What Is The Best Temperature For Vaporizing Cannabis?

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
TempEffects
284℉ / 140°C2 x Anti-inflammatory
302℉ / 150 °C
320℉ / 160 °CEuphoriant, 2 x analgesic, 3 x anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, bronchodilator
338℉ / 170 °CAnxiolytic, 2 x analgesic, antipsychotic, 2 x anti-inflammatory
356℉ / 180°CAntiemetic, antidepressant, 2 x anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic
365℉ / 185°CSedative
374℉ / 190°C2 x sedative, antidepressant, anxiolytic
392℉ / 200°C
410℉ / 210°C
428℉ / 220°CAnti-inflammatory, analgesic, euphoriant, sedative
437℉ / 225 °CSedative
446℉ / 230°CSedative

 

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

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