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Few things you need to know when you get your first dry herb vaporizer.
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's expected after you take your first puffs, you will be like "is that it?"
And my answer is, yes, that's 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 second nature, and you will never go back to the old smoking method.
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First and foremost, 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 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 rather smoking. Once you start vaping, keep experimenting and completely cut off smoking and rely on your vaporizer for at least 2 weeks before you contemplating going back to smoking.
Don't Breaking it up by hand. Grinding your bud it 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 plant matter to heat to release the cannabinoids in the plant. In this case, surface area matters, so the finer your grind is, the better.
Stir the cooked herb every couple off pulls, especially if you over packed it
If you could, and if the batteries are replaceable, by 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.
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 stoned off one vaping session. I vape at like 6-7pm and that's enough to keep me 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.
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; 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.
Understand the ideal temperature for your session and the type of high you seek, here is a step by step guide.
If you can get dosing capsules, like what The Mighty provides, it 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!
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
Turn on the vaporizer, set your temperature. Once it gets to required temperature, leave it for few seconds for the herb to cook
Completely exhale the air out of your lungs, then take a
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.
Once you feel the irritation in your throat, it's time to continue inhaling fresh air instead
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.
Hold the vape...... 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi...
That's all for now folks. 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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