Cannabis and Health

17 December 2018

5 Reasons you should start vaping your bud

Out with the old, in with the new. How vaping cannabis may become the new standard.

By Herbert M. Green

Stop smoking your weed and start vaping it! I want to scream that at the top of my lungs. Better working lungs that is. Not only is it healthier, but it’s also a more efficient way of getting all the beneficial cannabinoids into your system; without the harmful substances that are the result of combustion. From a medicinal perspective, that is a big win. Besides that, is a lot cheaper too.

1. It’s healthier than lighting up a joint.

Let’s forget for a minute the nasty habit of mixing cannabis with tobacco, and concentrate solely on the difference between smoking a pure joint and vaping.

Even though preliminary research has shown that smoking cannabis is less harmful than smoking tobacco, smoking weed still involves combustion, inhaling hot air, ash particles and other plant material, which can cause irritation or worst case, inflammation of the lungs.

The combustion of any biological material creates harmful chemical compounds like carbon dioxide, polynuculear aromatic hydrocarbons, organic pollutants or in the case of improper combustion, carbon monoxide. With vaporization, you only inhale the good stuff like cannabinoids and terpenes. For that same reason, your weed will also taste better.

Lastly, some studies have shown there might be signs that vaporizing even reduces existing respiratory problems for some individuals. We are waiting for the results of further testing and studies on this subject, but they are positive signs for the future.

This sight might be a thing of the past

2. Get more bang for your buck

Studies have shown that only 25% of the THC and other cannabinoids get into your respiratory system when you light up a spliff because the rest gets burnt up. Whereas with vaping you get about 45% of the good stuff. That is nearly twice as many beneficial compounds per hit. Besides that, you need a whole lot less material when vaping to get the same result as smoking a doobie. Lastly, when you set your joint down in the ashtray to take a break, it continues to smolder a little longer, burning a small amount of product without you inhaling it. You don’t have to worry about that with vaping.

More and more people are switching to vaping their cannabis

3. Cleaner highs, sharper minds

Most people who vape can tell you that the high they get is a lot clearer than when they smoke. They experience the high a lot more clearly, without the drowsiness and brain foggy effect. That makes sense when you consider that the vapor only contains the cannabinoid boost and none of the secondary chemical compounds that come with combustion.

4. Better compound control

Different cannabinoids, terpenes, and even flavonoids have different boiling points. CBD for instance has a boiling point around 165. So, if you need a CBD fix, you can set your vaping device to that particular heat setting and Bob’s your uncle. You can’t target specific compounds like that when you smoke your bud. Besides, half of the compounds will literally go up in smoke anyway.

5. Recycling is the future

When you are done vaping your bowl or trench you are left with this brown, almost but not entirely, dry plant material. You’ll want to store that and not throw it away. As I said before, even when you vape, there are still a significant amount of active cannabinoids and terpenes left in your bud. Put that leftover weed or Already Vaped Bud (AVB) in a glass jar and use it to make infused oils or butter. If you need some inspiration, check out this article on some uses for AVB. Just keep in mind that you’ll need about two to three times the amount of AVB than when you are using fresh cannabis. At least you can skip the process of activating the cannabinoids (decarboxylation), seeing as you’ve already heated up your bud when you vaped it.

Save the already vaped leftovers

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Herbert M. Green
Herbert lives and breaths cannabis. And when he’s not breathing it, he’s writing about it. If he’s not doing that, he’s reading about its history or politics. If not reading about cannabis, he’s talking about it, in the hopes he can change the world’s view on cannabis.
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