High guys, let’s talk about vaping. We know it can be overwhelming for newbies to the vaping world, so we are gonna take you through some of the basics, from choosing your vape to some tips and tricks to get the best out of your meds.
Firstly, let’s start with some facts. Did you know that when you combust cannabis, like smoking a bong or joint, it reaches extremely high temperatures, anywhere from 400° to 900°C?
At this heat you’re burning off a lot of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes, the good stuff, whereas vaping your meds will ensure you get the most out of your meds.
Combusting, or smoking your meds can also have the obvious negative effects that come with inhaling smoke. Vaping is much less damaging to the lungs. In fact studies have shown that even long-term smokers who have switched to vaping have achieved better vascular health within a short amount of time.
How does it work?
When vaping your herbal medication your device will release a vapour consisting of THC, CBD, cannabinoids and terpenes without the need of lighting it.
Some use conduction (direct heat), some use convection (heat passing through) and some use a mixture of both.
The device warms your meds to a safe temperature releasing the vapour which is then absorbed through your lungs. This method works quicker and more efficiently than alternative methods like edibles, oils or topicals giving you that much needed “relief” faster.
Due to the popularity of vaping and the growing market, there’s thousands of vaporisers out there today. Choosing the right one for you depends on many aspects. What’s your price range? Will you be carrying it around for a sneaky puff at the office, or just leaving it at home?
Electric vaporisers are the most dominant, but even they have many variations. Devices like the Mighty or Argo, run on batteries, which makes them easy to carry around, while others like the XQ2 and Volcano are desktop devices which require to be plugged into the wall and be left at home.
Apart from electric vaporisers, there’s also devices like the DynaVap or Sticky Brick that use a butane flame to warm the flower giving you a more traditional experience. There’s even a ‘lighter replacement’ called the NEO by PRRL Labs that can be used on your current water pipes to achieve the same goal.
If you need some advice on choosing the best vape for you, feel free to get in touch with us for some friendly advice!
Let’s get to the vaping already…
Now that you’ve decided on a device, here’s a quick guide on how to use your vaporiser. As we mentioned, there’s lots of possibilities out there, but this should cover the basics of most of them.
- Grind your herb up and place it into the vaporiser making sure it’s securely closed.
- Turn your vaporiser on and set your desired temperature/heat setting.
- Once the vape has heated up, take a long slow draw through the mouth piece.
- Have another puff if required. Some devices take a couple of draws to warm up.
- Make sure to turn off your device.
Depending on your meds, your tolerance levels and many other factors, it can take up to 20 minutes to feel the full effects, so take it easy.
What temperature should I be using?
Different temperatures release different cannabinoids and terpenes, yes, the good stuff we mentioned earlier. Generally speaking, lower temperatures give a more buzzy and energetic effect, while higher temperatures are more sedative and relaxing.
We’d suggest you start at around 170°C to 180°C depending on your device and preferences. From there you can either ‘temperature step’, increasing the temperature by 5°C to 10°C at a time until you’ve exhausted your meds, or vape the entire dose at around 190°C – 200°C.
The above charts gives you a breakdown of what temperatures are required to release cannabinoids or terpenes.
Tips & tricks to get you started
Don’t forget to keep all of your AVB (Already Vaped Bud) for later use. Vaporising doesn’t release 100% of the cannabinoids, so there is no need to waste any of it. That is the beauty of vaporising, it is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Flower Grind
It’s best to have a fine but not powdered grind for vaporising, the finer the grind the more surface area, but if too fine it will hinder airflow. The same is true in filling the heating chamber, you want to make sure it is full, without compressing it down and restricting airflow.
- Oven Temperatures
Some portable vapes required a slow and steady draw through, rather than hard quick puffs. This is due to the oven being unable to hold its temperature with so much air passing through. However some devices like the Mighty hold the oven temperature better than others.
Vaporisers do take some getting used to, if you do find it is not working right for you, we highly recommend to keep trying. You will get there in the end! We’ve all been there, and trust us, it’s worth it to keep pushing on.
A little bit of patience, and a lot of ‘trial & error’ is required, but once you’ve got it figured out, you’ll be smiling all day every day.
Get in touch with us for any advice, whether you’re a newbie or an experienced vaper, we’re always here and happy to help. And do check out some of the products we’ve mentioned here and many others on our shop.
Til next time. Happy vaping!