Many of today’s electronic nectar collectors give users a wide range of temperature options that allow them to experiment. This can help you find the flavor and consistency that works best for them. This feature is certainly desirable but it is often a feature that you will begin to use as you learn more about your dab and your personal preferences.
In the meantime, it can be helpful to have a starting temperature that will get the job done until you are ready to start experimenting with your other heat settings. If you have just purchased a dab and want to know which temperature will give you the best experience, here is a guide to the best temperature for vaping by material.
Why Dab Temperatures Matter?
Your dab temperature dictates your vaping session. Much like an oven setting is important in the baking process, the temperature of your dab bakes your herbs or other materials into vapors. Here are some of the main ways your dab temperature affects your vaping experience.
Vaporization works by melting down the active ingredients within your chosen material. Depending on the temperature you decide to use to achieve this, the heat levels applied affect these materials in different ways. The release of certain chemicals over time changes the overall flavor of the vapor. Once you’ve mastered your dab, you can begin to go over this spectrum to see how this process works and alters your session.
If you’ve ever smoked out of a small pipe or taken massive hits of a material, you know that strong hits are very real. If you use a temperature that is too hot, your vapors are going to, obviously, be hot to hit as well. If you lower the temperature, the vapors produced are much easier to hit as they are smoother on the throat. No matter how you like your hits, playing around with the dab temp on your device will allow you to see just how much heat affects the vapor quality and production.
Although electronic nectar collector were designed to help you avoid the negative side effects of smoking, vaporizers are still capable of producing smoke. If you have a combustible material in your vaporizer and put the heat on too high, there is always the potential that your product could burn and you could inhale smoke rather than vapor. Much like you need to know the best temperature for your materials, you should also know the maximum temperature for vaping so that you avoid smoking instead of vaping.
How Do You Know It's the Right Temperature?
The truth is that many of the suggestions on this list are simply based on how different materials react to various heat levels. Although these are great starting points for you to use and learn from, the right temperature will depend on what you want from your material. That said, let’s dive into the recommended temperatures for your different dab products.
Best Temperature to dab Weed
The best temperature for those using a dry herb vape with marijuana herbs is around 390°F. Why would I want to stay on the lower end of the temperature spectrum? Although many come with higher temperature settings, the temperature mentioned above is just the right temperature to activate and heat many of the active ingredients found within cannabis. This will allow you to learn more about what you want out of your weed as you adjust the temperature to fit your needs.
Best Temperature for a Dab Pen
If you are a big concentrate fan, you’ll be surprised to learn that you will actually be aiming for around the same temperature as if you were smoking dry herbs. With dab pens, the best temperature to start smoking your wax is around 365°F. Concentrates begin to heat at the lower 300’s and have the best consistency and flavor experience when they are dab at the upper 300’s. That said, you can always play around with the temperature to provide thicker consistencies or more flavorings. Much like dry herbs, the vapors produced by wax concentrates will largely depend on how hot you boil them at.
As we stated above, different heat levels will release different ingredients within cannabis. To help you figure out what you are looking to get out of your experience, here is a list of cannabinoids found in marijuana and their respective boiling points.
CBG is a cannabinoid that is just starting to be researched and may have potential medical applications. It is also a precursor to the development of more common cannabinoids. CBG boils at approximately 126°F.
CBC is a cannabinoid that has potential health benefits but is thought to be a cannabinoid that is most helpful in developing the entourage effect. CBC boils at approximately 220°F.
In addition to cannabinoids, terpenes, which are aromatic oils that help to add to the overall flavor and experience that comes with smoking weed, have boiling points as well. Here are the boiling points that you need to know for popular terpenes.
A-Pinene brings the smell of pine trees to your weed. A-Pinene boils at approximately 311°F.
Now known as Caryophyllene, this terpene is often described as spicy and has a similar flavor to pepper and is often found in cloves and cinnamon. Caryophyllene boils at 320°F.
Myrcene has a sweet and earthy aroma that can be found in other plants such as thyme, lemongrass, and mangoes. Myrcene boils at approximately 334°F.
For those who love the smell of flowers, especially sweet ones, Citronellol is the best terpene to release. Terpene has a boiling point of approximately 437°F.
Aptly named, Limonene has a citrusy smell that you would find in citrus fruit peels. Limonene boils at approximately 349°F.
Terpinolene is a mix of essential oils that produces that typical smell you think of when you think of marijuana. Terpinolene boils at approximately 365°F.
Linalool is another terpene found in many flowers. Linalool boils at approximately 388°F.
Humulene has an extremely earthy fragrance, being closely related to ginseng, hops, and sage. Humulene burns at approximately 388°F.
Phytol has a mellow, grassy scent that is closely related to green tea. Phytol boils at approximately 399°F.
Caryophyllene oxide is much like it relative and has a spicy flavor. This terpene boils at approximately 495°F.
Going from smoking to vaping gives you the ability to experience what your herbs and concentrates can truly do for you. When you purchase your first dab product, use this guide to experiment with your materials and learn more about what you can get out of your vaping sessions.