Vaping pot is all the buzz these days and has been trending for a couple of years now, so we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of it.
But if you’re new to this topic, let’s enlighten you a bit.
A vaporizer is basically a gadget that heats your cannabis leaves or concentrates and turn them into an inhalable mist. The temperature runs from about 338 to 356 degrees fahrenheit, which is below the combustion point of marijuana.
Although vaporizers have been around for quite a long time now, it has only been in the past few years that the product has taken off, and its use has continued to grow.
So if you’re thinking of trying to vape your pot, it just might be the best time to do so. But if you’re not easily swayed by trends, we’ve also got 9 reasons to convince you to leave your joint, pipe, or bong behind. Here’s why you should definitely vape your pot:
First, prepare your cannabis leaves or oil. Then, place them in the designated chamber and turn on the vaporizer. Wait for the temperature to get just right and then start inhaling.
The process is easy peasy. The Daily Beast actually compares the ease of use of a vaporizer (a Volcano) to that of a rice cooker.
Experts say the traditional methods of consuming pot have inherent risks. And although vaping needs many more studies to determine its effects on users, existing research does suggest it is a healthier option than smoking pot.
Smoking pot through a joint, pipe, or bong releases toxic compounds and irritants similar to tar and nicotine. But with vaping, you mostly get the active compounds like THC by inhaling an aromatic vapor. A 2004 study in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics found vaped weed consists mostly of cannabinoids. Another study found similar results: vaping pot “delivers the same level of active therapeutic cannabis, but without the harmful toxins”.
Meanwhile, these studies found cannabis users who switched to vaping from smoking pot or other traditional methods decreased their respiratory symptoms. These symptoms include asthma, shortness of breath, and coughing up phlegm. Another study suggests vaping may increase anti-inflammatory terpenoids that protect the lungs from irritation.
A UCSF study found the high you get from vaping pot is the same as or no different than when you smoked pot. But a vape user, a lawyer from Oakland, California, begs to differ.
“It tastes better—you can actually taste the flavors, as opposed to just tasting smoke,” he said. “You can taste the herbal essences.” He also says vapes provide a “purer high” and gives “more lasting, full-bodied effects”.
It also seems vaping pot may result in a more manageable high as shown in this study where patients felt more functional after vaping. Vaped weed gave them a more clear-headed high.
There are different types of vaporizers, one of which is the vape pen. These look like pens or oversized USB dongles that you can take almost anywhere with you.
They’re very discreet, plus it doesn’t carry the stigma of traditional methods. “It leaves less of an odor for our neighbors,” said one professional.
If image matters to you, then you should really think about picking a vaporizer. As The Daily Beast notes, the Volcano vaporizer has become “a coveted status symbol for posh pot smokers”.
“In many ways, the Volcano fits perfectly into a society embracing the concept of enlightened pot smoking: in an era where everyone gets high, the most well-informed, health-conscious smokers use a vaporizer. It’s become a gently subversive status symbol, like a tasteful tattoo.”
Marijuana use has been legalized in a number of states in the country. However, in the state of New York, the law does not allow medical users to smoke weed, but they can vape pot.
In one study, it was found that vaporizers convert 46% of available THC into vapor but using a joint converted less than 25% of THC. And because it needs a lower dose than smoking, edibles, and tea, patients ranked it as the most efficient method of consuming weed.
This brings us to the next point.
Users may be discouraged by the high cost of a good quality vaporizer. But the investment may actually be worth it, especially if you’re a frequent user. Because smaller amounts of marijuana are used when vaping as compared to smoking weed, you can actually save in the long-term and get back your initial cost in about a month or so.
Just think about how much marijuana costs and how long it takes before you use it all. But what if you could consume that same amount of weed at the same price for say seven nights instead of just one night? You would definitely save a lot of money!
There you have it. Those are the reasons you should vape your pot.
Do you think you’ll start vaping your pot, or are you sticking to the joint, pipe, or bong?