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The Health Benefits of Vaporizing vs. Smoking Cannabis

Vaporizing is a relatively new health conscious way of enjoying your favorite herb or concentrate. Vaporizing has only really started to gain momentum in the last decade since being developed for commercial use and has established itself as a healthier alternative to smoking cannabis.

By now we are all well aware of the health implication of smoking. Combustion of tobacco and cannabis plant matter starts a chemical reaction creating carcinogens, which are then inhaled by the smoker. These carcinogens have a strong link to many related health conditions such as cancer, heart and lung disease. These are just a few of the complications that are caused by smoking but also we can all admit that smoking does leave a foul taste in one’s mouth. Let’s admit and using our common sense, by inhaling anything at high temperatures in ones mouth can obviously not be good for our internal bodily functions.

Vaporizing is Safer than Smoking

The process of vaping removes the need for any combustion of plant matter and as the name suggests we are only inhaling water vapor, cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. As vaporizing is a fairly new method of delivering our favorite herbs, peer-reviewed studies are still few and far between. However, the studies that have been conducted are positively showing promising results for vaporizing enthusiasts. Studies on the vapor produced by this method of ingestion suggest a significant reduction of carcinogens compared to smoking.

In 2011, fire departments responded to an estimated 90,000 smoking-material fires in the U.S.

For many years smoking has warranted big health and safety concerns due to the risks associated with smoking-material fires. Vaporizing has also had its fair share of published fire-related incidents, but significantly lower than smoking fire-related incidents.  Over-charging batteries and sub-par battery standards have been the cause of these explosions of vaporizing related fire incidents. However, in the last 5 years, there have been significant advances related to health and safety requirements of batteries and devices, thus ensuring you are far less likely to come across explosion and fire issues when using, storing, charging your vaporizer under the correct conditions.

The American Heart Association published a report in 2014 stating that vaporizers are far less harmful than smoking, and further concluded that vaporizing is a promising alternative to giving up smoking. One thing is for certain speaking to any vaporizing enthusiast is that they have more energy, smell better and slowly get their taste buds back after giving up the harmful effects of smoking. Vaporizing is definitely a healthier way of enjoying cannabis and since concentrates have hit the scene in a big way, it is a much easier way to administer cannabis concentrates.