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How to find the best temperature for your high-tech weed vape

Vaping cannabis oil is the new normal. So what’s the best temperature?

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.

Cannabis users have always been fine-tuning their experience. Rolling a joint tighter or grinding bud finer will result in a different high, so it’s no surprise that users want that option when it comes to vaping. So what’s the best temperature to vape at? That depends on what you want out of your high.

Thanks to the rise of sate-level legalization in the U.S., vaping cannabis went from being a somewhat clunky and niche experience to a convenient and discreet norm. Whether you’re vaping oil or flower, the high tech gadgets being produced today allow users to curate their own experience, offering up a high they can learn to expect.

Vaping oil is the new standard

In recent years, vaping cannabis oil has exploded, and it’s helped introduce many to the world of legal pot. While smoking weed or downing an edible can offer an intense adventure, vaping oil can give users a more mellow and manageable experience. Additionally, it’s less smelly, there’s no smoke, and it’s an overall cleaner ordeal.

“You have all of this plant matter when you light it on fire you’re creating smoke. There’s a lot of that plant matter that doesn’t impact your high whatsoever — your experience whatsoever. So what vaping does, especially in the non-flower form, is it extracts all that plant matter and provides you just with the active compounds,” JJ O’Brien, VP of Strategy at Pax Labs said in an interview.

When you purchase vape oil from a legal store, it usually comes with a standard fitting. Users can then purchase a battery relatively cheaply, which can be reused and recharged.

Cannabis vape oils with the industry standard 510 fitting.

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While some batteries allow users to select between a few set temperature settings, companies like Pax allow people to set the temperature they’d like down to the degree.

At $29.99 the Pax Era is the company’s response to the industry’s oil boom. But there’s a catch — you can’t just go buy any type of oil you want because it does not use the industry standard 510 threaded batteries. Instead, the Era uses its own pods which are sourced from cannabis manufacturers they trust. Sure, while this may be a little inconvenient and limit the variety of oils you can buy, this model and others like it feel like a little bit more of a high-end experience.

The Era is app-connected, which allows you to unlock a number of features, including temperature control from your smartphone. The vape can be set as low as 430 degrees Fahrenheit, and as high as 790. To set a temperature that’s right for you, it all depends on what you want out of the vape.

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No temperature is the right temperature

“The unique part about temperature when it comes to cannabis consumption is that every single one of those active compounds — all your cannabinoids . all of your terpenes . add to your holistic high and they all have different boiling points,” O’Brien explained. “Temperature is incredibly important in any type of cannabis experience because you’re wanting to consume all of those compounds at the right heat, which vary on the map, and you can’t necessarily consume the full spectrum as easily as you want sometimes.

While some cannabinoids — compounds found in cannabis that can provide the consumer with different effects — can withstand a higher temperature, terpenes, the essential oils of the plant which give it its taste and smell, cannot. So, vaping at a lower temperature will give a more perfume-like flavor, while a higher temperature will produce more vapor and will be a more intense high.

Activating these compounds is essentially what provides the user with an experience, one that is getting increasingly easier to manage thanks to technology.

“The joint is actually the best vaporizer out there.”

“The joint is actually the best vaporizer out there,” O’Brien admitted. “You’re combusting on one end, you’re pulling hot air through a controlled environment because you’ve wrapped the paper, and you’re actually hitting that flower with different heats as the combustion cools coming into your mouth.”

How to find your best temperature?

If you’re experimenting with different vape temperatures, the best thing to do is start low and try to be as mindful of your experience as possible. Take notes! Starting at a low temperature and waiting a decent amount of time between hits will allow you to take in how your body and mind are altered.

For the best results on the Era, select a dosage on the session control section of the app and slowly increase the temperature each time you vape. Remember that the effects of cannabis are cumulative, so this may take a few different days or even weeks before you find the perfect temperature for each situation.

If you don’t have an Era and can’t control the dose of your session, try to be aware of how hard and how long your pulling. For the most accurate results, remember to charge your vape battery often.

The future of fine tuning

While we can use things like vape temperature to help manage our highs, there are still so many factors involved in proving the same, repeatable experience which is essential to the mainstream acceptance of cannabis. How intense did you inhale and how long did you keep it in your lungs before exhaling? What was the THC percentage in the oil you purchased? CBD?

