February 10th, 2019

Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Regardless of whether or not you vape, it’s almost certain that you’ve heard about vaping. When one thinks of vaping, it typically conjures up images of vape pens featuring e-liquid that is then used to inhale vapors of different flavors. While using e-liquids is one of the most common forms of vaping, there are also other types of vaping that involve the use of different materials like wax and dry herbs. Dry herbs, much like e-liquids, can also be heated up and vaporized when done with a dry herb vaporizer. What is a dry herb vaporizer? Let’s take a closer look.

Types of Dry Herb Vaporizers

With vape pens being the most popular form of vaporizers, it can be easy to assume that these are the only type of vaporizers that are used. However, there are multiple types of dry herb vaporizers. While vape pens do exist as a form of dry herb vaporizer, there are two more types of vaporizers for herbs like portable vaporizers, vape pens and desktop vaporizers. Portable dry herb vaporizers are generally much larger than vape pens and feature more powerful technology but are still able to be held in the hand. Just like the name says, both of them are portable and either use batteries or butane.

Desktop vaporizers are dry herb vaporizers that require connection to a power source and produce much more powerful hits. However, they have to be used at home and cannot be carried around since they need to be plugged into an outlet. These three types of dry herb vaporizers are the ones you will be able to choose from when you begin shopping around for your own vaporizer.

Anatomy of an Herbal Vape Pen

An herbal vape pen can be more simple than its wax concentrate or e-liquid devices. The herbal vape pen contains two major sections: the battery, which is typically one long section that functions as the bottom of the pen, and the atomizer/chamber, which typically screws onto the battery. This is located towards the top of the pen near the mouthpiece. There is also the mouthpiece which is usually connected to the chamber.

Depending on your herbal vape pen, the bare minimum that should be featured on the face of your vape pen is the power button and a display that shows the current power level of the device. If you have a high-end vape pen, you may have additional features such as temperature control and other such extra features. 

How to Use Your Dry Herb Vape Pen?

Trying to figure out how to use your dry herb vape pen can be difficult but once you learn the inner-workings of your vaporizer device, you’ll realize that both your vaporizer device and how to use it are quite simple. To get you started, here is a brief guide on how you can begin using your herbal vaporizer.

Preparing Your Herbs

It’s important that you prepare your herbs properly if you want to have an enjoyable vape session. If you place your dry herbs into your vaporizer as is, you won’t be able to vape efficiently as your device will not be able to heat up large chunks of herbs. On the other hand, if you grind down your herbs into a powder, your device will encounter the same problem. It will prevent you from being able to inhale any of vapor that may be produced out of the powder. To successfully prepare your herbs, grind them down into small consistent chunks that will allow air to travel through them but will also allow your device to evenly heat your herbs.

Packing Your Herbs

Packing your herbs is similar to the previous point in the sense that you must get the right packing strategy. The best thing to do is to slowly pour your ground up herbs into the heating chamber. This chamber is located right underneath the mouthpiece and depending on your device, it may make it harder or easier on you to pack based on its size. Regardless of the size, pour your herbs into the chamber halfway. If you feel as though your herbs are too loose, pack them down a little bit and fill more herbs into your device until you feel you have the right fit. Make sure, that you do not over pack your device. Packing too much into it will make it hard for your vaporizer to properly heat your herbs. This can create an intense draw resistance.

Preparing Your Vaporizer

Once you have finished packing the heating chamber, you can then place the mouthpiece back on top and prepare your vaporizer for use. Depending on your vaporizer model, this may require you to simply push an on button or to press a button a specific amount of times. If you have one that has precision heating control or preset heating settings, you may also need to set the right temperature and activate your device before you begin vaping. Make sure to read the instructions that came with your vaporizer so that you follow the correcting preparation process and keep you and your vaporizer device safe.


As we stated above, setting the right temperature may be a part of your preparation process. With vape pens, this is generally not a concern as these types of devices tend to use only one button that acts as the power button as well as the button you press to start vaporizing your herbs. With portable vapes and with desktop vapes, you will begin to start seeing temperature controls and you may even encounter preset temperature settings on your vape pen. If your device has any of these settings, try to aim for the medium temperature your device allows and then go up as necessary and as you test your device.


This is the most simple part of the process. To begin vaporizing your dry herbs, simply press the main power button and inhale on the mouthpiece. The button will activate the heating process and begin turning your herbs into vapors that can be taken in while you are holding the button.

