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The Bong Vape - A Superior, Portable, Dry-Herb Experience


The most popular bong vape on the market right now is the Magnum 3, which, according to Puri5, was “designed for vape aficionados, by vape aficionados.”

Clearly focused on frequent use, this convection-style vape has a huge, half-gram chamber. Beyond a generous bud chamber, though, the Magnum 3 also offers complete temperature control at from 320 to 439 degrees fahrenheit, has a removable battery that can be separately charged, and, perhaps most importantly, offers an optional and spill-proof water filtration attachment.

The product guide for the Magnum 3 suggests testing different temperature settings with and without the bubbler attachment. Product testing with dry herb is the focus of the rest of this article. Enjoy!

How To Test The Magnum 3

Let’s clearly define the experiment itself. What are our goals with testing the Magnum 3? What information do we seek to obtain? There are three components to clarify, including test controls, test temperatures, and observations to be made.

Test Controls:

In scientific experiments, a “control” is a variable that must remain the same throughout the experiment in order to achieve accurate results. If at any point a variable could affect the end result of an experiment, it should be considered a control. For testing the Magnum 3, the following controls can be used:

  • Always tested using max airflow option - Rotating the dial ring on the device adjusts airflow, with the flow of air indicated by the number of holes seen in the open area around the dial ring. Three holes indicates max airflow
  • Always tested with finely-ground herb for best airflow
  • Always tested with full, tight packs for max vapable material. Note from the product description: “Don’t pack above the metal lining of the chamber, as this will clog the mouthpiece’s small screen”
  • Always tested with fresh, but not wet, herb

Test Temperatures:

Different cannabinoids become available for absorption by the tissue of the lungs at different temperatures (i.e.- cannabinoids boil off, or sublimate, at different temperatures). Super high temperatures, as found in smoking/combustion, heats cannabinoids too quickly - burning off all cannabinoids simultaneously. With the accurate temperature control provided by the Magnum 3, the entire range of cannabis effects should be able to be precisely managed.

The boiling points of cannabinoids depends on the strain and the amount of water in the plant (water needs to be boiled off first, necessitating a higher vape temp for cannabinoids). However, below is a good list of the various effective vape temps for most cannabinoids and terpenes:

Cannabinoids:

  • CBG: 126°F
  • CBC: 220°F
  • THCa: 220°F
  • CBDa: 248°F
  • THC: 315°F
  • CBD: 356°F
  • CBN: 365°F
  • THCv: 428°F

 

Terpenes:

  • A-Pinene: 311°F
  • β-Caryophyllene: 320°F
  • β-Myrcene: 334°F
  • Citronellol: 437°F
  • Limonene: 349°F
  • Terpinolene: 365°F
  • Linalool: 388°F
  • Humulene: 388°F
  • Phytol: 399°F
  • Caryophyllene oxide: 495°F

 

For Our Experiment, Three Temperature Ranges Will Be Tested:

  • Low temperature: around 345°F
    • Short session v long session (2-3 minutes v 5-8 minutes)
    • Without bubbler v with bubbler
  • Mid temperature: around 390°F 
    • Short session v long session
    • Without bubbler v with bubbler
  • High temperature: around 439°F - max heat setting
    • Short session v long session
    • Without bubbler v with bubbler

Observations To Be Made:

Here we define the goals of the experiment. What notes and observations should be made during our Magnum 3 test? Below are the questions this experiment seeks to answer, including details on vape cloud and flavor at different temperatures as well as smoothness of the vape with and without the optional bubbler.

  • Is there any noticeable difference in the “high” from vaping at low temperatures vs. high temperatures with the Magnum 3? Research shows that the various cannabinoids have different melting temperatures, but is there an impactful distinction?
  • How does flavor and cloud production change at different temperature ranges?
  • At what temperature does the Magnum 3’s bubbler attachment improve the vaping experience? Is the bubbler attachment essential at high temperatures as terpenes are melted and herb flavor is lost?

    Experimenting With The Magnum 3:

    While the Magnum 3 does allow for precise temperature controls, it’s best to work within a temperature range (while vaping, temperature can cool and then reheat). This allows for differences in performance by strain and bud moisture level.

    Lightly Toasted (320-345°F)

    Since THC has a boiling point of around 315° F, the lowest vape temp one should try is in the range 320 degrees. Low temperatures yield slow cannabinoid vaporization times and produce heady, intensely flavored rips. Vapor is very cool on the throat in this temperature range, so there is little risk of coughing. 

    This is a good temperature range to start the day - motivated, clear, and without the feeling of being “stoned,” because most cannabinoids have higher boiling points than included in this range. Other cannabinoids beyond THC will be present in the vape, but in low levels. In the “Lightly Toasted” range, you’ll likely not feel lethargic or suffer with the dreaded red-eye, dry-mouth syndrome.

    The cannabinoids vaped in this temperature range include THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, THCa, and CBDa, while the terpenes vaped include A-pinene, β-caryophyllene, β-myrcene, citronellol, limonene. Can they be felt and/or tasted?

