Vaping Temperatures Explained, and the Inside Story on Customizing Your Best Vaporizer Experience

Imagine you’ve just made a major purchase. A brand-new car. An advanced flatscreen. The most amazing phone in the world. Now imagine it worked in binary: Off, or on.

Fast, or slow. Bright, or dark. Sports, or news. That’s it! Happy? No, you’d feel cheated. And you would be.

You wouldn’t accept this with other important technology in your life, so why would you expect or accept this from your vaporizer?

You shouldn’t have to, which is why you should absolutely choose a dry herb vaporizer (or dual-use vape) with precision temperature options.

Vaping Temperatures Explained, and the Inside Story on Customizing Your Best Vaporizer Experience: eAskme
Vaping Temperatures Explained, and the Inside Story on Customizing Your Best Vaporizer Experience: eAskme

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It will give you full control of the ensuing session, whether it’s dry herb or a concentrate of choice.
The general consensus is, the lower the temperature, the less potent, more mellow, and more “active” the high.

And the higher the temperature, the more powerful, sedative, and more sedentary the high. As it happens, there is science behind this.

As research findings published in the scientific journal PloS One back in 2016 state, the first few active ingredients in cannabis begin to be released at temperatures above 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

Vaping Temperatures Explained, and the Inside Story on Customizing Your Best Vaporizer Experience: eAskme

That’s on the low end. This is when—nerd alert—cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) begin to be converted from biosynthetic precursors into active compounds that the body can absorb via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), in the chemical process called decarboxylation.

Many more cannabinoids are not released, however, until the temperature increases to about 200 degrees Celsius, or 392 degrees Fahrenheit, according to previous research cited in the PloS One report.

That’s the key takeaway here:

There are hundreds of cannabinoid and terpene compounds in cannabis, and they all have different release temperature ranges.

(Leafly, considered by some to be a bible for cannabis-related topics, has a slightly different list of boiling points for cannabis constituents but they don’t list their source; for now, let’s go with what the peer-reviewed science says.)

As the researchers note in the PloS One article, higher temperatures are required for higher levels of vaporized THC versus other cannabinoids; the “highest yield of THC”—and, at least with the dry herbal vaporizers used in the 2016 study, the lowest ratio of “cannabinoids to harmful byproducts”—was 230 degrees Celsius, or 446 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s a range of nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with a spectrum of different effects within.

You might be wondering: “So which temperature do I choose?”

That answer requires another question: What is it that you want?

And that’s why the vaporizer designers at DaVinci created Smart Path technology, which are four distinct temperature-range settings to choose from.

Along with the DaVinci IQ2’s Air Dial and Dose Control, these features allow for the most customizable experience possible.

DaVinci IQ2’s

Other resources found around the web support the findings published in Plos One.

As WikiLeaf notes, terpenes such as pinene, found in strains associated with sativa dominance and energetic effects, are released at lower temperatures.

Compare that to linalool, a terpene found in lavender as well as strains generally classified as indica, which is released at higher temperatures.

What’s interesting here is how the vaporizer temperature setting will dictate the power and potency of the cannabis you loaded it with, more so than whichever strain it is.

(Of course, if the strain has next to no CBD in it and you’re looking for the anxiety and inflammation relief associated with CBD, you need different starting material.)

Northern Lights Cannabis Co., a Colorado-based retailer, recommends some very finessed fine-tuning while noting that when temperatures are too high, “vital compounds actually boil away.” And this understanding is something that we’ve utilized in our Smart Path settings.

Setting your DaVinci at a low 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for example, would release lower-temperature terpenes in the ground flower you’ve loaded into the oven for a very flavorful draw and lighter euphoric effect.

Dial up to 360 degrees and you’ll start to unlock a little more THC (delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol), along with just enough of the terpenes limonene and myrcene that should get you buzzing without putting you out on the couch.

Here’s where it gets a little complex:

You want to dial it up a little more to get a little less of a head high. Remember the science nerds in the PloS One study, who reminded us that the majority of THC is unloaded at much higher temperatures.

In between 370 and 390 degrees is where you’ll find some good CBD releases, depending on the flower’s CBD content, which could help provide relief of anxiety and inflammation.

From there, it gets easier:

The higher the temperature, the more THC you’ll consume and you’ll feel a more intense body high.

Between 390 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit, expect the cannabinoid CBN, associated with a sedative effect, to make its appearance.

And, like the journal article said, at temperatures beyond that, THC will be released in greatest abundance.

Of course, the IQ2 gives you more control than merely adjusting the temperature up and down.

The Air Dial on the bottom of your device has four settings to control how much fresh air enters the oven and thus, ends up in the vapor stream.

Daytime use may call for smaller draws and smaller amounts of mind-altering cannabinoids, and thus less airflow.

When you’re truly ready to rip, open up the Air Dial all the way and boost the temperature as high as you dare, and feel the THC start to dance on your body and mind.

And keep in mind the multiple controls available to you via the LED screen or the smartphone app.

Take note of the THC and CBD percentages in your lab-tested, store-bought cannabis and enter those appropriate values into the Dose Control setting.

You’ll be able to track cannabinoid consumption for each session.

Armed with all this information—an understanding of when the cannabinoids and terpenes will be released; the percentage of THC and CBD in your lab-tested flower or concentrate; and knowledge of how to achieve your desired experience with precision through your Da Vinci IQ2—an optimal, consistent vaping experience is easily within reach.

If you still have any question, feel free to ask me via comments.

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