make a mess out of your device.
5. Vaping temperature
The temp that is used to vaporize any herb has a direct impact on the quality of the vapor you produce as well as its effects. On one hand, some herbs just evaporate at a more efficient rate than others and can be used in lower temperatures. On the other hand, there are also herbs which have a lower boiling point and therefore can only be heated up to around 360°F (180°C).
6. How to inhale
A lot of people think that the best way to inhale vapor is by blowing it out from your mouth the same way you would with smoke. While this may work for some herbs, it is not always the case and will give you a less potent smoke. So it is best to just put your mouth on the device’s intake hole and breathe in slowly. That way, all you get is vapor instead of smoke. If you were to exhale right after you take in some vapor, all you would need is a strong cough afterwards due to how hot it can be getting from your exhale going back into your intake port.
7. Your dry herb vaporizer’s power source
Depending on how you vape, the amount of power it needs to have is going to differ. The more potent your herbs are, the more power you will need in order to vaporize them. Some herb material may only be able to be heated up to around 320°F (160°C) when using low-power devices, while high-powered dry herb vaporizers can get as high as 430°F (220°C).
8. Temperature control and safety
Keeping your dry herb vaporizer at a steady temperature is important because if you are not careful it can heat up too fast and burn or get too hot. When using a dry herb vaporizer, you will need to be mindful of things such how it is being drawn and placed into the vaporizer. Going too fast can burn your herbs, while leaving your herbs in too long can produce a lot of unwanted flavorings.
9. Vapor capacity and efficiency
There are two factors that determine how much vapor you will get from your dry herb vaporizer: The size of your device and the brew time. A big bowl will give more volume or more powerful hits than one that is smaller. If you are looking for higher doses, you’ll need to be patient – but this can actually work very well as it ensures that the right amount gets vaped in each use.
10. Packing technique and density of herbs
It is important that you use a dry herb vaporizer that has the right heating chamber for the type of herbs you are using so that it can bring their oils to the surface. If their density is too high, your herbs will not be evenly heated and you’ll get a weak hit from them.
11. Check how much power is in your vaping battery or how full your vaping tank is
Every vaping device comes with a certain battery or tank capacity, so you’ll have to learn what these are and where to check them out.