Thus far, growing health concerns of the general public have seen individuals shifting to vaping and have either partially or fully given up smoking. However there have only been a few studies on the long-term effects of using vaporisers (or vape). Probably because of the hesitation to use medicinal herbs or the lack of government support.
That being said, the American Heart Association has acknowledged the growing popularity of vaporisers and e-cigarettes, emphasizing the need to establish legislations regulating its use. Of course, safety is also a paramount concern. AHA also mentioned that e-cigarettes might just contain lower, if at all, amounts of the toxins otherwise present when smoking plant materials, particularly tobacco.
When it comes to other safer alternatives, there are, of course, other ways to consume herbs, such as the edibles or tinctures. Brownies, candies and even seemingly ordinary cakes are the most common methods of incorporating herbal plants or derivatives. The problem with eating them is the latency of the effect due to the time and energy required for your body to digest them. And sometimes you won’t get to know your dosage until the effects set in.
That leaves us with vaping as the safest, most delightful way to reap the benefits of herbs, either medical or for the mere pleasure of using the herb. We just can’t think of any other alternative that is as pleasurable as inhaling the flavours and immediately experiencing the effects at the moment of use.
So from my lifetime experience, it seems to me that vaping is the way forward for what must be the safest and most enjoyable way of partaking in the herb/various. With the skills I learned, I have made a series of desktop vaporisers that are safe and easy to use once the instructions are understood. If you collect the unit yourself, I would be delighted to show you how to strip and assemble the unit as well as offer personal instruction in it’s use.
The cost of the unit is Bz$475 and payment may be made via PayPal as US$237 or Bz$ in cash or via direct bank deposit; just let me know your interest and I will forward you my bank details. A lay-away plan can be arranged as a two-part payment, the unit being available after full payment is made.
- Single Enail Gold Digital Controller
- 20mm barrel heater coil
- Domeless titanium nail, fits, 10, 14, and 18mm female glass connections, expertly crafted in the USA with perfect wall thickness for excellent heat retention. Certified USA-melted Grade 2 Titanium
- Titanium carb cap with dabber
- 3 prong power cord for 110v mains supply, all cords exit the rear
- 2 silicone storage containers
- Smart Zipper Storage Case and easy to follow instructions with diagrams
- Handmade mahogany (Made in Belize) finished with linseed oil
- Handmade borosilicate glass fittings and 24” whip
Recommendations for use;
Getting the right vaping temperature
As might be expected, you as a connoisseur want the best flavours to complete the vaping experience. And vaping temperature plays a big role in achieving that vapor quality that fits our taste. Let’s take a closer look at the trickiest part to consider when using a vaporiser and why vaping temperature matters…
When the vaporiser’s heating element reaches temperatures of more than 230°C, your dry herbs start to burn, defeating the very purpose of quitting smoking and switching to vaping. Also, at this point, the flavor should get closely resembles that of a burnt popcorn taste. So not only will you inhale the toxins, but you also get a less than satisfactory hit from your dry herbs (scroll down for recommended vaping temps).
So, when you smoke a herb, you’re more likely inhale toxins similar to those coming from tobacco smoke. These chemicals are products of combustion. Some of these chemicals include carbon monoxide, tar, benzene, ammonia, naphthalene and formaldehyde, among many others. While some may cause symptoms such as nausea, sleepiness, loss of appetite or light-headedness, others are potent enough to cause mutations at the cellular level, resulting in cancer.
On the other hand, vaporisers work by using heating elements that heat up the herbs to the point of boiling or vaporization, but not too hot to otherwise burn the botanicals. You’ll know that your vaping materials are vaporised when the residue stays as an orange or brownish in color.
The product of vaporised herbs may leave ashes or dark residues, which is indicative of combustion. This vaporiser features an efficient heater control. The adjustable digital temperature setting gives you greater freedom to get precisely the temperature you prefer.
