Should I Still Vape Marijuana?

January 08, 2020

Should I Still Vape Marijuana?

Dry Herb Vaporizers For Cannabis Buds

Despite recent news about the risks of vaping cannabis, vaporizers designed for dried marijuana flowers may still be a better choice for people who experience breathing problem but still choose to partake.

Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, told INSIDER.

Some people who switched from smoking weed to vaping it have noticed improvements in their lung health and experience less bronchitis. In fact, a 2007 study in the Harm Reduction Journal found that vaporizing marijuana can reduce respiratory issues caused by smoking marijuana

Julia Naftulin - The Insider

Here in the Canada dried cannabis has been legal for recreational use since Oct. 17, 2018.   With this welcomed relaxation for cannabis users  comes more honesty and clarity into the types of cannabis products being used and how often. 

Just over three-quarters (77 per cent) of Canadians who reported using cannabis during the first half of 2019 consumed dried cannabis such as flower/leaf, which is currently legal.

Other products used, currently illegal, included:

Consumed edibles (26 per cent of users).
Liquid concentrates (20 per cent of users).
Cannabis oil cartridges or vape pens (19 per cent of users).
Hashish or kief (16 per cent of users).

CBC News


Vaping dry cannabis is thought  to be one of the safer ways to consume legal cannabis.  This is because the plant's material is not altered and there is no direct combustion.

There’s two ways of vaporizing cannabis. One is from the dried herb. You take the weed and you put it in a little chamber and it heats it up. So there’d still be some harm but a lot less harm than smoking. But the other thing that people do is they vape cannabis oil. And cannabis oil typically has far greater concentrations of THC. So it’s a much more potent product.

Jane Stevenson - Toronto Sun

What Are People Saying?

Cannabis Bud Vaping VS Vape Concentate

Many consumers feel that the flavour of cannabis is best experienced by using a dry herb vaporizer. In any case dry herb vaporizers will always offer a way to consume plant material directly without combustion.

On the other hand are the cannabis oil pens.  There has been cases reported of people suffering serious lung conditions after using them. Currently they are not legal and there has been some serious concerns about their safety.  

These products are slated to become legal, but more information is needed.  Dr. Theresa Tam, notes that legalizing vape oil pens could have some positive outcomes from a health standpoint because what's in the products will become known. Some bad ingredients from the currently unregulated vape oil grey market may be causing health problems. Lets wait and see!