Flower Vaporizer Temperatures


How do flower vaporizers work?


There are two types of flower vaporizers, conduction and convection.  Convection vaporizers work by heating the air, and passing it over the ground flower.  Conduction vaporizers heat up surfaces that touch the ground flower. Convection vaporizers are more reliable when aiming for a specific temperature. This is due to having a more even heat distribution across a greater surface area.  As the hot air passes over the cannabis, it vaporizes the cannabinoids and terpenes to be inhaled. Different cannabinoids and terpenes are released at different temperatures. Through changing the temperature at which you vaporize, you may get slightly different effects from the same strain.

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Temperature Zones

Here are some example temperature zones to begin to experiment with. Keep in mind that you may have to adjust the set temperature slightly from the suggested zones.  Although most vaporizers work in a similar fashion, each vaporizer has a different design, which can result in temperature fluctuation.

Things to Keep in Mind

Everyone’s needs are different.  As you experiment with the temperature zones, try to write down the various effects you may receive from the same strain.  This can help with understanding the relation of temperature and effects, thus gaining some control over the effects of each strain.  For example, myrcene may greatly help with pain relief, but is also known to be sedating for most patients. Knowing that myrcene is released at 334°F allows someone to use a lower temperature during the day for a less sedating medication, while using a higher heat at night can produce a stronger level of relief.

Interesting notables

  • The activation temperature of each cannabinoid and terpene is constant, meaning the THCa in flower is released at the same temperature as the THCa in concentrate is released.

  • The more accurate the heating method is, the more one can rely on temperature ranges to modulate the effects of the strain.

  • If you vaporize a product at a very low temperature, save the partially vaporized flower to be used later at a higher temperature to release the rest of the cannabinoids.

  • Fully vaporized flower will still contain some cannabinoids.  They have been decarboxylated due to the heat applied from vaporization.  The remaining cannabinoids are active, and this already vaped bud can be used for oral and sublingual ingestion methods.

  • Concentrates (Torch and Nail) = By using a laser thermometer to read the temperature from a distance, one could wait to apply the dab to the hot nail until the temperature has dropped to the desired range.  When applying room temperature concentrate on a hot nail, it will lower the temperature.

  • Concentrates (e-nail / electric nail) = An e-nail uses a hot metal coil to maintain the desired temperature of the nail.  One could digitally set the temperature to the desired range, and even as the cool dab is being applied the heat of the nail will remain consistent.

  • Tabletop vaporizers typically have larger heating chambers than portable ones and can provide a more steady reliable heat.

  • The speed at which you inhale also affects the performance of vaporizers.  Pulling too fast can cool down the flower and prevent even vaporization.

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