The cannabis industry is growing exponentially, and the delivery method is a constant subject of conversation. Vaporizer vs smoking – which will get you more high? How much healthier is vaporizing? Important questions for a cannabis connoisseur. Ever since I got an Herbalizer, my badass vaporizer/new best friend, I have had an extreme interest in vaporizers. So much so, that I created a whole website about vaporizer temperatures and cannabis. It is certainly a hot topic, and I can personally say that vaporizing has changed my life. I smoke less, I feel like my breathing and lungs are more natural, and my head is more clear throughout the day. As acceptance for cannabis continues to grow, so do the options available for its consumption; the cannabis industry is booming and everyone is interested in vaporizers. Vaporizers, like e-cigarettes, contain an atomiser that heats the cannabis leaves, oil, or wax until the THC vaporizes and can be safely inhaled. Consumers are drifting further and further away from the more traditional forms of smoking and are embracing new concepts.
The average weed vaporizer allows smokers to inhale all the cannabinoids while avoiding the harmful elements that, invisible to the naked eye, exist on a particular flower. There is a noticeable difference between the quality of the smoke that one gets from a vaporizer compared to rolling papers or smoking from a bong. Utilizing a joint or a bong, a smoker is likely to inhale over 80% of the harmful elements from combusted smoke gases; these can lead to potential health risks. On the other hand, the smoke from a marijuana vaporizer consists of over 90% cannabinoids; the psychoactive ingredients that soothe the body and calm the mind.
Depending on how you consume your cannabis you may, or may not, have heard about vaporizing. It is becoming an increasingly popular method of consuming marijuana; approximately 25% of smokers now utilize this method. Vaporizers also remove the irritating respiratory toxins in the marijuana flower from the equation. Thankfully, the marijuana vapor is still able to retain the psychoactive ingredients that are available within that particular strain of cannabis.
During the last few years, public opinion has been more vocal than ever about marijuana legalization; even celebrities are advocating its use. Medical marijuana is now legal in almost half of the United States and has become legal for recreational use in a couple of others; for this reason, weed smokers are becoming a visible demographic. Smokers who were scared to be found out are now proudly proclaiming their stoner status.
There are some concerns with vaporizers because they have not been properly regulated. Being a new industry, many manufacturers are able to get away with making shoddy products that can cause health risks. Although no official studies have been released, there are rumors suggesting that it’s possible for the vapor to be contaminated by plastic or metal. As of now, companies are not allowed to make health claims about the safety about their products, but they have been emphasizing the tremendous amount of research that has gone into development efforts for healthier vapor. For example, one company is marketing their all glass air pass as a better solution because glass does not corrode or contaminate. Whether companies are marketing vapes for cannabis or tobacco consumption, vaporizers are being labeled a lifestyle and a health product. Federal legalization of marijuana will bring regulation and standards to the industry, as well as more scientific research into vaporizers. Right now, many vaporizer companies do not even market their product for use with cannabis, for fear of being jailed for selling “drug paraphernalia”
In the name of health, vaporizing might not be such a terrible idea; it seems that vaporizing weed is healthier than smoking weed. There was a study published in the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Journal, in 2007, that found that cannabis was safer when vaporized and that it is more effective at delivering THC than the traditional ways. I personally look forward to the day that more studies are completed on the health benefits and comparisons of the long term battle of smoking vs vaporizers.