Temperature is only one factor in the very confusing and often overwhelming world of cannabis. A shot of whiskey is a shot of whiskey every single time. A hit of a joint or a puff off a vape can vary extensively.

Companies like Pax are allowing users to set their own preference through apps that fine tune temperatures and dosages. But without more research on how these compounds can effect us, many cannabis consumers are still playing guinea pigs with their highs. Widespread legalization at the federal level, like in Canada, may help us learn more about activating these compounds, and how we can better manage them.

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PAX Era Temperature: How to Make the Most of Your Vape

The PAX Era is designed for easy loading and discreet usage of cannabis oil. The device offers an effortless way to vape oil while carefully controlling the temperature, flavor, and potency. PAX Era pods are available in more than 250 strains from more than 50 extract partners. They can be found at retailers in legal cannabis states throughout the U.S.

Pod systems are widely sought after because they make vaporizing concentrate materials a clean and easy process. The PAX Era employs SimpleClick™ pods that are discarded when depleted and replaced with a full pod. Like other types of vaporizers, the PAX Era includes a series of temperature settings that can be used to customize your experience. How exactly does temperature influence your vaping sessions?

What are the PAX Era’s temperature settings?

While setting temperature on the device, the PAX Era supports four temperature intervals between 520°F to 790°F. You can easily cycle through the settings by entering Temp Set mode, which you can access by lightly shaking the device and removing the pod. In Temp Set mode, the device’s LED indicator will change to display which setting you have currently selected:

  • Low: The device will warm to 520°F. This setting is represented by a single lit “petal” on the device’s LED indicator.
  • Medium low: The device will warm to 610°F. This setting is represented by two lit petals on the device’s LED indicator.
  • Medium high: The device will warm to 700°F. This setting is represented by three lit petals on the device’s LED indicator.
  • High: The device will warm to 790°F. This setting is represented by a fully-lit LED indicator.

How does temperature influence your sessions?

Temperature profoundly impacts your cannabis vaporization experience. What do these temperature settings do for your session? Why would a warmer setting be more desirable than a lower one, or vice versa?

  • Vapor production: Generally, the higher the temperature, the more vapor your device will produce . When you select the highest temperature setting, you can expect a single puff to generate more vapor. Conversely, lower temperature settings will help you control the size of those conspicuous clouds.
  • Flavor: Altering the temperature setting could change the flavor of your vapor. When vaporizing cannabis oil, try different temperatures to see how it influences your vape experience.

Temperature governs each of these elements of your overall session, making it a critical aspect of vaping. The PAX Era’s four default temperature settings give you a pretty good selection across the device’s total temperature range, but what if you wanted to exercise even more control over your device? If you’re aiming for total temperature control down to the degree, the PAX Era can easily connect to your smartphone for a customized experience that supports the exact session type you want to have.

Using the PAX mobile application to control temperature and settings

With the PAX Mobile application , the PAX Era becomes a highly-customizable device that offers you control over every aspect of your session. The app is available on any Android or iOS smartphone, which the PAX Era connects to via Bluetooth® connectivity. Once connected, you will be able to adjust the temperature on your device down to the precise degree. This opens up even more options for experimenting with temperature settings and determining exactly which temperature makes for the ideal session.

PAX Mobile does more than expand the available temperature settings on your device, though. It also comes with a Session Control feature that allows you to set your preferred length of session. Choose from four pre-set session types, including micro, small, medium, and large. Each setting allows for longer or shorter sessions, as well as custom control over vapor production and flavor output. Session Control fine-tunes all the elements of a session that are influenced by your temperature setting. Experiment with each Session Control setting to discover your optimal vape experience.

The ideal temperature setting depends on your preference

There is no right or wrong temperature at which to use your PAX Era. Any setting in the available temperature setting will get the job done. However, different temperatures produce new experiences, so it’s wise to try a variety of settings to find your favorite. Understanding your own preferences is key to choosing the best temperature for your PAX Era.

PAX Era Temperature: How to Make the Most of Your Vape The PAX Era is designed for easy loading and discreet usage of cannabis oil. The device offers an effortless way to vape oil while carefully