Vaping hemp flower using a dry herb vaporizer is the most popular way to consume it. And for good reason since it’s the most effective and efficient consumption method. It’s a healthier alternative to smoking and the ability to change temperature allows you to customize your experience for your specific needs.
Most vaporizers allow you to select a specific temperature level. In this article, we’ll discuss why it’s important to set your temperature to the right level. We’ll also give you guidance on determining the best temperature setting.
Why is it Important to Get the Temperature Right?
When you vape hemp flower, your vape device is heating it to a specific temperature. This heating process releases the vapor that you inhale. Without getting too deep into the science, the temperature that you set determines the chemical composition of the individual cannabinoids and terpenes in the product that enter your blood stream.
So the temperature that you heat it to plays an important role in the flavor and effects that you will experience. If you set it too low, you may not get the benefits of some cannabinoids and terpenes that need higher temperatures to be activated. Setting it too high can result in harsh-tasting vapor, the burning off of some terpenes, and the release of toxins from combustion.
What’s the Best Temperature for Vaping CBD Flower?
Your overall goal in choosing a temperature is to find the level that gives you the effects that you’re seeking from your specific strain. Most people want a temperature that produces a smooth flavor and balanced effect from the multiple cannabinoids and terpenes.
This guide will give you a good starting point and an idea of what to expect at higher or lower temperatures. But you should be open to some experimentation to find the temperature that is best for you.
When first starting out, we recommend setting your initial temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). This is generally considered to be the minimum level for efficient evaporation of most cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s also a level where you can expect smooth vapor and the best flavor from your flower.
What Can I Expect at Higher or Lower Temperatures?
Low Temperature (under 350°F (176°C)): Considered the mildest experience and good for days when you need to be active. More “head” or mental effects than body effects. More flavor.
Mid Temperature (between 350°F (176°C) and (380°F (193°C)): Considered a slightly stronger but more balanced experience between effects and flavor.
High Temperature (over 380°F (193°C)): Converts the most cannabinoids and terpenes which can result in a more significant effect on the body. Less flavor. Considered better for evenings or times when you do not need to be active.
What are the Boiling Points of Individual Cannabinoids and Terpenes?
Each individual cannabinoid and terpene has a different boiling point temperature. The boiling point is considered to be the ideal temperature that will give you the best results from that specific component. CBD flower typically contains multiple cannabinoids and terpenes. Your choice of temperature can be influenced by the specific cannabinoids and terpenes that you are most interested in optimizing.
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For example, if you are most interested in maximizing the benefits from terpenes like Humulene or Caryophyllene, you would want to set your device to a lower temperature. Conversely, if you are more interested in the effects from the cannabinoids CBN or CBD, you’d want to set it higher.
There isn’t a “right” temperature to use when vaping hemp flower. Your choice depends on the effects that you are seeking and the strain that you’re using.
When in doubt, start out at 350°F (176°C) and then gradually increase or decrease it until you find the level that works best for you.