Vaporizing is a method of releasing vapor from a substance through the use of heat without combustion. The most commonly used substances are plant-based, such as herbs, leaves, flowers and roots, but also include concentrates, such as oils and waxes. But what is vaporization and how does it work?

What is vaporizing?

What is vaporizing

When vaporizing a substance, it is heated to a temperature at which the active ingredients start to turn into a clean vapor, but not high enough that the material begins to combust. The resulting vapor is inhaled to produce the desired effect. Since the vaporization process does not involve combustion, it does not carry the same health risks as smoking, and as a result has become a popular method of consumption among the more health-conscious.

What’s the best temperature for vaporizing?

Vaporizer Temperatures

Temperature control gives you the ability to manipulate the ratio of the active compounds found in the plant materials. Almost all vaporizers on the market allow you to set your own temperature. Some brands have manual settings, while more advanced models come with digital displays. For added protection, many vaporizers come with shut-off valves that automatically prevent you from reaching combustion. This cannot always be guaranteed, however, so be sure to pay attention to the temperature settings during operation. Remember that dry materials will reach the point of combustion faster, so be aware of this when vaporizing dry herbs.

How does vaporizing work?

You should experiment with the various heat settings on the vaporizer to you find the one that suits you best. Remember that vapor does not always need to be seen. At lower temperatures, you can still produce a high-quality vapor. The higher the temperature, the more vapor you will accrue. However, the higher temperatures will also give off warmer vapor, which is harsher and more irritating to the airways, especially for less-experienced users.

Controlling the temperature of your vaporizer allows you to manipulate the flavor and aroma of the vapor being produced. This is a trial-and-error process that takes a little time to figure out. Be patient and you will eventually find the results that work the best for you.

Magic Flight Vaporizer

How to use a vaporizer

Learning how to use a vaporizer is simple, but there are certain factors you have to keep in mind. First off, vaporizers aren’t like traditional smoking or combustion-based devices. Although some vaporizers may look similar to your typical water pipe, vaporizers are entirely different.

Vaporizer features and functions

Vaporizers work on the principle of vaporizing, which involves heating up herbs, herbal concentrates, or essential oils to a temperature just sufficient to initiate the vaporizing process. Depending on the substance being vaporized, this is typically around the 365°F (185°C) point, although it could be slightly higher or lower.

That being said, it is important to be able to heat the material up to just the right temperature. Any lower and you will not produce sufficient vapor. With excessively high temperatures, on the other hand, the material will simply combust and produce smoke instead of vapor. Because the primary reason that most people opt for vaporizers is to avoid the harmful effects of smoke, combusting the material is simply not an option.

Read on to learn how to use a vaporizer, depending on the design of your particular unit.

How to Use a VaporizerHow to use a balloon-style vaporizer

Balloon-style vaporizers feature a heating element contained in the unit’s body. In use, hot air is coursed across the herb, filling a balloon from which the vapor is inhaled.

  1. Turn the temperature up to about 300° to 350°F. You will want to get the temperature as hot as possible within this range, although you should be careful not to burn your herbs.
  2. Grind your herbs up finely, and place the mixture into the bowl. Cover the bowl with the included screen.
  3. When you have reached the optimal temperature, connect the bowl to the bag and place it on top of the heating element.
  4. Turn on the air pump and fill the bag up with vapor.
  5. Turn off the vape when enough vapor has filled the bag. Attach the mouth piece and inhale the vapor.

How to use a vaporizerHow to use a whip-style vaporizer

This type of vaporizer features a heating element in a box-like case, combined with a tube/whip from which the vapor is inhaled.

  1. Heat up the vaporizer to 300 to 350°F.
  2. Grind up your herbs finely and place the mixture into the bowl/tube attachment. Pack the herbs down into the bowl gently.
  3. When the vape has reached the optimal temperature, take the tube with the herbs you have paced and attach it to the heating element.
  4. Inhale the vapor gently through the tube.

Now that you know how to use a vaporizer, you can enjoy all the benefits that vaporizing provides. Before doing so, keep in mind that the temperatures mentioned above are only a rough guide. The ideal temperature differs depending on the vaporizer being used, and the substance being vaporized, so make sure you experiment and find the setting that works best for you.


What are the benefits of vaporizing?

With the many different methods for consuming herbs and concentrates, vaporizing is fast becoming one of the most popular options. More than just a passing fad or a trendy new way to medicate, vaporizing offers a number of significant advantages over combustion-based methods of herbal consumption.

Here are a few of the most compelling benefits of vaporizing that you could be enjoying.


Although some may argue that smoking is even more convenient, there is no doubt that vaporizing is an equally convenient way to consume herbs and concentrates. With most vaporizer designs, you just have to fill the bowl or heating receptacle with your medication, and you can be inhaling fresh and smooth vapor within a matter of minutes. Many vaporizers today allow one-handed or single-button operation, making them even easier to use.


With combustion-based devices, there is always the possibility of improper or inefficient burning that can really get in the way of a satisfying dosing experience. With a well-designed vaporizer, you are able to ensure more consistent performance, with more efficient use of your herbs or concentrates in general. If you are looking for a dosing method that enables you to get the most out of your medication, vaporizing is the best option.

Benefits of vaporizing

The Volcano Vaporizer is one of the leading models available.


If you have become accustomed to using up excessive amounts of concentrates or herbal material when smoking, the increased efficiency of vaporizing will come as a welcome surprise. Vaporizers allow you to get many more doses out of your concentrates or herbal matter, meaning your supply will last longer. Over time, the cost savings you’ll incur by using a vaporizer can add up to a substantial amount of money, making vaporizing the far more cost-effective option.


Although vaporizing does not provide quite as much in terms of taste, it still maintains a very pleasant flavor. The level of consistency provided by vaporizers make them ideal for evoking the pure, original qualities of the herbal matter. If you spend a lot of money on your herbs and concentrates and wish to get the full flavor experience from your expenditure, the best way to get it is with a high-quality vaporizer capable of producing thick clouds of vapor. Vaporizing also helps you avoid the harsh burning sensation that is unavoidable with combustion-based processes.


This point is undebatable, and is one of the most appealing benefits of vaporizing to smokers: vapor is hands-down safer to inhale than smoke, and consequently carries fewer health risks. Smoke contains thousands of unwanted substances, many of which are known to be highly toxic and disease-inducing. Smoke inhalation brings with it a number of potentially fatal health risks, including cancer, emphysema, and a host of other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. There is virtually no such risk with vapor, on the other hand, which makes vaporizing unarguably the safer alternative to smoking.