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What Is Dry Herb? [Consumption Methods & More]

Dry herb is among the most popular methods of hemp and cannabis consumption in general. The best thing about it is that it’s incredibly versatile.

You may use dry herb as a finished good that you grind and smoke or vaporize or raw material to create other finished goods like concentrates and infusions. What we’ll focus on here is how to use dry herb and what we believe is the future of cannabinoid consumption; dry herb vaporizing.

It is an intriguing technique made possible by one of the most crucial cannabis innovations of our time. Up ahead, you’ll find everything you have to know about it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What Is Dry Herb?

How Can You Use Dry Herb?

What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

Types of Vaporizers and Heating Methods

Dry Herb Vaporizing Tips

What Are the Benefits of Dry Herb Vaporizing

How to Store Your Dry Herb

Dry Herb Made Simple

What Is Dry Herb?

When discussing dry herb, we could be referencing any plant. In the cannabis industry, chances are you are referring to dried and curated cannabis.

These are cannabis flower buds that have been harvested, trimmed, and submitted to a curating process that activates the cannabinoids found in them. Dry cannabis can be used for various things, the most common of those purposes being smoking it.

While it is called a ‘dry herb,’ cannabis flower buds are not entirely dry.

They should not be completely dry if they are a high-quality product. Cannabis needs to be mildly moist on the surface because this means that the flower bud is covered with trichomes.

Trichomes are sap-like crystals that form on the surface of the leaves and flowers. Trichomes carry most of the cannabinoid content found in cannabis and are why cannabis flower is so valuable.

When you consume CBD in any product format (edibles, tinctures, smoke, vapor, etc.), most of it has been extracted from trichomes.

But trichomes are not only found in the marijuana plant. Marijuana is only one of two primary varieties of cannabis. Hemp is the second one, and most of the legal CBD sold in the U.S. is extracted from the hemp plant.

You may also purchase or make your dry hemp, which you can use precisely like any other cannabis dry herb.

How Can You Use Dry Herb?

There are 4 main ways of consuming dry herb.

1. Grind and Smoke

Once your cannabis (hemp or marijuana) has been adequately dried and curated, you may choose to grind it and smoke it. The grinding process is pretty self-explanatory, only requiring you to place your flower buds in a manual or battery-powered grinder.

Once the herb is appropriately ground, you can take that product and roll it into a joint, blunt, or other types of cigars, which you then light and smoke. You also have the option of packing a water pipe bowl, lighting it, and smoking it that way.

How Can You Use Dry Herb?

The smoking possibilities of dry herb are almost endless. It’s up to you which method you enjoy the most.

2. Make Concentrates

The dry herb can also be used to make concentrates. To do this, you first have to submit the dry herb to an extraction process.

 Make Concentrates

This means that you’ll take your curated hemp buds and extract the cannabinoids they keep in the trichomes that form on their surface. You have many ways to do this, but extraction processes can be summarized into two main categories; solventless and solvent-based.

There are almost just as many types of concentrates as there are extraction methods. The kind of concentrate you make will depend on the extraction method used. These concentrates can then be used to make other finished goods like tinctures, oils, and many more. They can also be used to vaporize and consume directly.

3. Make Edibles & Infusions

Making edibles and infusions is an additional step to the concentrate-making process. Once you have a concentrate in your hands, you can take that product and use it as a raw material to infuse other finished goods with it.

One of the most popular edibles to make is cannabis-infused butter, otherwise known as ‘cannabutter.’ This edible is so popular because it is highly flexible. It can be used to create an even more comprehensive range of edibles, mainly baked goods.

But cannabutter is not the only option you have. Infusions can also be made to oils, honey, salad dressings, salsa, shampoo, soap, skincare products, and pretty much anything you can think of.

4. Grind and Vaporize

The fourth and final option is very similar to the first one on this list. Only now, after grinding your dry herb, you will take the resulting product and vaporize it instead of combusting it and creating smoke.

But how does that work? How about making a vapor out of a solid?

Well, remember the trichomes?

By submitting your dry herb to a heat source that is not high enough to combust the plant material, you can vaporize the trichomes while keeping the leaves, stems, and flowers intact.

The plant material will dry out, but it should not combust and turn to ashes like it usually does when smoked. The thing is, trichomes are directly attached to the plant material, so unless you have a portable mini oven that operates at precise and accurate temperatures, you won’t be able to do so.

Surprise, surprise, such a device exists.

What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

Now that you are already familiar with the concept of vaporizing dry herb, you’ll need to understand how to put it into practice. The theory is quite simple; heat the plant enough so that the trichomes vaporize, but not so much that the plant material combusts.

