Choosing the best temperature to vape weed is one of the most unclear and controversial topics in dry herb vaping.
It turns out, there is no single best temperature to vape weed.
The best temperature to vape your herb is fully dependent on what effects you’re looking for, but it oscillates between 320°F(160°C) and 446°F(230°C).
And in today’s post, I’m going to show you exactly what temperature is best for achieving your desired effects.
WHY VAPORIZER TEMPERATURE MATTERS FOR CANNABIS
The cannabis plant is an organic chemical factory. Its flowers produce small, mushroom-shaped outgrowths called trichomes. These tiny structures pump out resin loaded with psychoactive and medicinal molecules. Among this repertoire are over 100 cannabinoids, more than 100 terpenes, and numerous flavonoids. By modifying vaporization temperature, cannabis users can optimise the concentration of specific molecules in each hit.
Every cultivar contains varying levels of cannabinoids and terpenes. THC—one of the most common cannabinoids—provides a psychotropic high and a long list of therapeutic qualities. In contrast, CBD offers powerful therapeutic qualities without any psychotropic effect. Most modern strains offer high levels of THC. However, breeders have recently developed strains containing high levels of CBD, or strains with a 1:1 ratio of the two cannabinoids.
Science is starting to pay more attention to other major and minor cannabinoids. Research has already confirmed that CBG (cannabigerol) offers painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects. THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) can help to suppress the effects of THC and may combat pain and inflammation. CBC (cannabichromene) appears to reduce swelling and preserve mammalian brain cells. This is just the tip of the iceberg! As the science progresses, more data will surely begin to surface.
And let’s not forget about our friends, the terpenes. These aromatic molecules can be found all throughout the plant kingdom. Terpenes provide the signature scents and tastes of each cannabis cultivar, but their function isn’t limited to sensory pleasure. These molecules offer a host of therapeutic effects and are even believed to synergisewith cannabinoids to produce more pronounced medicinal effects. Myrcene is one of the most abundant terpenes within all cannabis cultivars. The chemical provides tastes of earthiness and cloves, and is known for its relaxing and sedating effects.
Myrcene enhances the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, as well as the muscle-relaxing effects of THC. Caryophyllene is another major terpene found in cannabis flowers, contributing tastes of pepper and spice. Also recognised as a “dietary cannabinoid”, the terpene is capable of producing anti-inflammatory effects by binding to CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis users often select strains based on their cannabinoid and terpene concentration. Recreational users may choose a high-THC strain for maximal psychoactive effects. They might also look for a variety high in myrcene to ensure a sedating high. By comparison, medicinal users might opt for a strain high in CBD, with a good caryophyllene profile to boost the anti-inflammatory effects.
By altering vaping temperature, cannabis users can ensure they receive maximum levels of the desired constituents. Plus, playing around with temperature settings can make each hit more pleasant. Users can set their devices to low temperatures while still getting all of the desired molecules. This allows for smooth hits loaded with cannabinoids, that are also less harsh on the throat and lungs.Below, we’ll discuss how to use temperature settings to zero-in on certain cannabis chemicals.
What’s the best temperature for vaping weed?
One of the major advantages to vaping weed or hemp flower is having control over the temperature. When you smoke, there is nothing stopping that bud from reaching temperatures as high as 4000° F (or 2200° C)! You also lose most of the flavor and the subtleties of each strain. The only problem is, what’s the best temperature for weed? In this guide, we detail three main temperature ranges, highlighting their differences and advantages. Each range provides a different experience, so it also depends on what you want to get out of it.
Keep in mind that everyone’s experience can vary based on a few key factors. For example, two weed vaporizers set to the same temperature can sometimes produce a different type of vapor. Additionally, each strain contains different levels of terpenes and cannabinoids, which contribute to their smell, taste and effects. These organic compounds volatilize at various temperatures and will alter the experience.
Don’t worry, you won’t need to graduate weed college for this. Just use this guide and play around with different settings. See how they make you feel. Eventually, you will find the best temperature for you.
Minimums and maximums
First, let’s look at the endpoints of the vaping temperature spectrum. THC, the cannabinoid with the lowest boiling point, starts to vaporize at 315°F (around 157°C). Therefore, this is the minimum temperature required to feel any psychoactive effects.
