What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

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The growing popularity of hemp and marijuana brings a wide variety of different devices to consume them. Oil vapes for THC and CBD infused oils have become a popular alternative to smoking, but many find them lacking. For customers who want to avoid smoking but still want to enjoy actual bud, a dry herb vaporizer is a fantastic choice.

Continue reading, and you’ll learn what a dry herb vaporizer is, how to use them, and how to choose the best device for you!

What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

A dry herb vaporizer is a battery-powered device that uses dry herb, like cannabis or hemp, to produce inhaled and enjoyed vapor. Most dry herb vaporizers don’t produce actual smoke. Instead, they use super-heated air to create vapor fumes from the dry herb, a heating process called convection.

Since convection doesn’t produce smoke, many find that they produce a smoother, more enjoyable alternative to smoking from a glass pipe or bong. This is especially true for those that suffer from allergies, asthma or are otherwise unable to tolerate the smoke that dry herbs produce.

What Features Does a Dry Herb Vaporizer Have?

Dry herb vaporizers can be as featured-filled or slim as you would like. While there is plenty of variation between dry herb vaporizer models, there are some standard features you can expect when shopping for your perfect vape.

Variable Heating

Most dry herb vaporizers will offer some kind of variable heating. This may be in the form of a few preset heating options, or it could be degree-to-degree heating precision. Regardless of what specifically it offers, vaping at different temperatures has unique pros and cons.

If you vape at a low temperature, less vapor will be produced, but that vapor will be cool, smooth, and flavor-filled. If you vape at a high temperature, your hits will be much stronger, but they will also be much hotter and harsher.

There isn’t a wrong temperature to vape at, so if you aren’t sure what your ideal temperature setting is, be sure to consider a device that offers variable heating options.

Heating Chambers

Dry herb vapes have heating chambers that cannabis is loaded into for vaping. Some heating chambers are all-ceramic and specialize in convection heating. Others use a metal screen to separate the dry herbs from the heating element. These kinds of vapes can usually be molded to allow for convection or combustion vaping (combustion meaning that actual smoke is produced).

Replaceable Mouthpieces and Filter Screens

When you use a dry herb vaporizer, you draw air through the entire heating chamber. This means that small particles of dry herb will try to come out with the vapor. To prevent the user from breathing in small particles, dry herb vaporizers are fitted with mesh screens to filter them out.

Over time, mesh screens become gunky and clogged, even with regular cleanings. Fortunately, almost all mesh screens are designed to be replaced. In fact, your choice of dry herb vaporizer likely came with several replacements.

Mouthpieces are a piece that can be molded to your preference. Since heating chambers require so much surface area to be heated, it is common for that heat to travel up the vape device and into the mouthpiece, causing it to become uncomfortably hot. To remedy this, mouthpiece extenders are a common accessory to make vaping more enjoyable.

Replacement mouthpieces are also usually available should yours crack or break.

How Do You Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

While you can expect to find a variety of features among several different models of dry herb vaporizers, there are more standard features to expect that allow the vape pen to function. First, most vapes will be powered by clicking the power button five times. This is a common feature among most vape pens, not just those geared towards dry herb.

Dry herb vaporizers also need to be loaded with fresh hemp or cannabis. If you don’t already have an herb grinder, it is required if you want to use a dry herb vaporizer. If you don’t grind down what plan to vape, it will cause frequent clogs, uneven heating, and poor vapor production. Even if you plan on using a combustion vape pen, grinding the herb first will make your experience so much better.

When the vaporizer is loaded and powered on, you’ll choose your preferred temperature setting and wait for the vape to reach that temperature. It will take a few moments for the heating chamber to hit your desired temperature and to start producing vapor.

When it reached the temperature, the device will signal in some way (this could be a blinking light or a message on an LED screen display). Then all you have to do is breathe in the vapor being produced, and you’ll be well on your way to a great vape session!

What Is the Difference Between a Dry Herb Vaporizer and an Oil Vape?

While a dry herb vaporizer and an oil vape have similar features, there are some important differences. First, oil vapes use prefilled cartridges with infused THC or CBD. The heating element is built into the cartridge, which screws into your vape battery or box mod. Dry herb vapes have no prefilled cartridges. You’ll need to manually fill the heating chamber for each vape session.

The way the substances are heated is also different. Oil vapes use atomizers to turn the oil to vapor, and these heating elements are built into the prefilled cartridge. Dry herb vaporizers don’t use atomizers. As we’ve said, they use heating chambers to produce enough convection heat for the dry herb to produce vapor.

Oil vapes tend to produce vapor much more quickly. This is because the heating element is in direct contact with the oil being vaped, which is not the case with dry herbs.

Can I Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer to Vape Oils?

It depends on the specific dry herb vaporizer you have. Some dry herb vapes are designed to be compatible with oil “pads,” which can be soaked with your choice of oil. The pads are placed into the heating chamber, where enough heat is produced to create vapor from the oil.

While possible, the best vaping experience will always come from devices made specifically for a substance. If you are interested in vaping a variety of THC-infused substances, we recommend investing in a box mod. A box mod is a powerful vaping battery that is compatible with a variety of different attachments that allow it to vape oil, dry herbs, and wax concentrates.

How Do I Choose the Best Dry Herb Vaporizer?

The best dry herb vaporizer will be the one that best fits your specific needs. This is why you should line out what you want out of a vape pen before you even begin to shop. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a dry herb vape pen.

For example, are you wanting to vape discreetly while on the go, or do you prefer a larger, more powerful device? Heating chamber sizes vary, so you’ll also need to decide how much dry herb you want to vape before needing to reload the chamber.

Other features to consider include what kind of heating options you want, how powerful of a battery you would like to have, and the budget that you are able to work with. Are there features you can do without if it raises the price, or are some non-negotiable? Once you consider the specific needs you want to be met from your dry herb vape, you’ll be in a great position to start shopping for specific products!