    Short Vape Session (2-3 minutes):

    Without the bubbler attachment, vape sessions start out full and flavorful, but begin to taste “brown” at around one minute. This is the point at which clouds start to be produced. Clouds get thicker as the three minute mark approaches. Definitely noticeable THC consumption at this level, and the rip is smooth throughout the three minute session.

    Long Vape Session (5 minutes):

    Again, as the three minute mark approaches, clouds get thick and vapor gets harsh. For sessions longer than three minutes, I definitely recommend using the bubbler attachment. Flavor was unaffected by use of the bubbler, while the harshness of the vapor was absolutely mitigated. I was able to reach a full five minutes with no problem and no coughing when using the bubbler. The biggest benefit of using the bubbler, beyond the smooth rip, is that fact that there is more time for THC vaporization. 

    Half-Baked (350-390°F)

    Most consider this to be an ideal temp range for vaping, especially for those that seek medicinal effects. More variation between strains is noticeable than in the “Lightly Toasted” range, and transition smokers may find the thicker, warmer vapor to be closer to a true cigarette experience. Not only that, but higher temperatures unlock access to many more cannabinoids, producing a much stronger high than at lower temperatures.

    Do you love to wake and bake? Vaping here won’t make you drowsy, but you’ll certainly be relaxed. With more THC volatilized, psychoactive effects are also noticeably more intense.

    The cannabinoids vaped in this temperature range include THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, and CBDa, while the terpenes vaped include limonene, terpinolene, linalool, humulene. Can they be observed?

    Short Vape Session (2-3 minutes):

    As noted previously, clouds start at around the one minute mark. Clouds got thicker sooner, though. At the higher temperature, vape clouds were noticeably thicker at the two minute mark. Flavor was not any worse at this temperature than at the lower temperature at the three minute mark. Therefore, the higher temperature should be a go-to as more cannabinoids are made available. For effects, this author definitely noticed a broader, less racey high. Once again, there was no need for the Magnum 3’s bubbler attachment at this temp range (unless wanting to look cool).

    Long Vape Session (5 minutes):

    I knew I would need the Magnum 3’s bubbler attachment for the longer vape session at this higher temperature range, so I started there. With higher heat providing the opportunity to consume a wider range of cannabinoids, I made sure to get in a nice, long vape session. Vapor had a surprisingly rich flavor at the longer vape time - some of the “brown” flavors of vaped bud were muted while other cannabinoid flavors started to come through. Cloud production peaked at around four minutes, and then declined throughout the rest of the session. That said, even at five minutes clouds were produced. Without any doubt, the Magnum 3’s bubbler attachment is an essential!

    Blazed And Dazed (395-439°F)

    Heating to this higher temperature range produces very strong psychotropic effects - maximum THC volatilization is reached, high levels of physical-effect cannabinoids are boiled off, and exotic, lesser-known cannabinoids are released. The speed of THC extraction is lightning quick in this temperature range and terpenes are depleted quickly. As a result, vapor flavor deteriorates and rips get harsh.

    The “Blazed And Dazed” temperature range is best suited for those Netflix-and-chill moments (or weekends, lol). Rips here are lethargic, stoney, and couch-lock engaging. It’s worth noting that the activation of THCv and humulene can actually suppress appetite, in case you were worried about the munchies. Sorry, you can’t blame that one on the weed.

    The cannabinoids vaped in this temperature range include THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa, and THCv, while the terpenes vaped include humulene, phytol, and caryophyllene oxide. Any noticeable differences from the previous temperature range?

    Short session (2-3 minutes):

    Hotter vapor may cause coughing in this temperature range, so I recommend always using the bubbler attachment for vape sessions with the Magnum 3 here. Flavor is good, full of cannabinoid flavors, and solid clouds are produced at from one to three minutes. While the short session did prove medicinally beneficial, I’m looking forward to a longer vape session and more time to vaporize the full basket of cannabinoids made available at these higher temperatures.

    Long session (5 minutes):

    The long, five minute session at the “Blazed and Dazed” temperature range is the best! No coughing so long as the Magnum 3’s bubbler attachment is utilized. Flavor stayed consistent throughout the vape session, as did cloud production. The big difference with this test over the others was the high - a full-spectrum, couch-lock, super stoney stone. Certainly not the preference for active days, this is the kind of high you want on a rainy, sleepy day.

    Final Thoughts:

    The Magnum 3 is a well-designed and portable dry-herb vape crafted from high quality components. Perhaps most importantly, though, is the level of control the Magnum 3 allows over the vape experience. With complete temperature and airflow command, cloud chasers are able to control vapor production and cannabinoid consumption.

    If you’re looking for strong flavor, even heating with zero chance of combustion, portability combined with utility, and the smoothest vape clouds from dry herbs, the Magnum 3 should be your first choice. I love my Magnum 3!

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    One thought on “The Bong Vape - A Superior, Portable, Dry-Herb Experience

    1. avatar Francis Maresca says:

      The on switch on my brand new Magnum 3 doesn’t work. Only way to turn it on is, disconnect the battery then reconnect it?

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