In the never-ending conversation on “is it, or isn’t it?” around whether or not vaporizing is healthier than combustion to consume cannabis, there is some research suggesting it is, in fact, better.
While smoking cannabis is less likely to cause pulmonary complications than smoking tobacco, consuming weed through combustion with the aid of a joint, blunt, bong, or bowl can still release tar and other components at levels similar to tobacco combustion, just without the nicotine.
One study from the Positive Health Foundation at the San Francisco General Hospital found that Vaporizing Marijuana delivered the same amount of THC as joints or bongs would, but with less of the carbon monoxide that comes along with combustion.
Another study found that those who like Vaporizing Marijuana experienced fewer symptoms like coughing, phlegm, and tightness in the chest as compared to those who smoked it.
There is also evidence that vaporizers are more efficient when it comes to activating the desired chemicals and cannabinoids that are medically and recreationally beneficial in cannabis. Vapes can extract on average 55.9% of THC content and 45.9% of CBD from tdry flower, which can lead to lowered costs for the consumer and a more potent high.
One of the major downsides of vaporizing is the utilization of concentrates that are often made using harsh chemical extraction techniques, imbibing some of those chemicals into the product, which can then end up in the user’s lungs. Liquid gas extraction methods are the safest on the user end, but it could still be smart to avoid concentrates and stick with dry flower where possible.
For those of you unfamiliar with vaporizers, they are a wide array of products that gently heat concentrate or dry flower to release THC and other cannabinoids in the form of vapor without actually burning the product. This is a more gentle way to unleash the chemicals we associate with the health benefits or high associated with the plant. All methods of consumption can have their benefits and drawbacks, and vaporizing continues to be a popular method.