Some of the first vaporizers were actually developed for cannabis. They originated with desktop vaporizers and evolved into more portable vape devices. Using a dry herb vape requires a bit of learning, just as rolling a joint does, but this guide will get you started in the right direction.
If you already own a regular vape pen, unfortunately you can’t just put weed into it. The good news is that there are dry herb atomizers and tanks and dry herb vape pens. They generally aren’t as effective as the standalone units, but they are an affordable way to enjoy your herb without a lighter.
In this guide we will be focusing specifically on vaporizers for dry herb but today there are many other alternatives for vaping herbal concentrates like weed pens, wax pens and electric dab rigs that are more convenient, efficient and produce less odor.
Here is everything you will need to get started. Whether you’re using a portable or desktop vaporizer, it may require a few additional accessories that will come in handy.
Before packing your vaporizer, make sure it is off and not hot or you will lose precious vapor and possibly even burn your fingers. Not to mention it will also be much easier to pack when the oven or chamber is not hot.
If you’ve never inhaled from a weed vaporizer, it can take some getting used to. Vapor feels different in your lungs than smoke, and can induce coughing even though it is much cooler than smoke. Eventually you will find the best temperature for your preference.
Keep in mind most dry herb vaporizers are session vapes — they cut off at some point, much like a joint, except you can turn it back on for another round. Depending on your heat settings for the first session, there’ll likely be more life left to the bud, which is often called already vaped bud or AVB.
Check your herb at the end of your session and if it’s still got some color to it, mix it up a little bit with your stir tool, then pack it back down a bit, and turn the device on for another round. For vaporizers, you can have additional sessions with your bud as long as it’s not too dark.
The best time to clean is right after your session, and it’s actually fun to do while feeling the effects. If you make it part of your ritual, your device will always be ready and clean when you want to get lifted.
Cleaning your device is important! Residue can build up which causes uneven vaporization. It’s okay if you let it go a few sessions without cleaning, but don’t let it go too long or it will be much harder to clean. A dirty vaporizer doesn’t perform well.
Before using your vape, it is highly advised that you follow these steps first. Some devices that are fresh off the assembly line can have residual machine oils used during production. It has a funny smell and taste, which can ruin your experience. It’s best to be on the safe side and sanitize a vaporizer before the first use.