Hitting the right vaping temperature is always a personal experience.
And every vaporizer out there is as diverse as our tastes are. But why pay so much attention to temperature when other qualities such as discreetness or build quality matter too?
What temperature do you like vaping at?
— La Guillotine (@Sniffed) July 21, 2014
As might be expected, of course, we as connoisseurs want the best flavors and those highs to complete our vaping experience. And vaping temperature plays a significant role in achieving that vapor quality that fits our taste. Let’s take a closer look at the trickiest part to consider when buying a vaporizer.
Why Vaping Temperature Matters
When the vaporizer’s heating element reaches temperatures of more than 230°C, your dry herbs start to burn, defeating the very purpose of quitting smoking and switching to vaping. Also, at this point, the flavor should get closely resembles that of a burnt popcorn taste. So not only will you inhale the toxins if you smoke weed, but you also get a less than satisfactory hit from your dry herbs.
I hate smoking. It burns my throat. I need to go buy this vaporizer man. — Keith Is Trill (@Nigga_yougay) March 8, 2011
So, when you smoke marijuana, you’d more likely inhale toxins similar to those coming from tobacco smoke. These chemicals are products of combustion. Some of these chemicals include carbon monoxide, tar, benzene, ammonia, naphthalene, and formaldehyde, among many others. While some may cause symptoms such as nausea, sleepiness, loss of appetite or lightheadedness, others are potent enough to cause mutations at the cellular level, resulting in cancer.
How vaporizer works
On the other hand, vaporizers work by using heating elements that heat up the herbs to the point of boiling or vaporization, but not too hot, otherwise burn the botanicals. You’ll know that your vaporing materials are vaporized when the residue comes in as orange or brownish in color. Other low-quality vaporizers leave ashes or dark residues, which is indicative of combustion. Many portable vaporizers, for example, feature efficient heating systems with adjustable temperature settings to give you greater freedom to get to the exact temperature you prefer. More of how specific vaporizers work below.
Because of the growing health concerns of the general public, many individuals have now shifted to vaping and have either partially or fully given up smoking. But thus far, they have only been a few studies on the long-term effects of using vaporizers, probably because of the still prevalent fear of using marijuana or the lack of government support.
But recently, the American Heart Association has acknowledged the growing popularity of vaporizers and e-cigarettes, emphasizing the need to establish legislations regulating its use. Of course, safety is also a paramount concern. AHA also mentioned that e-cigarettes might just contain lower — if at all — amounts of the toxins otherwise present when smoking plant materials, particularly tobacco. The only step needed now is to make sure the manufacturing, distribution and use of vaporizers must adhere to safety standards to ensure vaping becomes the legitimate alternative to smoking.
Other safer alternatives
There are, of course, other ways to consume cannabis, such as the edibles or tinctures. Brownies, candies, and even seemingly ordinary cakes are the most common methods of incorporating marijuana plants or derivatives. But the problem with eating them is the latency of the effect because of the lengthier digestion. And sometimes you won’t get to know your dosage until the effects are set in.
That leaves us with vaping as the safest, most delightful way to reap the benefits of marijuana, either medical or for the mere pleasure of using the herb. We just can’t think of any other alternative that is as pleasurable as inhaling the flavors and immediately experiencing the effects the moment of use.
The Perfect Vaping Temperature for Cannabis
We’ve been testing vaporizers ourselves and also gathered insights from connoisseurs who love vaping dry herbs. And the results do vary when it comes to getting the most satisfying vapors from dry ground cannabis. But there is a common range that most of us agree.
When vaping marijuana, vaping temperatures ranging from 175°C to 190°C tend to result in more soothing or relaxing effects, also depending in part on the strain of weed you use.
But anything above 190°C tends to give you the instant “high” especially for beginners.
And as we’ve mentioned earlier, any temperature that goes beyond 230°C renders your herbs to combustion.
Does Pen Vaporizer Have Perfect Temperature
Although we specified the exact temperature range by the numbers, many vaporizers, particularly the pen models, do not feature heat settings.
