Smoke from CBD flower can irritate your airways and lungs. If you are still smoking your CBD flower, you may need to consider using a vaporizer. Although vaporizers seem expensive, they are worth it. Your health has no price. A vaporizer also helps you inhale all the beneficial hemp compounds into your body. However, a vaporizer is not always safe. Vaporizing in itself is less harmful to your health than smoking. Nonetheless, this is only true if you utilize the right vaporizer and know how to use it effectively.
If you are a beginner, you may want to know how to use a dry herb vaporizer with CBD flower safely and effectively. Following are the top points you should consider to enhance the effectiveness and safety of your dry herb vaporizing experience.
Maintain Your Vaporizer Properly
Maintaining a vaporizer effectively should be the topmost priority. Why? Because residue from CBD flower builds up in your vapor path and can erode the quality of your material. It would be best always to clean the chamber after use because it helps remove the remaining residue, making the vaporizer work more effectively than when it has residue. Also, it prevents erosion of the inner parts of your vaporizer.
Most vendors would provide a brush that you can use alongside water and alcohol to help you remove any residue. Pay particular attention to the device’s heating coil because an accumulation of residue affects the quality of vapor you inhale. You can also enhance the durability of your vaporizer by wiping the outer parts.
Always Use Well-Stored Flower
To inhale the beneficial compounds of your CBD flower, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, you must use either well-stored flower.
Cannabinoids and terpenes are volatile compounds. If they’re not stored well inside a closed glass jar, they risk degrading and evaporating.
However, this does not mean using wet buds freshly taken from a flowered plant. The fresh herb should always be dried and cured before it’s used in a vaporizer. Wet herb is difficult to vaporize because it takes much longer.
Grind Your Herbs According to the Vaporizer-Heating-Type
Using the appropriate grind based on your vaporizer’s heating system is essential in ensuring the right vapor production.
It would be best to ground your weed flower as fine as possible for a conduction vaporizer. In a pure conduction vaporizer, your herb is heated through direct exposure to the heating surface.
For more particles to be exposed to the heating surface, they must be fine. Exposing more particles to the heated surface helps enhance even heating, reducing ‘hot spots.’
However, you have to make sure your vaporizer can handle the powder-fine herb without some particles ending up in the mouth. Ensure the herb particles do not fall through the screens.
For a convection vaporizer, a medium grind is the best choice. Medium ground herb helps maximize airflow because this heating style gets your herb heated through hot air. On the other hand, using power-fine herb restricts airflow significantly due to the compactness of finely ground weed.
If you have a hybrid vaporizer (conduction-convection), grinding will depend on the ratio of convection/conduction. If the combination has a larger conduction portion, your grind should be finer than if convection makes the larger part. Generally, your hybrid vaporizer works best when the grind is fine and medium.
Use the Right Temperature.
After transferring your ground herbs to the vaporizer’s chamber, you need to regulate the temperature properly.
The primary thing you should get from your flower is vapor. Most vaporizers have a heating element and some material that separates the heating element from directly touching the flower to prevent combustion. If you overheat the leaves, you can produce smoke, eliminating all the benefits associated with vaping. As indicated earlier, smoke is dangerous because it irritates your lungs and may end up causing further problems.
All you need to prevent this risk is to get the right setting. Experts recommend temperatures ranging from 320°F (160°C) to 446°F (230°C).
The choice of temperature will also change based on the desired outcome. Follow the following simple guide to help you set the right temperature for your desired effect:
- 320°F(160°C) to 356°F(180°C) for mental medication and enhanced creativity
- 356°F(180°C) to 392°F(200°C) for enhanced flavor, better medical effects, and clearer bodily effects
- 392°F(200°C) to 446°F(230°C) for extreme medication levels and heavy bodily effects
Make Controlled Inhalations
Huge and forceful inhalations could force some of your ground herbs to get into the mouthpiece and into your mouth. Additionally, big and forceful inhalations affect the quality of vapor you inhale. Finally, by forcing huge inhalations, the temperature in your bowl will drop quickly, leading to uneven heating.
Therefore, make controlled inhalations to promote the safety and effectiveness of your vaporization experience. Take controlled puffs to allow the correct vapor volume to pass through the mouthpiece.
Ensure the Integrity of Your Screens
The glass or metal screens in your vaporizer serve a critical function: preventing herb particles from going through the vapor path and getting into your mouth.
Having the particles in your mouth each time you take a puff is an unpleasant experience. In the process of your screens performing their function, the screens get dirty and clogged. A clogged screen stops vapor at the gate, meaning you won’t attain an optimal experience. Consequently, it is essential to have your screens unclogged. You will find your vaporizer’s scree at the bottom or above the bowl.
Step-by-step guide for using dry herb vaporizer effectively and safely
- When choosing flower, choose well-dried, -cured, and -stored flower.
- Grind your flower properly according to your vaporizer type. For example, conduction vaporizers need a fine grind. On the other hand, convection vaporizers need a coarse grind.
- Fill your vaporizer’s bowl properly to reduce wastage and ineffective heating; CBD flower is no different than regular cannabis in that sense.
- When setting your vaporizer’s temperature, you may consider beginning low and gradually increasing your temperature until you get to the highest levels of vapor quality.
- Make controlled inhalations and maintain your vaporizer properly after use.
Although some people may be reluctant to use a vaporizer as a safer and more effective alternative to smoking, it is mostly because of their lack of knowledge. However, with the points and tips above, you will be able to utilize any vaporizer type for your CBD flower.