While smoking is still a popular method of consuming marijuana, it is not very healthy for our body organs. That’s why many smokers have turned to vapes as a better alternative for consuming medicinal cannabis. Aside from the health benefits that vaporizers offer, they also give users the utmost convenience, discreetness, and control over their vaping experience.

Despite the many advantages of using herbal vaporizers, some vapers, especially newbies still fail to get the best results from their vaping unit merely because they don’t know how to use the device effectively.

This guide will show you how to get the best out of your marijuana vape – you will learn how to prepare and pack your herbs and how to heat the medicinal marijuana the right way.  But before we dive into that, what are herbal vaporizers?

What is a Herbal Vape

An herbal vape is a device designed for vaporizing of dry marijuana herbs for medicinal or recreational purposes. A typical vape uses a power source to heat the marijuana buds at a specific temperature to produce clean and tasteful vapors which you can inhale through a mouthpiece.

Herbal vaporizers come in different categories, sizes, and shapes. And we will talk about the three major types, but let’s first see some of the reasons why vaporizers are better than smoking.


Vapor, Not Smoke

Smoking releases harmful toxins, carcinogens, and respiratory irritants. In fact, studies have shown that smoking causes about 84% of deaths from lung cancer. Another research shows that smoking is the major cause of preventable deaths in the UK, with almost 80,000 smokers dying from smoking-related issues every year.

Unlike smoking, vaporizers do not produce fire that burns the herbs; instead, they use a heating mechanism that extracts the active ingredients from your marijuana and turns them to cool, pure vapors. This is why many people are using vapes because it’s much safer.

Discreet and Convenient

Herbal vapes offer great convenience and can keep you undercover even while on the go. Unlike smoking that comes with awful, sticky smells, vaporizers are odorless – no jokes. And even if your vape device produces any smell at all, it will be way less offensive and will not stick to your body or clothes for long.

Also, most vaporizers these days take the shape of a regular office pen, and they can easily fit into your pocket, palm, or bag.

Saves money

Your vaping unit can last for a reasonably long time if you take proper care of it by regularly cleaning it and ensuring you don’t accidentally drop it every time.

Since vaporizers don’t burn your herbs coupled with the fact that they come with ovens that accommodate a small amount of weeds at a time, you can be sure to extract all the ingredients from the buds before emptying and reloading the chamber. This way you there is no room for waste which helps save money in the long run.

Types of Vapes

Vape Pen

Vape pens are the smallest type of vaporizers in the market. As the name implies, they look like a typical office pen. And just like a pen, these units offer great discreteness and comfortability. But since they are very small, their features are not as sophisticated as portable vaporizers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the primary goal of a vape pen is to keep you under the radar without anyone giving you a weird look as you enjoy your cannabis.

Portable Vaporizers

Portable vapes are generally larger than vape pens but are still compact enough to offer some discreteness. They come in different shapes and usually have more functionality and battery capacity than vape pens.

Desktop Vape

Desktop vaporizers – well, you guessed right – are the big brothers. Unlike vape pens and portable vaporizers, desktops units don’t use batteries. They are plugged into a power source before they can function. These units are solely designed for indoor use or at a social gathering.

How to Use Your Dry Herb Vape

Prepare Your Herbs

How you prepare your herbs will go a long way to determine the outcome of your vaping session. So to get the right herbal texture and consistency, you MUST use a grinder to break/grate your herb. You can check our herbal grinder section for a list of the best and affordable grinders in the market.  

Pack Your Herbs

Once your finely ground herb is ready, the next step is to load the chamber of your device. Keep in mind that overloading the oven will not give you the best result. This will only limit the airflow and leave your herbs unevenly vaporized.

Heat Up Your Vape

Next, you need to understand how the temperature of your vaping unit work. Most vaporizers come with a full range of temp settings that allows you to cycle through different heating points. This is the part where you will see resin forming from your herbs.

If you’re vaping medicinal marijuana, then you will be choosing taste over thick clouds. It is usually best to go with a lower temperature as this will help evenly extract the ingredients of your herbs.

However, if you are smoking for recreational purposes or you enjoy seeing thicker vapors, then you would want to use a high temperature.


Once the vaporizer has heated your herbs, then it is time to enjoy the sweet taste of your cannabis. Simply inhale from the mouthpiece of your unit, and exhale the vapors. But… Take slow and smaller hits, especially since it is your first time.

About the author

Mikaela Smiths

Mikaela Smith is a young Chemical Engineer and an active advocate for medical cannabis raising awareness. A researcher by day and writer at night. After years of collecting information from hundreds of cannabis experts and institution. She wants to inspire others how we could see the world as haven as she found the safest, most effective relief and hope in medical cannabis.

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