Little Known Facts About Dry Herb Vaporizers And Why They Matter


by Jeffrey Buckley

Updated: July 12, 2021

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Everyone knows that dry herb vaporizers are an efficient and cost-effective way to enjoy good bud. However, there are things about them that are not common knowledge but should be, especially if you are looking for an above-average vape experience.

Some of the points made here will make you go: ‘Duh, already know that’ – that is fine, some else does not. Others will have you scratching your head in disbelief. That’s great too because we aim to surprise. So read on and find out how your weed vaporizer actually, works, how it could work better, and why marijuana is not the only herb you can use with it.

#1 Good Dry Herb Vaporizers Do Not Burn the Material, They Cook It 

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It is a common misconception that dry herb vape pens create vapor by burning the material placed inside them. If that were the case, we would be talking about smoke, not vapor. The truth is that most devices available today use convection heating, meaning that there is no direct contact between the herb and the heating element. Some inferior vaporizers still use conduction (direct contact, hence easy burning) but these are getting phased out slowly.

Convection heating means that the herb is ‘cooked’ – all the good stuff evaporates and is inhaled, but the material never burns. Research has shown that the level of THC inhaled remains the same, but with far fewer toxins polluting the vapor. This guarantees a cleaner and safer vaping experience.

#2 Vape High Lasts Longer But It Is Not as Intense as a Smoke High

 This is a somewhat debatable point but most marijuana enthusiasts tend to agree that a dry herb vaporizer high is not as intensive as what you get when burning weed the old fashioned way. This is not a bad thing – there’s no haziness and no couch lock with vaping. There is, however, a nice mellow buzz and a quality euphoric high (provided you enjoy vaporizing in moderation).

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On the other hand, a marijuana vaporizer high starts off a bit later and lasts longer, so that is something to keep in mind. This low-key, delayed high is perfect for when you can’t afford to be totally stoned, but can’t nip out the back for a quick hit (think long conferences and boring meetings).

#3 Desktop Vaporizers Are Great For 420 Parties

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Vape sessions can be messy, especially when a group of people is passing around a badly rolled doobie that unravels at the slightest touch. That is why desktop dry herb vaporizers are great for 420 parties. They are clean and easy to use and guarantee that everyone can partake in the session without too much hassle.

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when group vaping:

  • Don’t hog the vape – what goes around, comes around.
  • Your lips are for kissing – but not for making out with the vaporizer whip.
  • Not everyone is into huge clouds – take small, respectful puffs and pass it on.

One more thing – cleaning out the device usually falls down to the host. However, make sure to offer to help before you pack up and head out. It is only polite.

#4 Weed vaporizers Help Mask the Telltale Odor

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<p>Using weed is risky business, especially in countries that are still treating it as a Class I substance. Most users are extremely conscious of the fact that smoking it creates an odor that is hard not to notice. With vaporizers, that odor is far less conspicuous.</p>
<p>Flash cooking in a device heats up the material very fast, sometimes in less than 10 seconds. The smell usually associated with burning weed does not have the time to form and spread, especially since all the vapor is inhaled immediately.</p>
<p>The <a href=best vapes for weed usually create very little odor. Still, it is important to note that the smell is not completely avoidable, so keep that in mind before hitting that ‘fire’ button out in public.

#5 You Can Now App-Control Your Marijuana Vaporizer

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There is an app for everything these days – cooking, shopping, dating; we have turned into an app-obsessed society. However, there is a type of app that is very useful to all vapers, and that is a vaporizer app.

Now, not every dry herb vaporizer comes with it, only those that are considered top shelf, such as the Firefly 2. Generally, what these apps enable is complete control over the vaporizing experience – the exact temperature setting of the oven, puff length, puff intensity, and so on. These extra control options allow everybody to enjoy a good vape session without getting too baked.

Some apps will also let you know how your device is performing; is it at peak efficiency or does it need a tune-up? Checking that regularly will ensure that you never miss a scheduled maintenance session (since missing those will result in nasty hits and, overall a pretty bad vaping experience overall).

#6 Your Vaping Experience Is Only as Good as Your Grind

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You can have the best dry material out there (that you paid a pretty penny for), as well as a top range weed vaporizer, and still end up with a sub-par vaping experience. Why is that? Well, experienced users know that it’s not actually so much about the quality of the material; it’s about the quality of the grind.

Picking apart the buds with your fingers is never a good solution; the result is an uneven grind that will not cook properly. Invest in a good weed grinder (preferably one with three compartments) and every vape session will be a blast.

The goal is to get an even grind – not too fine, but also not too coarse. Coarse grind means large chunks of the material that will not cook properly, On the other hand, too fine a grind and you risk clogging your airflow completely. Experiment a little bit to find what works best for your marijuana vaporizer.

#7 Weed Is Not the Only Herb You Can Vape On

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When it comes to best vape juice lines, there are a lot of flavor options out there – from strawberry and oranges to bacon and crab, vapers can pretty much choose whatever tickles their fancy. Most people believe that you are stuck with only one flavor – marijuana – when using dry herb vaporizers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are dozens of herbs that you can use to load up your vaporizer bowl. One of the more popular ones is valerian, which some people vape on to combat insomnia. Other herbs include catnip, thyme, passion flower, damiana, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender, sage, peppermint, and more.

These aromatic herbs can be used solo (but don’t expect a buzz), or you can just add a pinch of them to your weed mix. Either way, expect an incense shop type of smell to linger around you for a while should you choose to ‘cook’ them.

Does Vaping Weed Smell?

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Many people ask themselves, “Does vaping smell?” Marijuana smells in all its forms, but some are more potent than others. Dry herbs being vaped in a vaporizer have the most potent scent, especially portable conduction vaporizers.

Dab has a slight scent when being vaped from a pen, but not as much as dry herbs. However, the smell is more powerful when using a rig because it produces more vapor.

Vapes that use THC oil cartridges produce the least amount of odor; however, it depends on how much vapor is produced. As with rigs, the more vapor produced, the more odor there is. The advantage of using THC coil cartridges is that the smell dissipates quickly.

How to Reduce the Smell of Weed?

There are many things someone can do to reduce the smell of dry herbs and concentrates.

  1. First off, never vape in a car, even with the windows rolled down. It is not worth risking a cop getting a faint whiff of weed after getting pulled over.
  2. Second, make sure the room in which you are vaping is well ventilated. Open the windows and turn on any fans you have.
  3. Finally, vape outside in a backyard or balcony instead of indoors, if possible.

There are also other tricks one can pull now that you’ve asked and found the answer to “Does a vaporizer smell?” You can try things like blowing the vapor into air conditioning vents or bags of popcorn, but the three primary pieces of advice written above are much more effective.

Are You Ready To Give Your Marijuana Vaporizer a Good Whirl Now?

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Vaporizing just got a bit easier, didn’t it? Now you know that it’s not always about the bud when you’re having a bad vape session; you just weren’t careful with your grinding. And next time you have people over, you definitely won’t be rolling doobies, you will just whip out your desktop vaporizer.
These little pearls of wisdom about dry herb vaporizers will make your vape sessions easier and more enjoyable, so make sure to share them with your friends and spread the joy. Also, drop us a comment if you have your own pearls to share – we are all ears!

Published: March 23, 2018Updated: July 12, 2021

Jeffrey Buckley

I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.


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  • Slozella Mcdonald

    November 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the information

  • Annette

    June 2, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Is the vape from this type of vaping safe to do around kids?

  • Dankstarvapes

    February 18, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Awesome work!

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    October 10, 2018 at 6:05 am