The perfect vaping temperature for various herbs;
Nip it in the bud, try something new…vaporizing is simply a healthy substitute for combustion and so not just something that’s confined to the great green grass… These herbs have a long history of being smoked by many different tribesmen and so it’s not restricted to vaporization alone, though we should count ourselves lucky that we have the opportunity to conduct a healthier lifestyle.
Whilst testing vaporisers I also considered insights from connoisseurs who love vaping dry herbs, the results do vary when it comes to getting the most satisfying vapors from dry ground herbs. But there is a common range that most of us agree.
Of course, your vaporiser isn’t built for the sole purpose of vaporising any one specific herbal material. Your device does its job perfectly well for aromatherapy. Although some herbs offer soothing and relaxing sensations when you inhale their vapors, in actual fact many of these plants may contain substances that have subtle psychoactive effects.
Many vape users have welcomed the more potent effects of vapor pens with open arms, testifying the pen’s awesome power in terms of producing vapors (with smoke) with stronger flavours and profound effects. But on the other end of the issue are the health-conscious users who prefer using vaporisers that are precisely controlled and truly give off tasty vapors and nothing more! This holds especially true for those who intend to use any herbal material for medical reasons.
In addition, keep your stored herbs dry before vaping it, as moist ones would mostly result in uneven heat distribution as your materials get exposed to the heating element. Herbs efficiently vaporise in a dry environment because the lack of moisture helps the vaporiser reach the ideal temperature at a shorter period. Also, the presence of moisture locks the rather healthful products instead of releasing them as vapors.
The list below is intended for inspiration and the temperatures indicated are something for you to experiment with, as not everyone enjoys the same potency… so it gives you an idea of where to start trying what works best for you…
Herbs with low vaporising temperatures (125°C to 150°C)
Blue Lotus, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Lemongrass, Passionflower, Inebriating mint (Lagochilus inebrians), Pink lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), St. John’s Wort, Syrian Rue (Peganum harmala), Tobacco, Tranquilitea, Wild Lettuce, Wormwood, Yerba Mate
Herbs with medium vaporizing temperatures (150°C to 175°C)
Aphrodite Mix, Coffee beans, Damiana, Ephedra, Ginkgo, Guarana, Klip Dagga, Lion’s Tail (Wild Dagga), Marihuanilla, Mexican Tarragon, Papaver Somniferum, Sweet Flag, White Lilly
Herbs with high vaporizing temperatures ( 175°C to 200°C)
Aloe Vera, Betel nut, Calea Zacate, Chichi, Clavo Huasca, Galangal, Ginseng, Green tea, Hops, Kanna (UB40 vaporiser extract): 188°C
Kola Nut, Kra Thom Khok (Mitragyna hirsuta), Kratom: 175°C to 200°C note that steeping a tea from kratom is a lot more effective, however the 50x and the gold extract should suffice for a genuine experience
Maca Root, Maconha Brava, Marshmallow: 150°C to 200°C
Mimosa hostilis, Morning Glory, Muira Puama, Mulungu, Sakae Naa (Combretum quadrangulare), Salvia Divinorum, Sinicuichi (Mayan Sun Opener), Valerian, Yohimbe: 185°C to 200°C (365°F to 392°F)
Additionally, Storz and Bickel, maker of the famous Volcano desktop vaporiser, kindly suggest that the most ideal vaping temperatures for the following dry herbs can work;
Lemon balm, 142°C
Temperatures over 230°C, whilst easily attainable, are not recommended.
The above temperatures are also ideal when you use your vaporiser for aromatherapy. Some vaporisers for example, also come with a glass bowl that you can place on top of the device. Pour your favorite mix of flowers and herbs into the bowl, adjust the temperature setting and soon after, you’d fill your entire home with the sweet scents of your favorite potpourri.
A Final Thought
Hitting the right vaporising temperature is a personal thing; different individuals just have different tastes. In the same way, vaporisers heat up the botanicals in different ways too. So, it is best to get to know your vaporiser first after unboxing it. And no two vaporisers in the market offer the same vapor quality. But the moment you find that sweet spot, you’ll surely love your vape from then on.