This alternative to lighting up might just save your lungs…
Consuming dried cannabis buds by grinding them up and rolling them into a joint has been a tradition for centuries, and although this method is a classic way to enjoy marijuana, research shows it may not be the best option for your health.
A review published in 2013 by the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, for example, determined that “regular smoking of marijuana by itself causes visible and microscopic injury to the [respiratory system] … and is associated with an increased likelihood of symptoms of chronic bronchitis that subside after cessation of use.”
The same study also claims that “…far lower risks for pulmonary complication [exist] from regular heavy use of marijuana, as compared with the grave [risks that exist with] tobacco.” In other words, smoking cannabis seems to be safer than smoking cigarettes, which is of course brilliant news for those who really enjoy smoking pot and would like to continue.
Nevertheless, the safety of vaping marijuana does seem to trump the safety of smoking, but aside from protecting your health, it appears that vaping is also a “more advantageous” choice for other reasons.
Keep reading to discover the differences between vaping vs. smoking, and 5 reasons why vaping is actually better…
Why do People Vape Instead of Smoke?
Vaping, in theory, is not an extremely complex process. It primarily consists of low temperatures being applied to the cannabis, producing just enough heat for the resin glands to “melt” and transform into a steam, known as vapor.
This vapor is then inhaled into the lungs, much like combustible cannabis is, but the lower temperatures at which the vapor is produced are known to contain far fewer negative effects on the body, including a reduced production of tar and other hazardous byproducts that are typical of combustion.
Options for Vaping Cannabis
There are a few ways that cannabis can be vaped. Each option has its pros and cons, but choosing which method to utilize is really a personal choice because they can all be equally as effective and high-producing.
Different vaporizers are built to function with a specific form of cannabis, and some devices are compatible with multiple forms. You should be able to find out the compatibility of your vaporizer simply by reading its description; all companies should clearly state this information (i.e. whether it’s made for oil or dry herb) for their customers.
Dry herb seems to be the most popular option, which consists of typical marijuana buds that are ground down finely and then placed into a specialized dry herb cartridge. The vape then takes care of the rest for you with just a push of a button.
This option is easy for those transitioning from smoking, because no additional products need to be purchased aside from the vape itself. However, it is not as discreet as some of the alternatives, and the chamber has to be regularly cleaned after each use.
The next option is vaping with specialized cartridges that contain forms of cannabis processed into oils, waxes, and other THC/CBD concentrates. This choice offers more variety, and the cartridges can be used for quite a while before they run out.
Additionally, for those who only want to vape CBD, specialized CBD cartridges are sold that will not get you high like the THC options will. This selection is more discreet than vaping dry herb, but it possesses a greater learning curve for those who are used to smoking weed the “normal” way.
5 Reasons Why Vaping is Better Than Smoking
Aside from being better for your health, here are 5 other reasons why vaping is better than smoking…
1. Vaping is almost completely discreet
Both dry herb vaporizers and cartridge vapes alike reduce the smell coming off the product during consumption, meaning that your “actions” are much more discreet than firing up a traditional joint.
Although the scent from dry herb vaporizers is still present, it is certainly muted and does not linger like freshly smoked bud can.
Cartridges on the other hand – i.e. devices that are filled with waxes, concentrates or extracts – produce hardly any smell, and in some circumstances they cannot be detected at all. This option for greater discretion means that you might be able to openly consume your marijuana, even in public, and you will no longer have to worry about judgements or comments from those around you.
2. Vaping saves your lungs
Although research shows that the effects of consistently smoking cannabis seem to be reversible, choosing to vape your weed at low-temperatures can help to protect your lungs, which means you will no longer need to deal with that nasty smoker’s cough or waking up with a sore throat.
The only way to reverse this lung damage that can be caused by smoking marijuana is to stop smoking, so if you want to heal yourself of any respiratory deterioration (yet would like to continue enjoying cannabis) vaping is an effective and pleasurable way to do so.
3. Vaping is much less wasteful, and utilizes more of the cannabis
Did you know that combusting cannabis with fire actually burns off a fair portion of the useable cannabinoids? It is said that only about 10% of the cannabinoids are left when a marijuana cigarette is ignited, meaning that it loses quite a bit of its medicinal (and/or “recreational”) value.
On the other hand, vaping is said to preserve up to 95% of the cannabinoids, so you are wasting a lot less product by switching over to this electronic option.
4. Vaping allows you to consume on the go – anywhere, any place, any time
This factor somewhat ties in with the added discretion of vaping, but having the freedom to consume your cannabis on the go, anywhere, any place and at any time, means that you can even vape indoors.
Smoking cannabis inside is a common practice done by many who like to light up, but curtains, furniture and fabrics all absorb the toxins from a marijuana cigarette, whether or not it is rolled up with tobacco.
These lingering toxins can emit an odor, which smells stale and gross over time. Keep your environment feeling fresh and clean by making the switch to vaporizing, which does not linger on fabrics (particularly when the herb is heated at a low temperature).
And most of all, if you choose to vape cartridges, waxes or extracts, you will be able to inhale cannabinoids with just the push of a button, not needing to repack a bowl or roll a new joint every few minutes, which adds to the overall convenience.
5. Vaping protects your skin – both inside and out!
Unfortunately, the combustion of cannabis produces the after-product of a sticky tar, which can clog up your throat and lungs. This leads to the cough that many regular smokers have, as well as an overall unpleasant sensation.
This can be somewhat prevented if a cotton filter is used during smoking, but few individuals tend to include a filtration device in joints, and this definitely is not practiced with bowls and weed consumed out of other glassware.
Moreover, too much black tar build up in your lungs may actually contribute to lung infections. Vaping at low temperatures does not actually cause the organic material to combust, so you will not have any of this tar in your lungs or throat. Exposure to smoke is also said to promote the aging process, because it is packed with free radicals that negatively impact the skin and increase the amount of wrinkles, marks and other lines that may be visible.
Since vaping does not produce smoke, your skin (both externally and in the inner mucosal linings) is exposed to fewer of these damagin free radicals.
Final Thoughts on Why Vaping is Better than Smoking
Although smoking cannabis is a traditional way of consuming our beloved medicinal plant, there are a few reasons why vaping might really be better for you than smoking.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day the choice is personal; it is completely up to you to decide how you want to enjoy your marijuana, and no one should be there to determine this decision for you.
We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.