Here we will go over seven tips for vaping cannabis.
Using cannabis has been a popular activity for over 5,000 years, and naturally, we as species have mastered the process. Throughout this mastery, we have invented amazing products like CBD bath bombs and created new smoking tools like the vaporizer.
However, some of these new creations, like the vape, can be difficult to understand and get the hang of. That is why we created this seven-tip guide to vaping cannabis.
Let’s jump right in.
There are three main types of cannabis vaporizers: dab pens, oil pens, and dry herb vaporizers.
Dab pens are used to vaporize cannabis concentrates.
Oil pens use refillable or replaceable cartridges that are filled with THC distillate oils.
Dry herb vaporizers are used for cannabis flower and are the most common device.
Since dry herb vaporizers are the most popular type of vaporizer, they will be the main focus of this article.
Allowing your weed the opportunity to dry fully is called the “curing process.” The curing process takes between 10-30 days. However, if you are purchasing cannabis from a dispensary, it will likely already be dry.
Cannabis must be dried because it may contain dangerous chemicals like chlorophyll and these elements dissipate while drying.
Additionally, the dried herb is easier to heat while in a vaporizer.
Grinding your bud before using it is an essential part of vaping.
If you were to place an entire nugget into your vape, it would not heat thoroughly, and you may waste quite a bit of your cannabis.
Although breaking up your weed by hand is a popular method for smoking out of bowls, joints, and blunts, it is best to invest a few dollars into a grinder. Using a grinder gives you consistency among your plant particles resulting in smoother hits and consistent heating. Additionally, using your hands to break up your bud makes the kief stick to your hands which wastes the kief and is messy.
There are different types of grinders available, and prices range from a few dollars for a cheap plastic one to 50 dollars for an electric device. Both options work great and will give you the results you desire.
Just like when you’re smoking out of a bowl, how you pack it is essential for receiving a good hit.
When you vape, you want to produce thick clouds of smoke each time you exhale. You can achieve these thick clouds by packing the chamber tightly, completely covering the screen, and filling it to the brim. By doing so, you help the cannabis heat evenly and avoid inhaling too much oxygen instead of the vapor you’re intending to smoke.
Your vaporizer will have adjustable temperature settings that can be used to help moderate the intensity of the high you receive.
When you heat marijuana, decarboxylation occurs. Decarboxylation is the conversion of THCA and CBDA to THC and CBD. This conversion creates the euphoric effects that THC provides to its consumers.
When selecting the heat temperature of your vape, know that lower temps will give you a more subtle high while high temps will provide a more intense high.
The ideal vaporizer temperature is 347 – 392°F, and temperatures around 400- 450°F may ruin your cannabis. Once the ideal temperature is reached, wait around 30 seconds before taking a hit to ensure the vape is heated properly.
If you are used to smoking cannabis from a bowl, blunt or joint, you may have become accustomed to taking big deep hits. Although this works well with other paraphernalia tools, vaporizers are the complete opposite.
When smoking from a vape, you want to Inhale slowly for two main reasons. The first reason is that inhaling hard can cause the temperature to drop inside the chamber, and second, a hard inhale can cause the weed particles to get sucked up and clog the mouthpiece.
If you don’t feel that your vape is working on the first few hits, you may be inhaling too fast. However, with some trial and error, you will get the hang of it. If you are struggling to master your inhaling, your local dispensary can show you what to do.
Your vaporizer will more than likely consist of at least three parts; a mouthpiece, heating chamber, and battery.
If you want to keep your vaporizer running for as long as possible, you will need to clean each piece appropriately.
Ideally, you would clean your vaporizer after every smoke session because the cleaning process is harder, the longer you wait. The user manual that came with your vape will give you a detailed run down of how to clean it. However, if you don’t have the manual, you can follow the following instructions.
Start by emptying the cashed herb from the chamber. Next, use a small bristled brush like a pipe cleaner to loosen any remaining debris from the chamber and mouthpiece. Lastly, dip a cotton swap in isopropyl alcohol and wipe down each piece. Once your vape is clean, wait for it to dry before using it again.