All about Dry Herb Vaporizers

by dope smoker on November 24, 2016


Dry herb vaporizers or weed vaporizers have propelled marijuana users by leaps and bounds. Not only has it become more discreet to go about their day but it has helped marijuana to be in less of a bad light. Whether it is recreational marijuana use or medical marijuana, dry herb vape pens have taken away the stereotypical stoner stigma. With the more expensive and classy looking vaporizers coming out, you notice more celebrities and professional career individuals coming out about their marijuana usage. Many new herbal vaporizers have come out from portable ones to desktop at home units. With vaporizers quickly on its way to become a $53.8 billion market in 2025, more and more vaporizer companies will be coming out with new innovations. Marijuana is also becoming less restrictive in a lot of places worldwide so that only helps speed things up.

All vaporizers work differently and that is what makes them unique. One can be better with temperature controls, one can be better for you personally because it has a larger chamber and another can be better for you because of the way it grips in your hand. There many portable herbal vaporizers but if you’re on a budget or are looking to start with your first dry herb vaporizer, check out our top dry herb vape pens of 2016 under $100.


What’s a dry herb vaporizer?

What a dry herb vaporizer does is heat up your herbs enough so the active ingredients of your herbs vaporize into vapor rather than them burning like they would if you smoked it. Smoking can create many different problems and illnesses. Inhaling vapor rather than smoke can be much more beneficial with less unwanted toxins. This means in the case for weed, THC would be vaporized and turned into vapor so your marijuana won’t turn into ash when you’re done.

A portable dry herb vaporizer is usually powered by a battery or butane and desktop herbal vapes are usually plugged into the electrical outlet. They come in different shapes and sizes but they’re usually small so they’re discreet except the desktop vaporizers. Stationary desktop vapes are meant to be used at home, not on the go. It contains a mouthpiece and a herbal heating chamber where your ground up dried herbs get loaded into. Some portable vapes can be very similar but you need to find out which one is your favorite. To begin, I would recommend a dual or triple use vaporizer with a temperature control setting. This will make you get used to the vaporizer by testing it out to your liking.

How to Use a Dry Herb Vaporizer

It’s fairly easy to use a herbal vaporizer pen. Once you get the hang of it, it will be second nature. Most portable vaporizers turn on by clicking the button 5 times quickly. Open the designated heating chamber that is either located in the mouthpiece or underneath it. Always make sure your herbs are ground up so they can get an even heat distribution all around. You do not want the inside of a nug to be clean and unheated but the outside completely vaporized. One packed bowl can go through a few vape cycles before you need to dump it out and re-pack it.

If your portable vape has a temperature setting then play with it until you get used to it. The higher the temperature means you will get more smoke but it will burn your herbs. Lower temperatures means you will get faint vapor but more flavor. As for which will give better effects of your herbs, that depends on your herbs but somewhere in the middle is fine.

Cleaning your Vaporizer

Cleaning is generally easy. Portable weed vaporizers come with small brushes. Use that to lightly clean your chamber to keep from particles going into hard to reach spots. This can cause build up and burn a coil. When using the brush be careful not to damage any coils. Sometimes you can use a lightly isopropyl soaked q tip to clean the residue off.

What’s the Different between Smoking and Vaping?

Many people that don’t know always question this and that’s good to question something rather than act like you know the answer. Smoking is known to cause many illnesses like emphysema, tuberculosis, bronchitis or even worse, lung cancer. Cigarettes are known to have over 4000 chemicals with at least 43 of them being carcinogens. Hot smoke that turns into tar can’t be good for your throat or lungs either. Vaporizers provide many benefits, especially for the ill that have lung problems or arthritis and can’t light a lighter or roll a joint. Vapes are much healthier because they vaporize only the active ingredients off the surface to create into vapor. Everything else stays on your herbs and can be thrown away or used after. Already Been Vaped (ABV) or Already Vaped Bud (AVB) is vaporized marijuana that is then used to make edibles. So in case you were wondering, herbal vaporizers save and conserve a lot more.

Even medical marijuana patients that are using marijuana to calm their pains have throat or lung problems. This means they can’t smoke weed for the effects, not many people are comfortable with edibles so the alternative would be to vape.

Benefits to Vaporizing

There are a plethora of benefit when it comes to vaping. First of all, you will improve your lungs. The amount of coughing and spitting mucous will drop drastically just in the first month. It goes without even saying you won’t smell bad from your clothes to your breath. You will save a lot more money with your herbs being stretched out longer. Smoke destroys more active ingredients because it burns at a higher temperature. With a marijuana vaporizer heating up around 356°F to 392°F so it does not burn it.


