America’s back and forth battle with the legalization of marijuana has been gaining new and focused attention. No longer just an illicit drug, marijuana has contributed enough to the medical community to finally be recognized as a medicinal powerhouse. New and continuing research is elevating cannabis to exciting heights, attracting positive connotations to a once “dirty” habit. Alongside these medical strides is an ongoing debate over whether or not vaporizing weed is healthier than smoking.
VAPING VS. SMOKING WEED
You may have heard that vaping is the healthier alternative to smoking weed. This is actually true if you do it right. Vaping heats up the cannabis without burning it, thereby eliminating the smoke that carries the harmful carcinogens and chemical byproducts. Vaping works by bringing the weed to the point right before combustion. At this sweet spot, the weed is lit to an optimal 338°F. A vapor is then released, which can then be absorbed by the user. If you’re new to vaping, try taking short puffs. The longer inhalation technique of smoking weed does not work the same way with vaping devices.
IS VAPING BAD FOR YOU?
Vaping is decidedly the healthier choice when it comes to using marijuana. However, if not done correctly, it can quickly become a dangerous pastime. Vaping devices are very expensive, and this deters a lot of users from shelling out the cash for a reputable device. Instead, users turn to cheaply manufactured vapes that are sold abroad. These devices are often made with harmful glues and heavy metals, which can be broken down into noxious gasses when the device is in operation. If you are looking to switch over to a vaping device, be sure to invest in a reputable brand. Do not risk your health over a cheap device with unknown parts and components.
A DISCRETE HABIT
Vaping devices allow users to more seamlessly integrate marijuana use into everyday life. One of the major benefits to vaping weed is privacy. Because vapes do not produce obtrusive plumes of toxic smoke, users can more discreetly hide their habit among family and friends. Proponents of vaping also cite feeling more technologically advanced by using devices like vape pens.
A HIGH YOU KNOW AND A HIGH THAT’S SO-SO
Longtime and dedicated users of marijuana tend to lean toward smoking the drug over vaping. This has to do with the consistency of smoking vs. vaporizing weed. Weed may vary from strain to strain, but the act of smoking the drug leads to a more consistent high. Conversely, vaping can lead to a mismatched and strange sensation, depending on how clean the device is and the charge of the battery. It’s a known fact among the marijuana community that the high may feel cleaner and clearer with a vape—but it is also a lot more maintenance.
There are tons of vape devices out there, and they each serve a slightly different purpose. A desktop vaporizer is considered the safest vaping method. It has a temperature control component, and it releases a rapid flood of THC. The one major drawback is that it is not discreet. Vape pens, which have transformed dramatically in the last five years, are the easily hidden devices that can be taken on the go. Newer models have a temperature-control tank to regulate for anti-combustion. Finally, a dab rig involves a bong or water pipe and dome to allow for immediate vaporization and an intense high.
Is vaping weed bad for your lungs? Not that we know of. Are there long-term health risks? Hard to say. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence to prove with absolute certainty that there are no harmful effects of vaping. However, early studies are showing a positive link between vaping and fewer respiratory tract issues among users. All we can do now is wait for research to confirm these facts. In the meantime go check out our website for more articles like this and vape on!