You love weed…
But after spending some time in a room full of combusting smokers or stoners…
Almost suffocating to death…
You can’t help but wonder:
Is there a healthier way to use weed?
Looking around, seeing all the cool kids walking around with these ‘e-cigarettes’…
Naturally, the following question arises in your bright mind:
Can you vape weed?
YES, you can…with dry herb vaporizers!
Not only can you…but you SHOULD!
We believe it’s far superior to smoking weed!
And in today’s post you will learn why vaping is the far superior method to use your weed.
Let’s begin. First up…
The Issue With Smoking Weed
Even though Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill would be proud of you…
There is a ‘not so small’ issue with smoking in general.
Smoking, whether its marijuana, tobacco or any other plant material, irritates, inflames and potentially causes irreversible damage to our delicate respiratory system.
Let me explain:
- Heating plants like marijuana up until their burning point causes the release of toxins, irritants, tar and various carcinogens;
And especially the tar and carcinogens are highly dangerous to your respiratory system.
- Tar is scientifically proven to damage lungs, airways and mouth through the numerous toxic elements in it. Plus it covers the cilia in the lungs causing them to stop working and potentially die;
- Marijuana smoke contains at least 50 known cancer causing substances. The most well researched and documented is benzyprene, which alters gene P53, a tumor suppressor gene.
So yes…smoking cannabis long term, has been shown to increase risks of lung cancer.
But even smaller illnesses and conditions like:
- the smoker’s cough;
- sputum production;
- general airway inflammation;
- trouble exhaling…
But There Are Studies Which Find No Links Between Smoking Cannabis and Lung Cancer…
I am more than aware of these studies, and definitely am not turning a blind eye to any counter-evidence of marijuana smoke being less destructive than set out above…
The exact explanation for not finding any links between cancer and marijuana smoke in these studies remains unclear.
Supposedly the anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoids (like THC & CBD) help protect the lungs from the carcinogens and irritants released by smoking marijuana.
In my humble opinion, a couple of studies not finding any links between smoking cannabis and lung cancer does not disproof the destructive properties of marijuana smoke…
The fact of matter is:
The toxins, irritants, tar and carcinogens produced by the smoking of marijuana do get absorbed by your body.
Whether the protective cannabinoids or any other mechanism counteract the destructive properties of marijuana smoke actually remains to be seen…
All we’re saying is:
Don’t take any single study as gospel!
For every study that doesn’t find any link between respiratory issues and the regular smoking of marijuana, there is a study which does find this link (or for every study that does find this link, there is a study which doesn’t ;-)).
The effects of marijuana smoke on your health are still far from conclusive.
However what is clear is that marijuana smoke definitely can lead to health issues (just maybe not cancer)…
So ask yourself:
Why take the risk?
The Solution: Dry Herb Vaporizers
Now if you haven’t been living in a cave tucked away in the mountains of Far-Away-Istan, you surely must have heard about the magical devices called ‘vaporizers’.
These devices are being used by health-conscious individuals all over the world to medicate with marijuana, while keeping the health of their lungs and airways as intact as possible…
So how exactly does a vaporizer work?
What vaporizers essentially do is the following 3-step process:
- Heat your marijuana to a temperature that’s below its combustion point;
- Convert the active ingredients in your marijuana (cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavanoids) into smokeless & inhalable vapor;
- Propel you to another dimension 😉
Vaping Weed: The 5 Biggest Benefits
The vapor you inhale through this 3-step process is almost free from tar, carcinogens and other toxic by-products (95% less than with smoking) and keeps your lungs much cleaner than smoking…
…as long as you use the right vaporizer and the right techniques!
What’s more, vaporizing with the right temperature, actually leads to a significantly higher concentration of cannabinoids for you to inhale as found in this study, thus not only increasing the protective qualities of your vapor, but also giving you more bang for your buck!
As with every potential health problem, prevention is key…
…and a quality vaporizer is the key to preventing any respiratory health-related issues that would otherwise be caused by smoking marijuana.
Besides this HUGE health-related benefit…vaping weed has several other benefits vs smoking it.
Save Your Hard Earned Money
As mentioned before, you will be saving money, especially if you consume a lot of herb.
You will simply be using much less herb to get you where you want. Over a period of time this can add up into the hundreds.
Although smoking pure marijuana tastes really well…
Here in Amsterdam most people mix it with tobacco, severly altering the taste (in a bad way!).
Plus even if you were smoking pure marijuana, combusting always kind of tastes the same.
With a vaporizer it’s much easier to taste all the subtle differences in flavor between different strains.
Your Clothes and Room Won’t be Stinking of Smoke
One thing that I aboslutely hate about smoking is the smell it leaves you with…
Especially in a confined space like a living room, eveything the smoke comes in contact with, will be smelling like it.
