A quick and simple guide to the best temperature to vape weed at. Make no mistake: these settings DO make a difference to what you’re vaping, especially if you’re after more THC or more CBD.
The rise and adoption of medical marijuana by millions of people in the US has seen a HUGE spike in interest around vaporizers.
Smoking anything – be it tobacco or cannabis – is always best avoided; you’re exposing yourself to a myriad of hazardous chemicals that are linked with hundreds of diseases and illnesses.
If you’re a medical cannabis user, and you don’t want to smoke it, the next best thing is vaporizing it – this way you’re only getting the good stuff, and none of the toxic elements associated with combustion and/or burning.
Vaping vs Smoking Cannabis
When you smoke weed, you’re basically strapping in and taking everything – including any tobacco you might have added.
When you vaporize medical marijuana, you’re getting around 95% of the cannabinoids (the stuff you want, THC and CBD) versus smoking, where over 88% of the smoke contains toxic elements and nasty byproducts.
This means you inhale WAY less stuff, but you actually get what you’re paying for – and nothing nasty on top of it.
And this isn’t just me pimping vaporizers, either! Nope, science, as always, has vaping’s back.
In a study conducted in 2015, 20 frequent cannabis users with at least two respiratory symptoms/issues, switched from smoking to vaping for 30 days.
The result? A reduction in all symptoms.
“These preliminary data reveal meaningful improvements in respiratory function,” the report concluded, “suggesting that a randomized clinical trial of the cannabis vaporizer is warranted. The vaporizer has the potential for the administration of medical cannabis and as a harm reduction technique.”
Sold? Me too.
Right, So What’s The Best Temperature To Vape Weed?
This is where things get a little more complicated. You see, when you smoke cannabis, you just burn it all up at once – in this respect, it’s a lot simpler.
When you’re talking about vaporizers, you’re “heating” up the material – not burning it.
And the type of temperature CAN and WILL have an effect on the flavor, potency, and overall experience of your medical marijuana. Don’t worry though, there’s no math required.
Temperature Setting Guide For Vaporizers (A General Rule of Thumb)
- If you want more CBD, CBN, and CBC, you’ll want to set the temperature nice and high – anywhere above 200ºC.
- If you want to get HIGH, and activate the THC compounds in a more meaningful manner, you’ll want to keep the vaporizer’s temperature lower – usually below 200ºC (180ºC is a good place to work towards).
- Obviously, most of how the cannabis effects you will be down to the strain you’re using.
Different strains of weed have different properties and act differently.
The above is just a rule of thumb to use for when you’re using good quality, legally-obtained medical marijuana.
Vaporizer Temperature Settings (And What They Mean)
- Up To 180ºC: Great for flavor and maximizing the THC aspect of cannabis (THC is the active compound that effects your consciousness).
- 180ºC to 200ºC: Still good for flavor, but the higher temperatures bring in more CBD compounds and this increases bodily effects.
- 200ºC and Up: Strong level of medication, heavier bodily effects – ideal for those using medical marijuana for pain management.
Best Vaporizer For Medical Marijuana
If you’re interested in finding out what some of the best vaporizers for medical marijuana are right now, you should 100% check out our best vaporizer guide.
If you want my 2¢ on what to get right now, I can tell you what I use.
Yes, I have two because I’m lucky enough to test these things out for a living.
Why do I like these vaporizers so much? Simple: they’re brilliant and absolutely jam-packed full of features.
You can actually control the temperature settings of both of these vapes from an app on your phone, so you can get SUPER precise.
Neither are cheap, however, but they’re both thoroughly excellent devices, so if you’re after something reliable with excellent features and accuracy, you’re best off with either one of these, in my humble opinion.
However, if you’re after something cheaper, but equally good the PAX 2 is now A LOT cheaper since the arrival of the PAX 3.
I’ve included some box-outs from VapeBeat’s review of the PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ for your consideration below.
The Davinci IQ
The PAX 3