How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer - Vaporizer Tips and tricks for Beginners

October 18, 2018

Those are the few dry herb vaporizer tips and tricks you need to know when you get your first dry herb vaporizer, rather experimenting with it. Experimenting with your first vaporizer may lead you to think that they don't work. For instance, some may say that vaporizers don't get them particularly high. Keep in mind, there is more to it than just pack your bud and inhale. So IT IS expected after you take your first puffs, you will be like "is that it?" 

And my answer is, yes, that is pretty much it. 

But don't give up on it yet. Give your new vaporizer a chance. Once you use it properly and get the hang of it, it simply becomes a second nature, and you will never go back to any of the old smoking methods.

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Dry Herb Vaporizer Tips and Tricks


  • Run it on a high temperature before you use it the first time: With any vaporizer, the first thing you want to do is to wipe the chamber with rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip, and then run it on a high temperature, to burn off any residuals from manufacturing. Repeat for three or four cycles. I also recommend cleaning the mouthpiece and any parts that could carry that plastic smell and taste.

  • Vaping high vs. smoking high: our second dry herb vaporizer tips and tricks; you have to understand that the high you get out of your smoking sessions is some how different than the high you get out of your vaping sessions, almost all Vaporents call it "cleaner high." I wrote a blog piece about this to let beginners know what they're getting themselves into before buying their first vaporizer. Check it out here: How to Choose a Vaporizer: Vaporizer high or Smoking high?

  • Take a t-break before starting using your new dry herb vaporizer: The length of the t-break will depend on your tolerance level. Taking a break will help to prepare your lungs to adjust to vaping. Once you start vaping, keep experimenting and completely cut off smoking and rely on your vaporizer for at least 2 weeks before you contemplate going back to smoking. 

Related article: Marijuana Tolerance, Withdrawal Symptoms, and 5 Tips to Take a T-Break
  • Use a grinder: Don't Breaking it up by hand. Grinding your bud is key to get the best out of your vaping session, but not so fine that it can go through the screen. Vaporizers work by exposing the herb to just the right amount of heat to release the cannabinoids in the plant without burning it. In this case, surface area matters, so the finer your grind is, the better. Keep in mind, convection vaporizers seem to work better with a medium grind.

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  • Stir the cooked herb every couple off pulls, especially if you over packed it

  • Have extra batteries: If you could, and if the batteries are replaceable, buy spare batteries, just in case you were on the go and you run out of juice. When this happens to me, I feel my evening is over and I need to go back home, because simply my vaporizer is dead. 

  • Find your middle: Number of bowls or sessions vary from a person to another, based on her or his tolerance level. I personally vape daily and I'm usually stoned off of one vaping session. I vape at 6 or 7 p.m. and one session is enough to get my high until I go to bed, around 11 pm. But again, every stoners' tolerance level is different than another. So you just need to find your balance.

  • Packing you vaporizer: To achieve effective heat distribution and best vapor production:

    • If you were using a conduction vaporizer, pack the chamber tightly and full. You do not need room for air in between your grinds to vaporize them (as if you were using a convection vaporizer). Pack it tightly. 

    • If your vaporizer was a convection vaporizer, don't over pack the chamber; dry herb vaporizers experts recommend filling the chamber no more than halfway. Always start small and add on, and try to arrange your bud in the chamber loosely, airy and evenly.

  • The ideal temperature: Understand the ideal temperature for your session and the type of high you seek, here is a step by step guide.

  • Dosing capsules: One of my favorite vaporizer tricks that I didn't know for a long time, is the dosing capsules. If you can get them, like the ones for The Mighty offers, do it! They will help to keep your vaporizer clean.

  • Don't turn on and off between hits, turn it off only when you're done. Most vaporizers' vape sessions vape are designed to stay at temperature, they use more power to heat up than remain at a stable temperature. Usually a ball can last 5-15 minute depending on what type of vaporizer you have. AND, when you're done, don't forget to switch it off!

  • ALWAYS save your already vaped bud (AVB): Combusting/smoking marijuana method burns the whole thing and leave you next to nothing, but when it comes to vaping vaping your bud, there will be a good amount of goodies be left in the herb.
Related article: What is Already Vaped Bud (AVB) - Best Practices & Methods
  • Use a bong: This is another vaporizer trick. Most dry herb vaporizers either include or have available bong adapters, WPA (water pipe adapter), so no need to give up your favorite blong/water pipe.

  • Maintain/clean frequently: Clean it every 6-8 uses with some ISO and/or pipe cleaners. It will keep the vapor production right. It's easy 5-10 min process, there's no reason to not be doing it at least once a week.

Related article: The Best Way To Clean Your Dry Herb Vaporizer Pen

    How to inhale


    1. Turn on the vaporizer, set your temperature. Once it gets to required temperature, leave it for few seconds for the herb to cook

    2. Completely exhale the air out of your lungs, then take a

    3. VERY slow but deep pull till you start feeling the irritation in your throat (don't suck on it too hard). Don't bring it into your mouth, you will be using your lung sucking power to create a vacuum.

    4. Once you feel the irritation in your throat, it's time to continue inhaling fresh air instead

    5. Cough if you need to, don't choke yourself. Also, make sure to have some cold water next to you to cool down your throat just in case you start coughing.

    6. Hold the vape...... 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi... 

    That's all our vaporizer tips and trips for now folks. I will add more as I discover more. Stay toasty my friends... 


    Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

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