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Vaporizing, everything you wanted to know and more....



Vaporization is a technique for avoiding irritating respiratory toxins in marijuana smoke by heating cannabis to a temperature where the psychoactive ingredients evaporate without causing combustion.

Laboratory studies by California NORML and MAPS have found that vaporizers can efficiently deliver cannabinoids while eliminating or drastically reducing other smoke toxins.

Like tobacco, marijuana smoke contains toxins that are known to be hazardous to the respiratory system. Among them are the highly carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a prime suspect in cigarette-related cancers. These toxins are essentially a byproduct of combustion, separate from the pharmaceutically active components of marijuana, known as cannabinoids, which include THC. Although there is no proof that marijuana smoking causes cancer, chronic pot smokers have been shown to suffer an elevated risk of bronchitis and respiratory infections. Respiratory disease due to smoking may therefore rightly be regarded as the primary physiological hazard of marijuana.

Cannabis vaporizers are designed to let users inhale active cannabinoids while avoiding harmful smoke toxins. They do so by heating cannabis to a temperature of 180 - 200° C (356° - 392° F), just below the point of combustion where smoke is produced. At this point, THC and other medically active cannabinoids are emitted with little or none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases found in smoke. Many medical marijuana patients who find smoked marijuana highly irritating report effective relief inhaling through vaporizers. Users who are concerned about the respiratory hazards of smoking are strongly advised to use vaporizers. Alternative devices, such as waterpipes, have been shown to be ineffective at reducing the tars in marijuana smoke





Basic Vaporizer Theory


Vaporization occurs when essential oils are heated. The higher the temperature the faster the vaporisation happens. The essential oil does NOT need to be heated to its boiling point for this to work, but at its boiling point it will be most effective.

An analogy can be drawn with water. Water on its own will generally just sit there, slowly evaporating. Heat it up and it will evaporate faster. Boil it and it will come off very fast.

Take a hair dryer. If the hot air from a hair dryer was at the boiling point of water (100°C) then it would burn you, yet a hair dryer still dries your hair much faster than not using one. The flow of air also helps as it moves the water-vapour saturated air away to let more water evaporate. You can also see this happen when you blow on something to dry it.

The same principles can be applied to vaporizers. A moving flow of air over the herb encourages more essential oil to vaporize, and making the temperature of that flow of air near or at the boiling point of the essential oil means it is also being heated. Combining the two is the principle behind convection vaporizers.




  • Much more efficient over smoking
  • Much less harmful than smoking
  • The vapor tastes nicer
  • Vapor is a lot less of an annoyance to your throat

Scientific Vaporizer Studies


Vaporizer and waterpipe studies


Study Shows Vaporizer Can Drastically Reduce Toxins in Smoke


Harmful toxins in smoke can be effectively avoided by a vaporization device.



Types of Vaporizer


Current vaporizers available work in one of two ways:

Conduction vaporizers are usually considered inferior as only the part of the herb in contact with the hot surface will get heated. This means that a large proportion will NOT get hot enough for the essential oil to evaporate fast enough to be effective. To get round this rather large design flaw, the temperature is increased. While heating the rest of the herb up high enough can be achieved through this, the part in contact with the hot surface will be overheated (occasionally to the point of combustion) thus negating the point of vaporising in the first place.

These are commonly referred to as 'soldering-iron' vaporizers because most models appear to use a soldering iron element with a bowl on top to put the herb in. If the vaporiser look like a heated stick in a jar, its probably one of these.

Convection vaporizers are much better because heated air can flow all the way around all parts of the herb. This ensures equal heating, and consequently more complete vaporisation. As long as hot air flows through the herb and there are essential oils left to vaporise, it will continue giving off vapor.

Convection vaporizers are more expensive because they are usually thermostatically controlled. It is also more difficult to heat a flow of air to a constant temperature because there are more variables eg. speed of air, air temperature before being heated, etc.

