Terpenes: humulene, phytol, caryophyllene oxide
Cannabinoids: Δ8 THC, Δ9THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa, THCv
For maximum cannabinoid extraction (THC, CBG, or CBD extraction), this is the range to be in. The vapor will be hotter and less flavorful, but you will feel the strongest psychotropic effects. This range is best suited for night time sessions because of its ability to induce lethargy, also called the dreaded “couch-lock”. The activation of compounds THCv and humulene can actually suppress appetite and prolong the inevitable munchies.
Here are the average boiling points for THC, CBD and the most common terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis. Each organic compound has its own unique function, so you can check the profile of your strain and decide the perfect temperature is for exactly what you’re trying to achieve with it.
THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis has a boiling point of 315° F (157° C). You don’t want to go much lower than 325° F (163° C), especially if you want to really feel something. Low temps might appeal to you if you want the best flavor from your bud. It produces a fresh taste, with citrusy and/or piney undertones.
The myriad cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis have different boiling points. Here’s what you need to know to be able to activate these compounds.
Indica-dominant Gorilla Glue is famous for its expansive terpene profile. You’ll want to begin on the lowest setting and work your way up to enjoy all the subtle flavors. See if you can detect the subtle pine, chocolate, and coffee notes.
Each cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid has a different boiling point. If you vape these compounds below their boiling points, they won’t express themselves in the vapor you inhale. On the other hand, if you use a temperature setting that’s too high, you risk destroying many of the beneficial compounds in your CBD vape oil. The vapor won’t be as tasty or potent. When you vape at proper temperatures, you also avoid waste and save money.
Indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple delights the senses with sweet grape and blueberry flavors. The strain has a distinct floral aroma with citrusy overtones. The terpenes that produce Granddaddy Purple’s characteristic taste and aroma are myrcene, humulene, and linalool. When you start vaping at the lowest temperatures, you’ll notice the berry and citrus notes from the myrcene and limonene. Once you get up around 388°F (198°C), the floral notes from the humulene and linalool will become more prominent.
The floral fragrance of linalool has earned it the nickname “the spa terpene.” Linalool can be found in lavender blossoms, and the terpene has a calming effect. Linalool’s boiling point sits around 388°F (198°C)
Cannabidiol (CBD) must be heated to around 338°F (170°C) in order to convert into vapor. However, CBD vape oils need to reach a higher temperature to produce inhalable vapor. The ideal temperature range for vaping CBD oil is between 365-428°F (200-220°C). Heating CBD vape oil at temperatures above the recommended range may burn the oil, producing harmful carcinogens.
The cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of traditional cannabis is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has a higher boiling point than most other cannabinoids at 428°F (220°C).
Cannabigerol (CBG) is considered the “mother cannabinoid” because it produces several other cannabinoids when it metabolizes. CBG may be useful in lowering intraocular pressure and fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. CBG boils at around 220°F (185°C).
Flavonoids are not the main contributors to the unique taste and smell of cannabis. But just like terpenoids, flavonoids do have many medicinal properties as well.
The consciousness- and mind-altering effects of cannabis mostly attributed to the most well-known cannabinoid THC are simply a welcome or unwelcome by-product for you. Definitely not the main reason why you’re vaping medical marijuana.
For you, the most important cannabinoid will be THC. This cannabinoid is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects created by using cannabis.
You’re a stoner, but a health-conscious one, that’s why you vaporize instead of smoke.
Now that you know YOUR best temperature to vape your weed at, there’s something you need to know.
Feelings of anxiety and paranoia are especially detrimental to your experience because these are some of the worst anti-social feelings.
An energetic, euphoriant, clear high is what he/she is after.