Emptying Your Herbs

Once you are finished with your vaping session, remove the mouthpiece from the top of your device and dispose of the remnants of your dry herbs. Because of the heating process, you may find that residue from the herb vapors have stuck to the sides or the top of your device. If this is the case, simply scrub them off with a light brush or clean out the herbal oven if your device allows you to do so.

No matter what type of device you are currently using, this brief how-to guide should give you the information you need to get started using your dry herb vaporizer.

Tips for Efficient Herbal Vaping

Although vaping is relatively straightforward, there are a lot of details that go into the vaping process that could either make or break your vaping session. To make sure that you have the best session possible each time you use your vaporizer device, here are some tips for efficient herbal vaping.

Use Drier Herbs

It’s important that you use herbs that have the right moisture level as this will make a huge impact on the functionality of your dry herb vaporizer. If you choose dry herbs that are too moist, your vaporizer will have a hard time trying to vaporize these types of herbs, producing little to no vapor. If you choose herbs that are too dry and almost turn to powder the moment you touch them, your vaporizer device will have an equally difficult time heating these herbs. Aim to use drier herbs that still have a little bit of moisture so that you can have efficient vaping sessions each time.

Grind It Down Right

You have to grind your herbs down right if you plan on properly vaporizing them. As mentioned above, a grind that is too extensive will produce powders that can’t be vaped and too little of a grind makes it hard for your device to get an even heat. Grind it down to consistent, small chunks and your vaporizer device will be able to deliver the vapors that you need.

Check the Temperature

The point of a dry herb vaporizer is to vaporize your herbs. Because of the high temperatures and their application to dry herbs, however, combustion is more than possible and it is this inhalation of smoke that is responsible for the negative health effects that are often encountered by smokers. Check your temperature to make sure that it is not so high that your herbs begin smoking. Also, make sure that it is not so low that it takes forever for your dry herbs to become vaporized.

Don’t Pack Too Tight

Think about the insides of dry herb vaporizer. Your dry herbs are packed into an herbal chamber that contains no exit except for the mouthpiece at the top. Because of this, the only way for your vapors to go is up. However, in a chamber that is packed too tight, this air will not be able to move through the dry herbs and will become trapped towards the bottom. Your device will also not be able to heat up a chamber that is packed too tightly. Aim for a loose yet firm pack to get maximum vapor production.

Inhale Very Slow

Many people assume that the best practice is to inhale as hard as they can when they first get their device. Although this will get the vapor into your body, it will only make it harder for you to get vapor as you increase the overall draw resistance. To get maximum vapor and to make it easier for vapor to enter your mouth, take slow, long breaths for the desired hits.

Trial and Error

The dry herb vaporizer experience is something that is entirely experimental. Depending on the type of heat you apply, your dry herbs will feel, smell, taste, and affect you differently. It is important that you experiment and go through the trial and error process to figure out what works best for you.

What Happens to Your Herbs During Vaporization?

You may have caught on to the fact that dry herbs do not undergo combustion as they typically do when smoked through a pipe or through other mediums. So, what does happen to your herbs during vaporization? During vaporization, heat is applied to your herbs via conduction or convection in order to vaporize the active ingredients once they reach a certain temperature. When that happens, the vapor is produced and is then inhaled by the user. The remnants of your herbs remain in the chamber and only the ingredients that affect the user are vaporized.

Choosing a Dry Herb Vaporizer

Besides the basic functions, choosing a dry herb vaporizer is largely dependent upon your own needs. For example, one of the biggest characteristics you need to focus on is style. Are you looking for a vaporizer that looks amazing or are you mainly focused on functionality and don’t care how your vaporizer looks? Speaking of functionality, what features are you looking for? Do you want your vaporizer to have precision temperature control? Convection or conduction heating? A ceramic heating chamber or another material? Make sure to specifically identify what qualities you want in your vaporizer before you begin shopping around. This will make sure that you get a dry herb vaporizer that meets all of your needs.

Dry herb vaporizers are safe alternative to the traditional methods that were required to burn and inhale herbs. However, finding a dry herb vaporizer that best suits you and putting it to use can be a difficult process. If you’ve been having trouble understanding dry herb vaporizers or finding one of your own, use the information above to help you along the learning and shopping process so that you can find a dry herb vaporizer designed perfectly for you.