Smoking marijuana is sort of like busting out the blowtorch to bake cookies: it might get the job done, but it's overkill if you want optimal results.
While smoking activates THC and other compounds, combustion simultaneously destroys other cannabinoids and terpenes, the sticky, smelly essential oils that help create a strain's signature high, and produce a range of chilled out/focused/otherwise wonderful effects.
While some cannabinoids start to vaporize at temperatures as low as 285°F, according to Medical Jane, heating cannabis to around 320°F releases not only THC, but also the focus-inducing terpene pinene, and anti-inflammatory caryophyllene.
Taking it up a notch to 330°F produces a more intense high that still allows you to stay functional. Many users find the "sweet spot" is between 338°F and 392°F.
"Temperature is basically the volume knob: turn it up for intensity, and turn it down for subtlety," says Leafly's Bailey Rahn.
To play with the effects of different heat settings, you'll obviously need a vaporizer: instead of burning the product, vapes heat up cannabis just enough to release cannabinoids and THC as pure vapour, without the toxins, irritants and carcinogens found in marijuana smoke.
Ideally, you'll have a device more sophisticated than most conduction vapes (e.g. vaporizer pens, or "e-cigs,"): higher-end convection or radiation vaporizers both produce quality vapour, and allow you to specify your preferred heat setting.
If you've only ever tried smoking cannabis, you could be missing out on many of the effects your herb has to offer. Check out the chart below to start experimenting - and potentially unlock different levels of your high.