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The Benefits of Vaporizing Medical Cannabis

By on November 10, 2013
(Photo: Vape Nation)

(Photo: Vape Nation)

Vaporizers may be more expensive than your traditional pipe or bong, but there are still a number of reasons why every marijuana user should consider these high-tech devices.

When it comes to consuming marijuana, the options are vast. Besides rolling a joint, there are a range of pipes and water bongs available on the market. Of course, cannabis can also be used to make various foods and drinks. Topicals and tinctures are popular among medical users as well.

Yet many doctors stand by vaporizers as the ideal method of consuming marijuana. In fact, in Israel, where medical marijuana is legal, vaporizers can be found in hospitals and senior homes. The popular Volcano Medic Vaporizer is also an approved medical device in Canada and the EU.

Here are some major reasons why vaporizers have become so popular among doctors and patients.

Lung Health

The effect of vaporizing on the lungs is perhaps the strongest argument for using a vaporizer.

Doctors have long been wary about the use of marijuana as a medicine because of the potential risks of smoking anything. While it’s true that smoking marijuana has not been proven to cause lung cancer, the combustion of marijuana still produces several known carcinogens and tar, which can irritate the lungs and lead to chronic bronchitis.

Vaporizers were mainly designed to overcome this issue. By heating marijuana at a lower temperature than combustion, the devices produce an inhalable vapor that still contains the active medical ingredients in marijuana (cannabinoids), but without the harmful by-products.

Vaporizing cannabis is said to remove approximately 95% of the smoke that is inhaled. What’s more, vaporizing has been suggested to increase the yield of anti-inflammatory terpenoids that protect the lungs from irritation.

Research also suggests that switching to a vaporizer can reverse respiratory symptoms caused by traditional methods of cannabis intake.

Dosing Requirements

Another advantage of vaporizers is the efficiency of converting plant matter into active cannabinoids.

A collaborative study conducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46% of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25% of THC.

Likewise, patients ranked vaporizers as the most efficient method of marijuana intake – requiring a lower dose than smoking, edibles and tea – in a recent study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

So while vaporizers may be seen as a luxury to some, even the most thrifty marijuana users have realized that the higher efficiency of these devices can eventually offset their initial cost.

Side Effects

In the same patient study, vaporizers ranked highest in side effect satisfaction, meaning that patients felt most functional after vaporizing cannabis.

While the study did not investigate specific side effects, some say that vaporizers produce a more clear-headed ‘high’ due to the lack of smoke inhaled. Cannabis vapor can also be inhaled in short and shallow puffs, whereas other smoking devices may require taking deeper and larger breaths, which can be uncomfortable for novice marijuana users.

Of course, how one reacts to marijuana differs widely from person to person, so vaporizers may not be ideal for everyone. Ultimately, consulting with a healthcare professional and careful experimentation is the best way to figure out what method of marijuana intake is best for you.

  • Daniel

    Vaporizers are good. But you really need a volcano. I have tried others and they just dont work like the volcano. Ye its expensive but if u smoke pot much no money in the world can replace healthy lungs.

    • Peter Frank

      The Volcano is horrible. Waste of money. If you’re going high end, check the Herbalizer and the Vapexhale EVO.
      If you’re going middle-end, check the Epic Vape E-Nano.
      The Volcano is the model someone buys thinking it is good because it is expensive and have no knowledge of what is in the market so you buy the most well known thing.

      • Paul

        Quite frankly Peter, the Volcano is superb. I use one quite regularly for pain and speaking from experience the Germans who designed it knew what they were doing. I am sure the other two you mention are good as well, but just wanted to state to anyone else reading this that the Volcano is in fact an amazing product. Expensive yes, but using 1/8th of the product you would use to smoke and getting 3 times the effects … money well spent I would say.

      • TITSnWEED

        imo there is no such thing as a vaporizer that is a waste of money unless it doesn’t work. as long as it gets the job done it will eventually pay for itself since you use less weed with vapes. i feel like you are one of those people who go against popular things you find a lesser known alternative and you think you’re all smart because of it.

      • English joe

        Your clearly an uneducated mug who has been fooled into thinking some cheap china made vapouriser is better than the German mad volcano who have been vamping bud before u was born , don’t post any more comments on here u fuxxing prick

  • George Snowdon

    The Arizer “Solo” is a portable vaporizer made in Canada. It’s easy to carry and it can be used anywhere, even on a hike in the woods. And it produces excellent vapour.

    • Solo User

      LOVE MY SOLO MAN!! nice to see others on same level!

    • flappe

      Solo is the way to go! I bought mine a few months ago… and i’m very pleased with it!

  • maxwood

    Not to forget: do-it-yourself vaporizing is possible with a screened one-hitter if you hold the heat source far enough below the opening to assure that air entering upon the herb as you suck is 197C/385F or your preferred temperature. It helps to have a flexible extension tube (“hookah hose” without hookah) attached to the one-hitter so the lighting process will be far enough away that you can see what you’re doing.

  • Colin K Cote

    It makes sense that when you burn the weed you are also burning at least half of the stuff that is beneficial to you as well as creating smoke that is not beneficial. Verses vaporizing the THC where you would get to inhale most of it before it is burned or oxidized.

  • CaliforniaKushSnob

    I agree with peter,the Herborizer is probably the best one out there. Either way a vape/bong combo is a must. I have my vapor bros. box hooked up to my bong via a glass on glass connection. Do it! Vaped bong hits??? Volcano cant touch that.

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    I don’t want to get high but I do want to find the right combination of Hemp Oil for my Vape and the right vaporizer. No need to spam me but if you have experience in the above your input would be welcomed.

    • Fartrell Cluggins

      Check your local dispensary and ask for high CBD strains, which are gaining in popularity.

    • Hemp For Health

      I purchased a vape with CBD-rich hemp oil, very low THC so no high, and is legal in all 50 states. I love it! Let me know if you want more information :)

      • medical

        Does the hemp oil have the medicinal effects of medical marijuana? Where can I buy the vaporizer and oil you mention?

        • Hemp For Health

          Loved it so much, I became a distributor! Email me at hempforhealth@att.net and I can give you all the information you need.

        • James bong

          I’m sick of broke ass stoners hating on the volcano!!!

  • Jerry Garcia

    Once you do concentrates, vaporizating flowers is amateur hour.,,,

    • Dankipus

      So sick of the superiority complex of concentrate users. Yeah I love dabs, but that doesn’t mean I never want to mess with flowers again! There’s just something awesome about fresh dank that no concentrate can match

  • P-O

    Extreme Q 4.0…. I fuckin love this vape. Protip: save your vaped buds for edibles…. one gram of vaped buds in a coconut butter extracted cookies, will get you high as shit for 5 hrs!!!

    • VapGuy

      where does one find the recipe?

  • PolRebel

    I just bought the Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer and I love it.

  • PolRebel

    So far I am loving the difference between the effects of smoking or vaporizing I don’t know why I didn’t switch long ago.

  • steve Kelnhofer

    Look at what is in the picture. For the money no vaporizer will beat the DBV or SSV. Both assembled in the USA by 7th Floor. These vaporizers are used by more celebrities, are built more durable, work fantastic and nothing looks better than a Silver Surfer Wave Riders Series.

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