Cannabis vaporization came into popularity when users began to realize the benefits of vaping weed versus smoking. Traditionally cannabis has always been combusted but now we have the technology to vaporize. In fact, there are portable, desktop and oil pen vaporizers for added stealth on the market now. When comparing the differences between smoking and vaping we’ll focus on dry herb vaporizers.
Smoke vs. Vapor: What Are You Inhaling?
The greatest distinction between smoking and vaping is combustion. If any combustion occurs, you’ll be inhaling more than just cannabinoids.
In fact, a study that was designed to evaluate the efficacy of herbal vaporizers illustrated it. The study used the same type of cannabis to both vaporize and smoke. What they found was the vaporized cannabis consisted of mostly cannabinoids with a trace of three other compounds. On the other hand, combusted smoke had over 111 compounds including a wide range of toxins.
One of the only advantages to smoking over vaping is it won’t cost you much up front. However, a vaporizer used over a long-term will save you weed and money. Another advantage of smoking is simplicity. To many packing a bowl or rolling a joint comes easier than packing a vaporizer.
Another study found that cannabis users who vaporize were less likely to report respiratory symptoms. So what are the benefits of vaping? Users can still get the benefits of cannabinoids without the pyrolytic smoke compounds.
Finally, research from Leiden University found that the effects of using a vaporizer gave similar results to smoking with less harmful side effects. “The final pulmonal uptake of THC is comparable to the smoking of cannabis while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.”
Avoiding combustion also drastically reduces the lingering smell of cannabis. Vaporizers will have an easier time going unnoticed after and during the consumption of cannabis.
Why Do Some People Still Prefer Smoking?
When it comes to your health, vaporization seems like the best method of inhalation. Despite the growing awareness of the benefits of vaping, many people that have tried a vaporizer still choose to smoke regularly. This is because vaporization comes with a few deterrents.
Some vaporizers have learnings curves that make it hard to use and share with beginners. Others have to be repacked in order to be shared. Passing a joint is an easier and more universal way of sharing cannabis.
Another thing that deters people from vaporization is the initial cost. The best portable vaporizers for dry herbs cost up to $300 but they bring out the best qualities from your cannabis. Anything under a hundred dollars is unlikely to effectively vaporize your herbs. Consider purchasing one of the top portable vaporizers a long-term investment.
A large downside is the cleaning process. When smoking a joint you can just toss it when it starts to taste more like paper than weed. However, a dry herb vaporizer needs to be cleaned regularly for optimal function.
You’ll have to brush the chamber out whenever you’re done vaporizing. Some people move onto the next pack when the weed turns yellowish-brown while others will cook it until it is dark brown. It will also require a deep cleaning every once in a while because oils will build up wherever air travels from the chamber to the mouthpiece.
When it comes to desktop vaporizers, they come in many different styles. Some have a whip for a mouthpiece, a water attachment or the fillable balloon. There are just more pieces to clean and take care of when you compare it to smoking.
Portable vaporizers need to be charged. If you forget to charge it and don’t have a charger or a place to charge you’re stuck with a temporary paperweight. In those situations, it is much easier to find papers and a lighter if you don’t already have them handy.
The benefits of vaping weed are mostly health and stealth related. There are many cons to vaporization that have kept many people from fully adopting the method of consumption. As vapor technology becomes more accessible and more people realize the benefits, will people will abandon papers and pipes in search of a cleaner high?