As society continues to grow more and more aware about the dangers of smoking (not just tobacco), we are trying to seek out new ways to enjoy certain substances without having to light them on fire in order to reap the benefits that they have to offer. One of the more recent solutions that has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, vaping, has managed to address this issue and provide users with a variety of exciting devices that can get the job done. In the case of dry herbs, dry herb vaporizers give users the ability to safely take in the active ingredients of their vaporizers. Yet to learn about these popular products? Here is a comprehensive guide to dry herb vaporizers.
What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?
The aptly named dry herb vaporizer is a device designed to vaporize dry herbs. Rather than going through the combustion process, which is what happens when you smoke an herb, a dry herb vaporizer puts the herb through a heating process that makes it hot enough to release the active ingredients. These ingredients, in the form of vapors, are then able to be inhaled through the device. Dry herb vaporizers will often come in a wide variety of different offerings but they all perform this basic function.
Benefits of Using One
When compared to smoking, dry herb vaporizers come with many benefits that would make many turn away from smoking for good. Here are some of the benefits that come with using a dry herb vaporizer.
As we stated above, a vaporizer is named as such because there is no smoking involved. Although accidental combustion could happen in some devices, there is no direct application of fire to your herbs during the process, meaning that at no time are you inhaling any smoke when you are using your dry herb vaporizer. For those who are looking out for their health or for those who are trying to ditch cigarettes and vape their tobacco instead, this is a great benefit.
Although you can smell and taste a substance when you are smoking, the smoke that is being produced from the burning of the herbs often masks and distorts this taste. When you remove this smoke and vaporize your herbs instead, however, you get to truly experience what your herb tastes like, giving you a better flavor than you would receive if you were to roll your herbs in a paper or smoke it using another tool such as a pipe. Additionally, these types of devices will generally give you the ability to control your heat settings, allowing you to experience your herb’s flavors at different temperatures.
Dry herb vaporizers are extremely efficient and are designed to give you the best vaping experience possible. Much like smoking, dry herb vaporizers will do their best to use up all of your herbs by heating them up until all of the active ingredients are vaporized. Because they are designed with temperature controls and other features like built-in mixers, these devices are extremely efficient and effective at their job, meaning that you are going to get the most out of your dry herbs each time that you go to use your vaporizer.
How to Use a Weed Vape Pen?
A weed vape pen or any other type of dry herb vaporizer for that matter are relatively easy to use and you’re not going to have too much of an issue regardless of what level of experience you have with these kinds of vaporizers. To use a weed vape pen, you will have to first grind up your herbs finely so that they can fit inside the chamber of your device. This chamber will generally be located underneath your mouthpiece and all you have to do is take your finely ground herbs and gently pack them inside. Once your device is fully loaded, all you have to do is turn it on and begin vaping!
Different Types of Weed Vaporizers
The vape industry is huge and because of this, there are numerous vape styles to choose from out of the three main categories of dry herb vape devices. Here are the three devices you will find when you begin shopping around for your own.
Herbal Vape Pen
Vape pens are the first kind of device that people often think about when they hear the word “vaporizer”. These products offer users a slender, handheld device that is capable of vaporizing their herbs while also making the process as portable and as discreet as possible. While these vape pens will not be as skinny as pens that vaporize oils, they are still about the size of a large marker and are easy to carry around with you anywhere. These vaporizers are great for those who vape alone and need a simple device to take with them on the go.
Portable Dry Herb Vape
For those who are looking for something with a bit more to offer but don’t want to give up portability, another great option are portable, handheld dry herb vapes. Unlike the vape pen, these vapes tend to look more like a box and have a lot more features attached to them to help boost the vaporization process and enhance user experience. Some of these features will often include precision temperature control, faster heat up times, and removable rechargeable batteries. These vapes easily fit within the palm of the hand and are great for those who want to take their vapes around with them but need more power than a vape pen has to offer.
Last but not least, we have the desktop dry herb vaporizer. As you may have gathered from the title, the desktop vaporizer is not a portable option but is instead a powerful vape to be used in the comfort of your own home. These products often boast much better features and results than the two previous devices and will give you a powerful and flavorful vaping experience every time you plug them in and turn them on. If you are someone who likes to vape at home and want a powerful vape to do so, a desktop vaporizer is a great option.
Different Heating Methods
Take away the typical combustion method and you are left with several creative ways to heat herbs so that vaporization is made possible. When it comes down to dry herb vapes, you have three options, including…
Convection heating is a heating method in which your dry herbs are surrounded by hot air that slowly cooks them until they are vaporized. Convection heating is often the preferred heating method as it allows the flavors of herbs to fully develop and it makes sure that all parts of the herb are reached by the heat so that there is no herb wasted in the process.
Conduction heating involves applying dried herbs directly to the source of the heat so as to rapidly vaporize the herbs as they touch the surface of the heating source. Conduction heating is quick and it gets the job done but there is always the possibility of combustion if the temperature goes too high and you have to make sure that all parts of your herb are cooked before you throw them out as conduction heating does not always cover all parts of the herb in the chamber.
A hybrid heating system is a heating system that combines both conduction and convection heating. This hybrid system cooks herbs way faster and makes sure that each piece of herb is fully cooked. While this type of heating system is very effective, you will still need to be careful as the added heat could increase the potential for combustion. These types of heating systems also take quite a lot of energy as the vaporizer is focused on heating up your herb in two different ways.
Using a dry herb vaporizer for the first time can be exciting but confusing for many users. To help streamline the process and alleviate some questions and concerns you may have, here are some of the most frequently asked questions listed below!
Does Vaping Smell?
One big concern that potential users have is whether or not vaping is going to smell. After all, if you are going to be smoking a dry herb such as weed, this is an important concern to address prior to using a dry herb vape. While a vaporizer does produce a vapor that gives off a scent, it is nowhere near as powerful as the smell that you would experience if you were to smoke a dry herb and the scents are often so subtle that you can barely notice them unless you are standing right in the path of the cloud that was just exhaled from someone’s lungs. This is why vaping is the preferred method among those who want discreet smoking sessions.
Best Temperature to Vaporize at?
What temperature you choose to vaporize at is often a personal one and you will learn over time which temperature brings out the best flavor profiles in your herb of choice (if you have precision temperature controls). However, the recommended temperature for most herbs and especially for weed is between 356 and 410 °F or 180 and 210 °C.
Are They Safe?
Another common question, many people wonder whether or not vaporizers are safe. When it comes to dry herb vaporizers, the answer is yes. Most of these products are designed to provide you with the best experience and keep you protected from the inner workings and from other potential issues. The better and more trustworthy the vape manufacturer, the safer your product should be.
Dry herb vaporizers are a great way to get your usual smoking needs met in a safer, healthier way. If you have been considering purchasing a dry herb vape, this brief guide should provide you with all the information you need to know before you make the transition over to your first vaporizer!