Illustration by John Kenzie
Illustration: John Kenzie

Is there a device you would recommend for someone who prefers to smoke flower but whose throat gets super irritated by a pipe?

Dry herb vaporizers that come with temperature controls are a better option for you. With a pipe or joint, you’re consuming cannabis at a high ignition point — 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or more. But with many vapes, you can adjust the heat lower for a smoother, less irritating inhalation. Bonus: You get more out of each hit that way. At lower temperatures, you’re retaining more of the terpenes, which give cannabis its flavor, and cannabinoids, including THC, which provides the potency.

Pax and DaVinci, two popular and reliable manufacturers, make dry herb vapes with temperature controls. The Pax 3 ($200) even lets you set the exact degree via a smartphone app.

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