If you’ve been asking yourself – is vaporizing healthier than smoking your weed – the short answer is Yes…but… There are more benefits to vaping cannabis than lighting up a joint.
On the other hand, vaporizing and inhaling high level THC cannabis can get you more than buzzed and be detrimental to your health, according to a recent study.
Guest post by Dr. Ron Goedeke
Does Vaping Cannabis Get You Much Higher Than Smoking It?
The roles of cannabis in serving as a therapeutic agent for a wide range of conditions including anxiety and depression, migraines, chronic pain syndrome, and arthritis have been widely discussed in clinical and laboratory research.
The interaction between the phytocannabinoids (plant-based chemicals present in the cannabis plant) and the endocannabinoid system works (ECS) has triggered a lot of interest in understanding how cannabis can elicit such a wide range of medical effects.
The cannabis plant has a wide combination of plant chemicals including terpenes, essential oils and more than 100 cannabinoids which can be utilized for the treatment and prevention of a growing list of diseases and ailments.
What are Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are a group of plant-based chemicals present in the cannabis plant with psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) occupying most of the percentage.
It has been shown that consuming cannabis products high in THC content can interfere with the brain function and make you high making this a major topic of debates in many gatherings aimed at discovering the safety levels and legality of consuming cannabis products with a high amount of THC.
The level of psychoactive effects elicited by THC is primarily determined by the concentration of THC in the bloodstream, the method of administration (vaping, smoking or oral application) and body chemistry (availability of ECS receptors).
Is vaporizing healthier than smoking cannabis that has a high THC content? Data gathered from research conducted by a group of scientists at The John Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore discovered that inhaling or vaping vaporized cannabis can get you higher than smoking the exact amount of weed.
In their research, they tested for the effects of vaping and smoking cannabis on 17 participants who had a history of smoking cannabis. These participants were exposed to different doses (from 0mg to 25mg) of THC in six 8.5 hour sessions.
Effects on Brain Function
Although all the participants showed signs of getting high at the end of the experiment, it was discovered that vaping cannabis had a far worse effect on brain activity and side effects at every dosage than smoking cannabis.
Those who vaped cannabis experienced more drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor impairment and higher blood THC concentrations thus making them higher than the others.
It was discovered by the group of researchers that regardless of the concentration of THC administered to the participants, vaping it had higher levels of side effects since a higher concentration of THC reached the bloodstream. Remember, the higher the concentration of THC in the bloodstream, the more severe the side effects and vice versa.
A higher concentration of THC in the bloodstream will increase the bioavailability of the substance to take part in biological reactions and last longer in the body.
So, Is Vaporizing Healthier Than Smoking Cannabis?
While vaping cannabis has benefits over smoking as far as your lungs are concerned, vaping gets you higher, especially with higher levels of THC in the cannabis. It is highly recommended that you take note of your cannabis THC concentration before vaping or contact your physician for medical advice.
About the Author:
Dr. Ron Goedeke specialises in alternative and functional medicine and sees huge medical potential in cannabis based extracts such as CBD.
With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.