In fact, most models use heating coils that get so hot and directly come in contact with the herb materials, almost always burning the materials in the process. This has been a longstanding issue among users and manufacturers, as many critics and experienced vapers claim that vaporizer pens using coils should no longer be categorized as vaporizers.
Surprisingly, many vapers have welcomed the most potent effects of vapor pens with open arms, testifying the pen’s excellent power in terms of producing vapors (with smoke) with stronger flavors and profound effects. But on the other end of the issue are the health-conscious users who prefer using vaporizers that truly give off vapors, nothing more. This holds especially true for those who intend to use marijuana for medical reasons.
Thus far, there is one pen vaporizer in the market — the Atmos Boss — that manage to produce true vapors without combusting the herbs. You’ll know they truly work because of the color of the herb residues after every vaping session. The color comes as orange to dark brown — sure signs that no combustion took place.
Keep you weed dry
We always recommend keeping your stored weed dry before vaping it, as moist ones would mostly result in uneven heat distribution as your materials get exposed to the heating element. Also, cannabinoids efficiently vaporize in a dry environment because the lack of moisture helps the vaporizer reach the ideal temperature in a shorter period. Also, the presence of moisture locks the rather healthful cannabinoids instead of releasing them as vapors.
Vaping Temperature for Cannabinoids
Although we mentioned the best temperature range to vape your dry cannabis, the herb itself is a storehouse of hundreds of cannabinoids, many of which have yet to unlock their secrets. And each one has a slightly unique boiling and vaporizing temperature. But don’t worry, as the temperature range we recommended practically covers most of the required heat settings mentioned below:
Vaping Temp: 155°C to 160°C
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is perhaps the most essential and sought-after cannabinoid among medical and most especially recreational marijuana users. Taken in adequate doses, THC can help alleviate symptoms of pain and other physical discomforts. Some studies have also shown that this cannabinoid protects brain cells and can even promote growth.
Different cannabis strains contain varying levels of THC and proportions of other cannabinoids. For example, the Sativa varieties boast the highest amount of THC, while Indica ones include more of the other health-giving cannabinoids than the more psychoactive THC.
Vaping Temp: 160°C to 180 °C
This cannabinoid is as abundant as THC in any cannabis plant. And while the major controversies surrounding marijuana use actually focus on the effects of THC with all those reported highs and psychomotor impairments in large doses, CBD offers a more promising use of cannabis in the medical field.
Contrary to common perception, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not interfere with your judgment or motor skills. But what’s more important are the therapeutic effects of CBD. These include the cannabinoid’s anti-convulsant (suppresses epileptic seizures), anti-cancer (hampers the growth of tumor cells), anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties (fights against neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease). Studies also show that CBD alleviates anxiety and depression.
Vaping Temp: 185 °C.
Unlike THC, Cannabidiol has the opposite effect of inducing sleep, making this a good drug for those suffering from insomnia. But beyond its calming effects, CBN has also been found to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a powerful bacteria that’s been hard to eliminate because of its resistance to antibiotics.
Cannabinol does not occur naturally in fresh cannabis. Instead, it becomes the byproduct formed as THC degrades over time. So, the longer you store your dry herb, the more amount of CBN it contains. That means fresher herbs come with a stronger punch, while older ones tend to have more sedative effects. So, for you to benefit more of the sleep-inducing effects of marijuana, keep your stock in a cool, dry place for several days or weeks.
The Best Vaping Temperatures For Other Herbs
Of course, your vaporizer isn’t built for the sole purpose of vaporizing cannabis. Your device does its job perfectly well for aromatherapy. Although we’ve got to admit there’s nothing quite like the highs you get from cannabis, other herbs offer soothing and relaxing sensations when you inhale their vapors too. In fact, many of these plants contain substances that have more subtle psychoactive effects.
Storz and Bickel, maker of the famous Volcano desktop vaporizer, shares with us the most ideal vaping temperatures for the following dry herbs: eucalyptus, 266°F (130°C); hops, 309°F (154°C); chamomile, 374°F (190°C); lavender, 266°F (130°C); Lemon balm, 288°F (142°C); sage, 374°F (190°C); thyme, 374°F (190°C).
