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Difference Between Vaping and Smoking Cannabis

Following a similar trajectory of tobacco’s evolution to e-cigarettes, cannabis vaporizing (or vaping) has become more and more commonplace over the last few years. Let’s take a deep dive into what is vaporizing and whether or not it’s a safe way to enjoy cannabis.

What is cannabis vaping?

In the simplest of terms, cannabis vaping is the inhaling of cannabis by a battery-powered heating device without the burning typically associated with smoking. As with cigarettes vs e-cigarettes, vaping cannabis is a modern alternative to traditional methods of smoking.

The difference between vaping and smoking cannabis

When you vape cannabis or hemp flower, active ingredients are released into the air in vapour form without the need for combustion (and therefore smoke) and typically inhaled through a mouthpiece or bag, resulting in an experience that may include more pronounced flavour, better temperature control and more efficient cannabinoid extracting, all without the need of a heat source or open flame. Traditional smoking requires combustion and might result in respiratory issues caused by the inhalation of smoke as well as collateral damage such as skin burns and/or other types of hazards associated with the use of an open flame.

How do the effects of vaping and smoking differ?

Some smokers have reported that vaporizing produces a more clear-headed high though there is no research supporting this theory to date. Studies have shown that vaporizing greatly reduced expired carbon monoxide in the bloodstream when compared with traditional smoking. Better taste and a lack of smoke have also been cited as benefits of vaporizing as well as the experience can be more discreet than traditional smoking. However, when it comes to preparation, traditional smoking can be more advantageous as vaporizing setup, cleanup, maintenance and learning curve can be time-consuming; additionally, many desktop and portable vaporizers are considerably more expensive than traditional smoking paraphernalia such as rolling papers and water bongs. Traditional smoking also reportedly produces a more intense effect.

Vaping or smoking, how to choose

This largely comes down to personal preference and circumstances. If you are looking for a quick and cheap method to begin enjoying cannabis without the need for a large initial investment or learning curve, traditional smoking might be the better choice. For those looking for a more discreet smoking method, more control over your overall experience, a more distinct flavour profile from your cannabis – all without negatives and toxicity of inhaling smoke – investing in a vaping device may be the more prudent choice.

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