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Best Temperature for Vaping Weed

Dave Kriegel
February 23, 2021

What’s the best temperature for vaping weed?

One of the major advantages to vaping weed or hemp flower is having control over the temperature. When you smoke, there is nothing stopping that bud from reaching temperatures as high as 4000° F (or 2200° C)! You also lose most of the flavor and the subtleties of each strain. The only problem is, what’s the best temperature for weed? In this guide, we detail three main temperature ranges, highlighting their differences and advantages. Each range provides a different experience, so it also depends on what you want to get out of it.

Keep in mind that everyone’s experience can vary based on a few key factors. For example, two weed vaporizers set to the same temperature can sometimes produce a different type of vapor. Additionally, each strain contains different levels of terpenes and cannabinoids, which contribute to their smell, taste and effects. These organic compounds volatilize at various temperatures and will alter the experience.

Don’t worry, you won’t need to graduate weed college for this. Just use this guide and play around with different settings. See how they make you feel. Eventually, you will find the best temperature for you.

Lightly toasted (325-350°F / 163-177°C)

THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis has a boiling point of 315° F (157° C). You don’t want to go much lower than 325° F (163° C), especially if you want to really feel something. Low temps might appeal to you if you want the best flavor from your bud. It produces a fresh taste, with citrusy and/or piney undertones.

The vapor will also be much cooler, and less harsh on the throat, so you probably won’t cough as much. The possible side effects like paranoia, red eyes and cotton mouth will be less severe. If you’re a wake and baker, low temp vaping can give you the feeling you want, without burning you out for the day. This is also the ideal setting for newcomers and lightweights who don’t want to get too intoxicated.

  • Light euphoria, calming, invigorating
  • Intense terpene flavor, fresh, citrusy, piney
  • Cooler vapor, less coughing
  • Decreased side effects (lethargy, anxiety, red eyes, dry mouth etc.)
  • Best suited for newcomers, lightweights or flavor chasers
  • Better suited for getting chores done

Terpenes: A-pinene, β-caryophyllene, β-myrcene, d-limonene, citronellol
Cannabinoids: Δ8THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa

Half baked (350-400°F / 177-204°C)

This is a safe place to start while you’re still experimenting with marijuana or legal CBD cannabis. In this range, you still get plenty of terpenes, but now with more access to cannabinoids. The vapor is thicker and warmer. You’ll also taste more of the cannabinoids, which can give it a richer flavor. The warm vapor is satisfying for transitioning smokers.

The psychoactive effects will be noticeably stronger at these temperatures mostly because more THC is being volatilized. It can be relaxing, euphoric and put you in a meditative state without feeling drowsy. This temp range is an excellent middle ground for the best of both worlds between effects and flavor.

  • Relaxing, euphoric, meditative but not sleepy
  • Flavorful and rich, terpenes plus cannabinoids
  • Warmer vapor, can be satisfying for smokers
  • More THC gets volatilized
  • Can experience minor side effects
  • Increased cannabinoid availability

Terpenes: d-limonene, terpinolene, linalool, humulene
Cannabinoids: Δ8THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa

Fully baked (400-430°F / 204-221°C)

For maximum cannabinoid extraction (THC, CBG, or CBD extraction), this is the range to be in. The vapor will be hotter and less flavorful, but you will feel the strongest psychotropic effects. This range is best suited for night time sessions because of its ability to induce lethargy, also called the dreaded “couch-lock”. The activation of compounds THCv and humulene can actually suppress appetite and prolong the inevitable munchies.

At these temperatures, many terpenes will be depleted fast. If you’re a real terp connoisseur, then you might want to reserve this range for the end of your sessions, for when you really want to blast off. This is the closest you can get to combustion without actually smoking, though it can still induce coughing.

  • Intense effects, strong euphoria, lethargy, “couch-lock”
  • Maximum THC volatilization
  • Hotter vapor, may cause coughing
  • Less terpenes, higher cannabinoid extraction
  • Activates THCv and humulene, appetite suppressants that can prolong “the munchies”
  • Closest experience to smoke/combustion

Terpenes: humulene, phytol, caryophyllene oxide
Cannabinoids: Δ8 THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa, THCv

Vaping temperature chart

Here are the average boiling points for THC, CBD and the most common terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis. Each organic compound has its own unique function, so you can check the profile of your strain and decide the perfect temperature is for exactly what you’re trying to achieve with it.

