One of the recent significant developments in the world of marijuana is the introduction of vaping. It is only in the last few years that vaping has become popular, whether it is for marijuana or nicotine purposes.
A lot of people prefer vaping because they don’t have to deal with traditional smoking peeves and it can be done in a much easier manner. No longer do you have to roll joints – you can simply press a button and vape to your heart’s desire.
One of the unanswered questions is whether or not vaping is safer for you than smoking. This will probably not be answered until many years of research have been completed. Another large question that people have is whether or not vaping will get you higher than smoking when it comes to marijuana consumption.
There are those on both sides of the debate, so the goal of this article is to look at the key differences between these two consumption methods and attempt to identify if in fact there is a difference in the strength and duration of high you experience with both of these consumption methods.
What you need to know about vaping
The process of vaping allows you to heat up your cannabis without having to burn it as you would if you were smoking it. Once it has been heated, the cannabis will then have the active ingredients released in the form of a vapor, a fine mist which is created through the use of a vaping device.
As there is no combustion involved in this process, you will not have to deal with any smoke. The products used for vaping will vary widely in terms of how they work and look.
A lot of people who vape believe that it is a safer alternative to smoking, as they don’t have to deal with a lot of the harmful toxins that can be involved in the smoking process.
To date, there is not enough evidence showcasing that vaping is or is not better for your health than smoking, so you will largely have to rely on anecdotal evidence for the moment. It is thought that there are less carcinogenic compounds produced when vaping due to it not being combusted, simply heated.
Of course, smoke from cannabis is significantly less harmful than cigarette smoke, but inhaling any type of combusted compounds is not going to be great for your health. There are still gases that are part of this smoke and can cause different types of respiratory and lung issues.
Is the high from vaping superior to smoking?
This is the question a lot of people want answered. They want to know what form of consumption is going to allow them to get the best bang for their buck when it comes to their use of cannabis. There are many people who suffer from conditions that don’t allow them to smoke, which means that they turn instead to vaping to allow them to get their hit of marijuana.
There are many people out there who say that they experience a high that is more clear headed when they are vaping. This is because you are not going to be inhaling any smoke during the consumption process. However, as vaping has only become popular in recent years, there are little to no evidence or studies which can conclusively say that there is a different type of high when you are vaping marijuana as opposed to smoking it.
There was an interesting study that some people point towards which looked at 18 people, who would vape or smoke products which had three different THC strengths.
After the observation period was concluded, they found that there were not really any differences in terms of the levels of THC in their blood, but when it came to vaping, the level of carbon monoxide expired was much less than those who were smoking.
There was another study which showed some positives for those in the vaping camp. Naturally, this included the likes of vaping tasting better than smoking, as well as smelling better. It was also found that, while using the same amount of marijuana in smoking and vaping, there was a more pronounced effect when it was vaped.
People who are new to consuming cannabis tend to prefer to vape because you are able to take small inhalations rather than having to take deep breaths as you need to do when smoking it. It is also deemed to be a more discreet method of consuming cannabis.
There are, of course, considerations that need to be made when it comes to vaping, one of the most important ones being temperature. While there are less harmful toxins released when vaping, if you vary the temperature then this is going to change somewhat.
The majority of vaping devices will deal with temperatures that are found a bit under the combustion temperature, between 180 and 200 degrees Celsius. The closer you go towards the boiling point, the more compounds will be released.
As you can see, there is only anecdotal evidence out there at the moment that can answer this question one way or another.
The advantages of vaping are obvious – you don’t have to deal with the smells or tastes associated with smoking and there is emerging evidence to show that there are less toxins released when vaping in comparison with smoking.
Until many years of research are completed on the matter, it will be hard to determine which is safer. However, there are many people who prefer the cleaner high that is associated with vaping, with many also believing that you get a stronger high with the same amount of cannabis.
This means that you are getting more bang for your buck and it is going to be more cost effective, especially in the long run. Therefore, it is up to yourself to decide for now which method of consumption is going to be the best choice for you.
The only real way of deciding this is undergoing a testing process where you try the same amounts of cannabis and the same strains with a vaping device and then smoking it. Then you can draw your own conclusions and see which method your body reacts the best to.