How to Vaporize Herbal Blends

BARBARI How-tos, Thoughts

Can you vaporize herbal smoking blends with your weed? Yes! In fact, it’s the best way to enjoy botanical blends while maintaining the flavor profile and it provides a wonderfully smooth, smoke-free session. We get a lot of questions about this so we’ve pulled together a few pointers for those who are interested in trying it out:

What is a flower vaporizer?

A flower vaporizer heats up plant material to release the terpenes, cannabinoids, or flavonoids as vapor, rather than burning. Think of it as a little air-fryer for your herb. This method of heating rather than burning preserves the integrity of the active flavor and effect compounds in the botanical, producing the desired effect more efficiently than smoking. With vaporizing, a little goes a long way!

How do you vaporize herbs?

There are a number of products on the market for vaporizing, from a table-top Volcano to the handheld PAX or super-convenient Omura. They all work a little differently but generally, you load the device with your herb(s) of choice, turn it on and allow the device to heat up, then begin inhaling once it reaches the optimum temperature. Typically, vaporizers start with a lower temperature that gradually increases throughout the session, which activates the terpenes and cannabinoids at their various boiling points. This is known as “riding the wave”. 

What does vaporizing herbs feel like?

With a similar effect onset time to smoking, vaporizing is generally a smoother consumption experience. Since the plant material does not burn, you will not inhale smoke but rather vapor, which produces a much lighter “cloud” upon exhale. Additionally, due to the temperature spectrum, many people experience a more nuanced effect profile than smoking as the various terpenes and cannabinoids are released over the course of their vaporizing session.

Whether you’re looking for a combustion alternative or simply wanting to enjoy a tastier session, vaporizing can be a delightful way to enjoy your favorite herbs.