Dry herb vaporizers - what are they and are they good?

dry herb vaporizers

5 minute read

Updated March 21st


The dry herb vaporizer is taking the world by storm, or, so it seems. Since the 2000s, the world seems to be turning its head towards alternatives to smoking. Not only alternatives to smoking tobacco, but also marijuana. A dry herb vaporizer can come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Some look like Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver, whilst others look like slick, pens from 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you don’t know what any of those pop-cultural references are then don’t worry. Today we will take you through, step-by-step, exactly what a dry herb vaporizer is, how it works, and what its benefits are. If you’re a weed smoker and are considering moving on to an alternative way of enjoying your weed, then this is the article for you. Alternatively, if you’re just an info-buff then read on too. Here we go.

What is a dry herb vaporizer?

We will look in more depth at the specific parts of the dry herb vaporizer later, but initially, let’s just speak about what it is overall. The dry herb vaporizer is a portable or stationary device that heats up weed or concentrates, at around 200 degrees, and creates vapour for the user to inhale. Unlike smoking, the dry herb vape does not take part in the process of combustion. Combustion is caused when a cigarette or joint is lit at around 900 degrees; it causes dangerous toxins and cancerous carcinogens to enter the body. Whilst marijuana for recreational use is not currently legal in the UK, the purchasing of dry herb vaporizers is still very much legal.

The portable dry herb vaporizer can sit very nicely in your bag or pocket. It can sometimes be even as small as a normal cigarette. It’s perfect for a personal experience with your weed. However, a stationary dry herb vaporizer usually sits on a table or a desk and is plugged in. The stationary vape is bigger and can be shared socially.

What are the elements of a dry herb portable vaporizer?

So now you understand what a dry herb vaporizer is and the history behind it, let’s look at the different parts of a portable dry herb vape.


The battery is what allows the dry herb vape to be portable. The battery sits inside the vape and is rechargeable. The length of life it has will depend on the model. The Nectar Platinum dry herb vape has a 18650 battery 3000Mah, which takes only 2 hours to reach 100%.


The chamber or oven is the part where the dry herb goes inside. This will heat to different levels depending on what you set it at. The dry herb will be heated either by convection or conduction. Convection heats from around, like an oven. Whereas conduction heats from below, a bit like a frying pan.


This is the part where you get to enjoy the dry herb vapour. The portable vaporizer will have some sort of mouthpiece to inhale from. Some are cylindrical, whilst others are flat. The user will simply inhale like they would with a joint.

How do you use a dry herb vaporizer?

Step 1 - Grind your weed
First things first, make sure your weed is finely ground. The better ground your CBD buds are, the more evenly it will be heated up, and the less wasted.

Step 2 - Place it in your dry herb portable vaporizer
Put the amount of weed you want in the dry herb vape. Alternatively, if you’re using cannabis concentrates, place the concentrates on top of the concentrates pad.

Step 3 - Choose the temperature you want.
Select the right temperature for you. Remember, the hotter it is, the more intense the high, but perhaps the less intense the flavour. Usually 200 degrees is a good balance.

Step 4 - Wait 1 minute
Now you wait for your dry herb to slowly cook away. Lick your lips and hold your horses.

Step 5 - Vape and enjoy
And finally, the moment has come. Inhale the vapour from the mouthpiece and enjoy. Remember: dry herb vapes can be a lot more potent than a joint with tobacco, so there’s no need to cane it (unless you want to of course!).

What are the benefits of Using a dry herb vaporizer?

There are a range of benefits of using a dry herb vaporizer instead of smoking a cigarette or a joint. Here are some of them:

If you use a dry herb portable vaporizer you don’t involve the process of combustion. Combustion, at 900 degrees, actually loses quite a lot of the flavour of the bud. By heating it at a lower temperature, and vaping it, you maintain a lot of the weeds flavours.

Similar to the flavour, the intense cannabinoids also are contained for the same reason. A lower heat will mean a greater high.

Overall, owning a dry herb portable vaporizer is actually cheaper. You won’t need to buy tobacco or any of the smoking accessories. All you need is your weed, and your charged up vape. Plus, a vaporizer is a lot more efficient with the weed (as previously stated in the last two benefits). Therefore, you won’t need to buy as much weed.

Controlling Dosage
If you’re looking to control the amount of weed you smoke, then using a dry herb vape is the best way. You can carefully select the amount you want, place it in the chamber, and enjoy. There’s no passing round joints or tobacco mixing with your weed; It’s clear and it’s simple.

The health benefits are evident. By avoiding smoking you avoid a lot of the dangerous and toxic carcinogens. Furthermore, dry herb is not addictive, whereas tobacco is.

Where can you buy a herb vaporizer from?

There are lots of options if you want to buy a dry herb vaporizer online, here are some of our favourites:

Nectar Medical Vapes

Nectar Medical Vapes sell their own brand of dry herb vaporizers that not only look great, but also provide a fantastically smooth vape. Definitely check them out as an option.


We own a Dynavap M, which we use pretty regularly. It's not an ideal piece of kit (especially not compared to one of the vaporizers from Nectar Medical Vapes) but as a low-cost option, it's pretty awesome.

In Conclusion

There you have it. Now you know a heck of a lot more than you did before about the mysterious dry herb vaporizer. The dry herb vaporizer is a new and refreshing way to enjoy your buds. Why not give it a try yourself?

This guide was published by the CBD Bible team. We publish hundreds of guides every month, feel free to explore our website for more reviews and CBD guides.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a message.


Harry is the primary writer at CBD Bible. He has been writing about CBD for more than 5 years and has had his writing featured on a number of high-profile publications. Find him on Twitter @CBDBibleUK