Boiling points of cannabis compounds

Boiling points


  • CBG: 126°F / 52°C
  • THCa: 220°F / 104°C
  • CBDa: 248°F / 120°C
  • Δ9THC: 315°F / 157°C
  • Δ8THC: 350°F / 177°C
  • CBD: 356°F / 180°C
  • CBN: 365°F / 185°C
  • THCv: 428°F / 220°C
  • CBC: 428°F / 220°C


  • A-Pinene: 311°F / 155°C
  • β-Caryophyllene: 320°F / 165°C
  • β-Myrcene: 334°F / 168°C
  • Citronellol: 437°F / 225°C
  • d-Limonene: 349°F / 176°C
  • Eucalyptol: 349°F / 176°C
  • Terpinolene: 365°F / 185°C
  • Linalool: 388°F / 198°C
  • Humulene: 388°F / 198°C
  • Phytol: 399°F / 204°C
  • Caryophyllene oxide: 495°F / 257°C

(Source: Medium/MarijuanaBreak/Leafly)

Finding the right temp for vaping weed

Still not sure what temperature to set your vaporizer at? It can be difficult to find the setting that works best for you. The best way to experiment is to start in the 350-400° F (177-204° C) range and then work your way up or down by 5-10° (or 1° C) at a time. Play around a bit and eventually you will find the temp that is just right for you.

  • If your herb is too moist, most of the heat will be wasted on drying out your buds. Vaporizers tend to work much better and produce more vapor with dryer herb. You can always let your weed air out for a few hours or even overnight, grinding it first will speed up that process.
  • Modern vaporizers are now capable of vaporizing concentrates these days. The best temps for dabs and CBD concentrates will typically be higher than for dry herb. The same general principle applies: less heat = better taste. However, if it’s too hot, you’ll be losing valuable terpenes and flavor.
  • Lower temps are better suited for morning and daytime use, higher temps are more appropriate for evening and late-night sessions.
  • Generally speaking, lower temps are more conducive to flavor whereas higher temps will give you the strongest psychoactive effects. The boiling point of THC is around 315° F (157° C), so anything lower will produce minimal psychoactive effects.
  • CBD tends to boil at a slightly higher temperature than THC, so keep that in mind if you are using cannabis for medicinal purposes with hemp or cannabidiol-rich strains.
  • You’ll typically want to vape 10° F (or 1° C) hotter than the average boiling point of the desired terpenes and/or cannabinoids, but be aware that it can slightly vary with different devices or strains.
  • If you’re vaping in the lower temperature range, don’t throw out your already vaped bud. If it’s greenish, or even light brown, it probably still contains valuable cannabinoids. It’s also now decarboxylated, which simply means that it’s now primed and ready for making edibles or tea.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dave has always had a passion for helping people quit smoking. As a former smoker himself, he knew how hard it could be. As soon as he learned about vaping, he instantly became obsessed with it and helped many people stop smoking. Vaping360 has given Dave a platform to do this on a much larger scale, by educating the public about the wonders of vaping. When Dave is not writing he is either listening to music, performing it, or cruising around on his Penny board.
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1 year ago

Great article but would have been even better if you also include Celsius degrees

1 year ago
Reply to  Shy

The temp conversion is the chart.

9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

I ended up on this site because the first site I went to used C (I prefer F). How about a button on the top of the ENTIRE site (not just the article) to toggle your preference between C and F? Convenience of technology.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

I’m perfectly happy without the Celsius values. Merica

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

Hey Dave, thanks for the article, by the way, i am from Italy. Celsius would be greatly appreciated 😉

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

or you could learn to convert the problem instead of downvoting a genuine reply from the author

C to F is (F-32)/1.8 = C
I.e. Boiling water
180/1.8=100 👍🏾

For us fellow Americans , who have to do this all the time, here’s our arduous equation.

Its the sum of c times 1.8 plus 32
I.e. the freezing point
0x1.8=0 plus 32 👍🏾
Cheat codes:
100×2= 200
200-10% or 200/.9 = 180
180+32=212 👀🤘🏾
Celsius conversions are now just a mental math problem away.

11 months ago
Reply to  Devon

we all have phones with easy app access for converter

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

I’m from the US, and I would also appreciate Celsius values. That’s the scale I use on my vaporizers.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

Fahrenheit scale is used by around 4% of us, there is nothing to „consider”.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jane

Write your own article, Jane.

24 days ago
Reply to  john

so, i believe this has been solved

Last edited 24 days ago by edudo
1 year ago

Hey Dave. Thanks for sharing all this great information for us. I’m from Canada and I’m quite fine with Fahrenheit. It’s not hard to convert. I mean it’s really not hard to convert. The answer is Just a few clicks away. Thanks again for this.

Giannis Aivaz
Giannis Aivaz
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Kriegel

Very thoughtfull Dave.I really fealt that bro , was too bored to convert.

1 year ago

I’m a beginner with medical marijuana and had a lot of questions. I came across your site in my quest for answers. I found the right place. Many thanks for making this information available for us novices. I’ve bookmarked your site for future reference and will send a few friends your way.

1 year ago

Nice article man love it …period 💪🏼

1 year ago

I love the writing style, keep it up

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