What Is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

Lucky for you, you won’t have to prepare too much for it because this is what the devices we discussed earlier do. These devices are called dry herb vaporizers,’ which usually operate at temperatures between 180C° and 220C°. Less than that, and the trichomes won’t vaporize. More than that, and you’ll be risking combustion.

A vaporizer is composed of:

1. A Ceramic or Metal Heating Chamber

The heating chamber is where you’ll place the dry ground herb. Once the device is activated, the heating chamber will start to heat up and gradually vaporize the trichomes on the leaves, subsequently generating vapor from them. 

2. A Battery or Other Heating Source

Most modern-day vaporizers are battery-powered. The battery powers the chamber and generates enough heat to vaporize the trichomes on your dry herb. 

Other less modern devices are made out of glass and use alternative heating sources like a butane fire torch. The torch is used to heat the surface where the vaporizing material goes, but this vaporizing is usually used for concentrates instead of dry herb.

3. Charger and Charging Cables

The charger and charging cables should come with your device, just like they would with smartphones or any other electronic appliance.

4. Filter or Fine Screen

The filter or fin screen covers the end of the heating chamber where vapor leaves to reach your mouth. The screen is in charge of filtering out any plant material that would otherwise reach your mouth.

5. A Mouthpiece

As you would expect, the mouthpiece is the end of the vaporizer where you inhale the vapor from.

Now that you know how a vaporizer works, all you need to learn is how to use it. The steps are just as simple as operating the device. The first thing you’ll do is grind the herb. After that, you’ll be required to fill the chamber, turn on the device, and when the vaporizer signals that the chamber has reached the targeted temperature setting, you may start to inhale. After that, all that is required is proper cleaning and maintenance of the vaporizer.

Different vaporizers will work differently. Each one has different temperature settings, but they all also have different ways to turn on, charging times, cleaning, and even heating methods.

Types of Vaporizers and Heating Methods

There are two main types of dry herb vaporizers, the portable version being the most common. The second type is a device designed as a desktop apparatus. Desktop devices are naturally heavier and potentially more potent than their portable counterparts. They are in many cases powered by a cord that connects directly to the wall.

Vaporizers can come in a single function or double function design. The dual function designs can vaporize both concentrated and dry herb. Single-function vaporizers can work with both materials.

Concentrate-specific vaporizers usually use conduction heating. This means that the wall of the heating chamber heats up enough to vaporize the concentrate by touching it.

Double function or dry herb-specific vaporizers are more likely to use convection heating. This means that the vaporizer pushes hot air into the chamber, which heats the whole space within it to the temperature setting that the user selected. 

We suggest using convection heating for dry herb because conduction heating is not as well-balanced. It also puts your herb at a higher risk of combustion.

Dry Herb Vaporizing Tips

  1. Always use convection heating.
  2. Clean your vaporizer every two or three uses.
  3. Start at the lowest setting and work your way up.
  4. Redistribute and mix herb when vapor thickness diminishes.

What Are the Benefits of Dry Herb Vaporizing?

Dry herb, in general, is one of the most sought-after cannabis and hemp products in the market. Not only because it is the way many people first tried cannabis, but because it is incredibly versatile. Which we believe is the main benefit of consuming dry herb. 

Vaporizing dry herb has its own set of advantages when compared to smoking. These include:

  1. Better Taste
  2. Longer Lasting
  3. Weaker Smell
  4. Less Harsh on the Throat
  5. More Convenient
  6. More Discreet
  7. No Combustion (No Smoke)
  8. Less Chance of Inhaling Plant Residue
  9. More Environmentally Friendly

How to Store Your Dry Herb?

If you're purchasing dry herb, you're most likely going to want to buy as much quantity as possible. This makes the overall price much more cost-effective for you. It's more convenient if you're going to use the product without preparing too much.

How to Store Dry Herb

This requires that you store your dry herb correctly. The last thing you want is to spend a ton of money to watch your hemp dry out and become unusable. These are the tips we recommend you follow for proper hemp storage:

  1. Use sealable glass jars.
  2. Keep in a dry and cool place out of direct sunlight.
  3. Do not store ground flowers and only grind right before use.

Dry Herb Made Simple

Dry herb is any form of cannabis flower that has been dried and curated for use. It can be used as a smoking or vaporizing material, but it can also be the raw material to create concentrates and other cannabis-infused products. A dry herb vaporizer allows you to vaporize the trichomes that carry most of the cannabinoid content in the plant without combusting the plant itself. There are two main types of vaporizers and two main types of heating methods, one more suitable for dry herb than the other. Dry herb vaporizing allows you to cut out smoke entirely and avoid situations like a sore throat and a more potent smell.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.