The Importance of Temperature – Vaporizers, more commonly called vapes, are electronic devices used to consume the active components of dry herbs or concentrates (like oils and wax). Vaporizers are considered to be a healthier alternative to smoking, as the vaping process is much cleaner than combusting plant material and concentrates. Vapes are also easier to use, store, and handle than most traditional methods of consumption. These factors are probably why the popularity of vaping as exploded in the last 6 years. There are hundreds of vape manufacturers and thousands of vapes to choose from; including portable dry herb vapes, wax vaporizers, oil vape pens, and e-cigarettes.
Almost all vapes function the same; they work by heating the desired substance on a moderately low temperature setting in a chamber, which then produces an inhalable vapor in a controlled manner. The heating chamber is also referred to as an atomizer. An atomizer is essentially a resistance wire coil and a wicking wire. The resistance wire is generally made out of steel, titanium, or nickel. Turning the vape on engages the battery, which then heats up the coils. The heat from the coils causes the substance to vaporize. The best vape pens include a variable heat setting feature, allowing the user to choose the best temperature for the product—because the temperature matters! The right temperature depends on the substance being used. Wax, herbs, and oil each have different optimal vaping temperatures.
Combustion occurs at 752°F (400°C). This causes the material to ignite and burn, which releases harmful byproducts like carbon monoxide, smoke and tar along with the desired compounds like THC and CBD. We can avoid these toxins by vaping! Because you are not burning the substance, you’ll get better and fuller flavors from your herbs and concentrates. Vaping is also better for the environment, creating less trash and litter than smoking. Plus, vaping doesn’t leave a pungent odor on your clothes or breath like smoking does.
Choosing the Right Temperature
Choosing the right temperature for your vaporizer is just a matter of preference and substance; it depends on what you are looking to achieve and what type of vape or atomizer you’re using. For a pleasant and flavorful experience, choose low temperature vaping. This method is especially recommended for oil and wax vaping. If you’re looking for iconic rolling clouds of vapor or a powerful hit, go with high temperature vaping. This method also is recommended for beginner vapers and for folks that are a little short on time. In time, you’ll find what temperatures work best for you, and the materials you use, through experimentation and adjustment.