Although you can smell vapor, it doesn’t stick into your clothes and dissipates quickly.
Don’t you hate it when someone is puffing his cigarettes right next to your face?
Besides the fact that it’s annoying as hell, it’s extremely unhealthy as well.
As it turns out:
If you vape your weed, you won’t be bothering anyone with second-hand smoke.
But what if I already have respiratory issues caused by the traditional way of smoking marijuana?
Even for you, getting a quality vaporizer could be the solution and here is why:
- Research suggests switching to a vaporizer can reverse respiratory symptoms caused by traditional methods of cannabis intake;
- Even if in the rare case it doesn’t reverse it, at least it will stop further aggravating your lungs and airways.
In other words…the longer you wait getting your vaporizer, the longer you deny yourself the healthy way to relish your herb!
But I heard vaporizing actually has some downsides too…
You might have heard:
- Vaporizers don’t get you the same high as smoking weed…
- Vaporizers alter the taste of marijuana in a negative way…
- With vaporizers you actually have to use more marijuana to get the same high…
- It’s a hassle to prepare and clean your vaporizer, when all you want to do is just light some up…
I am here to tell you that as long as you use the right vaporizer and the right techniques, these downsides actually get turned into benefits!
It is true that vaporizers don’t get you the same high as a joint or big hit from a bong for example…smoking has a stronger (not ncessarily better though!) effect on the body and the mind, giving you the typical sludgy feeling, which actually can be great at times…
…but usually just gets you in a lazy and lethargic mood. One possible explanation is because with smoking you absorb a lot of toxins which have an (negative) effect on your body and mental state.
According to most cannaseurs vaping weed actually gets you a much cleaner high, a high in which you are not numbed and glued to your couch…
Instead you will experience a high where you feel more energetic, clean and stimulated!
What’s more, when you choose the right vaporizer, the potency and density of your vapor, will be so good that you will get a very strong buzz, very similar to smoking…except in a much cleaner and clearer way.
It is also true that low-quality vaporizers, or more generally, vaporizers making use of low-quality materials suboptimal for vaporizing, severely alter the taste of your weed in a negative way.
What you have to realize though…is that high quality vaporizers actually will give your marijuana a much cleaner and flavorful taste than smoking!
High quality vaporizers only use materials which are optimal for preserving the taste of of your herb…or of such a high quality that it won’t negatively affect the taste of your herb in a way that’s actually noticeable (unless you’re a flavor-Nazi like me).
The best part?
With a high quality vaporizer you will taste all the delicate and subtle differences in flavor between strains, and you will finally be able to really pick the strain which tastes the best.
Do I need more marijuana?
Especially with high quality vaporizers there is simply no way you will ever need more marijuana to obtain the same effects from your herb.
As a matter of fact…you will need way less quantity to obtain the same effects.
You might be wondering…how?
- Vaporizing leads to a much higher concentration of cannabinoids for you to inhale than regular smoking with the same quantity of herb, smoking/burning actually leads to the destruction of a significant part of the cannabinoids.
- Burning marijuana (as it is with regular smoking) actually makes many of the compounds inside of your herb continue to dissipate into the air whether you are inhaling them or not. With vaporizers there’s still some of this going on…but it’s WAY LESS.
If you’re still not convinced of the cost-efficiency of vaporizing…don’t take my word for it, take the word of 953 participants who came to this exact same conclusion in this study.
How much time do I need to prepare and clean my vaporizer?
It is hard to give a general answer to this question as in general this depends on the vaporizer you have…
Preparation time with any on-demand vaporizer is usually just 10-20 seconds. Session-vaporizers need a little bit longer…usually around 1 to 3 minutes.
Cleaning really depends on the brand and type of your vaporizer, with some vaporizers needing virtually no cleaning, to vaporizers which need a little more extensive cleaning (glass parts, whip, bowl, screens, etc.).
IF after reading this post, you’ve come to the very intelligent realisation that vaping weed is better for you than smoking it…
I suggest you read our dry herb vaporizer buyer’s guide:
Because vaporizers truly can be a technical jungle for any cannaseur new to vaping (in my opinion you can’t be a real cannaseur if you’re not vaping…but that’s a discussion for another time). This guide is your machete, with which you’ll clear up the technical jungle and only the bare essentials will be left…so no vaporizer will have any secrets left for you.
If there’s a specific vaporizer subject you want to dive deep into, check out the the dive deep articles:
- Dive Deep 1: Desktop vs. Portable
- Dive Deep 2: Vaporizer Safety
- Dive Deep 3: Vapor Quality
- Dive Deep 4: Efficiency
- Dive Deep 5: How to Use a Vaporizer
- Dive Deep 6: Best Temp to Vape Weed
In case you just want to check out vaporizer reviews:
Lastly our definitive guide on vaping weed covers literally every subject related to vaping weed:
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