How to Hit a Dry Herb Vape
Dry herb vaporizers offer a ton of advantages compared with smoking. You get more THC and CBD out of your herb, there's less of a smell, and vapor is easier on your lungs than smoke.
Using a lighter to smoke a joint or pipe is easy, and dry herb vapes and dry herb vape pens don't have quite that level of ease of use. But don't worry, these tips will help you get the best hits from your vape or pen and make switching from smoking a breeze.
How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer
At their core, dry herb vaporizers are simple devices: they have a heating chamber that you can put dry herbs into, including of course cannabis. You pack your herb into the heating chamber, press the power button, and choose your temperature settings. Then the vape heats up. Every vape or pen can be different, so be sure to consult the user manual for your device.
Most portable vapes use conduction heating: the heating chamber touches the coils. Convection vapes use convection heating, which works like a convection oven, the coil heats air and then hot air flows over the heating chamber.
How many seconds to inhale when taking a hit from a dry herb vape
Once the dry herbs have heated up, inhale from the mouthpiece. A slow, steady inhalation will give you the strongest effects and the most flavor. Because you can set the temperature, you can make sure the session doesn't get so hot that the herbs burn. After all, you may be avoiding smoking and smoke.
You don't have to hold your breath after taking a hit from dry herb vapes. The cannabinoids (THC and CBD) will be absorbed into your lungs instantly.
There’s a way to get even more effects from your cannabis. Once your dry herb is vaped, you can save it for later use as AVB (already vaped bud). Also known as ABV (already been vaped), you can use ABV in recipes, coffee or tea, and more. You can even smoke it, but smoking it is kind of harsh.
How do you Know if Your Dry Herb Vaporizer is Working?
If it seems like your vape isn't producing much vapor, keep in mind that vaporizing dry herbs doesn't always produce clouds of vapor. Especially at lower temperature settings. A better way to tell is taste - if you can taste the flavor of the herb, that means the terpenes are vaporizing.
To ensure great vapor every session, load your vape properly. First, grind your dry herb before loading it in the vape. Ground bud is easier to heat evenly, so you'll get better vapor. Second, when packing the ground herb in the chamber, don't pack it too full. If it's overpacked with material, that will interfere with airflow and even heat transfer. That said, it shouldn't be too loose either.
You don't have to obsess over this, just grind your herb for every session, and pay a bit of attention to how it's loaded. Over time you won't have to consciously think about it, you'll just develop an innate sense of how.
Hit Dry Herb Vape, Repeat
At the end of the day, using a dry herb vape isn't rocket science. There's nothing to learn exactly, vaping is pretty simple after all.
But not all dry herb vaporizers are created equal. There's a huge range of dry herb vapes on the market, and they vary in quality and power.
When looking for a dry herb vaporizer, you want one that gives you consistent vaping sessions, quick heat-up times, and a long-lasting battery. Most users new to vaping go with a portable dry herb vaporizer. They're less expensive than desktop vaporizers, and you can enjoy a session anywhere.
Dry herb vape pens
Most dry herb vape pens produce weaker vapor - they're less efficient with your bud, and won't get you as high. A pen also tends to be less durable and have lower battery life.
You'll probably be frustrated with the shortcomings of a vape pen and want to upgrade to a better, non-pen, device eventually.
The best dry herb vaporizers
The best dry herb vapes include Storz & Bickel's Crafty and Mighty, the Furna, and the DaVinci IQ2. The Pax 3 is also a popular choice.
These dry herb vaporizers use conduction heat, so grind your herb and make sure the material is evenly loaded and packed to ensure perfect pulls and delicious vapors. You don't want to risk ending up with pockets of heat that burn your herb, creating smoke, making the vapor harsh, and wasting weed. Regular cleaning of the unit is also key to getting good, clean vapor.
Don't be tempted by a vape pen, a pen can't compare with the vapor produced by the vapes listed above. If you buy a pen, eventually you'll just want a better vape. Also, keep in mind, the most efficient vapes pay for themselves in the long term by saving you herb.
Can you use a dry herb vape for cannabis concentrates?
You might also want a vaporizer that can handle concentrate. If so, definitely look into the Furna, which can instantly swap a dry herb oven for a concentrate oven with a ceramic element. It's way easier to load wax using this swapping system. Most other dry herb vapes that say they can handle concentrate actually require using awkward inserts, and can get messy.
This way, you get the option of loading multiple ovens in advance, before you leave the house. Swapping ovens done is instant and discreet, with no interruption of your session. No need to awkwardly pack your vape somewhere inconvenient. Learn more about Furna here.