If you keep temps right around the boiling point, you can get a mild, pleasant high that’s great for new consumers and those with low tolerances. For those who enjoy vaping for the flavor, this temperature will also start releasing terpenoids and flavonoids, the compounds responsible for those delicious aromas and tastes characteristic of cannabis. Even if you like getting high fast, try more hits at this lower setting to experience some nice flavor effects and a more gradual build.
The other endpoint is where combustion occurs. This can start happening around 450°F (230°C), though it won’t be certain until around 550°F (290°C). The cannabinoid with the highest vaporization point, THCV, requires 428°F (220°C) to begin vaporizing, and most see their full expression around 465°F (240°C). Thus, we can set an upper limit of testing ranges to 465° Fahrenheit.
Boiling Points of Other Cannabinoids
CBD evaporates at anywhere between 320°F and 355°F (160-180°C), depending on strain and the amount of water in the plant. You might notice that this is very close to THC’s boiling point of 315°F, making it difficult to isolate THC or CBD through temperature alone.
If you need one cannabinoid to dominate over the other, you’re better off choosing a strain with more of your preferred compound. There are high-CBD marijuana strains available, but we prefer to vape organic hemp flower for whole-plant CBD. Our favorite is the Lifter strain from Canna Comforts.
Keep in mind that if you are looking for CBD for health purposes, you will need to turn up your vape mod up a few extra degrees to release it effectively.
Consumers seeking antiemetic effects should go to at least 355°F (180°C) to maximize release of Delta-8-THC, the cannabinoid most responsible for the anti-nausea properties of cannabis. Temperatures above 365°F (185°C) begin to release cannabinoids associated with relaxation like CBN, which can be helpful for sufferers of insomnia and sleep disturbances.
CBG requires temperatures above 390°F (200°C) to vaporize, with maximum release at around 445°F (230°C). THCV and CBC begin to vaporize as temperatures breach 425°F (220°C). We have also written an extensive discussion about the medical benefits of different cannabinoids.
Terpenoids and Flavonoids
Terpenoids and flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds found in plants, fruits, and essential oils that give cannabis its characteristic scent and flavor.
Aromatherapy lovers take note: you can get some of the same effects by finding a cannabis strain that matches the terpenoid profile of your favorite essential oil. While it won’t be as potent (at least until we start seeing a lot of cannabis essential oils on the market!), there may be some beneficial effects induced by these (as of yet) poorly-understood compounds.
From a vaping perspective, terpenes and flavonoids enhance the aesthetic experience and may play a role in moderating or intensifying the effects of other cannabinoids. However, at higher temperatures, they start to burn off and the smell and taste of the cannabis and its vapor.
Using the information detailed above, we can define some ranges that you can use to start experimenting with different vaping temperatures:
Below 320°F: Too low to activate cannabinoids, but you might get some flavor out of your cannabis or organic hemp flower. This is the range colloquially called “waste it to taste it.”
320-345°F: Flavor-oriented vapor. Core psychoactive compounds are present, but in mild amounts, producing a light high from THC and a good dose of CBD (with strength increasing commensurate with temperature). This range is good for beginners or testing a new strain out. Lower temperatures will also extend the life of your stash.
345-390°F: Deeper high. Bolder flavors are enhanced, while some of the more subtle notes are muted. Most variation in strains is notable within this range, making it perhaps the “best” range to vape most strains for most consumers. The majority of vapers will find a comfortable cannabis vaping temperature within this range.
390-465°F: Sedative high and the release of more exotic, lesser-known cannabinoids. Those who love to explore the deeper, more relaxing highs can play around in this range, though temps at the higher end of the range may yield a harsh vapor. Other cannabinoids, like THCV and CBG, begin boiling in this range.
Above 465°F: Too high. You’re combusting your cannabis and losing the benefits of vaping — just smoke instead.
The water content of your cannabis or hemp strain will also impact these temperature ranges. Water has to be boiled out of the plant material before the cannabinoids can reach their full expression. Thus, when comparing strains or temperatures, you’ll need to control for water content as best as you can.