What’s the Correct Vaporizer Temperature for Weed?
When you buy a vaporizer one of the first things you need to learn is what temperature you need to use. It can be almost like a black art if you’re guessing… or a science if you follow a few guidelines. This article will show you exactly what you need to know to set your temperature correctly every single time.
First thing you need to keep in mind is why the set temperature is so important. The entire reason for using a vaporizer is to reduce or eliminate the inhalation of some of the chemicals one would usually inhale when smoking.
Weed combusts at 446°F, and when you reach that level the smoke is full of all types of toxins and carcinogens. At lower levels the active ingredients can be stripped from the leaves, without activating the accompanying toxins.
The three major culprits we are trying to avoid are benzene, toluene and naphthalene. Benzene is a known carcinogen, while the other two have been known to cause heart, liver and brain conditions. Studies have found that these three toxins only begin to from at temperatures beyond 392° F. This is to say, as long as you keep your vaporizer below this level, the amount of toxins you’ll be inhaling will be drastically reduced.
So, what is the ideal setting? As in most things this is a personal preference, but trace levels of THC can be found at 284° F. Seeing that toxins start formulating at 392° F, most vaporizer users stick to temperatures of 365° F. This is well below the toxin ceiling, but high enough that suitable levels of THC and vapor make their way into the collection/inhalation device.
It’s worth noting that the density of vapor has no effect on the “highness” you are going to feel. Even less dense vapor (as you’re likely to get with lower vaporizer temps) has just as much THC as thicker vapor. Remember, trace levels of THC start entering the collection/inhalation device at temperatures as low as 284° F.
So, there you have it. A quick, “down and dirty” guide to figuring out the right temperature on your vaporizer. Hope you found it useful… now stop reading and go try it for yourself.