Cannabinoid and Terpene Boiling Points

Reading time - 7 minutes - January 25, 2022

Whether you’re a cannabis-enthusiast or not, understanding weed and its specific boiling points is a huge benefit to you. When the dry herb vaporizer revealed itself to the world, the whole cannabis industry changed forever. Not only were people finally able to inhale cannabis in a safer and more healthy way, but now they were able to choose the precise temperature that their buds or concentrates would heat at. If you’re thinking to yourself: why is this important? Well, imagine if you were cooking brownies but you couldn’t change the temperature. In fact, worse still, imagine the temperature was constantly set at 900 degrees – this is the usual temperature of a lit joint. If this was the case, you wouldn’t be able to make the most out of your brownies and accentuate the best flavours. In fact, in this analogy, your brownies would be extremely burnt pretty quickly. The magical cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant have specific temperatures that they thrive in, and if you learn to understand them, you’ll be able to better your weed experience without a doubt. So, let’s take a look at the perfect boiling points for the cannabis plant. 

Cannabis Explained

The cannabis plant is a complex beauty of nature. Within the 21st century, scientists have made several revelations about the inner workings of the plant and about how our body reacts to it. It turns out, there’s far more personality to the cannabis plant than the majority of the establishment would like to admit. The weed plant contains around 400 compounds, and the level of each one differs depending on each specific plant. 100 of these compounds are described as cannabinoids, and 150 of these compounds are described as terpenes. Whilst many get these mixed up, they’re actually very different substances. 

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Cannabinoids are the parts of the cannabis plant that give its well-known effects and feelings. People are discovering different cannabinoids every day. Some of the most common are: THC, CBD, THCA, CBDA, CBD, CBD and CBG. Some cannabinoids are more psychoactive than others, which means they alter the state of the mind. The most popular is THC, and this cannabinoid is responsible for the well-known high effect that people have whilst using weed. On the other hand, CBD is not a psychoactive substance. However, it’s still counted as a cannabinoid because, like the others, it has an effect on your body’s endocannabinoid system. This affects the receptors in your body and brain. Each cannabinoid has a specific temperature that it thrives in, and that unlocks its full potential.


Terpenes, on the other hand, are the compounds of the plant that give it its smells, flavours and aromas. Terpenes exist in all plans, and are basically what gives the plant its aromatic identity. Medical News Today writes:

“These aromatic compounds create the characteristic scent of many plants, such as cannabis, pine, and lavender, as well as fresh orange peel. The fragrance of most plants is due to a combination of terpenes. In nature, these terpenes protect the plants from animal grazing or infectious germs.”

Just like cannabinoids, terpenes also have specific temperatures and boiling points that best suit its potential. 

Dry Herb Vapes and Cooking

Although smoking makes it difficult to control the temperature of your cannabis, a dry herb vape or an oven allows you to control it to, on occasions, the exact degree. If it’s your first time using your dry herb vape, it might be the first time you’ve properly tasted your cannabis. When cannabis is heated at 900 degrees, which is the usual temperature of a joint, the majority of the terpenes are lost in the fire. And the cannabinoids are maxed out, and on some occasions, lost too. Dry herb vapes never exceed 240 degrees, as beyond that temperature would cause combustion; flames. Funnily enough, weed does not need to be heated beyond this point and, as you will see, it shouldn’t be if you’re wanting to experience its full potential. Set the temperature too low and you won’t release the compounds’ evaporated effects, set the temperature too high and you burn them to pieces – making them obsolete. 

Purchasing Terpenes and Cannabinoids

It’s important to remember that whilst terpenes and cannabinoids are inside cannabis, it is now also possible to buy them individually. Therefore, these boiling points we’re about to list are viable for when you have the compounds on their own, and if they are inside the plant. Also, this works whether you’re using a dry herb vape or an oven. If you’re going to go out of your way to buy specific terpenes or cannabinoids, then you should definitely educate yourself on how to make the most out of them. Waste is not good. Let’s get into this.

Cannabinoid Boiling Points

Remember: once these boiling points are reached, you’re at risk of losing its properties. 


Official name: cannabidiol

Boiling temperature: 180 degrees

CBD is not a psychoactive substance, but it does have some relaxing and pain relieving effects. This cannabinoid is used more often in medical practices and it’s been shown to help with the symptoms of epilepsy and chronic pain. 

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Official name: tetrahydrocannabinol

Boiling temperature: 157 degrees

THC is the most popular psychoactive substance and is responsible for the well-known ‘high’ effect. This feeling includes: euphoria, sensory enhancement and giggliness. THC is also now being shown to have medical benefits too.


Official name: cannabigerol

Boiling temperature: 52 degrees

CBG is not a psychoactive substance and, as you can see, it has the lowest boiling point. However, it’s thought to have benefits, such as stimulating bone and brain cell growth. 


Official name: cannabinol

Boiling temperature: 185 degrees

CBN is slightly psychoactive, but nowhere near that of THC. It’s thought that this cannabinoid is responsible for feelings of sedation and also relaxation. 


Official name: cannabichromene 

Boiling temperature: 220 degrees

CBC has been found to be 10 times more strong than it’s sibling cannabinoid: CBD. It is a huge stress reliever and has anti-inflammatory properties. 

Terpene Boiling Points

Remember: once these boiling points are reached, you’re at risk of losing its properties and smells. 


Boiling temperature: 198 degrees

This terpene has a floral scent, with a little bit of spice. It’s often used for soaps and hand creams. 


Boiling temperature: 168 degrees

This terpene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis and has earthy, musky scents. Some say it smells like red grapes too. 


Boiling temperature: 176 degrees

This terpene, funnily enough, has a slight scent of lemon. 


Boiling temperature: 155 degrees

This terpene is the christmas compound because it smells like pine trees and christmas trees. 


Boiling temperature: 107 degrees

This terpene smells slightly like ginger, with earthy, woody and herbal scents. 

What Temp Is Best? 

So, now you understand the different boiling points for terpenes and cannabinoids, as well as understanding what the differences are between the two, you might still be wondering what temperature you should choose. Well, let’s simplify this. These are the right temperatures, for the right kind of experience. 

Chill High

Temperature: 180 degrees

This type of high is perfect if you want to accentuate the medical benefits from your weed – the CBD cannabinoids. Plus, you’ll also get some nice pinene tastes too.

Buzzy High

Temperature: 200 degrees

This high will release the aromatic flavours of limonene and myrcene, as well as releasing the powers of THC.

Stoned High

Temperature: 220 degrees

This type of high is the most potent and strong. You’ll lose some of the flavours, but will unlock the scents of linalool. THC and CBC will be at its strongest.

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There you have it, all of the cannabinoid and terpene boiling points that you need to know. Remember, understanding cannabis and the right temperature it needs, will only enhance your experience. Make the most out of your weed experience.

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