Some vaporizers appear to use radiant heat but most of the effect is caused by convection. Radiant heat is difficult to control without actually measuring the surface temperature of the herb which in itself requires expensive IR thermometry. That is not to say it cannot be done.






Coolest Looking Vaporizers


What I think the coolest looking vaporizers are. If your after style or stealth, look here.

Hot Box Vaporizer



The super cool hot box vaporizer looks awesome.

Cool cube design in many colours and styles. A great looking peice.

It's only $159.99, and looks as stylish as the Volcano.


  • Cool style for cheap price
  • Good stealth unit
  • Effective ceramic heating element
  • Custom designs accepted
  • 1 year Iron Clad warranty.

Volcano Vaporizer


The Volcano costs $539 dollars, but it looks like it.volcano_vaporizer.jpg

It's a very innocent looking heating unit. It'stealth and looks like a space age gadget.


  • Super efficient
  • Good stealth unit
  • Great for sharing due to bag system
  • Looks fantastic
  • Variable temperature for precison.
  • 3 year warranty.

Affordable but effective vaporizers


Not everyone has $539 for a Volcano Vaporizer, but there are many other great devices out there for a great price. There are also some bad ones out there. We've compiled a list of some great vaporizers with the best price tags we could find.


If you have over $120 to spend, this is the page for you. These are all in one vaporizer units, no accessories needed and will work out of the box.

Hot Box Convection Vaporizer : $159.99


One of the best looking and effective vaporizers. A really impressive device. One person I know sold their Volcano as this was good enough. Whilst thats just one person, it still impressed me.

It boasts almost Apple like style and uses a safe ceramic nichrome heating element. No metal tastes here.


It is available in many different colours and styles. I've seen scarface styled ones around. It uses standard glass vapor whips. The Hot Box Vaporizer is currently offered in the following colors, Ebony Mother, All Rise Scarlet, and Cobalt Blue.

You can even get custom designed hotbox's!

Iron clad 1 year warranty!

The Hot Box Vaporizers are also available in a variety of stone configurations. These stone Hot Box Vaporizers come in onyx, marble and a plethora of other precious stones.

It is a great looking product, and has a touch of style that other vaporizers lack. This is my personal favourite looking vaporizer, along with the Volcano. Having a choice of colours is great, and shows vaporizer manufacturers are going to more lengths with their customers.

It's also a good stealth unit in my opinion.

If your going for looks, in my opinion, this is the device for you. I love gadgets and nerdy stuff, and this looks like an Apple product!


Vaporwarez Convection Vaporizer : $159.98


This is the Vaporwarez Convection Hands Free Vaporizer.


This company has a lot of experience in making and developing vaporizers.

They were the original equipment manufacturers for VaporBros, since then, they have brought to the world, the upgraded VaporCannon.

It's ground glass whip means it's truly hand's free. This is an advantage for a lot of people. It also benefits from a ceramic heating element, meaning it is much healthier to the older Vapor Bros models. The ceramic heating element has proven to be very reliable even under stressed conditions.

5 YEARS Warranty. If warranty is your worry, go for this model. I have only heard good comments about Vaporwarez customer service.


iVape Convection Vaporizer : $139.99


The Vaporizer of Dr.Greens, known for their detoxify and pipe cleansing products.ivape.jpg

A very different looking convection vaporizer. It has style, and would look good in any collection. If you like the Aztec style look, go for this. If you like something a bit different, go for this.

I'm betting your friends wont have seem similar. It's all about personal taste now, as vaporizers have developed so much over the last few years.

Other than cool, different asthetics, it uses a ceramic electrofusion coil, to produce vapor.

It has a 3 years warranty which is pretty competitive. This is a solid vaporizer on the market.

The warm up time is 4 minutes which is very very fast, and great in such a low priced vaporizer.

This vaporizer is a safe, great looking, easy to use vaporizer. Possibly the best introduction to the world of vaporizing.


