How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer: A Beginner’s Guide

Burning marijuana to smoke it creates carcinogens. These cancer-causing compounds weaken your lungs over time. 

Marijuana users are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Smoking pipes and joints may lead to lung damage. On the other hand, herb-infused edibles take forever to work. Plus, cannabis loses its potency during digestion. 

Technology has the perfect solution for this problem: dry herb vaporizers. 

Quality dry herb vaporizers use convection heating to activate the bud. The vapor cloud they create is safer than smoking a joint.

Before you buy one, take a minute to learn how to use a dry herb vaporizer. 

Preparing Your Dry Herb Vape

During manufacturing, your vape pen may end up with residue on it. The residue changes your bud’s flavor and scent while smoking.

Follow these directions to burn off the residue:

  1. Make sure the vape’s oven cartridge is empty
  2. Set the vape pen to it’s highest temperature
  3. Let it heat for 5-10 minutes

Do not take a hit off the empty vaporizer. Let it cool before moving onto the next step.

How to Get the Herb Ready

Grinding your herb guarantees that it heats evenly in the vape pen. Uneven heating leads to wasting or burning the bud.

Grab a grinder that won’t turn your herb into a fine powder. The bud should look fluffy after grinding. 

Don’t forget to pick out any seeds and stems. 

Packing Your Dry Herb Vaporizer

Set the vape oven on a piece of paper to make clean-up easier. This way you don’t have to worry about spills.

Using a small funnel, pour the ground herb into the oven. Lightly pack it down and top off the oven if necessary.

Don’t over-pack the oven for a convection dry herb vaporizer. Without proper airflow, it’ll burn the bud on the bottom.

Plug the vape oven into the pen and you’re ready to smoke.

Using a Dry Herb Vaporizer

Set your vape pen’s temperature. Lower temperatures give a smooth smoking experience. Higher temperatures are good for CBD-heavy cannabis strains.

It takes 15 seconds for a dry herb vape to heat up. Be patient or your first hit will be just air.

Once it’s ready, take a slow 10-second hit. Hold the vapor for 2 seconds and exhale. 

The smoking process is the same if you use a vaporizer with concentrate oven

How to Clean a Dry Herb Vape

After you finish an oven-full of herb, brush out the leftovers. Keep the leftovers to use in cannabutter.

Once a month, give the vape a deep cleaning. If you don’t, it will eventually clog. Taking the vape apart also gives you a chance to check the pieces for signs of damage. 

Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to wipe off the sticky residue. A sewing pin is perfect for cleaning the filter screen.

Wait at least an hour for all the vape pieces to dry before putting it back together.

Now You Know How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer

If you’re going to smoke bud regularly, it’s best to use a dry herb vaporizer. The vapor won’t harm your lungs or throat.

Keep this how to use a dry herb vaporizer handy. It’ll help when you get your new vape pen.

Looking for more cannabis facts or vape tips? Check out our Lifestyle section.

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