Vaping VS Smoking Weed

Vaping vs Smoking ↓


As vaporizers are making long strides in the mainstream market, the debate whether vaping is better than traditional smoking is increasingly gaining momentum and dividing the masses.

The increasing popularity of vaporizers also calls for the creation of a real appreciation and exact breakdown on how this fast-paced emerging trend fares against traditional smoking. Opinion and individual taste are no longer enough to answer this important question.

The increasing popularity of vaporizers also calls for an objective and scientific view of how exactly this emerging trend fares vis-à-vis smoking.

On the surface, following minimal scientific research, vaping does appear to be the healthier option than traditional smoking, but to successfully understand this simple truth, we need to dig a bit deeper into both of these practices and expose the relative benefits and flaws.

In this article, we shall take this comparative analysis of traditional smoking and vaping dry herbs, to find out once and for all, which of the two are better.

Vaping your herbs rather than smoking them is much more enjoyable for the user and, simply put, is a more pure experience.

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Here’s the deal:

Before any scientific analysis or exploration of the two sides in this debate, we must discuss what it means to refer to either as “better.” For the sake of both simplicity and efficiency, we shall consider here that the term “better” refers to the three most important categories to consider when smoking.

These are health, cost and quality/flavor. By comparing traditional smoking and vaping based on these three concepts, we can finally provide an absolute answer to this discussion.

How Does Vaping and Smoking Affect Your Health?


Let’s begin by talking about smoking dry herbs first including what occurs when you “smoke” and the process.

In this well-established practice of consuming dry herbs, one would heat up the material, causing it to combust. The process of combustion is an intricate one in which every part of the flower heats up to produce smoke that contains the cannabinoids present in the herb. However, in addition to the production of the cannabinoids, the smoke contains scores of other chemicals that are highly toxic in nature. When cannabis, for example, is smoked, up to 80 percent of the substances in the smoke contain non-cannabinoids.

This means that with every puff, the smoker inhales far more dangerous toxins, rather than the cannabinoids. The tar that a smoker inhales is the primary cause of lung cancer and has direct links to many respiratory disorders. In a recent report written by a technology company, we saw that cigarette smoke is made up of about 7,000 different, and often dangerous, chemicals.

Finally, the combustion process of tobacco and cannabis happens at temperatures as high as 2000°F which leads to the production of harmful chemical substances that can cause some medical conditions.

Evidently, traditional smoking, from a health perspective, displays a process that is extremely dangerous.

While the verdict is still out, it is theorized that opting for vaping over smoking may help you avoid serious long-term health risks.


Is Vaping Cheaper Than Smoking?

Here’s the kicker:

From a cost efficiency point of view, we also see that traditional smoking leaves a lot to be desired.

If the content of what you are smoking uses 80 percent of dangerous toxins and other substances, rather than tobacco or cannabis, you are only taking in roughly twenty percent of the material per hit. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is an inefficient way to produce the desired effect and a waste of both substance and money.

Using a vaporizer can help you save money in the long-term when compared to buying packs of cigarettes.

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Will I have a Better Experience From Vaping vs Smoking?


From a quality perspective, the pattern follows directly. If roughly 80 percent of what you are smoking are these dangerous toxins, tar, and other substances, the quality and purity of your smoke are automatically going to be profoundly affected.

Based on this, smoking as a process can be neatly summed up as:

  • A heating source combusts the dry herb (burned)
  • Temperature of Combustion can reach dangerous temperatures of up to 2000°F
  • Up to 80 percent of smoke through combustion is toxins, carcinogens, and tar
  • The tar and impurities in smoke are the leading cause of cancers and other respiratory and health disorders

More smoking is required to get the desired effect, and it is not the most efficient method.

A vaporizer can provide a well-rounded experience with a better overall effect compared to smoking.

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The Vaporization Process and How it Affects the Quality of Dry Herbs


We can examine the process of vaporization in detail to find out both its effect and efficiency.

As opposed to smoking, vaporization involves heating up the dry herbs to a certain temperature where it starts producing vapor rather than combusting.

With most dry herbs, the temperature required is less than 400°F. Cannabinoids, for example, can initiate the vaporizing process at temperatures as low as 285°F. This low temperature means that there is no hazard of excessive heat or burning or the release of dangerous toxins.

Indeed, through the vaporizing process, up to 95 percent of the vapor generated consists of the cannabinoids present in the dry herbs. The remaining percentage of the substance inhaled is from the fragrant oils that are found in many strands and are not toxic at all, with no tars, carcinogens or toxins inhaled.

By adjusting the temperature controls, you can customize your experience, and draw out the qualities of different strains as well. 

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When vaping cannabis, as an example, the user inhales more than 95 percent of the THC, the essential element of marijuana, a much healthier alternative to smoking which only bears roughly 20 percent. You don’t need a medical degree to see that, in these terms, vaping is a much healthier alternative to traditional smoking.

Experts have claimed, in an 111-page study, that vaping is 95 percent safer than traditional tobacco use and have scientifically backed their claim.

This does not mean, however, that vaping is perfect and doesn’t carry its risks and dangers. If you purchase a cheap and inferior quality vaporizer, you run the risk of burning the material and inhaling smoke than heating up the flower to the right temperature and inhaling the vapor.

Additionally, vaping is far more potent than traditional smoking. In light of this, amateur and first-time vapers, run the risk of consuming far more substance than they intend to and run the risks that come with this over-consumption.

For example, when smoking a traditional cigarette, a substantial portion of the nicotine is immediately destroyed by the combustion process. When vaping tobacco, however, the nicotine element is almost entirely vaporized, inhaled and enters your system within seconds.

Final Thoughts

What’s the bottom line?

Comparing the above effects produced by both smoking and vaporization, it is not very difficult to conclude that the vaporization of dry herbs is a far better and healthier alternative to traditional smoking methods.

There are some research institutions and scientific experiments that have reached the same “pro-vaporizer” conclusion. For example, in 2001, scientific researchers testing the “M1 Volatizer vaporizer unit” proved that the vapor produced by this device contained significantly fewer toxins than smoke produced during traditional smoking of the same substance.

Similar research conducted in 2007 by a joint team of scientists from the University of Southern California and the University of New York supported the same claim. In this study, more than 7000 traditional smokers and vaping enthusiasts were examined to identify the respiratory symptoms experienced by both the groups. The results highlighted the fact that people who vaped were roughly 40% less likely to exhibit negative physical health.

We believe that vaping is cleaner, cheaper and better overall compared to smoking.

Try it for yourself and find out 🙂

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Oron has been vaping for over ten years, and been 100% combustion free since early 2016. He has tried and tested hundreds of vaporizers with every functionality imaginable. Some of Oron's favorite vapes are the Mighty, Solo 2, and Juul. After switching to vaping, Oron experienced first hand the benefits of being smoke-free and decided to help as many people as possible to make the switch. When Oron is not vaping, he is passionate about photography, technology, gadgets, health & nutrition, physical activities.

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