Boil Points of Cannabis & Terpenes

  • Whether you choose to vape or smoke, the effects of cannabis can depend on factors such as THC content, the flower strain, the biological composition, tolerance of the individual, and the temperature as well.
  • If a vaporizer is used at the right temperatures, specific elements of the cannabis flower or concentrate are activated, or decarboxylated, to form new compounds. These new compounds produce certain flavors and effects. If you set the temperature too low, the cannabinoids won’t evaporate. Set it too high and everything burns. Here are the separate components and the boiling points that release each one:
  • 10 Temperatures to Care About, The two main compounds are cannabinoids and terpenes. By looking at the most prominent of these compounds, you can figure out the optimum temperatures for various effects.
  • Cannabinoids are a number of chemical compounds found in a cannabis plant that interact with your body in different ways to produce unique medical benefits. The top five, each with varying boiling points, include:
  • THC (tetrahydrocannabinol): Boiling point: 157˚C/315˚F.
  • CBD (cannabidiol): Boiling point: 180˚C/356˚F.
  • CBN (cannabinol): Boiling point: 185˚C/365˚F.
  • CBC (cannabichromene): Boiling point: 220˚C/428˚F.
  • CBG (cannabigerol): CBG has the lowest boiling point but, even at this temperature, stimulates bone and brain cell growth. Boiling point: 52˚C/126˚F.
  • Now for terpenes. Though not as known about to most, terpenes are the hydrocarbons that give different cannabis strains their signature aromatic qualities. In cannabis, they are found in the plant’s sticky resin glands, where cannabinoids are also produced. Here are the five most common terpenes and their boiling points:
  • Pinene: As the name suggests, this terpene has a pine odor. Boiling point: 155˚C/311˚F.
  • Limonene: Again, The citrus scent responsible for Lemon Skunk.Boiling point: 176˚C/349˚F.
  • Myrcene: This has an earthy, musky, almost fruity tone. Boiling point: 168˚C/334˚F.
  • Beta-caryophyllene: Also found in cloves and black pepper, this terpene has a spicy flavor. Boiling point: 160˚C/320˚F.
  • Linalool: The medical upsides of this floral terpene are its supposed sedative effects. Boiling point: 198˚C/388˚F.


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