One of the major advantages to vaping weed or hemp flower is having control over the temperature. When you smoke, there is nothing stopping that bud from reaching temperatures as high as 4000° F (or 2200° C)! You also lose most of the flavor and the subtleties of each strain. The only problem is, what’s the best temperature for weed? In this guide, we detail three main temperature ranges, highlighting their differences and advantages. Each range provides a different experience, so it also depends on what you want to get out of it.
Keep in mind that everyone’s experience can vary based on a few key factors. For example, two weed vaporizers set to the same temperature can sometimes produce a different type of vapor. Additionally, each strain contains different levels of terpenes and cannabinoids, which contribute to their smell, taste and effects. These organic compounds volatilize at various temperatures and will alter the experience.
Don’t worry, you won’t need to graduate weed college for this. Just use this guide and play around with different settings. See how they make you feel. Eventually, you will find the best temperature for you.
There is a big difference between a conduction vaporizer
With a conduction vaporizer, the plant material comes into direct contact with the heat source of the vaporizer, and the cannabis can become scorched if the temperature is too high.
With a convection vaporizer, the plant material is heated from the hot air the heat source creates and the air is circulated throughout the cannabis which prevents scorching.
The list below can help you determine what temperature setting you need to use to access various different cannabis compounds with your particular vaping device:
- Caryophyllene oxide: 495°F / 257°C
- Phytol: 399°F / 204°C
- Humulene: 388°F / 198°C
- Linalool: 388°F / 198°C
- Terpinolene: 365°F / 185°C
- Limonene: 349°F / 176°C
- Citronellol: 437°F / 225°C
- β-Myrcene: 334°F / 168°C
- β-Caryophyllene: 320°F / 165°C
- THC: 315°F / 157°C
- THCa: 220°F / 104°C
- THCv: 428°F / 220°C
- CBD: 356°F / 180°C
- CBDa: 248°F / 120°C
- CBC: 428°F / 220°C
- CBG: 126°F / 52°C
- CBN: 365°F / 185°C
Vaping At Lower Temperatures
One of the main cannabis compounds is THC. The THC has a boiling point of 315° F. If you vape any lower than 325° F, you aren’t likely to feel very much of anything, if at all.
Low temperature for vaping is considered to be about 325 ° F up to 350° F. You could refer to these lower temperatures as lightly toasting the cannabis.
When vaping at low temperatures the effects you will get from your cannabis are likely to be much more subdued.
Low temperatures are great for those that want to get the best flavor from their weed. It will have a fresher taste. The vapor that is created will also be cooler. A cooler vape means it will also be less irritating to your throat and lungs. This could help to reduce coughing as well.
Other side effects of cannabis can be reduced too, like getting very red eyes will lessen and your mouth may not get as dry. Some people experience paranoia when they smoke weed, but vaping at a lower temperature can help reduce paranoia.
Also, the high that you do get can be less and you shouldn’t feel as intoxicated, but you still gain the calming effect that so many seek.
Vaping at low temps can be a good choice when you have a lot to get done or if you get intoxicated very easily like some that are new to vaping can get.
Lightly toasted (325-350°F / 163-177°C)
THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis has a boiling point of 315° F (157° C). You don’t want to go much lower than 325° F (163° C), especially if you want to really feel something. Low temps might appeal to you if you want the best flavor from your bud. It produces a fresh taste, with citrusy and/or piney undertones.
The vapor will also be much cooler, and less harsh on the throat, so you probably won’t cough as much. The possible side effects like paranoia, red eyes and cotton mouth will be less severe. If you’re a wake and baker, low temp vaping can give you the feeling you want, without burning you out for the day. This is also the ideal setting for newcomers and lightweights who don’t want to get too intoxicated.
- Light euphoria, calming, invigorating
- Intense terpene flavor, fresh, citrusy, piney
- Cooler vapor, less coughing
- Decreased side effects (lethargy, anxiety, red eyes, dry mouth etc.)
- Best suited for newcomers, lightweights or flavor chasers
- Better suited for getting chores done
Terpenes: A-pinene, β-caryophyllene, β-myrcene, d-limonene, citronellol
Cannabinoids: Δ8THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa
Half baked (350-400°F / 177-204°C)
This is a safe place to start while you’re still experimenting with marijuana or legal CBD cannabis. In this range, you still get plenty of terpenes, but now with more access to cannabinoids. The vapor is thicker and warmer. You’ll also taste more of the cannabinoids, which can give it a richer flavor. The warm vapor is satisfying for transitioning smokers.
The psychoactive effects will be noticeably stronger at these temperatures mostly because more THC is being volatilized. It can be relaxing, euphoric and put you in a meditative state without feeling drowsy. This temp range is an excellent middle ground for the best of both worlds between effects and flavor.
- Relaxing, euphoric, meditative but not sleepy
- Flavorful and rich, terpenes plus cannabinoids
- Warmer vapor, can be satisfying for smokers
- More THC gets volatilized
- Can experience minor side effects
- Increased cannabinoid availability
Terpenes: d-limonene, terpinolene, linalool, humulene
Cannabinoids: Δ8THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa
Fully baked (400-430°F / 204-221°C)
For maximum cannabinoid extraction (THC, CBG, or CBD extraction), this is the range to be in. The vapor will be hotter and less flavorful, but you will feel the strongest psychotropic effects. This range is best suited for night time sessions because of its ability to induce lethargy, also called the dreaded “couch-lock”. The activation of compounds THCv and humulene can actually suppress appetite and prolong the inevitable munchies.
At these temperatures, many terpenes will be depleted fast. If you’re a real terp connoisseur, then you might want to reserve this range for the end of your sessions, for when you really want to blast off. This is the closest you can get to combustion without actually smoking, though it can still induce coughing.
- Intense effects, strong euphoria, lethargy, “couch-lock”
- Maximum THC volatilization
- Hotter vapor, may cause coughing
- Less terpenes, higher cannabinoid extraction
- Activates THCv and humulene, appetite suppressants that can prolong “the munchies”
- Closest experience to smoke/combustion
Terpenes: humulene, phytol, caryophyllene oxide
Cannabinoids: Δ8 THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa, THCv