As cannabis becomes mainstream in the UK, more and more people are exploring the world of dry herb vaporisers as a healthier alternative to smoking.
Before we give you the rundown of the best vapes for weed in the country, let us explain what dry herb vapes are and why they are so great.
What is a dry herb vape?
A dry herb vaporiser is a machine that uses heat to vaporise the essential oils of cannabis and ‘dry herbs‘.
They all have a small chamber that acts as an oven. All you have to do is fill this chamber with your herb and turn the vape on.
The vaporiser will heat the chamber up to a pre-set temperature (usually in the range of 180-210°C / 356-410°F). This heat will boil the oils present in the plant (known as the essential oils) so that you can inhale them, usually through a mouthpiece.
The essential oil of cannabis (its resin) is where all cannabinoids, terpenes, and many other beneficial plant compounds are found.
Most dry herb vapes are battery-powered. However, some are mechanical and require you to use a torch lighter to heat them.
They can be small and portable or so big they have to sit on a desktop. In fact, style, features, and price all vary widely.
How are dry herb vapes healthier than smoking?
While there it has been found that no link exists between cannabis smoke and lung cancer or irreversible lung damage, it is undeniable that when you burn cannabis (like in a joint or pipe), the act of combustion gives off harmful chemicals, like carbon monoxide.
By using a dry herb vape, however, the plant matter never reaches temperatures hot enough to cause combustion. Therefore, no harmful chemicals are produced and you’re only inhaling vaporised plant oils.
Not only that, a recent study has found that vaping weed rather than smoking it results in a lot more THC being absorbed into your bloodstream, which means a more powerful high.
The 10 best dry herb vapes in the UK
1. Firefly 2 – £299
The second edition of the Firefly is everything you could need in a dry herb vape. It’s small, quick to heat (takes just 3 seconds), and a doddle to maintain. Using a unique convection heating system, this portable vape extracts huge flavour from your weed and delivers it via a cooling borosilicate glass vapour path. It can also be used with concentrates.
2. Dynavap M 2018 – £48.95
This is such a cool little dry herb vape once you get used to it. It doesn’t use batteries so you have to heat up the chamber with a torch lighter. When it is hot enough, the device will ‘click’ twice. Then, you simply take a puff like you would a joint. In fact, it’s so similar to smoking a joint that is could make the switch from smoking to vaping much easier for many.
3. Volcano Digit – £379.95
Now, this beast of a vape from Storz & Bickel is an impressive piece of kit. It sits on your desktop and rather than inhaling directly from the vape, you fill up huge bags with vapour which you then suck on. The Volcano Digit is one of the most reliable and well-known dry herb vapes, as well the only vaporizer approved by Health Canada for medical cannabis users.
4. Arizer Solo 2 – £174.99
Made by Arizer Vaporizers, the Arizer Solo 2 is one of the best dry herb vapes in the UK when it comes to vapour quality. Load this thing up and get ready for huge, tasty clouds every time. The battery life is also second-to-none (something like 15-20 sessions per charge), unlike many models.
5. Crafty Vaporizer – £194.99
Also made by the illustrious German brand Storz & Bickel, the Crafty is without a doubt one of the best handheld dry herb vapes on the market. As well as being portable and discreet, the Crafty produces great vapour, heats up quickly, the battery lasts a long time, and it’s so simple to use that it’s great for beginners.
6. V2 Pro 7 – 114.95
For its price, this is such a good machine. It has three pre-set temperature settings, heats up quickly, and produces quality clouds reliably. The battery also lasts for a good number of rounds. It also comes with attachments for e-liquids and concentrates.
7. Boundless Tera – £199.99
This extremely portable vape, which can also be used for extracts, features a hybrid convection heating system that offers precise temperature control for a guaranteed high-quality vaping experience. Additionally, it has two removable 18650 batteries. With these both fully charged, the Tera is ideal for taking on long journeys. Heat up time is less than a minute
8. PAX 3 – £169.95
As the newest vape from industry leaders PAX Labs, the PAX 3 has fast become their flagship model. It is great for both flower and concentrates, has a large chamber (50% bigger than the PAX 2), heats quickly, and, most importantly, produces dense clouds of vapour that are full of flavour. The PAX 3 is one of the best-selling dry herb vapes in the UK for good reason.
9. Boundless CF – £99.99
The Boundless CF is a great choice if you’re after something affordable and easy to use and maintain, without sacrificing performance or vapour quality. This pocket-size vape features a large herbal chamber and fast heating times (20 seconds) making it a popular dry herb vape for beginners.
10. DaVinci IQ – £219.99
When the DaVinci IQ was released towards the end of 2016, dry herb vapers around the world rejoiced. This cool little vape is so compact and discreet, yet still features a very long-lasting battery. One feature that you’ll love about the DaVinci is the unique ceramic zirconia vapour path, which creates super fresh and flavoursome vapour.