Vaping Weed: is it better to smoke weed or vape weed?
Is vaping weed safer for you?
This has been a nagging question for most of the health enthusiasts all over the world. As more and more users are making the switch from the traditional rolling of joints and pipe smoking to the new and trendy method of vaporizing marijuana, debates are at an all time high as to if this is the right move.
As a matter of fact, both vaping cannabis and smoking cannabis come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Thus, the choice between the two methods of weed intake literally rests mainly on personal preferences.
So, is vaping really a good practice, or is it just a fad that may be gone tomorrow with a new trend to take its place? Lets look deep into this subject so you can make the best decision for you.
Vaping Vs Smoking?
In order to figure out if vaporizing marijuana is a better option than smoking, let’s first focus on what vaping actually is and how it is carried out. Basically, vaping or vaporizing is when dried herbs (cannabis) , shatter or THC oil is placed inside a portable or desktop vaporizer, or a vape pen. The electronic device (the vaporizer) is heated to a temperature lower than the combustion level, but hot enough to evaporate the active ingredients of the material into a vapor. Let’s be clear, this process is very different than smoke.
The main difference between smoking weed and vaping weed is the fact that we are not combusting or burning the cannabis or the oil. The moment we burn marijuana, we begin producing harmful respiratory irritants! This highlights one of the most prominent benefits of vaporizing right here. When vaporizing, you are inhaling vapor, thus avoiding the burnt particles of the plant, and only taking in the active ingredients in a much purer form.
Simply put, when you vape weed, you are eliminating the harmful substance caused by smoking which can be an obvious health risk.
This considered, vaping sounds like a reasonable, and possibly even beneficial concept to consider. But before you make that all-important investment in a vaping pen, let’s first break the bad news. Yes, it is true that vape pens and vaporizers are on the rise and more and more weed users are resorting to this option, but we have yet to understand the true effects of vaping weed, including those of a possible negative nature. Due to the lack of conclusive studies and solid results, we are still unable to confirm the suitability of vaporizing weed for the users.
Vaporizing Cannabis: Pros
There was one small study conducted by Dr. Mitch Earleywine, professor, and researcher at the State University of New York. This study involved the use of two different vaporizers, a joint, a filtered joint, and three water pipes.
The published results stated that marijuana is in fact safer to consume with a vaporizer, compared to other methods including the use of joints and pipes. In fact, when people make the shift from the use of a joint to a vaping pen, they are likely to reduce their chances of respiratory disorders, as per this study.
However, this is just one study and we still do not have sufficient data or results to conclusively decide on the benefits, usefulness or negative issues associated with the vaping of weed. Yes, we can wait for a few more years before we know something for sure, but for a habitual weed user, it is difficult and maybe even impossible to wait this long in order to know if vaping pens are the best way to go or not.
Nevertheless, as a rule of thumb based on the information we have to date, we tend to favor to vape over smoking. Due to the lack of sufficient data, it is rather safe to assume that inhaling the vapor is better than smoking the burnt plant. Furthermore, since weed vaping seems to have more pros than cons overall, we tend to stick by this as a better way to consume marijuana. But lets review the cons in the next section to make sense of this.
Vaporizing Cannabis: Cons
It is a general consensus that inhaling the vaporized dry herbs or oil is better for us than smoking. However, there is nothing out there to prove that this method is absolutely risk-free. According to the founder of the Global Drug Survey, Dr. Adam Winstock, vaporizing cannabis does not lessen the possible harmful effects of weed. So, whether you are smoking weed or vaping it, the user’s dependency on it, and the possible psychological effects of the marijuana remain unchanged.
In fact, there have been concerns about the additives used in some pre-filled vape pens, however that process is different than the vaporizing dry herbs in the usual fashion, that is to say, without the use of the pre-filled vape pen. Vaporizing dry herbs by far seem to be the most preferred, and least harmful method.
As the popularity of vaping grows, so does the market and the demand for related products. However, the quality of these vaporizers or vape pens are just as important to your health as anything else. More and more local markets and shops are resorting to selling vape pens without considering the quality of the material. Unfortunately, like many other things in this world, some of these vape pens are made of cheap plastic, which is something to look out for. When this plastic is heated to high temperatures, it leads to the release of numbers of toxic gases, which is a strict no-no when it comes to your health.
Going back to the basics, vaporizing cannabis is actually reducing the emission of carbon monoxide and that in itself is beneficial for your health! The less harmful gas that is emitted, the lower the intake of toxic hydrocarbons will be which is an obvious strike against smoking. Yes, so we are familiar with quite a few disadvantages of vaping oily THC. But the experts firmly believe that switching to vaping pens instead of smoking weed is a healthier choice, and less harmful, if not even healthy. The basic idea here is that anything that has to be smoked is harmful to your body. We have very little research available on the benefits of vaping, but we can form a clear idea, based on the information we have, that vaping is by far, healthier than smoking
Do you agree with us? Have you vaped weed before? Do share your experience with us in the comments.
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