The different vaporization temperatures

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The optimum temperature for vaporizing

If you choose to spray using a spray, the psychoactive effects of cannabis can vary with temperature. Generally, to take advantage of the active ingredients, an average temperature of between 105 ° C to 210 ° C is required, of course depending on the need and the quality of the product. Because of this, the temperature can make a big difference in the consumption process. In this article, we detail what is the best temperature to vaporize.

What is the correct vaporization temperature for cannabis?

The optimum temperature to release the properties of cannabinoids and terpenoids depends on their boiling point. It is important to know what effects are generally associated with different boiling points. A different boiling point may affect the effect on the user. To find out at what temperature the effects start to activate, here is a list of the boiling points of the main cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis.

  • THC-A (105ºC / 221ºF)
  • B- CARYOPHYLLENE (119 ° C / 246 ° F)
  • CBD-A (120ºC / 248ºF)
  • B-SITOSTEROL (134 ° C / 273 ° F)
  • A-PINÈNE (156 ° C / 312 ° F)
  • THC (157 ° C / 314 ° F)
  • CBD (160-180 ° C / 320-356 ° F)
  • B-MYRCENE (166-168 ° C / 330-334 ° F)
  • A8 THC (175-178 ° / 347-352 ° F)
  • CINEOLE (176 ° C / 348 ° F)
  • LIMONÈNE (177 ° C / 350 ° F)
  • P-CIMENE (177 ° C / 350 ° F)
  • APIGENIN (178 ° C / 352 ° F)
  • CANNFLAVIN-A (182 ° C / 356 ° F)
  • CBN (185 ° C / 365 ° F)
  • LINALOL (198 ° C / 388 ° F)
  • HUMULENE (198ºC / 388ºF)
  • BENZENE (205-365 ° C / 401-689 ° F)
  • TERPINEOL (218 ° C / 424 ° F)
  • CBC (220ºC / 428ºF)
  • THCV (220 ° C / 428 ° F)
  • PULEGONE (224 ° C / 435 ° F)
  • COMBUSTION (232ºC / 450ºF)
  • QUERCETINE (250 ° C / 482 ° F)

The right temperature setting can make all the difference!

Test the temperature settings to find the right compromise. Not too low so that the cannabinoids can evaporate, and not too high to avoid consuming the weed too quickly. Vaporizing doesn't burn your weed, you just inhale less of the harmful toxins found in the smoke.

There are various vaporizers on the market designed to contain herbs, concentrates, waxes or even oils. For this reason, vaporizers use different heating technologies. The heating systems bring to the vaporization a relaxing and enriching experience. There are 3 types of heating: Convection, Conduction and a few rare offer radiant heating, here are the differences.

Conduction heating

Conduction heating works by using the grass's direct contact with an electrically heated surface. However, a common problem with these vaporizers is the burning of the weed due to poor heat distribution. It is very difficult to regulate the temperature with vaporizers that use conduction. This category includes e-cigs, vaporizer pens and the majority of portable vaporizers currently on the market.

Convection heating

Convection heating works by passing heated air precisely over the dried grass. As a result, the product vaporizes more evenly and efficiently. Convection heating is the preferred choice for many patients looking to get the best vaping experience. Grass never comes into contact with the heating element through a distribution system. The heating elements of convection vaporizers are usually ceramic, although some are made of stainless steel or other types of metal. Ceramic heating elements retain heat extremely well and are unaffected by cold air drawn through the system.

Radiant / infrared heating

Radiant vaporizers use radiant energy produced by electricity or a light source to provide heat. Weed absorbs radiant energy, increasing in temperature until its components vaporize. These types of vaporizers are rarer and are equal to convection vaporizers in terms of quality and vapor produced.


Studies have shown that the sweet spot for vaporizing cannabis is around 170 ° C, even though cannabinoids start to vaporize at around 140 ° C. At this temperature, the active cannabinoids are converted into a vapor that can be comfortably inhaled, unlike a joint that can burn up to 1000 ° C or more.

Many vaporizers typically have digital temperature control that allows you to change the ratio of the active components you vaporize. When you light a joint with a lighter, you release all of the cannabinoids at once, often destroying the desirable cannabinoids and terpenes that give cannabis its unique flavor, smell, and effects. Since terpenoids have the lowest boiling point, around 55 ° C, they are usually the first compounds to be released by vaporization. As such, if you are looking for a flavorful and aromatic high, you should select the lowest temperature setting available on your vaporizer and as you get closer to the boiling points of other compounds you increase the amount of compounds that is vaporized.


It is important to keep in mind that even at temperatures below the boiling point of compounds, steam is still produced in the same way that boiling water releases wicks of water vapor before the point of boiling is reached. The vapor is just present in lower ratios. Since vapor is not always visible at lower temperatures, you have to judge what temperature to set the vaporizer to based on the taste and smell of the vapor produced.

While you'll mostly find these temperature controls on convection units, temperature-controlled conduction vaporizers are starting to appear. While it's safe to assume that most displays don't represent the exact temperature, most are very close and are much more accurate than vaporizers without temperature control. It is also important to note that the temperature displayed is not a measure of the temperature of the herb you are vaporizing.

portable vaporizers
Portable vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes, for herbs and concentrates ideal if you are looking for a small and discreet device.
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