You can walk around a hemp festival and find two products that pop out: dab rigs and vaporizers. These trends represent two directions of using the herb. Vaporization has come up as a healthy trend for the herb lovers as smoking subjects the user to tars and tannins. Experts claim that vaporizing the herb can be a great way to avoid the side effects of smoking herbs, as it does not produce any smoke.

The method of dabbing has also risen in popularity for the same reason. However, to better understand the processes, you need to be familiar with the role of heat in both the methods.

Vaporization vs. Heating

Even though dabbing has a scary reputation, experts claim that it is much healthier than smoking. Yet, it will be beneficial for you to understand what is happening to the herb when it is heated in various ways, that is, you will need to understand the difference between convective and conductive heating.

Convective Heating

Rather than heating the herb directly with a heating coil, the technique of convective vaporization makes use of a mechanism to heat the air. When the air reaches a particular temperature, it will heat the herb concentrate or flower to extract the THC and turn it into a vapor without charring it.

Conductive Heating

Herb vape pens and other types of dry herb vaporizers make use of conduction to transform the cannabis into vapor or smoke. In a dry herb vaporizer, the concentrate or the flower is applied directly to a hot plate to quickly change it into a usable form.

Convective vaporization is the healthiest way, as it helps the user avoid charring associated with all the other methods. It can be easily inferred that convective vaporization offers the purest form of activated and consumable herb. The process of dabbing makes use of a hot plate, which is an ultra hot metal nail heated to very high temperatures with the help of a small butane blowtorch.

“Dabbing may be less harmful than smoking,” said Seibo Shen, who is an expert in the field. “But it’s still not vaporizing. When you’re heating the TI nail 900 to 1000 degrees and you’re dropping some oils onto it and watching it sizzle, that pad is getting hotter than a frying pan when you’re frying your food. Those char marks that are created, that’s combustion. That is also what happens when you use combustion to heat concentrates for dabbing.”