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In the past, medicinal herbs were consumed by placing them on heated rocks to create vapor. But as we evolve, new techniques of heating your herbs were discovered. One of such methods is the use of herbal vaporizers.

An herbal vaporizer has proven to be more efficient and advantageous in consuming dry herbs. It has also won the heart of many smokers in the vaping community.

What is A Dry Herb Vaporizer?

A dry herb vaporizer is an electronic device that lets you enjoy medicinal herbs, tobacco, or other dry herbs without inhaling harmful toxins. It provides a much simpler and safer way of heating your dry herbs. Herbal vaporizers heat the dry herbs to a point where the active ingredients are extracted without combustion. When there is no combustion, the risk of production of harmful toxins and tar is decreased.

Benefits Of Using Herbal Vapes

Herbal vaporizers have proven to be very helpful to many vapers. They have multiple benefits to your health unlike the traditional way of smoking. Some of these benefits are:

No Smoke

The use of an herbal vaporizer helps to eliminate smoke. Since vaporizers do not burn herbs, they don’t produce combustion which produces substances that are harmful to your health. You don’t get a throat burn and fumes when you use these incredible devices. Herbal vaporizers also help patients with lung or throat irritation.

Vapor Quality

Using herbal vapes help produce high-quality vapor is usually fun and enjoyable. Dry herbs vapers will be able to get the real taste of the product because vaporizers help to preserve or retain more flavor when compared to smoking.

The quality of the vapor produced depends largely on the quality of the heating system, chamber, temperature, and texture of your herbs. 

Smell

The vapors produced by herbal vapes don't smell as much as the ones produced by the conventional smoking style. The good news is that the smell that comes from vaporizers doesn't linger around for long.

Discreet

Imagine you are in public, and then you brought out your herbs to smoke using the old style. What happens? All eyes are fixed on you while you put everyone around you in discomfort. That's not the case with vaporizers as they allow you to monitor and control the temperature along with the density of the vapors.

Portable vaporizers and vape pens are designed to be very discreet and can be used in the public without drawing people’s attention.

Conserve Herbs

So much waste attached to the traditional method of smoking. Back then, people consume their herbs just once. With the use of an herbal vaporizer, you can now conserve some of your dry herbs by heating with a much lower temperature. The heat helps to extract the active ingredients so you can always use a bowl more than once.

Saves Money

In the long run, the conservative nature of the herbal vaporizers will help you save a lot of money. This helps to justify the amount of buying an herbal vaporizer since they're not cheap.

How to Use An Herbal Pen?

It is important to know how an herbal vaporizer works and how to use one before you make your first purchase. Don't fret because operating a vaporizer is a piece of cake.

Prepare the dry herb

Ensure the herbs are ready for use by using a grinder to shred them into tiny pieces. See how to use a grinder effectively. A finely ground herb will enhance the quality of the vapor production.

Load The Chamber

Once you have successfully crushed your herbs into a finely ground texture, you will need to load it into the chamber of your herbal vaporizer. Avoid loading excess herbs into the oven as it will affect the quality of the vapor production. A 1/4 filled chamber is almost perfect.

Turn On The Device

After loading the unit, it is time to switch it on. How you turn on a dry herb vaporizer usually depends on the type of vaporizer you purchased. While some use three quick clicks to turn on the device, others use five quick clicks. 

Next, you set your temperature to the desired level, depending on your device and the type of herb.

Slowly Take A Hit

Once the device is heated, different colors are displayed on the device, depending on the type, and the last thing to do is to take a hit. You don't have to rush it, just take it slow and enjoy a great vaping session.

Cleaning Up

It is good practice to keep your vaporizer clean after every vaping session. Open up the device and ensure there is no residue left in the chamber. This will help to prevent a nasty taste as well as keeping the unit in a good working condition which extends its lifespan.

Different Types Of Dry Herb Vaporizers

There are different types of vaporizers available on the market today. Some of the popular ones include:

Vape Pens

Vape pens are designed to take the shape of your regular office pen. They resemble E-cigarettes. Vape pens are very easy to use and are known to be the god of discretion. You can purchase a vape pen starting from $30.

Portable Vapes

Portable vapes are available in different shapes and sizes, and some are incredibly discreet. They are capable of producing better quality vapor. These units are much larger and are usually more expensive than vape pens, costing between $50 to $400. But most importantly, they are built to last longer.

Desktop Vaporizers

These desktop vaporizers are regarded as the big daddy. Yes, they are very big, and you can share them with your friends. The temperatures can be controlled, and they have optional balloon attachment. The prices for these vaporizers are as big as their sizes.

Heating Sources

Convection Heating

A convection system heats the dry herb with a warm air rather than a hot surface. This process helps to reduce combustion and gives a cleaner vapor. Convection system creates a more discreet vaping experience. It helps the herbs heat up at a specific temperature which means it's not burning it. Combusting your herbs is where the herbs start to smell. Users with a throat or lung problem mostly prefer it.

Conduction

Conduction vapes work by heating the dry plant on the surface of the oven. It is a faster heating source than the convection system. However, it causes a slight combustion which means you get more smoke than vapor. 

Hybrid

This is a combination of both the conduction and convection heating system. It provides a better flavor, minimum combustion, fast heat-up time, and dense vapors. The herbs are heated both through the walls of the heating chamber and also through hot air.

Tips On Vaping Herbs

Temperature Control

Many herbal vaporizers come with a full range of controllable temperature. You can easily adjust the temperatures to suit your taste. A lower temperature while in public and a higher temperature while you are in the comfort of your home. Vaping at a higher temperature tends to be like smoking which produces a pungent smell and very noticeable.

Battery Life

Different vaporizers have different battery life. While some can last for a day, others last for about 30 minutes. Vapers always want vapes with stronger batteries just to enjoy more extended hours of vaping. If you are a regular vaper, then you should consider buying a unit that can last longer. This is best calssified by a larger mAh battery.

Grind Herbs

As earlier stated, using an herb grinder will give you a finer texture of ground herbs which will enhance consistent vapor and heat distribution. In fact, grinders are important tools in the life of every vaper.

Cleaning Your Dry Herb Vape Pen

Cleaning and maintaining your herbal grinder will enhance and preserve its quality in the long run. While different vaporizers require different cleaning method, below is a basic method for cleaning dry herb vaporizers.

  1. The first thing to do is to disassemble the parts of your device. Most vapes usually have a removable mouthpiece, a chamber, and a battery.
  2. Remove residue of herbs from the chamber by using a brush to wipe them out gently. A Q-tip is also an effective way to do this.
  3. Clean the mouthpiece with the brush or iso Q-tip. Some mouthpiece (not all) can be soaked in isopropyl and rinsed with warm water.
  4. Check the battery and reassemble the parts of the devices.