Can I Burn My Weed By Setting the Vape Temp Too High?
Absolutely. As mentioned above 435°F is usually the point of no return when it comes to moving beyond making vapor and flat-out burning your herb. The odds are against your dry herb vape catching flames but you don’t need fire to have smoke – Just because your cannabis bud isn’t completely alight doesn’t mean it isn’t being oxidized.
If your vaporizer has gotten too hot it should be fairly easy to tell from taking a drag – The taste and lung impact from inhaling burnt herbs is much different from taking a puff of THC vapor. In the case of this happening simply turn off your vape, and wait for it to cool down before extracting your bud. This weed can be used for traditional smoking purposes if you’d like, but we recommend against vaporizing it again, even at a lower temp – At this point carcinogens such as carbon monoxide have already been formed in your herbs, and these harmful compounds will be atomized when placed back in the vaporizer.
How do I Change Temperature Settings on My Vaporizer?
First, make sure your vaporizer has some fashion of temperature controls. Check out this article for more info to get started with a vape. Many older and handheld models have no direct controls beyond the on/off switch, meaning your vape will likely be forever stuck somewhere around 375°F; again, not a bad general-purpose vapor temperature, as as most cannabinoids and terpenes will reach their boiling points at this range.
High-end desktop models are most likely to have fairly detailed temperature controls; exact functions will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but modern desktop vapes will typically include a digital screen accompanied by buttons (occasionally a dial) letting you precisely tune in the temperature you’d like.
For pen vapes (including things like dab or wax pens) temperature control functions can vary widely between different models. Common are temperature dials located toward the side or bottom of the pen vape, though some models offer temperature control through manipulation of the main power button. If in any doubt, it’s best to look at the instruction manual for your specific brand of vaporizer.
Should I Vape My Concentrates at a Different Temperature than Herb?
This is a fairly common question, as the physical differences between concentrates and dried cannabis flower can make them appear like vastly different products. And while there are significant distinctions between the two their interactions with a vapor-making device are (mostly) the same.
As mentioned above, vaping is the act of heating a substance to the point that cannabis molecules, essential oils, and other different compounds trapped within said substance begin leaving in the form of water vapor. Regardless of whether you’re vaping wax, oil, or dried bud, you’re still trying to vaporize the cannabinoids held within, meaning the temperature ranges for cannabinoid extraction remain the same between plant matter and concentrates.
What does often differ between concentrates and dried herbs is time, not temp. Vaporizing is all about ensuring your cannabinoids reach a specific temperature, and the more material your heat has to penetrate the longer it’ll take for the substance to reach the optimum temp/boiling point.
For concentrate products such as wax or shatter, where the substance being vaporized is primarily cannabinoids & terpenes, once the heating chamber reaches the proper temperature vaporization can begin. When using dry herb vaporizers, though, the plant matter itself has to heat up before it’s cannabinoids will reach the boiling point, meaning vaping cannabis flower can take a bit longer than vaping a concentrate, particularly if aiming for a high temperature.