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How does a dry herb vaporiser work?

Dry herb vaporisers have become a popular method for consuming medicinal cannabis, offering a cleaner and more efficient way to enjoy it's benefits. This guide will help you understand how these devices work, their components, and the process of using them.

Components of a Dry Herb Vaporiser

  1. Battery: Most portable vaporisers are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These batteries can be either fixed or removable, depending on the model.

  2. Chamber: This is where the herb is placed for vaporisation. Modern vaporisers typically use ceramic chambers, which heat up quickly and retain heat well, without altering the flavour of the herb. Some models also use quartz chambers for better flavour retention.

  3. Mouthpiece: This part is used to draw the vapor from the chamber. Mouthpieces vary in shape and material, with some models offering glass mouthpieces for enhanced flavour.

The Vaping Process

  1. Heating Methods: Dry herb vaporisers use either conduction or convection heating methods. In conduction, the herb comes in direct contact with the heating element, similar to a frying pan. Convection, on the other hand, involves passing hot air through the herb, akin to an oven, which allows for more even heating and efficient extraction of compounds.

  2. Vaporisation Temperature: The herb is heated to a specific temperature, lower than the combustion point, to produce vapor without smoke. This method preserves the terpenes and cannabinoids in the herb, offering a purer experience compared to smoking. The temperature for vaporising marijuana typically ranges between 284°F and 446°F, allowing users to enjoy the active compounds without the risk of burning the herb.

  3. Inhalation: Users inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece. Long, slow inhales are recommended for the best experience, ensuring that the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes are absorbed.

Using a Dry Herb Vaporiser

  1. Read the Manual: Always start by reading the manual for specific instructions related to your vaporiser model.

  2. Charge the Vaporiser: Most portable models use USB charging, while desktop vaporisers might need to be plugged into an outlet.

  3. Grind the Herb: The herb should be ground to a medium-fine consistency for optimal vaporisation.

  4. Pack the Chamber: Fill the chamber with the ground herb, but avoid overpacking to ensure even heat distribution.

  5. Adjust Temperature: Turn on the vaporiser and set the desired temperature. Start with a lower temperature and gradually increase it to find your preferred balance of flavour and vapor intensity. Not every vape allows for temperature adjustment*

  6. Inhale the Vapor: Take slow, steady inhales and pace yourself, especially if you are new to dry herb vaporisers.

Tips for the Best Vaping Experience

  • Keep your vaporiser clean to ensure its longevity and performance.

  • Use dry and properly cured herbs for optimal vaporisation.

  • Experiment with different temperatures to find your preferred setting.

  • Ensure the battery is fully charged for consistent performance.


Dry herb vaporisers offer a healthier, cleaner, and more efficient way to consume herbs. By understanding the components, heating methods, and the correct usage, users can enjoy a superior experience compared to traditional smoking methods.

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