While I’m on the subject of preparing your cannabis, don’t forget to select the correct starting material! The type of cannabis you use (i.e. indica or sativa) will directly impact how you feel after you cannabis vape. If you need help choosing, use our strain selection guide. As always, quality matters!
Pro Tip: It may be counterintuitive, but herb vaporizers perform better when the cannabis is fully dry! Residual moisture in your buds results in unnecessary throat irritation and produces a less thick vapor.
First, remove the cap/cover to the chamber. Then, use your fingers to gently load the finely ground cannabis into the chamber. It’s important not to overfill the chamber or pack it too tight – remember, air still has to pass through there! A medium pack is usually best, but this is where the conduction vs. convection heating method matters. Conduction vaporizers like the Pax 2 and 3 can handle (and actually benefit from) a tighter pack, while convection vaporizers like the Grasshopper benefit from a looser pack. You can experiment with different density packs to see which perform best with your pen. You can use your fingers or damper style tool to pack down the ground cannabis. Once packed, replace the lid/cover and close the chamber.
Herb vaporizers can take anywhere from <10 seconds to over a minute to heat up. It’s imperative to let the pen heat up fully prior to taking a hit. Many vaporizer units actually have adjustable temperature settings – lower temperatures produce more flavorful hits with less throat irritation, while higher temperature settings will provide more powerful hits with thick vapor.
Once the pen reaches the desired temperature, you can inhale from the mouthpiece and enjoy the perfect hit! Also, be sure your batter is fully charged for consistent performance from your vaporizer. Many people store an extra battery or charger in their vape pen case to ensure they never run low.