Thanks to the temperature settings, consumers have more control over vaporizer temperature.
Higher vaporizer temperature produces more potent colonies, while lower settings produce smooth and functional effects.
Vaporizing marijuana has become a popular way to position yourself. This method is considered much healthier than smoking joints, which are associated with carcinogenic substances. Another feature that vaporization offers, and that the bones or bongs lack, is precision.
Many models of vaporizers allow consumers to adjust the temperature parameters. This, in turn, will enable them to change the effect of the experienced buzzer.
Cannabis contains hundreds of different chemical compounds, many of which contribute to the buzz generated by vaporizing the herb. The two main culprits are cannabinoids and terpenes.
An example of these is THC, the predominant psychoactive cannabinoid. Cannabis also contains CBD, a cannabinoid known primarily for its medicinal uses. These compounds act on the endocannabinoid system to produce many of its effects.
Terpenes also influence the buzzer with the cannabinoids, through the entourage effect. These aromatic compounds offer a wide variety of scents, flavors, and physiological effects.
Each of these “ingredients” has different vaporization points, and this is why temperature is such an essential factor when vaporizing marijuana.
Why is it so essential to decarboxylate marijuana?
THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE
The ideal temperature of vaporization depends on the desired effects. The majority of consumers vaporize to be placed and, therefore, they will have to configure their devices to evaporate at 200 ° C. At this temperature, cannabinoid acids such as THCA and CBDA are decarboxylated, becoming active THC and CBD, respectively.
Decarboxylation occurs with heat, and the result of this process is the elimination of a carboxyl group, creating a structural change that converts the inactive precursor compounds into viable active constituents.
Although the decarboxylation threshold is 200 ° C, the higher temperatures produce more, if we talk about the content of cannabinoids. At a temperature of 230 ° C, steam has been achieved with a cannabinoid level of 77%, unlike steam with 24% cannabinoids obtained at 170 ° C although 230 ° C could be considered too hot.
According to the cannabis researcher, Dr. Arno Hazekamp, the optimum temperature to vaporize is 210 ° C. This temperature allows the best balance between cannabinoids and terpenes while producing a gentle buzz.
Higher temperature settings might extract more cannabinoids, but the herb could start to burn. This would result in a stronger buzz, and the possibility of combustion, leading to carcinogenic substances. Also, with higher temperatures, there are fewer terpenes available.
STRATEGICALLY LOWER TEMPERATURES
By setting the vaporizer at a lower vaporizer temperature, a less intense high occurs. Temperatures below 180 ° C will produce a dense vapor in terpenes and low in cannabinoids.
This type of steam is ideal for some people. It provides a less intense high, so it can be used throughout the day to boost concentration and feel awake and stimulated. Also, terpenes contribute their effects to the mixture. Terpenes such as myrcene and limonene can relieve stress and anxiety.
Myrcene: an abundant terpene with surprising properties
ISOLATING THC AND CBD
In the same way as terpenes and cannabinoids, different cannabinoids also evaporate at different temperatures. The vaporization temperatures of THC and CBD have a difference of 10 ° C. But is this difference wide enough to be able to isolate them using a vaporizer? Probably not, or at least not with current vaporizers.
For those looking for higher concentrations of CBD, it is preferable to opt for CBD-rich buds, or extracts utterly free of THC.