As far as the best ways to vape dry herb are concerned, it all boils down to who you talk to. If you ask around, you’ll discover that everyone has preferences based on the type of experience they desire. One person may prefer more flavorful hits, whereas someone else may enjoy huge vape clouds.
One of the cool aspects of vaping that attracts so many is how you can effortlessly tailor the experience to your liking. We’ll go over a few tips to help you tweak your sessions so you can get the most out of your cannabis and your vaporizer as well.
Grinding Your Herb
Whenever you’re getting ready for a dry herb vaporizer session of any kind, you always want to strive for the perfect grind. Whether your end goal is gigantic clouds or optimal vapor flavor, the ideal grind can always help you get there.
This doesn’t mean merely busting out those kitchen scissors to get the job done either. But if that’s all you have lying around, then cutting your herb is better than nothing. Just remember that you’ll likely end up with an uneven grind, which can lead to “waste.” That’s why we recommend using a quality grinder so you can achieve optimal results with every grind.
The smaller pieces of dry herb allow for easier extraction of the active components of dry herb, allowing you to get the most out of your sessions. That’s why you typically want to aim for a finer grind. Just make sure your grind isn’t so fine that it causes any accidental combustion, which is the polar opposite of everything we’re trying to achieve with vaping in the first place.
Now, depending on your specific vaporizer model, a medium grind may suffice as long – just as you don’t pack it too tightly. Achieving the perfect grind also helps to cut down on any herbal pieces reaching your lips, which are about as appetizing as you’d expect. 🙁
Packing the Chamber Correctly
First and foremost – Do Not Overpack! We cannot stress this enough. When people come to us with their vaporizer issues, time and time again, the problem has to do with how they pack the herb chamber. Over-packing the chamber impedes airflow (we’ll touch on this more below) making it difficult to inhale and get a decent draw.
Conversely, if you under-pack, you can end up with some unevenly heated herbs besides a nasty harsh flavor. And, just as with the grind, what you want to get out of your sessions will directly influence how you pack your device. If you want a more extensive explanation, we have an entire article dedicated to how to pack a dry herb vape.
The quality of your vaporizers’ airflow directly results from the grind and how densely you pack the device. These three aspects go hand in hand. If you have poor airflow, it’s either due to the grind not being fine enough or you’re packing it too tight. Maybe you don’t have the ideal grind? This can lead to subpar airflow thanks to the large chunks and the unevenness which wastes your precious herbal material.
Air pockets can also appear if your dry herb mix is too lumpy. This results in less vapor since more air is being pulled through the large gaps of material. If you’re familiar with the joint-rolling process, it’s the same basic principles. If you were to merely break up your dry herb with your fingers, your mix would be lumpy and have air pockets providing a subpar burn.
Alternatively, if you use a grinder to allow for a more even burn, the flavor will most likely be much better, much smoother, and you’ll have a minimal amount of waste. Likewise, whenever packing a vaporizer, you want it to be fairly tight, just not so tight that it prevents airflow. And as is often the case – practice makes perfect.
Ideal Temperature Ranges
With so many vaporizers on the market, there is a myriad of various temperature settings that can apply to each specific model/brand. We’re not going to go over the best temperatures to vape for every model out there. But we will discuss some general temperature guidelines you’ll want to follow to achieve the best results. Because the temperature will have a direct effect on how flavorful or big, you want your vapor clouds to be.
320°F(160°C) – 355°F(179°C): Excellent flavor and very moderate effects make it the perfect range if you want to enjoy light vapor while going about your day.
356°F(180°C) – 391°F(199°C): As the herbs start to become a walnut brown color, they will take on a toastier flavor. The vapor has a considerably thicker and stronger appearance at these temperatures.
392°F(200°C) – 446°F(230°C): By this stage, the herb has taken on a more cooked flavor, nearly to the point of combustion. The vapor is significantly hotter and has less aroma, but it also has the strongest psychoactive effects.
If you want a more in-depth analysis of the best settings and temperatures at which various cannabinoids and terpenes take effect, check our article, What Is the Best Temperature to Vape Weed?
An Effortless Solution?
If any of this sounds confusing and hard to understand, we have a brand-new device that you might want to look into. The CFX+ is our new take on the portable conduction vaporizer that features a big and easy-to-read display, fully adjustable & preset temperature options, an even more compact design than the previous version, and a large chamber.
This thing is such a beast of a vaporizer, you don’t even have to grind up your herb prior to using it. Simply toss in a full nug and this bad boy will go to work! If you want to get the most out of the device, we do recommend that you grind up your herb first. But if you’re ever in a pinch, somewhere without a grinder, this is a superb portable vape to have on hand.
After reading this article, do you still have issues or concerns with regard to the best ways to vape dry herb? If so, we recommend you contact the manufacturer of your device for further assistance. They should be able to provide you with some tips and all the information necessary to get your device working to the best of its ability.