Vaporizing Effects by Temperature

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Vaporizing Effects by Temperature

One benefit of vaporizing is temperature-controlled effects. Different active components are released at different temperatures. Vaporists with devices that can control the temperature can therefore control the effect by knowing which components are released at each temperature.

So goes the theory. In practice, no vaporizer measures the temperature right at the vaporizing material; however, the assumption is that devices with digital displays are applying corrections so that the readout does approximate the actual vaporizing temperature. For those who own such a vaporizer, the table below can help get you exactly where you want to be.

The following slightly edited caution is from an article written for Vape World, Vaporizing by temperature:

First, a note of caution: The temperatures listed are actually for the boiling point of the compound, that is, the temperature at which it is completely converted to a gas. Additionally, the temperatures are for individual components but nature seldom presents them to us so simply. Multiple components can exist in a matrix, which will have a boiling point that is different from any of its constituents.
Also, these temperatures encourage the incorrect impression that vaporization is binary, in that nothing is vaporized until the listed temperature is reached, then the entire compound becomes vapor. What actually happens in vaporization is that some of the compound is given off at lower temperatures than the boiling point. For example, when you bring water to a boil you can see wisps of steam (water vapor) well before the boiling point is reached. The amount of the compound vaporized before the boiling point—and the point at which vaporization begins—is difficult to quantify and varies from one compound to another. What we do know is that the quantity of the compound that is vaporized increases more rapidly as the boiling point approaches. Of course, at or above the boiling point, all of the compound is being vaporized.

The table was originally collated by member tdavie and was posted in a thread titled Vaporization temperature dependent selection of effects. Tom posted it with the following caveat:

Don't kill me if it is inaccurate. Don't praise me if it works; merely pass it along if you think it is of any value and forget it if you think it's garbage.
Vaporizing Effects by Temperature
140 284 2 x Anti-inflammatory[1]
150 302  
160 320 Euphoriant[2], 2 x analgesic[3], 3 x anti-inflammatory[1], antiemetic[4], anxiolytic[5], antipsychotic[6], bronchodilator[7]
170 338 Anxiolytic[5], 2 x analgesic[3], antipsychotic[6], 2 x anti-inflammatory[1]
180 356 Antiemetic[4], antidepressant[8], 2 x anti-inflammatory[1], anxiolytic[5]
185 365 Sedative[9]
190 374 2 x sedative[9], antidepressant[8], anxiolytic[5]
200 392  
210 410  
220 428 Anti-inflammatory[1], analgesic[3], euphoriant[2], sedative[9]
225 437 Sedative[9]
230 446 Sedative[9]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 [1] Anti-inflammatory refers to the property of a substance or treatment that reduces inflammation. Anti-inflammatory drugs make up about half of analgesics, remedying pain by reducing inflammation as opposed to opioids which affect the central nervous system. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 [2] A euphoriant (or euphorigenic) is a type of psychoactive drug which tends to induce feelings of euphoria, the effects of which may include relaxation, anxiolysis, stress relief, mood lift, pleasure, and a rush although these effects are not necessary for a drug to be a euphoriant. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 [3] An analgesic (also known as a painkiller) is any member of the group of drugs used to relieve pain (achieve analgesia).Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  4. 4.0 4.1 [4] An antiemetic is a drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea. Antiemetics are typically used to treat motion sickness and the side effects of opioid analgesics, general anaesthetics and chemotherapy directed against cancer. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 [5] An anxiolytic (also antipanic or antianxiety agent) is a drug used for the treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Anxiolytics have been shown to be useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  6. 6.0 6.1 [6] An antipsychotic (or neuroleptic) is a tranquilizing psychiatric medication primarily used to manage psychosis (including delusions or hallucinations, as well as disordered thought), particularly in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  7. [7] A bronchodilator is a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing airway resistance and thereby facilitating airflow. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  8. 8.0 8.1 [8] An antidepressant is a psychiatric medication used to alleviate mood disorders, such as major depression and dysthymia and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder. Read the full article at Wikipedia.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 [9] A sedative (variant names, tranquilizer or tranq) is a substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement. Read the full article at Wikipedia, but caution: this article is poorly done.