How to Vape Dry Herb: The Complete Guide
Most vapes you see today come in a whole range of designs and varieties. These designs are sometimes done for visual and aesthetic purposes. But most of the time, they have functions that allow them to be used differently or for more benefit. Dry herb vapes don’t differ too much from regular vapes. They have most of the same basic functions you’d find in traditional vapes. This can include how you prepare the stuff, how you load them, and how you vape them.
Today, we want to look at how some of these functions work in a dry herb vape. Moreover, we’ll include useful tips and tricks to make full use of each feature available on your device.
Preparations for vaping dry herb
Prepping your material is one of the most crucial steps before any vaping session. It sets the tone for the whole experience, and you should do it well. If you’ve tried vaping fresh herbs, you know that the fresh stuff does not vaporize as well as oils or wax. The main reason here is that your herbs will have too much water or moisture content in them. It’s also partly the reason why most users will not prefer vaping fresher material. The boiling points of the cannabinoid and the water particles are just too far apart. This means you won’t get the same consistency and vaporizing effect. So, the taste and vapor quality will change depending on this.
So, if you’re vaping dry herbs, you’re working with the same principles that apply in vaping fresh herbs. This means you’ll experience different consistencies in the vapor, and this can be extremely disappointing if you’ve put a lot of effort into it. A great way to ensure that your dry herbs stay at a consistent state is to use humidity control packs (also called humidity regulator packets). These control packets can help your herbs retain the ideal moisture levels without gaining or losing any additional moisture. So, you can still enjoy a consistent taste and aroma when you’re vaping dry herbs.
A vital step to take here is to grind the materials well. A well ground stash allows more surface material available. This means more of the herbs will experience vaporization without being left out. Grinders typically come with more than one chamber. The mechanism works by collecting the falling cannabis on the lower chamber of the device. The holes ensure that only the cannabis is filtered and falls to the lower chamber before it gets ground with precision and consistency. The best grinders usually come with teeth that can cut and fluff the herbs into a nice, smooth pile. Once this is done, you’re ready to get the stuff loaded.
Make sure that your vaporizer’s chamber is clean and free of any leftovers from the last use. It’s usually best to give it a nice cleaning immediately after a session. If you’re using cleaning products, make sure that the parts dry nicely before using it again.
Loading the goods
Loading the chamber to capacity usually works well on most vapes. However, you still want to have enough room to allow for the easy flow of air. So, there’s a balance between the two. And it can differ slightly depending on the type of vape. For vaping dry herbs, you should be able to tell the difference once you’ve used the device a few times.
Check what kind of device you’re using. This can help you decide how much of the chamber to pack and how much to leave free. If your device vaporizes with convection, you’ll likely get better results with a more loosely-packed chamber. Other vapes run on the conduction of heat. You’ll get a more consistent vape in these types if you pack the chamber nice and tight.
Getting the right temperatures
The exact temperature of a good vape can slowly change as you use more and more. This is because your preference may change, or your tastes may become more specific. But on a general level, your cannabis will probably give the best vapor levels around 355°-430°F.
If you haven’t found that optimum heat level yet, it’s best to start low. As you begin vaping dry herbs, you can slowly increase the temperature at a comfortable pace. This will allow your tastes to narrow down on that ideal temperature where the vapor is perfect for you. However, it’s a good idea not to exceed the maximum temperature of around 430°F because the herbs can start combusting at these levels.
Let’s get down to it
Once you’ve got that sweet spot with the heat, it’s all play from here. Place the mouthpiece between your lips and inhale. If you’ve followed the tips correctly so far, there shouldn’t be too much air resistance. One thing to remember here is that the airflow is not the same for every vape. Air resistance can differ slightly depending on the model and type of device you’re using.
A decent drag can last anywhere between 5 – 10 seconds. But this can also depend on your preference. If you’re unsure how much you should draw in, follow the same style you did for the heating levels. Start with smaller draws that you’re fully comfortable with. Once you’re used to it, you can slowly start taking in bigger draws. This will allow you to control the pace and find the right amount that you enjoy the most. Once you’ve discovered that optimum draw balance, you can then experiment with harder or softer draws.
You can usually get several draws out of one oven load of herbs. It also depends on the size and loading consistency of your vape. It’s common to get a popcorn type of aroma and flavor when the load is used up. This flavor or aroma is an indication that you should change the stuff. Open the chamber and unload the used stuff into your old jar. Then, refill with a similar amount of materials to start again.
Vaping dry herbs can seem a little confusing at first. But once you understand how it works, it should come easily for anyone who has vaped before. We hope these tips and instructions work to give you a more flavorful and wholesome experience in your next session.