5 Things to remember when you're vaping weed

Published May 22, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Vaping cannabis is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to get the effects from cannabis, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s better for our health, delivers the best buzz, and it can enhance some of the many flavours of terpenes that would otherwise go up in smoke with the high heat of actual burning. It also puts off less smell, offering a semi-reliable layer of protection for those who prefer discretion, and with numerous devices and designs to choose from, it’s affordable too.

There is no losing when you choose vaping weed over more traditional options like smoking a joint or bowl, as these tools provide a higher-class green experience. Still, there are some things that you can and should do to ensure you get the most possible out of every single hit from your trusty vape, and here, we’re going to help you with that in five easy-to-follow steps.

1. Fresh cannabis is always the best for vaping

Vaping can do all kinds of incredible things with your cannabis, but it cannot replace destroyed terpenes or harshness that’s caused by things like age or inefficient cleansing between fertilizing and harvesting. So, while it certainly won’t hurt you to inhale vapor filled with cannabinoids from old nugs, it’s always better to indulge with a freshly cured product instead. Flavour, taste, and smell will be enhanced, and you don’t want to miss out on this benefit by vaping weed that’s well past its prime.

2. Grind up that herb

Most vaporizers that are compatible with herb come equipped with a perfectly sized compartment for you to fill with your favourite green products, and some consumers make the mistake of filling it by stuffing in whole buds, but unfortunately, just because it fits, that doesn’t mean it will work. In fact, by doing this, you can pretty much guarantee a terrible experience because the cannabis isn’t going to be heated evenly, which will leave some of it burned, and much of what's hidden within untouched. To distribute heat evenly with such a small coil, it’s absolutely imperative that you use a grinder or scissors to bust up the buds first.

3. Find the best temperature(s) to suit your needs

One of the best things about vaping weed is that it gives you the power to determine the exact temperature which can make a huge difference in the quality of the experience as a whole. Certain terpenes and cannabinoids have much lower boiling points, so if you want to take advantage of what they have to offer, then you’ll need to vape in a range that’s lower than that. Go too low, and you won’t be satisfied with your typical number of hits, so be sure to experiment and research until you find the ideal temperature for vaping for you.

4. Maintain a clean and charged device

It’s easy to forget how long you’ve been vaping weed for out of one single device, and unfortunately, it only takes a few good sessions to make the highest quality vapes dirty, which might negatively impact the flow of vapor, heat distribution from the coil and the taste of your green. The same is true for a dead battery, as it won’t deliver the appropriate temperatures through consistent delivery of electricity, which can lead to a non-functioning device. That’s why both frequent cleanings in between each session and charges when your device is not in use are absolutely necessary for you to enjoy the best possible experience.

5. Know how to tell when it’s all over

Smoking is a whole lot different than vaping weed with the former resulting in a pile of clearly burnt black ash and the latter barely changing the texture or consistency of the bud you put inside. Continuing to use a vape that’s empty will result in small, burnt hits of vapor and coils that age way too fast, two things that no consumer wants. To avoid it, you’ll need to know what to look for, which is a mild colour change. Most buds will go from green to a lighter variation or a grey hue, and once it does, you know that it’s time for a refill.

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