These temperatures are also ideal when you use your Vaporizer for aromatherapy. The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer, for example, also comes with a glass bowl that you can place on top of the device. Pour your favorite mix of flowers and herbs into the bowl, adjust the temperature setting and turn on the fan. Soon after, you’d fill your entire home with the sweet scents of your favorite potpourri.
Hitting that Sweet Spot With Portable Vaporizers
Because vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes — from the most compact vapor pens to the largest desktop models — using a particular device to achieve your desired temperature might be a little tricky. For example, while some portable vaporizers like the DaVinci Ascent Sport control buttons that set your preferred temperature, other models such as the Arizer Solo Vaporizer already has 7 levels of equivalent preset temperatures.
Still, adjustable settings with an increment of one degree do not guarantee good quality vapor. Other factors also come into play such as the quality of the heating element, the material used inside the heating chamber and the vapor pathway and also the size of the herb tank.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular vaporizers and the recommended sweet spot for each model:
Arizer Solo Portable Vaporizer
Best Setting: Levels 4 and 5
Known for its excellent vapor quality, Canadian-made Arizer Solo vaporizer prides itself with its simple yet high-quality design. Surprisingly, this device does not offer 1-degree incremental adjustments of your vaping temperature and instead feature seven level temperature settings:
#1: 50° C / 122° F
#2: 185° C / 365° F
#3: 190° C / 374° F
#4: 195° C / 383° F
#5: 200° C / 392° F
#6: 205° C / 401° F
#7: 210° C / 410° F
So which level offers the most satisfying vapor quality for you? We tested the Arizer Solo and found out that levels 4 and 5 offer the best quality vapor. Anything more than that gives you a slightly burnt popcorn taste and denser flavors. But you can go ahead and choose the higher levels if you wish to get stronger hits.
At levels 1 to 3, the temperature is not strong enough to get the desired effects, but this is very much ideal for beginners who are just trying to find the right dosage. Then you can go higher as you increase your tolerance.
G Pro Herbal Vaporizer
Best Setting: Medium and High first, then Low after several minutes.
Another portable vaporizer with preset temperature settings is the G Pro Herbal Vaporizer from Grenco Science. Here are the options below:
LOW (RED) = 360°F
MEDIUM (GREEN) = 380°F
HIGH (BLUE) = 420°F
Using the G Pro Herbal vaporizer takes a little getting used to especially for beginners. We’ve found the medium and high settings to give the most satisfying flavors, but things get a little bit hotter as you continue vaping for several minutes. At this point, we recommend choosing the lowest setting to get the temperatures down to more comfortable levels.
Other portable vaporizers such as the K-Vape look like an entire replica of the G Pro vaporizer. Even the heat settings and their performance are the same down to the core. So we recommend the same heat settings for the K-vape too.
DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer
Best Setting: 365°F (185°C) to 380°F (193°C)
The DaVinci Ascent portable vaporizer offers greater temperature control flexibility it sports heat adjustments in increments of one degree. When you turn the vaporizer on, it sets itself to the default setting of 375°F (190°C). And without tests, we’d say the DaVinci vape gives off the most pleasant vapors from 365°F (185°C) to 380°F (193°C). But as we go further up the scale, vapor heat steadily rises and slowly gives that hint of a burnt taste. Still, you can set the device to 230°C maximum, as anything beyond that temperature results in combustion.
What’s good about the DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer is the glass stem that connects all the way down to the stainless steel heating chamber. This ensures that the vapor you inhale is pure, without any foreign particles otherwise present in cheaper vaporizers that make use of cheap soldered internal parts.
The Best Vaping Temperature for Desktop Vaporizers
Desktop or tabletop vaporizers are perhaps the best devices you can count on in terms of vapor quality. Their larger bodies and perpetual dependence on external power source allow more accurate temperature adjustments while vaping. Let’s take a look at the top desktop vaporizers currently popular in the vaping world.
