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Is Vaping Cannabis a Safer Alternative to Smoking?

Vaping VS Smoking

By Kathy T. CooleyPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

Cannabis is one of the few drugs that have been used for treatment since ancient times. While the modern use of it for medicinal purposes has been one of the most controversial topics in the medical field, more and more countries are now approving its use. However, regardless of the legal status of the drug in your country, one of the questions that still remain unanswered is whether smoking cannabis is harmful to the lungs. While smoking has been the most common way of taking marijuana for the longest time, this method of consuming cannabis carries with it a number of health risks. By now, we all know that smoking tobacco is bad for one’s health.

Therefore, it simply means that even smoking a little amount of tobacco in a joint will still be unhealthy. Just like tobacco, the direct exposure of cannabis, also to very high temperatures, releases harmful carcinogens into one's lungs. With vaping becoming increasingly popular day by day, and its negative effects remaining still unknown, most people have also been left wondering whether it is a safer alternative to cannabis smoking. So what is vaping, and why is it the best option for taking cannabis?

Vaping—A Better Alternative Method for Taking Cannabis

While most people will only think of e-cigs when they hear the term vaping, it is a fact that marijuana vaporizers also exist. Unlike smoking, vaporization works by heating cannabis to extremely high temperatures. The best desktop vaporizer from Herbonaut will heat the drug in either concentrated or herbal form to the degree that enables its active ingredients to be transmitted inside the body, but without any burning involved.

So what are some of the reasons why vaping cannabis is a better alternative to smoking?

1. Smoking burns the flower, while vaping boils the cannabinoids.

In vaping, there is no form of combustion in the whole process. Instead, it involves heating the flower to extremely high temperatures, that lead to boiling off of the cannabinoids and essential oils for inhalation. This causes the process to do away with the harmful by-products of incomplete combustion.

2. Vape "smoke" is much lighter.

The cloud that comes from a vaporizer is not technically smoke, but rather a vapor. Compared to smoking cannabis, vaping usually imparts a lighter flavor, in addition to reduced odor, when compared to smoking it. Furthermore, vapor will diffuse more easily and quickly, in comparison to the smoke from a joint, which makes it easier on your lungs. In fact, most of the users who vaporize cannabis have reported a decreased occurrence of lung problems, when compared to those users who smoke it.

3. Smoking involves combustion, but vaping does not.

When you smoke cannabis, you usually burn the plant, including all the chemicals that are inside it. Worse still, you will even burn the paper that your joint was wrapped in. This combustion often results in the production of various toxic by-products, including ammonia and carbon monoxide, which can lead to respiratory problems, like bronchitis. On the other hand, vaping doesn’t produce any toxic by-products, which translate to reduced respiratory symptoms.

4. Smoking irritates the respiratory system more than vaping.

Since nothing is usually burned, the herb doesn’t produce the toxic by-products that are produced while smoking. This is what leads to a decrease in respiratory symptoms, such as Phlegm, cough, and tightness in the chest. Since the biggest risk involved with smoking cannabis has been the irritations that result from the smoke itself, vaping comes as a great relief to many cannabis users.


The above are some of the main reasons why this method of taking cannabis has been termed as a much safer way to use the drug. In fact, even the Canadian government, after having legalized medicinal cannabis and anabolic steroids in Canada, have considered vaping as the best alternative to smoking cannabis.

They recommend cannabis users vaporize the whole flower, and also used pod-based devices or dry herb vaporizers.


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