Smoking a joint is still the most popular way to consume cannabis, but vaporizers have been gaining ground lately. Vaporizers not only give off a sense of class and sophistication, but they also allow you to get your high in different ways. You can check out our article on the difference between vaping and smoking to learn what people prefer the most.
In this article, we'll discuss finding the right kind of high by ensuring that you have your weed heated at the right kind of temperature.
Why is Vaping Temperature Important?
Vaping, in a way, is like barbecuing. If the temperature is too low, the food might be under-cooked and consequently some flavors will be locked in. If the temperature is too high, the food might get burnt and become bitter. No one wants that.
You'll need to find the right temperature to cook the best food. The same goes for vaping.
It is essential to note that marijuana consists of different components—called cannabinoids—that get released at different temperature levels. When vaping, the cannabinoids are heated to a degree that causes them to evaporate, but not combust. In the traditional sense of smoking a joint, combustion had to occur for these cannabinoids to get released. It is definitely not the best way of getting high, as it also irritates the liver.
When vaping, the fact that combustion does not occur implies that harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide and tar are not released. This is important for keeping ourselves healthy while still getting high. Vaporizers are therefore around 30% more effective and hygienic compared to smoking. Modern day vaporizers have the capacity to regulate temperature and allow you to experience terpenes and great flavors in different smoking temperatures.
If you want to get the best out of your weed, you will need to regulate this temperature.
There are many cannabinoids in cannabis but the most prominent ones are THC, CBD and CBN. Each of them is released at a different temperature.
How Vaporizers Operate
Vaporizers work by heating a cannabis concentrate to a point where it vaporizes, but doesn't combust. There are heating elements inside the vaporizer which heat up to a certain point, usually preset by the user, releasing the vapor that is designed for consumption.
Most vaporizers are portable and offer cannabis consumers the capacity to regulate temperature to their taste.
Perfect vaping temperatures
After a variety of tests among different users, it was found out that the temperatures range from 175°C to about 190°C. Temperatures about 230°C were recorded to almost guarantee combustion, and no one wants that. The chart therefore plays along this range. This range is where you can get the soothing and relaxing results you seek.
Ranges higher than 190°C create an instant high as more THC is released at this level. Just ensure that you do not cross over 220°C as this will lead to combustion and we have established that this is not the best way to get your high.
Temperature range is between 155°C to 160°C.
This temperature range releases this cannabinoid THC. It is the most sought out form of cannabinoid among users as it provides the psychoactive effects. At this temperature, the person is able to experience great sensations and relaxation. There are a number of positive effects during this stage including alleviation of pain.
Temperature range is between 160°C to 180°C.
This temperature range releases the cannabinoid CBD. CBD is a very important cannabinoid and has been hailed as the best cannabinoid for medical use. It has a variety of practical applications, such as treating epilepsy, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation.
Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive capacities, so it doesn't get you high. This is probably not the best cannabinoid to take when you are looking to get high but its usage and potential in the medical field is very promising.
Temperature range is between 180°C and 190°C.
This lesser known cannabinoid is very effective in the treatment of insomnia. Unlike THC, which keeps you energetic and active, CBN can induce sleep.
Varying the degrees does not necessarily guarantee that you will get the variations you are looking to get but it is a better way of getting what want from your weed.
You can check the following chart for the summary of the temperature versus the components released.
How Do You Know if You Are Done Vaping?
It’s a tough question and we might not be able to offer a direct, forthright answer. However, you need to remember that combustion will almost be inevitable at temperatures beyond 230°C, and so you'll need to stay away from this range.
Many vaporizers nowadays come equipped with different flavors such as vanilla to enhance your vaping experience. It’s all a matter of personal preference, really. Just do your thing, and when there is no more smoke/vapor being produced despite continued heating, then you probably have already finished vaping and it's time to top up again.
The great thing about vaping is that you are able to get more for the same quantity of weed than a person who decided to combust it gets. That comes with none of the side effects related to smoking, such as burns, coughing and possible respiratory-related issues.
Just make sure you have the right temperature to get the best out of your vaporizer.