What is the Problem With Smoking Weed?
Yeah, we know that smoking cigarettes is terrible for your health, but surely weed isn’t that bad, right? You’re right, smoking weed isn’t nearly as bad as smoking tobacco, but it does share some of the same problems. Namely, that when the smoked material combusts, it releases various toxins into the air, which are then inhaled by the user.
Weed doesn’t have nearly the same amount of toxins, irritants, and carcinogens as tobacco cigarettes, but that isn’t to say it doesn’t have any. Marijuana smoke contains enough of them to cause all manner of different pulmonary and respiratory problems, especially because of the way people tend to smoke weed. They usually inhale more deeply than cigarette smokers, and hold their breath longer to absorb as much of the THC as possible.
This kind of behavior has a negative effect on the lungs because research shows that smoking weed can cause damage to the cell linings of large airways. This can lead to increased coughing and wheezing, phlegm production (yuck!), and acute bronchitis. So, if you’re wondering why chronic users are always coughing and spitting, now you know.
Unfortunately, it gets worse. Your lungs and airways aren’t the only internal systems that are hurt by marijuana smoke, your immune system gets compromised too. Marijuana smoke damages the cells that aid in the removal of dust and germs, and also increases the production of mucus. The combination of a suppressed immune system and damage to cells in the lungs can increase the risk of lower respiratory tract infections in heavy weed smokers.
And indeed, chronic weed smokers visit the doctor for the treatment of respiratory problems more often than light, or non-weed smokers. Since vaping does not involve combustion, no toxins, irritants, or carcinogens are produced, so there is a lower chance that those lung and respiratory problems will occur. That means a lower chance of chronic bronchitis, and less susceptibility to lung infections. Sounds good, right?
Vaping is More Efficient
When weed gets combusted, a lot of it literally goes up in smoke. A lot of the THC and the other cannabinoids gets lost when the herb gets burnt. By contrast, vaping retains up to 95% of the THC, so it is a much more efficient use of your supply since you can do a lot more with a lot less.
That also means that vaping weed provides faster and stronger effects than smoking weed. That is a conclusion backed up in a report that states, “in the current study, vaporized cannabis produced significantly greater subjective drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor impairment, and higher blood THC concentrations than the same doses of smoked cannabis.”
Vaping Allows For Temperature Regulation
You can’t set the temperature of a joint any more than you can set the temperature of a forest fire. So, you have to accept whatever temperature at which your weed burns. Not so with vaping. Pretty much every dry herb vaporizer has some sort of temperature regulation, which allows you to determine how intense you want the vapor to be.
Lower temperature settings are smoother, less intense, and produce more flavorful vapor. While higher temperature settings produce harsher vapor and larger clouds. Needless to say, that kind of calibration and customization is impossible with a blunt.
Vaping is Cleaner
Let’s face it, smoking weed can be pretty messy. Rolling papers and loose buds can cause a big mess that you’ll need to clean up later, which can be a pain. Not to mention the leftover roaches that are both messy and a fire hazard. Vaping produces a lot less disorder from beginning to end.
First of all, you need to grind your herb before you use it, and that, naturally, requires the use of a grinder. The herb goes into the grinder and then straight into the vaporizer, there might be a little spillage as you’re loading the vaporizer, but it won’t be anything too big. Once vaping is complete, the vaped weed can be poured directly from the vaporizer into the trash. And if you feel too lazy to get rid of it right after you’re finished, just leaving it in the vape won’t cause the same kind of mess as leaving your used joint just lying around.
Vaping is More Discreet and Convenient
Smoking a joint attracts a lot of attention, most of it unwanted. From the smoke to the smell to the joint itself, all are highly conspicuous. Weed vaporizers come in all sizes and shapes, many of them are small enough to comfortably fit in the palm of your hand, where people won’t even notice you using it.
They won’t see it and they likely won’t smell it either, because the vapor from weed vapes dissipates quickly. So, it doesn’t stick to your clothes and give your personal habits away like the smoke from a joint does. Plus, if you want to keep things covert, then you can just choose a lower temperature setting that produces less vapor. That’s an option you don’t have with a spliff.
You Can Recycle Vaped Herb
Once a joint is done, it’s done. Once a vaporizer is done, you can still use the vaped herbs in other ways. You can use it to make weed-infused recipes, butter, and all sorts of edibles. Try doing that with a blunt. You can’t, unless you like the taste of ashes.