4 reasons why the marijuana community is switching to vaping
Smoking dried marijuana leaves by grinding them up and stuffing them into bongs or joints is so over. These may be the classically vintage methods of consuming cannabis, but they are certainly not the healthiest. Smoking anything – be it tobacco, hemp, or weed - has the potential to do severe damage to the respiratory system, which is one reason why so many in the marijuana community are now embracing vaping as a less harmful alternative.
Vaping marijuana is good for the heart and lungs.
The scientific community is largely in agreement that the smoking of marijuana is far less hazardous to the lungs than combustible tobacco products like cigarettes, but vaping weed is even better. They also agree that the health risks of cannabis are substantially reduced as compared to tobacco regardless of how the marijuana is ingested. In a 2013 report entitled Effects of marijuana smoking on the lung, the American Thoracic Society makes the following assertion.
“Regular smoking of marijuana by itself causes visible and microscopic injury to the large airways that is consistently associated with an increased likelihood of symptoms of chronic bronchitis that subside after cessation of use. On the other hand, habitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function when assessed either cross-sectionally or longitudinally...”
The study also claims that the risks for pulmonary complications or heart disorders are far lower for marijuana smokers compared to tobacco smokers. Meanwhile, vaping rather than smoking cannabis allows the user to digest the plant’s essential oils without ingesting the tar-infused smoke of a joint. After all, it’s the tar that can kill, not the cannabis (or the nicotine). Here are three more reasons why so many marijuana enthusiasts are making the switch to vaping.
Vaping is good for the complexion.
Unfortunately, smoking cannabis also involves the ingestion of deadly tar commonly associated with tobacco cigarettes, although to a significantly lower degree. This tar-filled cigarette smoke also depletes the water levels in the body, which can accelerate the aging process of the skin. The free radicals found in both tobacco and marijuana smoke only further increase the chances of numerous forms of skin damage, including cancer. As a result, marijuana smokers are more likely to experience a higher number of wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes than those who switch to vaping.
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Vaping marijuana saves money.
Rolling the marijuana into a joint and lighting it on fire is extremely wasteful. In fact, almost 90 percent of the cannabinoids essentially go up in flames before the user even takes the very first puff. Burning the cannabis leaves allows the chemicals to be broken down and ingested by the human body in a process labeled as its “bioavailability.” Conversely, the bioavailability of vaped marijuana decreases to a mere 5 percent or lower. Switching to vaping simply gives weed lovers more bang for their buck.
Vaping marijuana is discrete.
Which is more obvious, lighting up a joint while driving your car or sucking on a high-tech vape mod? While vaping is far classier than smoking, the resulting vapor is also much less intense. The smoke produced from marijuana joints also tends to linger in our cars, clothes, and homes much longer. Although the scent of vaporized cannabis is still present, it also tends to be significantly muted in comparison.