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.
The greatest distinction between smoking and vaping is combustion. If any combustion occurs, you’ll be inhaling more than just cannabinoids.
A study found that 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. Another study found that cannabis users who vaporize were less likely to report respiratory symptoms.
Avoiding combustion also drastically reduces the lingering smell of cannabis.
So, what are the benefits of vaping? Users can still get the benefits of cannabinoids without the pyrolytic smoke compounds.
Why are people still choosing to smoke? One advantage of smoking is simplicity. To many packing a bowl or rolling a joint comes easier than using a vaporizer.
The main 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. 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.
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