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

October 18, 2018 2 Comments

if you've recently decided to purchase a dry herb vaporizer, or are thinking of doing so, these tips and tricks will very helpful to find your way around vaping your bud.

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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Related article: How to Choose a Vaporizer: Conduction or convection?

Dry Herb Vaporizer Tips and Tricks


  • Run it EMPTY 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." Also, vaping may not hit you as fast as smoking and that full effect may take 10-20 mins. 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.

On the other hand, some vaporizers need finer bud than others to work properly, others busted by hand bud may work better. So sometimes it's trial and error till you find your middle. 
  • 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.

  • Stir the cooked herb every couple off pulls, especially if you over packed it. Don't stir too much as it may crumble into finer pieces, which may go through the vaporizer filter into your lungs, it'll be like sucking fine AVB dust. This tip is device-specific on occasions, for instance; you don't really need to stir the bowl when you're using the Arizer Solo 2.


  • 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. (Sick of charging batteries? Consider a desktop vape, they won't be portable though).

Related article: Portable vs Desktop Vaporizers for weed, Which One You Should Get?

  • Find your middle: Number of bowls or sessions vary from a person to another, based on her or his tolerance level (nevertheless, many people find vaping a tiny amount of weed can be more than enough, amounts as little as 0.05g to 0.1g). 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.

  • 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 Mighty dosing capsules. They will help to keep your vaporizer clean, and very easy for on-the-go sessions.

  • 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 bowl 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: In other word, vapebongin. 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. 

Related article: Using a Water Pipe with Your Vaporizer (Bong Adapters)
  • 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 do you know when a dry herb vape bowl is done

Here are couple of signs that your bowl is done, you may want to consider them all:

  • Smell/taste: it starts tasting/smelling like burnt popcorn

  • Color: Open your bowl and look. Usually your AVB should get dark brown-ish. Keep in mind, ABV will look different from a session to another, mainly because of the different temperature people tend to set their vaporizers on, so for a newbie, it's not always the best indicator. However, and in time, and as you start knowing your vaporizers and your favorite temperature setting, you'll start noticing those subtle details, and differentiate between colors. 

  • Finally, when it stops producing vapor 

    How to inhale - Dry Herb Vaping Tips


    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 (do not ever breathe/cough vapor out your nose. Very unpleasant).

    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. 

    2 Responses


    January 23, 2019

    I originally purchased a used Pax 2 and used it on and off for about a 3 month period. I was not super thrilled by it. A few years pass and I become a more avid smoker and I purchase a Davinci IQ. I fell in love with it immediately. It was a different high from smoking like many people say. I felt I was more functional and clear headed. Overall I’d reccomend trying a dry herb vape at one point or another in ones cannabis fueled adventures. Happy toking all


    January 22, 2019

    I’m a rather younger but newer smoker. I waited until I was 18 and have been enjoying for a while now and bought the xmax pro when I first got into enjoying flowers and boiiiiii howdy did I ever get high. But I ended up making friends who obviously only smoke and so I did and eventually didn’t use my vape anymore cause I couldn’t tell a difference.

    Well smoking for about a year made me unable to vape (ecig) and that was a warning sign for me cause I’d never smoked cigarettes or anything and always could vape pretty easily with my virgin lungs but I ended up selling my xmax to a friend and bought a vapcap around that time and I could tell a HUGE difference. I didn’t have a foggy head all the time I felt more productive and motivated, I use WAYYY less after working my way up to smoking half oz in a week or two. If I didn’t hang out with friends.

    I now make an oz last 2-3 months and I realized I had a smokers cough. Thank God that’s gone. I remember times where I was sick from blunt wraps and shit even. God I love vaping.

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