I’m not getting enough Vapor from my Weed Vaporizer. What am I doing wrong?
You’ve probably seen videos and pictures of people producing thick, milky clouds with their vaporizers. You’ve also probably tried to produce that kind of vapor yourself only to end up with thin, wispy clouds. So what the heck happened?
It could be any number of things and this article will set you straight about the different possibilities. Fair warning: you’re not going to get super-dense clouds from any dry herb vaporizer. You’ll get light to medium vapor at most—-but nothing like a cigarette, and especially not a vape mod using e-liquids or anything of the like.
This guide is all about getting more vapor from your weed vape, not massive vapor. Now that you know what to expect, let’s get started!
Solution 1: Make sure your herbs are completely dry
They’re called dry herb vaporizers for a reason, right? So, the drier the herb, the better the vapor. You should always try to get the driest, most desiccated herbs from your supplier. If you don’t think your herbs are dry enough, there are a few things you can try:
Use a glass jar – put your herbs in a lidless glass jar overnight with tissue below and on top of your herb. This will prevent the formation of mold if the herbs have any moisture.
Use rice – rice absorbs moisture so place your herbs in a rice container and take them out after a few hours. Take care to remove any grains stuck to your herb.
Use an oven – spread some of your buds out on a cookie sheet. Preheat the oven between 100°F and 150°F and heat up your herb for ten minutes. Turn them over and heat them for another ten minutes if moisture remains. No longer or you’ll end up burning your supply.
Use paper and plastic – Place your herbs in an paper bag for 6-8 hours. Remove them and put them in a plastic bag for 5-7 hours. Alternate these methods, reducing the time by about an hour for each bag. This keeps the moisture even throughout the process and prevents the outside from drying faster than the center.
Solution 2: Use a good herb grinder
Grinding up your herbs to a fine consistency makes it easier for your dry herb vaporizer to heat them up more evenly and efficiently. The better your vaporizer can vape your herb, the bigger the clouds will be. Give the HECIG grinder a try if you want the best grind possible, it’s fast, efficient, and has a non-stick surface that rarely needs cleaning.
Solution 3: Pack the chamber tight (but don’t overdo it)
Many dry herb vapes will have recommendations about how much herb you should put in the chamber, but if it’s clouds you’re after, pack that chamber tight. The vapor comes from the herbs, so do more herbs=more vapor? Well, it depends on the vaporizer you’re using, if its airflow might be restricted by an overpacked chamber then don’t pack too tight.
Solution 4: Choose a higher temperature
There is an ideal, universal temperature for all dry herb vaporizers where the terpenes and cannabinoids are vaporized most efficiently. Terpenes give each strain of herb its distinct aroma and produces various mental effects in the user, like stress relief or mood elevation. Cannabinoids produce the medicinal effects like pain relief and nausea reduction.
However, if it’s big clouds you want then you need to go a little higher than the optimum temperature even though you won’t be getting the best flavor from your herb. Here are some of the temperature ranges for most dry herb vaporizers and what you can expect from them:
320°F or below – not much cannabinoid activation | some flavor
320°F-345°F – some cannabinoid and terpene activation | light high that increases with temperature | good for beginners
345°F-390°F – optimal temperature range | peak flavor | cannabinoid/terpene production at max | stronger high
390°F-465°F – harsh flavor | intense high | experienced vapers only