Digital Volcano Vaporizer
Best Setting: 375°F (191°C) to 390°F (199°C)
If not for the price, everyone would have no second thoughts of getting the Volcano vaporizer. The excellent vapor quality and build quality (we know vapers who’ve had their Volcano for years!) make them the top choice of connoisseurs. Of course, the Digital Volcano comes with buttons that allow you to set your desired temperature, with 1-degree accuracy.
As to the best vaping temperature when using the Volcano, the general consensus is the 375°F (191°C) to 390°F (199°C) range, with the higher half offering the best effects. But really, we recommend exploring your own sweet spot with the Volcano as we’re so confident with the device’s extremely commendable performance!
If you have the Classic Volcano, turn the dial anywhere between 6 and 7 to get the equivalent heat setting.
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer
Best Setting: 370°F (188°C) to 390°F (199°C)
From the makers of Arizer Solo portable vaporizer comes the Arizer Extreme Q desktop vape. This device is perhaps the closest contender of the Volcano Vaporizer but wins in terms of price. Although admittedly, we still find the Volcano of its superb vapor quality. The Arizer Extreme Q also sports digital temperature controls with 1-degree accuracy.
Using the Arizer Extreme Q, we’d recommend setting it between 370°F and 390°F for the best vapor quality. If you wish to get more flavors, you can still go higher without risking burning your herbs.
Perfect temperature for some afternoon vaping with jc 💌😙💨 pic.twitter.com/bl0VB756NY
— Haruhi Fujioka (@beanadesu) May 7, 2014
Both the Volcano and Arizer Extreme Q support a balloon, which you can use to store the vapors inside the plastic bag for cooler vapors.
Vapir Rise 2.0 Ultimate Vaporizer
Best Setting: 375°F (191°C) to 390°F (199°C)
Another contender as the best vaporizer to choose in terms of price point and features is the Vapir Rise 2.0 Ultimate desktop vaporizer. And just like the competition, this device sports temperature adjustments by 1 degree. And we jut can’t deny the performance of this tabletop device in terms of functionality and vapor quality.
We recommend setting the Rise 2.0 between 375°F (191°C) and 390°F (199°C) for the best vaping experience. Go higher if you want stronger effects, or when you have three other friends sharing the device. Yes, the Rise 2.0 vape comes with a multi-user adapter that allows you to connect four tubes simultaneously. This proves very handy if you have your friends around. So, show them off what you’ve got and vape away!
What About Vaporizer Pens?
Paying attention to vaporizing temperatures can sometimes seem useless when using vaporizer pens. With pens, you simply press one button to light up the heating element and vaporize the exposed herbs. So there is no way you can easily adjust the temperature. But can you somehow regulate the amount of heat your botanicals get? Of course, we cannot just accept too much when it comes to vaporizer pens. But here’s what you can do to at least regulate the heating element’s temperature to some degree:
When pressing and holding the button down to heat the coil, try releasing the button a few seconds after. Then press again and release again in a rhythmic sequence. This way, you keep the coil from sustaining its full capacity, resulting in slightly cooler temperature. When not taking draws for a long time, it is best to turn the vaporizer off instead of relying on the automatic shut-off mechanism of the device to save on battery and vapors too.
Other vaporizers such as the Atmos Boss are designed with an embedded heating element so that the herbs inside the chamber are not directly exposed, thus keeping the materials from burning. With this device, you won’t have to worry about hitting very high temperature, as Atmos made sure your herbs don’t reach the point of combustion. Perhaps, one day, we’ll see significant design improvements that we think are already long overdue.
On a Final Thought
We still believe that hitting the right vaporizer temperature is a personal thing, and different individuals just have different tastes. In the same way, vaporizers heat up the botanicals in different ways too. So, it is best to get to know your vaporizer first after unboxing it. And we must say no two vaporizers in the market offer the same vapor quality. But the moment you get to get to that sweet spot, you’d surely love your vape from then on.