The Cannabis industry is advancing quickly and now more than ever people are seeking new methods of consumption. Herbal vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular, going from a rare novelty to an everyday tool. With the explosion in vape technology it might be hard to keep up with the times, but we’re here to help! We’re not only going to show you the basics of dry herb and wax/oil vapes but we’ll also cover the advantages and selling points you can share with your staff and customers.
Before we go any further you should read any documentation that comes with your vaporizer. Most vaporizers come with a user manual. This manual will give you details on how to turn the vaporizer on and off, switch heat settings, and general user instructions for usage and upkeep. We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the instructions for each vaporizer you use or sell. It is advisable, unless otherwise stated in the user manual, that you fully charge your device before first use. This allows the battery to fill to maximum capacity and ensures consistency for future charging. If you don’t fully charge the vaporizer before usage there’s a chance your battery won’t charge to maximum capacity down the road.
Dry Herb Vapes
Why Vape Dry Herb
There are numerous reasons to vaporize your dry herbs the most important cited reason for vaping is that it produces less carcinogens than smoking. Carcinogens are cancer causing compounds that are released during combustion. Because vaporization requires less heating and less altering of substances, there’s only a fraction of carcinogens created. Most people find that using a vaporizer provides a much better taste for this reason.
Another great reason to vape flower instead of combusting is the efficiency. Because combustion happens so quickly a lot of your material will dissipate into the air providing no benefits. This is true during vaporization as well but to a lesser degree. Since less product is wasted, you should essentially be getting more “bang” for your buck. Feeling a notable difference varies from person to person but as you can also reuse your ABV you’ll be staying medicated much longer off vaping!
Convection vs Conduction
There’s two types of vaporization methods used when heating dry herbs and that’s conduction or convection. Conduction, the most used of the two, occurs when dry herb is touching a heating element directly. Convection occurs when dry herb is placed near a heating element and hot air passing through the chamber causes vaporization. There’s no direct contact with the heating element during convection. Both methods have their perks so there’s no right answer to which one you should choose or recommend. Typically conduction vaporizers are quicker to heat up and more responsive to heat changes, while convection vaporizers make tastier vapor but are harder to clean.
What Heat Settings to Choose
While it may seem trivial and straight forward, the optimal heat setting for your sesh is actually pretty complicated. For starters, temperatures below 375°F invoke more of a mental effect, while temperatures above 375°F can cause more of a full body experience. This is due to multiple psychoactive compounds found in cannabis that require different temperature thresholds to activate and produce vapor. While there’s no definitive guide to mastering temperature controls, we recommend experimenting with temps yourself! Each vaporizer will be different so try your first sesh on 360°F and bump it up by 5 or 10 degrees after you get a few successful draws to test out. The lower temperature hits won’t make as much visible vapor but should be much tastier!
Handling Your Herb: Before, During and After
There’s a few methods you should be using to handle your herb during the vaporization process to maximize your results. The first thing you should do before vaping is make sure your product is ground very fine. While some vaporizers work better with slightly larger pieces of material, most vaporizers require very small particles to produce the best vapor quality. This is because you’re maximizing the surface area the heat can get to. You don’t want to pack your chamber too full with herb either. Packing should be snug, but not tightly condensed. This can vary depending on the vape.
During your session if you’re getting small amounts of vapor try mixing your bud a bit. Use a poker or toothpick to rearrange the contents and change the surface that is exposed to the heat. Once your weed is light brown, similar to how tobacco looks, you should go ahead and replace it as you’ve vaporized most of the psychoactive ingredients. If you’d like, you can save the already been vaped weed (ABV) and make edibles or mix with fresh herb to combust the last psychoactive compounds.
Why Vape Wax/Oil
The main reason to choose a wax or oil vape is convenience and portability. It’s not practical for someone to carry around a torch or glass piece wherever they go. Even with mobility out of the picture, it can be cumbersome to get your rig together, heat up the nail, clean it once you’re done and put everything away. Vaporizers are as simple as loading your product and hitting the button.
The number one thing to decide when you’re looking for wax vaporizers is what coil you’d like to use. There’s two major types of coils, quartz coils or ceramic buckets. A quartz coil is a thin wire of metal wrapped around a quartz rod or rods that span horizontally through the middle of the atomizer. There’s usually one or two quartz rods in your average coil although some vaporizers use three quartz rods or more. The added surface area of additional rods allows for more wax to be heated. These rod(s) heat quickly to vaporize the concentrates on the coil and throughout the chamber whether or not contact is made. This causes a larger hit than what’s created in a ceramic bucket.
Ceramic bucket style atomizers are exactly that… a bucket style chamber made of ceramic that heats your concentrates with direct contact. There’s many variations to this type of coil but they usually yield less heat, they’re slightly more efficient, and they make less dense but tastier vapor. You want to be careful not to overload a ceramic bucket because it can easily block the heating and airflow causing your product to bubble away and not produce any inhalable vapor.
Cartridges are used for oil and liquid extracts. They’re typically powered by a 510 threaded battery. Cartridge batteries can require a screw in connection or a magnetic connection. Magnetic connections require a magnetic adapter be threaded onto the cartridge. An important thing to note is while wax coils may be interchangeable between batteries, oil cartridges require a lower voltage. By just slapping your cartridge on an old e-juice or wax battery you run the risk of shorting your coil or burning the liquids inside the cartridge leaving your product dark colored and tasting funny. Since cartridges don’t come cheap don’t let this be you! SVBS
Joshua Warihay started with Vapor Outlet in 2015 before the company merged with Windship Trading. In his first year he sold half a million dollars in product working part time as a sales representative. He now heads up the marketing department as Windship’s Marketing Manager and looks forward to using his position to set a new standard in the industry. For inquiries please email [email protected] or call 512-216-6281 x306.