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With more states legalizing medical marijuana, it just stands to reason more people are getting behind the wheel and operating a motor vehicle because they think they can. Most stoners feel like they perform better under the influence of weed, and driving is something they feel is a breeze after they get high.

Regardless which state you currently live, getting behind the wheel after smoking marijuana will not only put you and other drivers at risk, you could land in hot water despite your thinking the contrary. As more states are relaxing the rules on marijuana, law enforcement is already working hard to ensure the roadways are not full of distracted drivers.

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Here are just a few eye-opening facts about smoking marijuana and then driving high:

1. Police Testing for THC

Many people who smoke marijuana are under the impression that there is no testing available for marijuana driving. They jump behind the wheel convinced their motor skills are improved and they think that even if they get pulled over, the cops have no real way to proof the contrary. WRONG!

With more states legalizing medical marijuana each year, many police departments across the country have taken a proactive stance and developed technologies that will in fact test THC levels in drivers they suspect are high.

These officers are being taught how to visually identify the signs in a driver they are stoned, then have the drivers perform field tests similar to drinking and driving. Just like the breathalyzer, roadside saliva testing for THC is becoming more of the norm than the exception.

2. Amount of Weed Smoked

Make no mistake about it, there is a huge drop off in driving ability in the person who takes a few hits of a joint and one who has been hitting on the bong for several hours. Bottom line is this when it comes to marijuana driving, the more you smoke, the more challenging it will be to drive.

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When you smoke moderately, your body can feel all the impacts more intently, allowing you to make better judgement calls when driving. In fact, many people who smoke small amounts of marijuana before driving have been shown to be even more cautious on the roads than sober drivers.

The drivers with trace amounts of THC in the blood take fewer risks on the highway, allow more space in between vehicles, and work hard to avoid any incidents while driving. As you smoke more weed, you become less cautious, less observant, and more easily distracted.

3. Decreased Reaction Time vs Experience

In one of the more alarming statistics concerning marijuana driving, it has been shown that the more weed that you smoke before you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has a negative impact on your reaction time.

The reason this is such a huge concern is marijuana affects the part of your brain that is responsible for body movements, coordination, and balance. When you are comfortably seated behind the wheel of an automobile however, the effects of the weed can alter your judgement and memory.

First-time marijuana smokers are especially at risk because many of the things they do while driving are committed to memory, and they have trouble even maintaining proper lane speed. These testings showed that regular marijuana smokers developed a tolerance on those effects, and were still able to draw on past experiences to easily navigate the roads.

4. Introducing Alcohol to the Mix

When it comes to marijuana driving, the one thing you should never consider is introducing alcohol into the picture. Those weed smokers who are veteran stoners have developed a tolerance to the effects of the weed and can often navigate the roadways more cautiously than sober drivers.

Adding alcohol into the mix throws all that out the window because it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are, the effects of alcohol will distort your driving ability and put you and everyone on the road at risk.

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While marijuana slows down eye-to-hand coordination and brain functions, adding in alcohol magnifies those issues and introduces other distractions into the picture. Combing weed and alcohol before driving is a recipe for disaster regardless how experienced you may be of a smoker.

5. The First Hour After Weed Smoking

If you feel that you have to drive after smoking weed or you believe you show zero effects from your stash, do yourself and everyone on the road a huge favor and wait at least one hour before getting into your vehicle.

Not only could you save yourself huge fines and possible jail time, you are saving the lives of others on the road when you wait it out. During the first hour after smoking weed, the effects of the THC on the body are the strongest. Depending on how frequently you smoke weed, the effects can be completely worn off in one to three hours.

Although the THC stays in the body for long periods, you will not exhibit those obvious signs you are high if you can wait one hour before driving. It may be more challenging for an officer to determine you are high simply waiting at least an hour.

These facts about marijuana driving should open your eyes to what’s happening on the highways across the country. Right now someone is getting high for the first time and taking their life in their hands getting behind the wheel.

The bottom line here is that only you know the effects of smoking marijuana on your body. If you take anything from this information, play on the side of caution will always be your best bet.

Smoking too much weed in one session distorts your ability to decide whether to drive or not. If you are not a veteran stoner, toss the keys aside and enjoy yourself at the party because if you get pulled over and fail a THC field test, you are going to be paying for it for many years to come.

The penalties are just like that for DUI and DWI, so take this serious or you will be on the losing end of a long painful legal battle.




If you have ever grown marijuana before, you probably remember what it was like trying to figure it out for your first time. The amount of information found online and elsewhere is absolutely overwhelming if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. Additionally, there are many complex aspects to growing.

This article is written for all the beginners out there who are trying to sort through the complexities and the confusion and simply learn how to grow. The fact is, it becomes easy if you have accurate and clear information.

