The simple truth is, there is no ‘best’ temperature for vaporizing cannabis. It really depends on what effects you seek, and the strain of marijuana in question.
The Short Answer
Between 355°F (179°C) and 385°F (196°C) will satisfy most people’s needs. Everyone is different though, and it’s really worth experimenting to find your own personal sweet spot.
The Long Answer
Different cannabinoids are released at different temperatures, each has a unique set of properties and can produce a variety of effects. The beauty of vaporizing is that we are able to pick and choose the effects we desire, something that cannot be achieved with smoking. This is particularly useful if you are a medicinal user only interested in certain effects. Even if you’re not, it still has its benefits. Want to avoid tiredness during the day? Vaporize at a lower temperature and you will avoid releasing many of the compounds responsible.
Below is a list of effects that are produced at different temperatures. It’s worth noting that these aren’t absolute. What I mean by that is, a small number of molecules will vaporize before the stated boiling point for that cannabinoid.
Just like when you boil a kettle, you’ll notice that steam (vapor) is produced well before it reaches boiling point. The same is true when using your vaporizer. As you close in on a particular boiling point more and more corresponding molecules are liberated. At or above the boiling point all molecules will have been vaporized.
Effects Produced Vaporizing at Different Temperatures
|284℉ / 140°C||2 x Anti-inflammatory|
|302℉ / 150 °C|
|320℉ / 160 °C||Euphoriant, 2 x analgesic, 3 x anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, bronchodilator|
|338℉ / 170 °C||Anxiolytic, 2 x analgesic, antipsychotic, 2 x anti-inflammatory|
|356℉ / 180°C||Antiemetic, antidepressant, 2 x anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic|
|365℉ / 185°C||Sedative|
|374℉ / 190°C||2 x sedative, antidepressant, anxiolytic|
|392℉ / 200°C|
|410℉ / 210°C|
|428℉ / 220°C||Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, euphoriant, sedative|
|437℉ / 225 °C||Sedative|
|446℉ / 230°C||Sedative|
Analgesic – Relieves pain
Antidepressant – Alleviates depression
Antiemetic – Alleviates nausea and vomiting
Anti-inflammatory – Reduces inflammation
Antipsychotic – Can help manage psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bi-polar
Anxiolytic – Alleviates anxiety
Euphoriant – Produces feelings of euphoria, can also include relaxation, mood lift and stress relief
Bronchodilator – Increases airflow to the lungs
Sedative – Reduces irritability, provokes calmness and drowsiness in higher doses