The use of different temperatures in the vaporizer will give completely different results. By adjusting the temperature, we will be able to influence the effect of vaporized marijuana.
Thanks to this, we can regulate the effects that inhalation will bring to the specific situation and individual needs. How will the effect of marijuana change depending on the temperature of its vaporization? Which vaporization temperature will be the best?
Temperature is the most important variable in the vaporization process. But what does the vaporization of marijuana consist of? In a nutshell, it involves the evaporation of cannabinoids contained in herbs without burning them. In order for vaporization to be possible, the temperature must be strictly controlled – it must be high enough to evaporate the cannabinoids and at the same time we cannot exceed the temperature after which the material could burn. What temperatures are we talking about?
In order for the cannabinoids to begin to evaporate, the herb must be heated to a temperature above the boiling point of THC of 314,6°F (157°C).
However, it takes a little higher temperature to release the required amount of cannabinoids – the latter should be at least 347°F (175°C). At the other pole we have a temperature of 446°F (230°C) – after exceeding that temperature, the grass it might start to burn. By combining all this information, it is possible to formulate the following conclusion: although in theory vaporization is possible at temperatures in the range of 314-446°F (157-230°C), in practice during vaporization the temperatures that are used range from 347°F to 446°F (175 to 230°C).
The cheaper devices don’t really vaporize because the temperatures they reach are too high. The result is the burning of plant material and the production of harmful smoke.
The effects of marijuana vaporization will largely depend on the temperature at which we will heat the herb. For example, to obtain the sedation or calming effect, it will be necessary to use a temperature different from that to obtain the analgesic effect. These differences result from the different temperatures in which the individual cannabinoids evaporate. The higher the vaporization temperature, the wider the cannabinoid spectrum absorbed by us.
Vaporization temperature – The Basic
As for the vaporization temperature, we can indicate some basic rules. First of all, lower temperatures will result in excellent tasting steam, it will also be more delicate and less dense.
Applying a low vaporization temperature within the 347°F to 374°F (175 to 190°C) range will provide a vapor with a unique flavor and aroma, which provides only a moderately psychoactive effect and will be relatively inconspicuous – it will be similar to a fine mist .
This great taste and aroma is the result of the evaporation of the terpenes – the components responsible for the taste and aroma of marijuana. At low temperatures, terpenes vaporize intensely, while the evaporation of cannabinoids alone will be moderately intense.
In turn, the higher the temperature we use, the more intense the evaporation of the cannabinoids and the greater the power of the steam. As for the density and quantity of steam, it is worth noting that the vapor produced by the vaporizer consists almost exclusively of cannabinoids. So if we use a higher temperature, where others will be released, we will also get more visible steam, which is important for many users. Using temperatures above 392°F (200°C), we will be able to really get a lot of steam – it can be so thick that it can easily be mistaken for smoke. However, even the steam generated at a temperature of 446°F (230°C) will be incomparably less harmful than normal smoke.
However, if we want to completely eliminate all harmful compounds from the vapor, it is better to use slightly lower temperatures. In this case, the limit value is 401°F (205°C) – after it has been exceeded, the concentration of benzene in the vapor increases. However, even at 446°F (230°C), this concentration will be many times lower than in classic smoke.
Above we said that each cannabinoid evaporates at a different temperature. The higher the vaporization temperature, the wider the cannabinoid spectrum present in the vapor.
For example: the steam generated at 356°F (180°C) will contain THC and CBD, but the CBN cannabinoid (known for its sedative properties) will be released only at temperatures above 365°F (185°C). In turn, the THCV cannabinoid responsible for the euphoric effect marijuana will only appear in the vapor when a temperature of 392°F (200°C) or slightly higher is used. Of course, these are just a few examples: cannabinoids and their effects are much more. In summary, we can say that using relatively low vaporization temperatures (below 374°F/190°C) we will obtain a medical effect (eg Pain relief), but without a strong psychoactive effect.
For this reason, the low vaporization temperatures are perfect during the day when we still have things to do. High vaporization temperatures will be more recommended in the evening, which will help us fall asleep and give a calming effect at the end of the day.
So is there an ideal vaporization temperature?
Asking about the best vaporization temperature is a very frequent question for vaporizer users. Experts disagree on this topic – on the one hand, to completely eliminate all harmful compounds from the vapor, it is better to use relatively low temperatures, not higher than 401°F (205°C).
On the other hand, even the steam generated using the temperature around 446°F (230°C) will be incomparably less harmful than ordinary smoke, while the higher temperature will allow the evaporation of more cannabinoids, which will result in a cheaper use of the grass and stronger effects of its functioning.
One of the supporters of the use of lower temperatures is dr. Ian Mitchell, who works at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. According to this researcher, the temperature in the range of 347-392°F (175-200°C) is more suitable for the vaporization of marijuana – these temperatures allow the inhalation of cannabinoids, eliminating practically all harmful substances from the vapor.
Dr Arno Hazekamp, a scientist employed as head of the Bedrocan research department, which produces medical marijuana at the request of the Dutch government, is a supporter of higher temperatures. According to his research, the ideal vaporization temperature is 410°F (210°C). The temperature, according to dr. Arno Hazekamp, is the perfect compromise between extracting the maximum amount of cannabinoids from the vegatele material and reducing the amount of undesirable substances that will arrive with the vaporizer.
In our opinion, the best temperatures for vaping marijuana are in the range of 374 to 401°F (190 to 205°C). Using temperatures in this range, we will be able to take in enough cannabinoids, but at the same time we will practically reset the amount of compounds side. Using these temperatures, we will also get a cold vapor that will not irritate the respiratory tract or throat.
In conclusion, it is worth adding that in fact there is no better temperature for marijuana vaporization – for each user the temperature will be different. Certainly, however, the vaporization temperature should be the most suitable for the effects we want to achieve with vaporization, as well as with individual preferences.
It is certainly worth having a high-class vaporizer: models of vaporizers capable of working at temperatures indicated by both of the researchers mentioned are, for example, the Mighty or DaVinci IQ 2.