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Think about it this way; water boils at 100 degree centigrade, does that mean all fluids on earth boil at the same temperature? Of course not. Same thing applies to the compounds inside cannabis. Every cannabinoids has its own threshold boiling point, each of those have a different effect on the brain as well as how much of the total percentage of chemical activators are released. In simple words, the higher the temperature the more toxins could be released.
Different temperatures release different terpenes sand different cannabinoids. A study by Taylor and Francis Ltd shows 230 C (446 F) is the optimal temperature to release the most of THC and other cannabinoids, however, it will also burn other part of the herb and that may release more "byproducts" which can be harmful to our health over time (see the graph below from that same study).
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My research, both online and anecdotal, has taught me that a hit at 350 to 365 is radically different from a hit at 420 to 430. If you want the healthiest way to smoke, turn the temperature down, and remember, later you will have the AVB (Already Vaped Bud) that you can use to make edibles and more.
Check this graph, this may slightly vary between a strain to another, so it's a trial and error till you find your best temperature. You always want to avoid By-Products.
Lower temperatures the high is usually smooth and linear, however, the sedative effects aren’t as strong. They tend to release a more creative cerebral high while temperatures exceeding 400F tend to release more sedation and pain relieving effects.
What temperature works best for you? Well that's entirely up to you to discover. Not all of us seek the same medical benefits from this wonderful plant. It also depends what your plans are. Many people turn their vaporizers all the way up when they start their session, this practice is useful if you’re in rush, which I occasionally do that. It’s also useful if you’re having a bad day and you want to forget about life, or if you smoke weed to treat your insomnia. On the other hand, to get the euphoric head high with low body high and no couch-lock, planning socialize, do some work or enjoying a movie, lower temps is recommended (upper 300s).
Here is the best practice I’ve seen so far to avoid combustion and preserve/enjoy the flavor:
Related article: What is Already Vaped Bud (AVB) - Best Practices & Methods
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 June 2018 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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