One of the major selling points of up-market vaporizers is their wide temperature range. The problem is, some people are confused by such a wide range and sweat over what temperature they should be using. To add to the confusion, there’s lots of talk recently about how vaping at different temperatures either improves or dulls the experience.
The fact is that marijuana releases its essential oils and THC at temperatures between 175°C to 200°C, (that’s 347°F to 392°F). Within this range of temperatures you’ll get all the essential elements of your cannabis but none of the harmful toxins that are associated with smoking.
Unless you’ve been living in a different galaxy for the last thirty years or so you will know that smoking is harmful to health. Some folks are under the impression that is the substance, i.e. nicotine, that is dangerous, but the truth is, it is the burning that produces most of the toxins. This means that if you burn marijuana you are producing many of the toxins that injure or kill tobacco smokers.
If you set your vaporizer temperature at the high end of the range, you are very close to burning it; the vapor might taste a little smoky and your high is likely to feel harsh. Vaping at the higher temperatures produces a thick vapor that is not dissimilar to smoke. At these high temperatures, you will also destroy cannabidiol (CBD), which makes up 40% of marijuana’s active constituents.
CBD has sedative qualities, and it slows down the rate THC clears from the body; so your high won’t last as long. CBD will not last as long. CBD is also very valuable from a medical point of view, especially as a pain killer.
Turn the down the dial for the best experience. Take a look at your bud – if it’s turning dark you are into the burning zone.
Something else to remember is that, by using a lower temperature, you are not destroying anything – just extracting the active ingredients. As not all those essential vapors are used up in one sitting you are actually getting more for your money.
By keeping your screen clean and not over packing your bud you should find that you get a far cleaner hit at the lower temperatures, and you will also get more for your money.