Pure Convection Vaporizer : $149.99


30 SECONDS WARM UP TIME. That is probably the best on the market. If warm up time is your pet hate, then this is for you. Quicker than rolling a joint!pure_vaporizer.jpg

It's recently been remanufactured and retrofitted with fully worked ceramic cores. This vaporizer has been around for 4 years and has a good reputation.

It uses fine birch and solid alder wood, utilising some of the very finest woods in the business. Whilst not my reason to buy a vaporizer, I know many people would love this feature.

5 years warranty. So no worrying!

It has a rather weird cool look to it, but you will have to see if it'll fit in your collection compared with the other 4 offered here.

I think the warm-up time is fantastic and is what attracts most people to the Pure vaporizer.


Vapir Air One 3.0 Forced Air Convection Vaporizer : $149.99


The only vaporizer at this price with a forced air / bag system.vapir-air-one-3.jpg

This is the third vaporizer Vapir have invented and it is their best to date.

When tested at GotVape's headquarters it was met with overwhelming approval.

The Vapir Air One 3.0 features a ceramically housed quartz heating element.

The advanced heating element allows three people to inhale three separate vaporizer hits a piece with just one herb disc. This is all done without the legal herbal blend being burned whatsoever.

It reaches the temperaturs you set very quickly, and can even be locked to stop unauthorised usage. A unique feature to this VAPIR model.

The Vapir Air One 3.0 can be used with or without the bag kit to allow you to vary between the two, which is a nice choice to have.

There is only a 90 day warranty, but you can purchase an extended no hassle warranty.



Vaporizer Reviews


Hopefully after reading vaporizer reviews & factsheets, and these reviews, you will have a better idea of which vaporizer you wish to purchase.

Manual Vaporizers

  • The Bubble
  • Tube Vaporizer

Automated Vaporizers

  • The BC Vaporizer
  • The Blue Meanie Vaporizer
  • The Master Blaster Vaporizer
  • The Volcano Vaporizer
  • Heat Gun Vaporizer
  • Vapor Brothers Vaporizer
  • AromaZap
  • Silver Surfer Vaporizer
  • Volatizer Vaporizer
  • Happy Vappy Vaporizer
  • The Vapie Vaporizer
  • VaporWarez Vaporizer
  • AroMed Vaporizer
  • Request for information on VAPIR Models
  • VAPIR Vaporizer
  • Vapureyes Vaporizer
  • Eagle Bill's Shake and Vap Vaporizer
  • Arizer - Extreme Q Vaporizer
  • Arizer – V Tower Vaporizer
  • Aroma Classic Basic Vaporizer
  • Aromed Vaporizer 4.0
  • Da Buddha Vaporizer
  • Digital and Classic Volcano
  • Easy Vape Digital Hands Free Vaporizer
  • Evolutions Vaporizer v7
  • HerbalAIRE Vaporizer
  • Hot Box Vaporizer
  • Iolite Portable Vaporizer
  • Natural Goods Digital Vaporizer
  • Natural Goods Standard Vaporizer
  • Silver Surfer Vaporizer
  • Vapir Air One Vaporizer
  • Vapir Mini Oxygen Vaporizer 2.0
  • Vapir NO2 Vaporizer
  • Vapir Vaporizer Classic Portable
  • Vapir Vapormatic Deluxe
  • Vapolution Vaporizer Portable
  • Vaporite Hyper

Vaporizer Myths


Vaporizing doesn't stimulate you as much...


Untrue. If the process is done correctly, vaporization can stimulate you more than smoking due to it being more efficient.

It takes more herb if you vaporize.


Incorrect, it is just as efficient, and i've personally found it to be more efficient if you use a good vaporizer.




