Dry Herb Vaporizers: A Brief Intro
Although herb vaporizers come in various shapes and sizes, the fundamentals are essentially the same. To understand how these devices work, we must first examine the components.
A dry herb vaporizer has three basic parts:
Vaporizers are available with both removable and built-in battery mechanisms. Desktop ones do not require batteries as they can be charged via electrical outlets. Portable ones come with rechargeable batteries.
2. Herb chamber
Also known as the ‘oven,’ the part where the herb gets vaporized or cooked. The herb chamber is made of either stainless steel or ceramic and has a granular control to regulate the temperature. It is important to keep this chamber clean for your vaporizer to work well.
The mouthpiece is available in multiple shapes and sizes but is generally made of glass to retain the original odor and flavor of the herb. A good mouthpiece is essential to get the most out of the herb vape.
The Working Process of Dry Herb Vaporizer
Here’s a quick step-by-step explanation of the working process of a dry vaporizer:
Step 1: The herb of your choice is placed inside the oven or herb chamber.
Step 2: The temperature is selected, and the device is turned on.
Step 3: The herb gets heated and vaporized.
Step 4: The vapor passes through the airpath and into the mouthpiece, where it is inhaled by the user.
Step 5: The herb is disposed of after being used or “cashed.”
During vaporization, the herb is heated at an optimal temperature to a point where the heated herb oils and moisture combine to produce only vapor. Since there is no smoke, there is also no danger of inhaling toxic fumes or carcinogens.
Dry Herb Vaporizing Methods
There are three ways of dry heating the herbs to release their vapors.
1. Conduction, the most commonly used method, is popular amongst users because it is ideal for the device size and also suits one’s affordability. Since this method uses direct heat, users can pack the herb chamber tightly. The heating coil directly contacts the tank and heats up the contents.
2. Convection is a method where the heating element does not come into direct contact with the herb. Instead, hot air passes through the weed and heats it up.
3. The hybrid method combines conduction and convection to provide a rich-tasting vapor.
How Safe is Dry Herb Vaping?
Since dry herb vaping uses heat technology, it does not produce smoke. Hence it is considered safer than smoking. Experts say it is safer to use e-liquids than traditional tobacco or other herbs. Since e-liquids use synthetic nicotine and flavoring, there are likely to be fewer harmful side effects.