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Posted by Linda M on August 21, 2014
What is the right vaping temperature for different herbs?
Has this happened to you before? Your first time using a vaporizer with a temperature setting, and you have no idea what to set it to? There are guides all over the internet as well as instructions that come with the vaporizers that usually explain this, but most of the time it is just for vaping cannabis or tobacco. Some do list the temperatures for other herbs you can use in a vaporizer in order to receive therapeutic effects, but sometimes even this information is not accurate. The question is – what is the right vaping temperature for different herbs?
To understand the temperature needed, we first have to take into consideration what type of vaporizer we are using. There are typically 2 methods of heating used in vaporizers – conduction or convection. With a vaporizer that uses conduction, the herbs heat directly through contact with a hot surface, requiring a finer grind and usually needs to be stirred to expose more surface area between draws. Vaporizers that use the convection style heat herbs indirectly by moving hot air through and over what is loaded, making it the better choice as it is easier to avoid combustion. Most vaporizers today utilize the convection method. If you have an older style vaporizer, start with a lower temperature to see how it works for you. I’ve tried countless vaporizers myself and I definitely love solidly built vaporizers like the Silver Surfer Vaporizer or the PAX Ploom as they allow you to set your temperature for the duration of your session and there is minimal worry about accidentally combusting the material inside. I’ve had a lot of difficulty with more basic vaporizers like the VaporGenie or the Magic Flight Launch Box, as there are no real temperature controls and it is a lot easier to have the material combust.
If you’re using your vaporizer for cannabis, the temperature range you want to be in is 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The lower the moisture level of the herb, the lower temperature you need for vaporization (325F to 350F). Herbs with higher moisture levels will vaporize at higher temperatures around 375F to 400F. Some people have noted being able to get thick vapor and big hits while vaping above 400 degrees, but sometimes they are actually combusting their plant matter instead of vaping it. Sometimes, vaporizers may also be a bit off with their temperature settings. I have a Vaporfection ViVape that is awesome except for the fact that I can’t get a great bag full of vapor unless I set the temperature above 435 degrees. The cannabis I use always comes out brown and never black, so I know it isn’t combusting – but the temperature reading doesn’t align with what I’ve seen online. There have been a few vapes that I’ve had that have felt like I need to turn the settings up, so you may have to test your temperatures and adjust if you’re winding up with burnt/black material.
Now, cannabis is not the only thing you can put in a vaporizer. If you don’t use cannabis or can’t get it safely where you live and want to use a vaporizer for other natural herbs, there are many that can be used safely. Some common herbs include Chamomile, Peppermint, Damiana, and Lavender. One might think, “But hey, wait – those are types of tea!” That’s just one way you can enjoy these herbs!
Most common herbs vaporize around the same temperatures as cannabis, but for the optimal effects, there are some variations. For example, Damiana is a great herb to use for an uplifting feeling that gives a bit of a head high and a calming feeling and its optimal temperature is around 374F. Chamomile has been used to aid in alleviating digestive issues, battling headaches, and even helping reduce stress and anxiety. The optimal temperature for Chamomile is around 374F as well. Peppermint is another great herb that can help soothe asthma symptoms, nausea, and can even reduce mucus brought on by a cold or sinus infection. Peppermint has a bit lower optimal vaporization temperature at around 330F. All of these herbs can be used individually or blended together with other herbs and even cannabis to complement the effects of each. Make sure you find the optimal vaporization temperature for the herb you want to use before using your vaporizer, as you may accidentally combust the material!
To help out, here is a list of the previously mentioned herbs as well as some additional herbs you can vaporize alongside their effects and optimal vaping temperatures.
|St. John’s Wort||Natural anti-depressant||212-302F (100-150C)|
|Lavender||Stimulates blood flow, antiseptic & antibacterial, anti-depressant, muscle relaxant||266F (130C)|
|Lemon Balm||Increases blood circulation, relieves headaches, promotes relaxation||288F (142C)|
|Passion Flower||Sedative properties||310F (154C)|
|Hops||Mild euphoria, mild sedative||310F (154C)|
|Peppermint||Relieves muscle spasms, antiseptic, reduces common cold symptoms||330F (166C)|
|Green Tea||Increased energy, alleviates depression, soothes aches and pains||352F (178C)|
|Chamomile||Promotes sleep, boosts immune system||374F (190C)|
|Damiana||Uplifting feeling, strengthens nervous system, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac qualities, reduces cramps||374F (190C)|
|Sage||Helps treat cold symptoms||374F (190C)|