What you need to know about dry herb vaporizers
Vaping dry herb is like smoking, but without the smoke:
It’s like smoking because you’re inhaling, and bypassing your liver and digestive system, you get instant delivery of your medicine, which means immediate relief.
It’s unlike smoking in that you don’t get the soot, ash and cancinogens that come with smoke. Instead you are getting the steamy resins, trichomes and terpenes that are loaded with the therapeutic value cannabis delivers. It’s also less harmful than using vape pens, which are actually delivering aerosolized solutions that could contain chemicals and ingredients you don’t want in your lungs.
So dry herb vaping is a healthful alternative to smoking CBD and cannabis flower. The key to all this, obviously, is having a good, reliable dry herb vaporizer. There are many devices for dry herb vaping on the market, and some are better than others. In general you want to look for quality materials that will withstand high temperatures, and not leach off fumes you don’t want to be inhaling. Below are some dry herb vaporizers we recommend based on safety, quality and value.
Why use a dry herb vaporizer?
When you want to medicate immediately, this is a less harmful (better) way to consume cannabis, rather than smoking it. Vaping dry herb is a way to:
How a dry herb vaporizer works
When you use a dry vaporizer, the heating system of the unit creates hot air which is drawn over your flower to essentially melt the trichomes — the gooey resins that contain THC, CBD and other medicinal cannabinoids. This creates a vapor that allows you to really taste the terpenes in your cannabis, and even control, through the vaping temperature, which terpenes you want to activate and taste. In this way, dry vaping gives you more control over your cannabis experience.
You’ll want to grind your flower first. This way you’ll expose more of the trichomes than if you’re vaping a tight bud. Check out our list below:
Best dry herb vaporizers
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer
There’s nothing like the Hydrology9. From the borosilicate glass mouthpiece to the spacecraft-grade aluminum body and food-grade porcelain chamber, it is designed top to bottom in support of an exceptional vaping experience.
2030 called, your vaporizer is here
The Hydrology9 is the dry-herb vaporizer Elon Musk would bring with him to Mars. The anodized aluminum body is space-age special, yet it’s completely functional, durable and practical.
Filtering smoke through water is not new, but we don’t know of anyone else doing this with vapor. You get all the advantages of a bong, without the worry of spilling stinky water. There’s also a mechanism that allows you to stir the herb you’ve placed in the heating chamber, a thoughtful feature that allows you to extend each session.
Lights flash in six colors as the Hydrology9 heats up, which takes less than a minute. Green light go. You can also set it to lava lamp or party mode.
Priced at $199, the Hydrology9 comes with a charging cable and AC adapter and accessories including two brushes and a packing tool, so it’s easy to keep it clean and ready to go when you want.
Atomic9 from Cloudious9
Nice price on a powerhouse portable. Patent-pending dual-layer technology combines the vapor consistency of convection with the space and energy efficiency of conduction heating to bring you the best of both worlds:
Six adjustable temperatures ranging from 356F to 428F
Patent-pending retractable herb-loading shovel
Rapid vapor cooling chamber
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer
The DaVinci IQ is a sleek, discreet wonder. The brushed aluminum conduction device fits nicely in your pocket or palm with just the right amount of heft, and gives you precise control over your vaping experience. It’s compact and easy to operate and keep clean.
Really taste your herb
The IQ’s ceramic zirconia air path delivers a clean draw that lets you really taste your cannabis.
Choose your flavor profiles
The IQ enables you to customize your temperature settings to control the flavor of your cannabis. Set your preferred temp and enjoy – it’s simple and smart.
Control your IQ with the Bluetooth app
You can use your phone to turn on your IQ and dial in your exact vaping temperature.
Priced at $229, the IQ comes with accessories including two mouthpieces, the lithium-ion battery, charging cord, brush and packing tool.
Want to learn more about dry vaping? Listen to our podcast with John Bailey of DaVinci Vaporizer.
Pocket-sized powerhouse ideal for personal vaping
- Removable battery
- Adjustable oven pearl
- Zirconium airflow system
- Precision temperature control
The AirVape X uses a combination of conduction and convection technology to achieve the optimal vaping temperature in just 20 seconds. Thin and mighty, with a shirt-pocket form factor and smell-proof, water-proof housing.
Magnetic base, ceramic mouthpiece and chamber
Rapid vapor cooling chamber
Fast heating, elegant and thin
We recommend using a high-quality dry herb vaporizer, made of quality materials, that’s easy to clean and has intuitive heat settings. You may also want to look for temperature range and precision temperature control, so you can hit the various boiling points of different terpenes. Some people also prefer a heating chamber of ceramic or steel, which will conduct heat without exposing you to harmful fumes, and some like a glass mouthpiece.
The are smaller, portable vaporizers, like the pocket-sized DaVinci MIQRO are bigger than a vape pen, but still well-suited for personal use. For home use, we love the unique Cloudious9, which has a unique water-filtration system and fun LED lights and delivers a bong-like experience. The highly intelligent DaVinci IQ is also a favorite, with easy temperature settings, including an app for your phone.