Vaping has revolutionized the way that people quit smoking and paved the way for a new group of hobbyists and enthusiasts. But vaping is not only used as a form of nicotine replacement therapy, and portable dry herb vaporizers have become and extremely popular option in recent years.

How do dry herb vaporizers work?

Dry herb vaporizers utilise a technique referred to as ‘heat-not-burn’. They have an ‘oven’ compartment which needs to be packed relatively tightly with product, and will then gently heat them to the selected temperature setting.

There is no direct heating element that will only make contact with some of the product, but instead the entire oven is the heating element, offering a consistent and even distribution for more precise temperature control. This means that the device can heat the materials to higher temperatures, but not to the point of combustion.

The heat agitates the compounds within the product, such as natural oils, terpenes, and cannabinoids, which creates a vapour that the user can inhale.

Because these devices have a built-in rechargeable battery as opposed to replaceable batteries or removable batteries, they are highly portable vapes and can be used on-the-go if needed. Portable dry herb vaporizers also make it easy to take your dry herb vape with you on if you're heading on a trip or even just to a friends house.

Depending on the device, there may be a preset temperature setting that has been optimized to offer a well-rounded, flavourful, and efficient vaping experience, or there may be a range of different settings that you can choose from.

Devices that allow multiple different settings do so to allow the user to tailor their vaping experience to either target the particular compounds they prefer, or just to better suit their preferred vaping style.

Are dry herb vaporizers legal in the UK?

Yes! The confusion around whether dry herb vaporizers are legal in the UK comes mainly from the fact that they are predominantly used with cannabis, which is not currently legal in the UK.

However, the dry herb vapes themselves are simply a form of electronic vaporizer with a heating chamber, similar to other heat-not-burn devices and vape kits, and are completely legal to buy and sell in the UK.

Not only that, but there are many different types of materials that these dry herb vaporizers can be used with other than cannabis.

For example, some dry herb vape users pair their dry herb vaporizers with other dry herb mixes such as chamomile, anise, eucalyptus, and green tea which can be used as natural remedies and do not contain any illegal substances.

There are a wide variety of recipes available online for dry herb mixes that can be used with dry herb vaporizers, each offering different reported benefits such as better sleep or relaxation. These recipes also often include the best temperature ranges to use with each herb to deliver the best results.

We go into more detail in our blog post ‘Are dry herb vaporizers legal in the UK?

Why use a dry herb vaporizer?

Using a portable vaporizer eliminates the need to burn your dry herb, which cuts out any harmful emissions that may be released when burnt, especially if you would normally mix your materials with tobacco before burning.

Some vaporizers also have different temperature which align with the vaporization of different cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. this allows the user to isolate the specific compounds within their materials that they would like to benefit from.

Many users find that they use less dry herb when using a vaporizer, and the experience is much cleaner and more enjoyable. This is because these devices are designed to use your materials more efficiently, helping you make the most of them, and also to allow you to enjoy the flavour and feel of the vapour.

Dry herb vaporizers are also a much more discreet option, creating a smooth vapor as opposed to a thick smoke, and will often minimise the smell.

Where to start?

There are many different vaporizers on the market, and here at Evapo we stock the a wide range of portable dry herb vaporizer options, including the widely popular PAX range, which offer state-of-the-art technology and design.

If you are new to using a dry herb vaporizer, you might want to consider a more simple device like the PAX Mini. This device has one optimised setting, which offers phenomenal flavour and a smooth and efficient vapour, with only one button operation. The magnetic charger and handy cleaning tool make it easy to maintain the device between uses, for a really approachable option for beginners.

If you are looking for a more advanced device, we recommend taking a look at the PAX Plus or DaVinci IQ2, both of which allow much more room for you to personalise your vaping experience to suit your own preferences.

For example, the PAX Plus includes four different ‘experience modes’ each designed to target a particular vaping style, such as the flavour mode which has been curated to offer the highest quality flavour and a deliciously smooth vapour, or the stealth mode which has been designed for ultimate discretion. We go into more detail on the PAX range in our post 'PAX dry herb vaporizers'.

Can you use concentrates in a dry herb vaporizer?

Not all dry herb vaporizers are equipped for use with concentrates. This is because concentrates have a very different formulation than dry herb, and if they are used in a regular dry herb oven this will likely cause leaking and may even cause damage to the device.

However, there are many dry herb vaporizers that are dual use, and can be used both with dry herb and with concentrates. These devices have a separate concentrate oven insert which can be used in the oven and has been specifically designed to safely and correctly vaporizer concentrates and waxes.

For example, the PAX Plus comes with a concentrate insert, and the preset boost experience mode has been designed for use with both concentrates and dry herb.

If you are interested in trying a dry herb vaporizer or would like to learn more, why not pop in to your local Evapo store and talk to a member of our team, or reach out to our online Customer Service Hub.