Choosing the best temperature for vaping cannabis is one of the most obscure and controversial topics in vaporizing dry herbs.
In fact, there is no better temperature for vaping weed.
The best temperature for vaping your herb depends entirely on the effects you are looking for.
In this article, I will explain exactly what is the best temperature to use based on your needs.
You will find that changes in the temperature of your vaporizer can change the chemical structure and therefore the medical effects and taste of your cannabis vapor.
- 160 ° C – 180 ° C: Very light mental effect and ideal for flavor.
- 180 ° C – 200 ° C: Good flavor, the effects on the body will be more present.
- 200 ° C and more: Ideal if you have nothing else to do that day, significant bodily effects.
If there is one cannabinoid in marijuana that everyone seems to know about, it’s THC.
Cannabis is often equated with THC.
What most people don’t know is that the cannabis plant contains over 70 known cannabinoids and THC is just one.
Each cannabinoid has its own chemical structure and pharmacological effects. Besides the more than 70 known cannabinoids, the cannabis plant contains many other types of compounds such as 120 different terpenoids and 23 different flavonoids.
Each with its own chemical structure and pharmacological effects.
To further complicate matters, studies like this suggest that all of the cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids in cannabis influence each other and their pharmacological effects, thereby enhancing their effects and mitigating their side effects.
Cannabis is a mine of different compounds that work together to produce a particular pharmacological effect.
Do not reduce cannabis to a single cannabinoid (THC). The cannabis plant is a very complex plant containing thousands of different compounds which all have unique characteristics and effects.
We always want to simplify things, but simplifying the THC cannabis plant will prevent you from finding your best vaping temperature, as you will see now.
What is the impact of temperatures on your vaping experience?
All of these cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids found in the cannabis plant have different boiling points. At certain temperatures, some compounds will mainly be boiling and the chemical structure of your vapor will differ depending on the compounds boiling at that temperature.
Aside from the variety you vaporize, the chemical structure of your vapor, which is partly formed by your temperature, will decide the pharmacological effects, potency and taste of your vapor.
So, once you’ve found your perfect strain, when determining the best temperature to vape your favorite strain, you should first ask yourself what your goal is:
What do you want to accomplish by vaping your cannabis?
Here are some examples:
- You are mainly looking for the physical and analgesic (analgesic) effects of cannabis;
- You are a recreational cannabis user whose main purpose is to use the euphoric effects.
Depending on the desired effects, you will benefit most from the presence and / or absence of certain cannabis compounds.
And you can control the presence and / or absence of these compounds with specific temperatures and temperature ranges.
Higher temperatures (above 200 ° C) provide a higher ratio of the type of cannabinoids that have an effect on your body (CBD, CBN, CBC);
While low temperatures provide a higher ratio of the type of cannabinoids that have an effect on your mind and consciousness (THC).
from 160 ° C to 180 ° C
In this temperature range, you will have a higher ratio of the type of cannabinoids that have an effect on your mind and consciousness (mainly THC). This does not mean that cannabinoids and terpenoids like CBD, CBN, Linalool and α-terpineol are not present at all, but it does mean that THC will be the dominant cannabinoid in your vapor.
THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis.
In addition, the extraction speed in this temperature range will not be as high as in the higher temperature ranges, which means that your steam will be less powerful.
It is also the best temperature range for flavor preservation and the best temperature range for really tasting your herb without any harshness.
from 180 ° C to 200 ° C
In this temperature range, you will have a balanced report of the type of cannabinoids that have an effect on your mind and body. Cannabinoids and terpenoids like CBD, CBN, Linalool and a-terpineol will start to be more present in your vapor. But remember that to get large amounts of CBD, it’s important to vape a high variety of CBD.
The effects on the body will also be more marked, you might feel a little lethargy (depending on your variety). The flavor remains ideal in this temperature range.
from 200 ° C to 230 ° C
In this temperature range, the ratio of cannabinoids and terpenoids that have an effect on your body is higher (CBD, CBN, CBC, Linalool and α-terpineol).
The physical aspect will be more important, which is excellent if you have nothing to do that day.
But your medication can also be more intense, because the THC extraction speed will be very high in this temperature range.
Depending on your vaporizer and your vaping configuration, the flavor may deteriorate in this temperature range and may become strong.
Important note: Remember that when you vape above 200 ° C, you risk inhaling benzene and other toxic by-products.
What will be the most important compounds for medical use?
Cannabinoids: CBD, THC, CBG, CBN, THCV
Terpenoids: caryophyllene, linalol, myrcene
CBD and THC are widely researched cannabinoids with proven medicinal properties. Having a large amount of CBD in your vapor is also important as it greatly reduces the unpleasant psychological side effects caused by THC (such as anxiety).
It is important to note here that it is strongly advised to contract a high CBD variety if you are looking for large amounts of CBD in your vapor.
Although they don’t have as many known medicinal properties as CBD and THC, CBG and CBN also have many medicinal properties, sometimes even unique.
THCV is known to reduce the effects of THC on consciousness and the mind. THCV also has strong antiepileptic properties.
Then come the terpenoids with painkiller, anti-anxiety, analgesic (painkiller), antidepressant and sedative effects: caryophyllene, Linalool and myrcene.
What temperature should you set your vaporizer for medical use?
200 ° C: The boiling point of CBD is 180 °C. The boiling point of THC is 157 °C.
We could therefore think of a minimum temperature of 180 ° C.
The highest yield of CBD in cannabis vapors was found at 230 ° C, according to one study.
However, this temperature is very risky for two reasons:
The risk of accidental combustion of your herb will be high at this temperature (combustion can start after 230 ° C).
When you vape above 200 ° C, you risk inhaling benzene and other toxic by-products.
It is not recommended to vape at 230 ° C, do not go above 200 ° C.
At what temperature should you set your vaporizer for pleasure use?
As a top-level cannabis connoisseur, you prioritize the flavor of the herb.
Flavor is above all your mantra, any psychoactive, physical or medical effect is secondary to flavor.
A vaping session for you consists of marijuana terpenes that bless your taste buds with full preservation of flavor.
What will be my most important compounds?
All terpenoids: The most important type of compound for you will not be cannabinoids, but terpenoids!
Terpenoids are responsible for the unique smell and taste of cannabis.
Cannabis contains more than 120 known terpenoids and most of them have a boiling point close to the same temperature as THC: 157 ° C. The ideal temperature is 180 ° C.
To reach the most sought-after terpenoids, you will have to go up to 180 ° C.
You will actually start to notice that if you go higher in temperature, the flavor of your vapor can deteriorate, therefore, the higher the temperature, the more the flavor will deteriorate.
At 180 ° C, you will get most terpenoids for a full and intense explosion of flavors.
Compounds of specific cannabis, their boiling points and their effects:
THC: 157 ° C: Euphoriant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiemetic
CBD: 160 to 180 ° C: Anxiolytic, analgesic, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, antispasmodic
CBN: 185 ° C: Antibiotic, sedative
CBC: 220 ° C: Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti- inflammatory
CBG: 105 ° C: Antifungal, Antibiotic, Anti-inflammatory
THCV: 220 ° C: Analgesic, Euphoriant