Dry Herb Vaporizer
The Rise of Dry Herb Vape: No Smoke, No Flame, No Problem
People have enjoyed cannabis for millennia, most often as something to smoke. But with the advent of digital technology, one of our oldest hobbies has undergone a transformation.
Today, dry herb vaporizers offer one of the cleanest, most refreshing means to enjoy cannabis’s natural flavor and therapeutic qualities. Dry herb vaporizers use either convection and/or conduction heating to activate the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids until they evaporate in the vaporizer chamber and are ready for inhalation.
Dry herb vaporizers have seen a surge in popularity since the early 2000s, when a Chinese scientist patented the design for the modern e-cigarette. The basic concept: weed vaporizers provide precise control, a cleaner flavor, and they negate carcinogens by preventing smoke.
With more popularity comes more product choices. On our site, we sell nearly 100 options for customers to choose from. We know choice can be overwhelming, so here’s the basic information you need to choose the dry herb vaporizer that’s right for you.
What is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?
Dry herb vaporizers are one of several popular vape tools, alongside wax and oil options. Dry herb vaporizers contain a heating chamber for dried plant materials, so there’s no added steps for converting cannabis into extracts or liquids. Simply place your ground flower into the chamber and choose your heat setting!
Why use a dry herb vaporizer?
- Cost Savings on your herb supply – If you struggle to keep an effective rhythm during puff, puff, pass, dry herb vapes save you from wasting any flower that would otherwise go up in smoke (pun intended). The vapor only leaves the chamber when you choose to release it, so there’s nothing escaping while you catch your breath between inhales. Dry herb vaporizers ensure you get the most “bang for your buck” with each gram of flower. With a dry herb vaporizer, the only thing that gets wasted is you!
- Health benefits – An herbal vaporizer is a healthier alternative to joints, bubblers, bongs and the like because you do not ignite the plant material. The process of burning flower creates carcinogenic chemicals that occur naturally in smoke, which you then inhale. Dry herb vaporizers allow you to heat the flower to a point where it releases terpenes and cannabinoids but doesn’t heat the plant so high that it burns. The precise nature of dry herb vaporizers allows you to get the benefit of your plant without the traditional smoky side effect. The end result is that you have a more healthy habit and reduced risk of cancer from inhaling your herb.
- Improved Flavor –removing smoke from the equation also improves flavor. It’s the difference between the perfect medium rare steak and a blackened, brittle hunk of meat. Dry herb vaporizers improve your flavor experience, since you’re removing all the burnt parts.
What’s the point of temperature control?
Dry herb vaporizers’ temperature settings give you perfect control over your vape session. Low-heat settings (typically under 350 degrees Fahrenheit)maximizes the intensity a plant’s terpenes and flavonoids, while cannabinoids are best heated a little higher (typically up to 400 degrees). We recommend staying within this temperature range, because cannabis buds typically combust around 451 degrees Fahrenheit.
If there’s no smoke, what is the heating method?
Dry herb vaporizers use conduction heat, convection heat, or some combination of the two.
Conduction heat involves a heating coil for direct-contact heat, much like an electric stovetop. The herb sits in a chamber that directly touches a heating element, and you control the heat via an on-board computer. Convection heat utilizes heat movement, much like an air fryer or toaster oven. The herb sits on a mesh rack while hot air blows across it until it reaches the proper temperature.
Many modern dry herb vaporizers use a hybrid model of both conduction and convection heat to ensure an even temperature throughout the chamber.
How to Set the Right Temperature
Low Heat for Flavor
When your vaporizer temperature hovers around 350 F (177 C), it is considered low-heat vaping. With a dry herb vaporizer, you’ll want to spend a few minutes at 225 F to decarboxylateyour flower (turning THCA into THC). After that, keep your temperature to at least 311 F (155 C), since that’s the temperature at which THC evaporates.
Low-heat vaping is a low-buzz, high-flavor affair, where you’re inhaling more terpenes than THC. It provides a light euphoria.
Medium Heat for High Effect
When your vaporizer reaches into the 350 and 400 F (177-204 C) range, you’re boiling more of the cannabinoids and active ingredients. Tobacco is often vaped in this range, because nicotine evaporates here. If vaping cannabis, you’ll feel more psychoactive effects in this range. Other herbs, like lavender or mint, will also produce vape in this temperature range.
High Heat for Fresh Flower
Anything over 400 F (204 C) is high-heat vaping. This is used for live plants and maximum cannabinoid and terpene extraction. The hotter vapor is more likely to make you cough, and high temperature burns off more terpenes, bringing the flavor closer to smoking.
What forms of dry herb vapes are out there?
The Discretion of the Pen
When it comes to vaping dry herbs, the classic pen shape used with most oils and concentrates doesn’t easily translate. There’s just not a ton of room to store the flower in this shape. Nevertheless, for the quick and super discreet dry herb vape experience, check out the AirVape X and the Atmos Jump Vape Pen.
Portable for the High-Quality Adventure
Portable vaporizers are battery-operated for use on the go. These devices are often small enough to fit in your pocket, although there are exceptions, like the Hydrology 9 from Cloudious9 or the Ghost MV1. Portable vaporizers are discrete and often have smartphone connectivity. The DaVinci IQ even has a flavor chamber that lets you pack herb into a non-heated chamber to recreate the effect of pulling a drag through a joint or cigarette.
Desktop Vaporizers Get You Couch-Locked
Desktop vaporizers require a plug to use. These devices are often larger than portable versions. The Storz& Bickel Volcano is a desktop herbal vaporizer that’s worth checking out. It includes balloon bags to save your vape until you’re ready for another hit.
Dry Herb Vaporizers’ Most Important Accessory: the Grinder
A grinder cuts dried flower into small, spice-sized particles that are easier to vape. Grinding increases potency and flavor, while ensuring a more even heat distribution. Your dry herb vaporizer’s chamber will work more efficiently if the heat can move through the whole chamber with minimal resistance.
We recommend a three-chamber herbal grinder with a kief screen Dry Herb Grinders. These neat gadgets use a gravity-driven filter design. Simply place chunks of flower into the top, grind, and shake so that the ground flower passes through the small holes in the top chamber and remain in the middle chamber. The fine powder of kief then sifts down into the third chamber for later use.