Cannabis users have long been forced by regulations to use unfiltered products because production of marijuana into the type of cigarettes utilized by the tobacco industry was illegal. The effects of direct smoke on the lungs cannot be categorized in the positive from a health benefits perspective, which is unfortunate given the medicinal qualities of cannabis. Vaping is less immediately harmful to the lungs, because it avoids the biological confrontation to the lungs of heat and direct carcinogens. A vaporizer heats cannabinoids to a boil, rather than burning the dried flowers and creating smoke. This process forces the cannabis to release its properties without the burning of dried flowers. Under the traditional method, when the buds catch fire, the chemical mixes with oxygen to produce additional chemicals, many of which are harmful. Using cannabis oil or concentrates in a vaporizer, versus dried product, also allows for greater effectiveness of the cannabinoid delivery due to the more concentrated dose of cannabis.
So what does this mean in layman’s terms? Any form type of hot smoke on the lungs is very damaging to the lung tissue, and also delivers negative chemicals that are unnecessary and counter-intuitive to the healing properties of cannabis. Vaping has a lot more positive qualities than traditional smoking has (highly concentrated delivery system), while avoiding the negative aspects of smoking (waste, smell, and lung tissue damage).
As more states and nations decriminalize the use of cannabis, there will be more methods of delivery available to the public. Current vaporizer systems do an adequate job of delivering THC and medicinal cannabinoids to the system, without the harmful side effects of smoking. These include those other side-effects that people don’t like to talk about, such as yellowing of the teeth, exposure of family and pets to second-hand smoke, and a reduction of that “pot smell”, that isn’t always welcomed by those who make the choice to use cannabis. All things considered, vaping is the safer choice for cannabis users.
If the health reasons were not enough to change how you smoke cannabis, then consider other positives such as the cost, and being a far more efficient method of “smoking”. When using the more traditional methods of smoking (paper rolled joints, pipes, and water bongs), the heat and fire do not immediately dissipate after someone breather out a “drag” or hit. The dried flowers continue to heat and burn, and therefore the compounds within are still being released into the air. This essentially wastes 20-40% of the product as it continues to heat and burn. Using a vaporizer allows the user to conserve product and save money in the process.
When you review all of the benefits of using a vaporizer compared to the traditional way of “smoking” cannabis, vaping becomes a lot better of an option.