Vaporizing Temperatures


Low Temperature: up to 150C (302F)

  • Angelica: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Black Horehound: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
  • Blue Lotus: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
  • Chamomile: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
  • Clove: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
  • Corn Silk: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
  • Dandelion: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
  • Goldenrod: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Gotu Kola: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Horsetail: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Hyssop: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Lavender: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
  • Meadowsweet: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Motherwort: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Passionflower: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Peppermint: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Purslane: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Rue: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Sage: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
  • Saint John’s Wort: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Thyme: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Tobacco: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
  • Wormwood: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Yarrow: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
  • Yerba Mate: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)

Medium Temperature: up to 175C (347F)

  • Anise: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Caraway: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Cat's Claw: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Coffee: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Comfrey: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Damiana: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Ephedra: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Fennel: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Feverfew: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Hawthorn: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Ginkgo: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Guarana: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Lion's Tail: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Milk Thistle: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Prickly Poppy: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)
  • Red Poppy: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Saw Palmetto: 125C to 175C (257F to 347F)
  • Sweet Flag: 150C to 175C (302F to 347F)

High Temperature: up to 200C (392F) Temps over 200C are not recommended

  • Aloe Vera: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Amanita Muscaria: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Ayahuasca Vine: 185C to 200C (365F to 392F)
  • Barberry: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Burdock: 150C to 200C (302F to 392F)
  • Couch Grass: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Evening Primrose: 150C to 200C (302F to 392F)
  • Fringe Tree: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Garlic: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Ginger 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Ginseng: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Goldenseal: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Hops: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Kava Kava: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Kola Nut: 185C to 200C (365F to 392F)
  • Kratom: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Licorice: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Maca Root: 150C to 200C (302F to 392F)
  • Marshmallow: 150C to 200C (302F to 392F)
  • Morning Glory: 185C to 200C (365F to 392F)
  • Sida Cordifolia: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Salvia Divornum: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Sinichuichi (Mayan Sun Opener): 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Turmeric: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Valerian: 185C to 200C (365F to 392F)
  • Wild Yam: 175C to 200C (347F to 392F)
  • Yohimbe: 185C to 200C (365F to 392F)

The Best Vaporizer Temperature For Marijuana/THC Vaporization Is...



The best vaporizer temperature for marijuana/thc vaporization is approximately 365°F (185°C), but is better thought of as a range between 355°-385°F (180°-195°C). The quality of your herbs and the type of vaporizer you're using have a big effect on what temp setting you should use. Each vaporizer generates heat differently and most have a slight temp fluctuation during use. Ideally what you want is a nice medium-density vapor for optimal taste and effects.

The Best Vaporizer Temperature For Marijuana/THC Vaporization Is...



The best vaporizer temperature for marijuana/thc vaporization is approximately 365°F (185°C), but is better thought of as a range between 355°-385°F (180°-195°C). The quality of your herbs and the type of vaporizer you're using have a big effect on what temp setting you should use. Each vaporizer generates heat differently and most have a slight temp fluctuation during use. Ideally what you want is a nice medium-density vapor for optimal taste and effects.


As you increase the vaporization temperature past certain thresholds the various terpenoids found in cannabis are released. This is why your vapor will taste different when vaped at 350° than it does at 385°. My recommendation is to experiment yourself to find what temps suit you best. Start out low and slowly increase the temperature until you reach your desired level of strength and flavor.


Studies have shown that once you go over roughly 400°F some toxins may begin releasing into the vapor, and you'll probably start to get an unpleasant taste from your herbs, so it is recommended to refrain from raising your vaporizer's temp past that point.




  • Conduction, where heat is transmitted to your herb through contact with something hot.
  • Convection, where heat is transmitted to your herb by heated air flowing over it.



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I myself am not a huge vaporizer fan, Ive only used 2 and sometimes it works great others not so much...Takes some getting used to for sure.


this is the one I use now, http://www.amazon.com/Topoo-Herbal-aromatherapy-vaporizer-VP-100/dp/B0045TBL0U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340214644&sr=8-2&keywords=vaporizer I would buy a volcano but im really afraid that vapor just aint my thing...

