For many cannabis consumers, combustion has gone the way of the caveman, into the past. Now vaporizing has enveloped consumers in the cannabis community with a wave or euphoria. Vaping doesn’t release the potentially harmful ash and smoke that burning plant material does. The customizable temperature means a more finely tuned herbal experience. But where do you set the dial for pot perfection? Here’s the breakdown of the optimum vaping temperature.
Why temperature matters
Why is temperature so important? Because different components of cannabis boil, or vaporize, at different temperatures. Set the vape dial too low, and you miss out. Too high, and you burn your botanicals, emitting tars and other unwanted byproducts. From flavor to effect, temperature is vital.
For the most accurate information, we went straight to the source. Steep Hill labs tests and analyzes cannabis for the market in several states. They give the breakdown on what boils when so you can get the most from your vaporizer.
Top 5 Cannabinoids
THC holds the title of ‘Most Important Molecule In Marijuana’, hands down. Boiling point= 157°C/315°F.
Coming in second, CBD has wide acceptance for medical use without the buzz. Crank it up a notch because the boiling point is 180°C/356°F.
Cannabinol normally forms through oxidation of THC. With mild psychoactive properties, its main benefit is sedation. CBN also acts somewhat effectively as an anti-emetic and anticonvulsant. To squeeze every puff of this from your herb, dial it above 185°C/365°F.
Cannabichromene shows antiviral, antitumor, and anti-inflammatory effectiveness. About 10 times stronger than CBD for anxiety and stress, this wonderful molecule gets released at 220°C/428°F.
Cannabigerol stimulates new brain cells and bone growth. CBG has anti-tumor, antibacterial, and insomnia-fighting properties. This cannabinoid has a low boiling point of only 52°C/126°F.
Top 5 Terpenes
This terpene acts as a bronchodilator, expanding airways. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, and gives that piney, sweet, aroma to your herb, when heated to 155°C/311°F.
Best known for treating gastric reflux, anti-fungal properties, and increasing the absorption of other substances through the skin, stomach, and mucous membranes. It functions as both an immunostimulant and anti-tumor agent. This terpene puts the lemon in Super Lemon Haze, and boils at 176°C/349°F.
When you think myrcene, think mangoes. Its medical properties include anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and spasm treating benefits. But myrcene has two other bonuses. It lowers the blood-brain barrier for other compounds, like THC. And it increases the saturation level of the CB1 receptor, letting you get much higher. Strains that produce that
Strains that produce that indica-typical couch lock always have more myrcene that sativa-typical strains. Now you know why. This terpene boils at 168°C/334°F.
This spicy terpene also resides in cloves and black pepper. It fights sepsis, bacteria, fungi, tumors, and inflammation. As a bonus, it also relieves anxiety. Boiling point= 160°C/320°F.
Linalool gives lavender its pleasant floral fragrance. In cannabis, not only does it create flowery fragrances, but treats psychosis, reduces anxiety, aids sleep, and acts as an anti-epileptic and analgesic. To vape this terp, raise the dial to at least 198°C/388°F.
Translating that into the optimum vaping temperature
Now that gives you the range, but what about translating that into the perfect high? At different levels, the various flavors of your herb come to life, and with each one, the high changes, even with the same strain. Here are our recommendations:
Mellow feel-good high= 320°F
The bare minimum to get any goodness in your vape sits at 160°C/320°F. Here, you get the deep lung refreshment and flavor of pinene, the relaxation and spicy notes of beta-caryophyllene, and of course, all that THC.
Intense energetic high= 365°F
As soon as you start vaping that myrcene, your high will skyrocket as more THC floods your brain and CB1 receptors. Limonene also increases THC absorption in the mouth and mucous membranes of the lungs and sinus. If your strain has lots of CBN, the intensity will balance into a cerebral euphoria that lasts and lasts.
Deep body relaxation high= 428°F
At this temp, CBC and linalool knock you back. With lavender sedation for an intense, couch-locking indica experience best suited for deep pain relief, this setting is best for night-time use. At this temperature, another terpene called humulene also suppresses appetite, as a side note.
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