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Let’s admit it, keeping up with the latest and greatest can have its challenges. Especially when it comes to the cannabis vaporizing technology, it’s forever changing. The below highlights what’s new and where the vaping world is going. Now all you got to do is choose your favorite type of material and you’re on your way…


So, what is a cannabis vape? Have you tried a dry herb vaporizer yet? They are amazing, when you get the right that suits your lifestyle. The flavor and the purity of some of them are simply mind-blowing! I can easily get through a day on a good portable vaporizer whilst sweetening the evening with my trusty desktop vape. Hmmm. For my fellow newbie cannaisseurs, these are a must-try. As I’m quite confident all experienced cannaisseur, know just how good the devices can be.

Okay, conduction… convection… infrared heating, what’s coming next? Each heating method affects the quality and quantity of your vape production. Finding what suits your preference is key to truly enjoying your cannabis vaporizing experience. This as well as fine-tuning your temperature range.

What is a dry herb vape, what does it do and what are the benefits?

Vaporizing is using a device that heats the dry herb to the correct temperature (180 degrees) either by using a hot bowl or passes hot air over the herb. I will explain the different types later in this article. Vaporizing is the future of consuming your dry herb, eliminating rolling papers and the smell that comes with smoking joints altogether. Vaping is an emerging trend in cannabis culture internationally. It has been seen as a healthier alternative way of consuming cannabis as appose to the more traditional way of smoking.

Herbal vapes have been around for some time, it has only become widely known and recognized within the last 10 years. It has many different health benefits, mostly because these herbal vapes do not burn the herb like with a joint. This means that you also get even higher and you can almost tweak the different highs you want out of your cannabis.

Different types of vapes that you can buy?

Pen Vapes

These little advances devices pack a powerful one-hit punch. These devices use conduction heating, which is opposite to the bigger, more robust vaporizers coming up next. With this type of heating the dry herb can burn if you don’t follow the right smoking instructions ad temperatures.

Portable Vaporizers

These amazing little rechargeable devices are for on the go smokers. You can pack and smoke a portable vape almost anywhere, not much bigger than most pen vapes. Some of these vapes use hot air to evaporate the cannabinoids and transport it to your lungs. These are most popular amongst stoners because of the punch that it packs and health benefits.

Desktop Vaporizers

These bigger, more social vapes belong at home or at a party. Normally placed on a table and smoked through a long fish pipe or a balloon attachment is available. These vapes provide the strongest vapor because of the conventional heating method (hot air) and filling a large balloon to then smoke when it gets full. They also come with very big bowls to provide vapor for more than two people.

How do we smoke these different types of vapes?

Firstly, we get a 3m long pipe called a whip/fish pipe that delivers the vapor to our lungs. We also add balloon attachments, this allows for a large balloon to be filled with the cannabis vapor. The balloon then gets passed around and smoked in small amounts like a joint.

Direct draw vaporizers are more personal and normally have a bowl big enough for at least two separate smoking sessions. There is normally a mouthpiece attached directly to the vaporizer making it very convenient. Some of these vapes do have separate attachments allowing for pipes or dab bowls.

What are the different heating sources that we find in vapes?

Conduction Heating

This method is commonly using a bowl that is directly heated by electricity, passing volts through a resistor causing the necessary heat. The problem with this heating method is often overheating your herb until it burns if you are not careful. The vapes commonly using this method are vape pens. E-cigs and majority of portable vapes.

Convection Heating

This method is a lot more even and direct, bypassing the right temperature air over the dried herb. The dried herb never touches any heating element directly, this way you get the most out of your cannabis. The air is either forced by a small fan or just the suction of the smoker is enough to transport the hot air over the dried herb.

Typically, these methods use ceramic material which is very heat conducting. Staying hot for long and more evenly than most materials like metal. The ceramics are also unaffected bypassing cooler air, retaining it eat a lot longer.

Radiant/Infrared Heating

This method also provides the same quality of vapor mentioned above in convection heating. The dried herb absorbs the radiant energy and heats up until the necessary cannabinoids are vaporized. You don’t often find people smoking this type of vaporizer.

Vaporizing different materials?

Dried Herb Vaporizers

These vaporizers have been used for many years, typically heating the herb until the necessary temperature to get the most out of your herb. The health benefits are huge and are mainly used for relaxation and meditation purposes. Grind your herb as fine as possible to evenly distribute your heat in your bowl.

Vaping concentrates

THC concentrates are just as its name suggests a blob of concentrated and refined THC from a cannabis plant. Without the plants' extracts, these concentrates are a lot healthier than smoking a joint of dry cannabis. Normally using a THC vaping pen or portable vape, one can vaporize and smoke these concentrates by heating it to the right temperatures (165-205 degrees) and inhaling the vapor created. This is the best way to get the most out of your cannabis plants, as well as the quality of high the THC creates.


When we spark up a joint there is nothing stopping the herb from combusting at temperatures of up to 1000 degrees. Most of the time we burn away the flavor and taste of all the beautiful cannabis strains that we can enjoy. When we vape at the right temperatures, we can fully grasp the effects and flavor of cannabis.

Cannabis starts to boil at 157 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the vapor created is cool and less harsh on the throat. We get the best flavor out of the plants at this temperature. If you enjoy waking and baking this temperature will be the right one for you. Keeping you going for most of the day without that lunchtime burnout.

At a warmer 176 degrees Celsius the terpenes begin to evaporate together with the cannabinoids. Releasing a warmer but still cool vapor, with very noticeable psychoactive effects. This temperature is a perfect middle-ground for flavor and taste. The best time to smoke this temp is after a good lunch with plenty of water, keeping you positive and warm until supper time.

At a temperature of 204 degrees Celsius, the maximum number of cannabinoids and terpenes are being vaporized. The flavor is less than the cooler temps but the psychoactive effects are amazing. This temperature is perfect for an after-dinner mint, before bedtime and just before a shower. Remember to crush your weed as fine as possible to evenly distribute the heat across your terpenes and THC.

Final Thoughts

Cannabis vapes have come along way over the years. The technology available today will most certainly allow any way to enjoy the full profile of their herb. Let alone the choices we are now presented with; extracts, flower, hash it’s incredible where this industry is going. Well, I love vaporizing cannabis bud; I do enjoy smoking it too… In fact, a hit in the evenings with my Jane West glass, is rather amazing! Take a look at my article on smoking cannabis 101.

See Vaping Cannabis for Dummies for more tips and tricks on improving your vaping experience. 

Stay tuned for my top picks for cannabis vaporizing devices. 

Peace and Love 


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