Gone are the days when smoking out of a pipe or puffing on a joint were common ways of cannabis consumption. There are countless ways to consume cannabis. From a traditional hit of the bong to tinctures, tonics, dabs, and incredible edibles. When it comes down to smoking however, the question of smoking vs. vaping cannabis is one that commonly comes up. Which is better? And what’s the difference?
What is Vaping Cannabis?
If you’re new to cannabis (or even a seasoned smoker), you might not be familiar with vaping. Smoking weed isn’t what it was even ten years ago. Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking dry bud. It essentially heats up the cannabis without burning it. A “vapor”, rather than smoke is then directly inhaled into the lungs.
What are the Benefits of Vaping Cannabis?
Vaping cannabis has been reported to be easier on the lungs and perceived to be less harmful to health than smoking. While there are few studies on vaping vs. smoking, vaping is commonly assumed to be safer. Vaping cannabis produces less carcinogenic compounds than when it is burned. It’s believed some 100 toxic compounds are released when cannabis is traditionally smoked.
Vaping cannabis however, cuts down on this number considerably. One study suggested that vaping should create fewer respiratory problems than smoking. Data collected showed that the safety of consuming cannabis can increase when a vaporizer is used. The study also noted that “regular users of joints, blunts, pipes, and water pipes might decrease respiratory symptoms by switching to a vaporizer.”
Not only are vaporizers better for your health, but they’re significantly more discreet. People that both smoke and vape tend to talk about the advantages of vaping over smoking. Not only is the smell completely different, but vaping tends to make weed taste better. People also report more of an effect from the same amount of marijuana.
Vaporizing Cannabis for Chronic Medical Conditions
Aside from benefits reported by the average mainstream marijuana user, vaping cannabis has made a name for itself in the medical marijuana community. For those suffering from chronic medical conditions, vaporing can have an extremely positive effect.
Vaping doesn’t have the carcinogen effects associated with smoking, and works much faster than any edible or tincture. This can be critical for patients suffering from extreme nausea, such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. A few hits of the vaporizer isn’t harmful to health, and relieves symptoms faster than other methods of consumption.
When it comes down to it, you’re the only one who can decide if vaping or smoking pot is better. Where one person might smoke two joints in the morning, another might be hitting the vape pen a couple times to get their day started. It all comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer one method over the other? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.