There is not a great deal of regulation when it comes to vaping, and because vaping has not been around long enough to be available for long-term studies, the long-term impact of vaping is still being researched. Although there has been lots of research into smoking and studies have shown the negative medical impact it has on the body, it’s not quite clear what long-term effects vaping weed has on the body.
Is Vaping Safe?
Vaping vs. smoking may have colored many people’s views of vaping. With smoking, dried tobacco is wrapped in a paper tube, which is burned on one end. The smoker inhales the smoke through the other end of the tube. With smoking, the user inhales harmful carcinogens. Vaping, however, utilizes a device called a vape pen rather than the paper tube that smoking uses. A vape pen heats a liquid in a cartridge, and the user inhales the vapor. With vaping, there is no inhalation of the harmful carcinogens that come with smoking.
Vaping was first developed as a way to help people quit smoking. By emulating the act of smoking without the harmful side effects, vaping was seen as a viable and safer alternative to smoking. Depending on what substance is vaped, there can be a variety of effects. For example, studies have shown that vaping nicotine still increases the risk of a heart attack. What about vaping weed then?
Weed vapes involve inhaling heated oil through the vape pen. When users vape marijuana, they are consuming concentrated weed, which is a much more potent way of consuming weed than smoking. Because of this, research has shown that the effects of vaping marijuana are much stronger than smoking. Most experts recommend starting vaping weed very slowly and only consume a small amount at first, waiting a half hour or more before having more. Because of the increased potency, this also bolsters the effects for patients who use medical marijuana.
Healthy vaping is much safer than smoking, but bear in mind that safety depends on the substance vaped. The process of vaping weed involves heating marijuana to a temperature that turns the active ingredients like THC and CBD into a vapor to be inhaled. Because marijuana is not heated to a level that causes it to combust, users do not inhale tar or harmful carcinogens. This means that with marijuana vaping, users can enjoy the effects of CBD and THC without the harmful toxins associated with combustion. This results in less risk to the lungs.
Because weed vapes are much more potent than smoking, it is very important to make sure that you acquire marijuana from a reputable dispensary. If you are new to vaping weed, remember to start with only a small amount and gradually increase as you become used to the more potent effects. Practice conscious consumption to avoid starting at too high of a dose as you learn your limits and tolerance.
The content in these blogs is not meant to be taken as medical advice or used as a substitute for speaking with a doctor. Always consult with a doctor if you have any questions or concerns or to make sure taking cannabis is safe for you.