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I have an ExtremeQ that cost just under $200, and I love it, it is a differant buzz be cause the cbd's and thc vaporize at differant temps, so your not getting the same combination as you would with burning a joint... Cheap vaporizers don't work as well as a quality built one, I reccomend to vape out of a nice, quality vape before dismissing the idea... For medical users, a vape is invaluble, lets you control your cbd intake by adjusting your temps, as well as the benifits of not inhaleing smoke... Even if you only use the vape once a day and smoke the rest of the time, it helps out your lungs... Also a half gram of good weed will last for around 50 hits or so, but you start feeling it on the first hit... Vapes also help highlight the taste of your strain because theres no burnt taste... post-33-0-00771200-1340218205.jpg

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I have a HerbalAire H2.2


I've only used 2 brands of vaporizer before, Volcano's and HerbalAire's.

I can barely notice a difference, in fact IMO the HerbalAire is equal to (if not better than) the Volcano.


The HerbalAire has both a whip function and a bag function or you could just vape straight from the unit, where as the Volcano is bag only.


Great post mate, pinning this for sure :)

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MFLB = Pet Rock


wish someone would have warned me before I wasted 100 bucks!




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I'm glad someone said that cause I've looked at the MFLB a few times now..


Maybe X-mas I'll look at the volcano...

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It's not easy to make the decision to get a vaporiser due to the cost and not being sure I will use it. Have tried one vap which looked a bit like a mobile phone and cost over £100 - can't say I was terribly impressed. But I stopped tobacco due to gum disease and as I'd like to live long I will certainly be thinking about a different delivery method for my weed, so thanks PureGro for this very informative post.


My problem is I just like a joint - even when I had this fabulous bong it was mainly the drop-ins that would use it - and it's hard to give up a habit of a lifetime.

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Hey I personally like Vapes just because I do not have much of a respitory system left and any smoke hurts like hell so useing a vape does help and I have to say that this is a great post it has a lot of info more then I have seen in any one post before ! thankyou I just happen to have ordered a new one yesterday that I was lucky enough to be able to try it out, to make sure it was good for me and I liked it for the ease of use and the fact that it looks just like my inhalers makes it very easy to use in public without being the obvious one so here is a picture of it and the site that makes them and thanks again Pure for all the info that you share with us http://discreetvape.com/

Smoke Well My Friends



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Your welcome brother, Ive tried mine and havent quite got it down- but i know my lungs would thank me.


Thanks for sharing that Gem, I really like that!

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Launch Box can be used quite effectively. I tried one. They're OK. Don't/can't deliver that knockdown punch though..

Check over at Fuck Combustion for more/better operating tips. I was fortunate to visit a vaporist before purchasing one. Got to try as many as I wanted and more.


Got a sweet deal on a Supreme V2. Nowhere near the $200retail... OK yes you need a torch.

What I've found is the terpenoids seem to vape off at ~210`F. You can get a major flavor blast.

A temp up to 360`F concurs with your info for max temps.




Solo is a very nice portable....if you have the coin.

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Hi all,

I am really enjoying my SupremeV2. Not a high tech device. Works good.The torch heat has pros and cons. Not exactly a tool to use if you need to medicate on the fly.. but you're not chained to the wall by an electrical cord. However, once you get it heated, you can take several hits before a re-heat is needed.


Exploring the temps that things vape off at.

...and noticing flavors not apparent when combusting.

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...question from a chemistry point of view [oh oh...I'm gonna sound intelligent for a second]...

does the chem profile of smoke and vapor differ, excepting the lack of tars? I would think that some components will oxidize and some will fraction off depending on temp. When components oxidize [burn] it is different than fractioning...

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Thats a nice lil Vape their Dark- just my speed..


I dont know, I wish I was smart enough to answer that...I have the same assumption you do though...

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Hi Pure,

I really like the design of this vape. Nothing to go wrong on it. Still working on techniques. Some meds are better using different heating progressions, it seems. As in, you may not want that hit at 220` and go for it at 260`F or 300`F....

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