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A primer on dry-herb vaping

Published on July 9, 2021 by David Wylie

Dry-herb vaping is a great way to get the tactile experience of handling and inhaling cannabis flower without using combustion.

Here’s a primer on this wonderful way of partaking.

For the uninitiated, dry-herb vaping uses flower, which makes it a fantastic substitute to joints because you still get the tactile experience of using fresh bud. The only other thing you need is a dry-herb vapourizer; they range in price depending on make and features.

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I prefer the Mighty from Storz and Bickel because it has easy to use temperature controls and makes fantastic vapour clouds.

Think of it like a little oven. You fill the chamber with a nice pinch of herb and turn it on to heat it up. You can control the temperature either with on-screen controls or through a browser that enables Bluetooth connections. (App stores have banned vape apps, but that’s a whole other topic.)

The vape allows you to raise the temperature by degrees, thereby vapourizing the bud’s cannabinoids and terpenes—a.k.a. the good stuff. I like to start at 175F for those smooth hits and slowly raise it to 200F which feels more like smoking.

Not only do you avoid combustion with dry-herb vaping, but also get more of the unique flavours; it’s especially fun when you have a notably flavourful cultivar. Look for strains that have names that appeal to your taste buds—might I suggest Sage N’ SourBlueberry Seagal or BC Black Cherry.

Here’s an interesting chart from Royal Queen Seeds on different temperatures:

Royal Queen Seeds

They have a more in-depth post exploring the science behind dry-herb vaping on their blog.

If you do want to try dry-herb vaping but don’t know where to start or have questions, don’t hesitate to email me at david@okanaganz.com.