If I could go back and do it all over, there are a few things I wish anyone would have told me when I was a beginner. So that you won’t need to say the same in the future, we have compiled a list of the 5 most important things we think every beginner should be told.

1. Choose the right strain (and be willing to pay for it).

Many new growers aren’t ready to commit a lot of money to their growing operations because they aren’t sure it will pay off. They are also unsure they will want to continue growing from year to year. Sometimes, they are afraid of being ripped off. Or maybe they just don’t realize the importance of starting off with a really good strain.

The fact is, however, that the strain accounts for at least 50% of your success as a grower. The most successful growers — especially the most successful new growers — will have done the proper research into buying the exact type of strain that will fit their unique lifestyle and preferences.

If you live in a particular climate, for example, you are going to need the right seeds for that particular climate. Any strain simply will not do. It should be a good fit for your situation. There are even strains that are specifically designed to be easy for beginners, so check out all the options available.

2. Don’t underestimate the power of light.

In other words, light is the number one element that will have the strongest effect on how your marijuana plants grow. If you need to pick one aspect of your indoor growing setup to invest the most money on, you can’t go wrong with creating the perfect lighting setup. The same applies to choosing a location for outdoor plants so they get the perfect amount of light. Water, nutrients, and other aspects are also important, but light remains the head honcho.

3. Good ventilation is essential.

Many growers make the mistake of creating an indoor setup, without factoring for proper ventilation or air flow. Newbies aren’t fully aware of what is at stake here, so let’s clarify. If your plants develop mold, they will be rendered useless very quickly. Once mold forms, it is very difficult to contain and eliminate. The number one thing that can prevent mold from developing is proper airflow. The majority of plants in a well-ventilated setup will simply not develop mold. That will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money.

4. Excessive nutrients do not produce better growth.

Seriously, do not overload your plants (especially your young plants) with tons of nutrients. This does not help them grow. Many new growers see nutrients and think of them simply as something good for their plants. Wrongly, they presume the more, the better. That is not the case. Keep it simple. Just provide your plants with the basics, without getting into the confusing finer details of micronutrients. With nutrients, less is more. Marijuana plants are excellent at growing. They are a weed, after all. So give them just enough to support them doing their natural job, which is to grow.

5. Time your harvest correctly, and don’t rush drying and curing.

No matter how hard you work to grow your plants and try to develop massive, juicy buds, timing the harvest of these buds will make an incredible difference in the actual outcome of your crop. It’s sometimes difficult to time, but generally, you have between two and four weeks to harvest, when you start to see white, hair-like pistils.

The same goes for drying and curing. It’s at this point that many new growers lose patience and rush through processes. This results in a sub-par smoking experience. Do yourself a favor – allow plenty of time to dry and cure your weed properly.

by Robert Bergman, founder of

Robert has been growing cannabis passionately for over 20 years and shares this insight to educate growers avoid mistakes and to fully capitalise on a bud’s potential.


Need a Customised Grinder?

by dope smoker on May 16, 2016


I recently got hold of this customised grinder, thanks to the guys over at Engrinder.

It’s a pretty good rendering of the original image. Ideally you want something in black and white for the best output.

Not a lot more to say. Nice job.

Oh yes, the grinder works fine and also has a kief catcher. Bowl is slightly smaller than the original space case, but does the job fine.

Check them out.


Vaporizers – The Healthier Alternative to Smoking

by dope smoker on December 10, 2015

My friend over at thaVapeShop recently published a great infographic about Vaping vs. Smoking.

It talks about many different reasons why one may want to think about using a vaporizer, but the most important reason would be for your health.

Yes, vaporizers can improve your health!

Let’s take a look at some of the standout facts:

Cannabis smoke does contain some toxins.

Did you know that whether from burning wood, tobacco, or cannabis – toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of these materials?

      Of course, you can’t compare smoking cannabis to tobacco, as tobacco is obviously much worse, but smoking anything can be detrimental to your health.

      Vaporizers can help remove these toxins from the equation.

      In a 2003 study by California NORML and MAPS, the Volcano vaporizer was proven to be able to remove up to 100 different chemicals from cannabis smoke.

          Remember, it’s not the active ingredients in marijuana smoke that are harmful, it’s the toxic byproducts of smoke in general.

          For people that have been smoking cannabis for years, switching to a vaporizer could be a godsend.

          Another study quoted in the infographic, taken place in 2010, found that using a vaporizer for just one month led to meaningful improvements in the lung health of 20 daily cannabis smokers.

            “Switching to a vaporizer led to benefits in lung function that were comparable to quitting cigarettes.”

            For more examples on how using a vaporizer could improve your life, continue on to the infographic below!

            Vaping vs. Smoking (Herbal) – 5 Reasons Why Vaping is Better – An infographic by the wonderfully creative folks over at


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