Methods of cannabis consumption are growing just as fast as legalization of marijuana over the past few years. Bongs, joints and pipes have been typical methods of consumption in the past, but a relatively new method (vaporizing) has proven to be a safer option in a number of ways.
The trend of vaping is becoming more and more popular, raising questions of its authenticity, if it is just a fad and if it actually is safe. Although there are both sides to the argument, most experts today agree that vaporizing is better for you than smoking.
Vaporizing, or ‘vaping’, involves placing raw cannabis or THC oil in a pen or plug-in device. The oil is then heated to a temperature cooler than the point of combustion, which turns the product into a vapor.
By vaping, consumers are able to avoid respiratory irritants created from inhaling harmful by- products found in the cannabis smoke.
“A smokeless cannabis-vaporizing device delivers the same level of active therapeutic chemical and produces the same biological effect as smoking cannabis, but without the harmful toxins, according to University of California San Francisco researchers.”
Another marijuana research team in Switzerland measured the ability for various types of vaporizing technologies to effectively and safely release THC and CBD in vapor.
They found that electronically driven devices provided precise temperature control with safe and uniform dosing, while gas-powered devices were often unreliable, and therefore could not be recommended for therapeutic purposes.
These findings are extremely promising for electronically driven vaporizers in the medical marijuana field.
As mentioned before, there are still risks associated with vaping cannabis. According to a variety of studies, vaporizing does not do anything to reduce the possible effects that are associated with cannabis, such as psychological effects or dependency. There is also the worry that additives may be included in some vape pens, and that cheap plastic parts could release toxic chemicals when heated to high temperatures.
All of this said, however, the bottom line is that vaping has proven to be the safer method than any form of smoking the plant. Between the reduced carbon monoxide intake, fewer toxic hydrocarbons and lower temperature, vaporizing gives you want you want without the extra ‘dirt’ on the side.