Talking about consuming weed is still under question. Whether you live in a country where marijuana use is permitted for medical or recreational purposes, or it is still under law key, the majority of the population does not agree to talk about this. Especially the older generations who were not in the hippie style are still categorically against its consumption in any form or purpose. However, in the last decades, we have been slowly getting rid of stereotypes and prejudices. Medicine has contributed greatly to this because certain scientific research has shown that consuming cannabis in a certain way and in certain types can be very good for health.
Unfortunately, the story of the health benefits of this kind of herb has been used by some to their advantage, having, at least for the ignorant, a cover for consuming it in a non-medical way. In addition, recent research from 2019 links smoking, cannabis smoking and vaping to lung cancer. Nothing has been proven, but there is doubt in the scientific community. And even concern.
As for consuming marijuana, dried stems, oil or its pollen can be used. The most popular way to get this plant is by smoking, chewing or vaping. No matter what the reason you decide to consume weed, it would be nice to think carefully about your safety and health. When it comes to these two things, the eternal question is whether it is safer to smoke or vaping weed. There is no concrete and unique answer, but we can discuss this. To find out the difference between vaping and smoking weed, it is best to start from the beginning.
What science says: cannabis for or against?
Only in the last couple of decades has science become interested in this, until that time, forbidden plant to use in most countries. However, research has shown that marijuana contains a substance that can be beneficial to you. It is a cannabinoid (CBD). Its revolutionary existence in the marijuana plant has been discovered in the 1980s. CBD itself is not psychoactive, and is thought to reduce stress, tension and is even mentioned as prevention of schizophrenia. This ingredient is extracted from the flowers of industrial hemp for medicinal purposes. In 2017, the World Health Organization adopted that CBD should not be considered a controlled substance at the international level. Two years later, in 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the use of cannabis for medical treatment.
Still, CBD is just one of the hundreds of other marijuana ingredients. The most famous part of this plant is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the primary psychoactive substance of this plant. THC is that substance from this plant for the state of being high. It has not been proven that this ingredient can help you in any way in terms of health, nor can it have any benefits from consuming it, other than the necessary state of high. However, some ultra-negative effects of the substance itself have not been proven. The other thing is the way it is entered. Precisely because of the visit to the THC substance, the marijuana plant is banned in most countries.
In general, when it comes to smoking, regardless of whether it is smoking cigarettes, cigarettes or marijuana, it is clear that medicine explicitly says: no! Inhalation of any smoke can only have harmful effects on the lungs. When it comes to smoking marijuana, things are even worse. Marijuana smokers retain smoke much longer than cigarette smokers. This leads to greater exposure and deposition of tar which is very harmful to the lungs. A persistent cough is just one of the negative effects of smoking marijuana. There are also: creating air pockets in the space between the lungs and the chest wall; production of mucus in large quantities; susceptible individuals are at risk of infection; weakening of the immune system, wheezing from the lungs.
Vaping is considered, among people, less harmful than smoking weed. For those less familiar with this phrase, Smokea teaches us a lot about it and you can inform yourself about this way of weed consumption. Vaping is something like smoking an electronic cigarette. The oil is heated and as such is inhaled through a specific evaporator. There are various vaping machines, even some that work on the basis of nebulizers and evaporators. What is obvious is that there is no smoke that we associate with harmfulness.
However, although there are not as many facts and research on the harmful effects of vaping as there are harmful effects of smoke, some things are still clear. The first thing when it comes to vaping is that if the oil has THC you can damage your lungs. It is clear that it is quite harmful to the lungs. However, there is something else that is much more harmful and much more dangerous than THC itself. It’s about inhaling vitamin E acetate. This additive has been found in many vaping products, including THC. Many lung injuries (EVALI) have been proven in connection with the inhalation of vitamin E acetate. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) directly linked the inhalation of this additive to the deaths of a large number of vaping consumers.
Since the use of vaping has not been studied enough, it is possible that there are more negative effects that are currently unknown. In any case, it is very important to know that the CDC warned the population to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and vaping machines, especially if they contain THC because then the possibility of getting vitamin E acetate increases.
What is the difference in the way it is consumed?
Parts of the plant, the whole plant or concentrates are most commonly used to consume marijuana. When it comes to smoking, they wrap themselves in specific cigarette paper. Very often consumers mix marijuana and tobacco and this is called spliff. Weed can also be smoked using bongs and pipes. Some consumers are fans of the stronger form of marijuana in the form of concentrates (hash and kief).
When it comes to vaping, concentrated extracts are used, as well as ground dry marijuana. Vaping consumes more concentrated cannabis, which means that you will ingest more weed ingredients than smoking.
In any case, smoking and vaping will give you an effect very quickly, while its peak is expected in the period from 10 to 15 minutes after consumption. Therefore, if you decide on something like this, we recommend that you vape or smoke slowly in the beginning, a smaller amount, and after half an hour, if necessary, take more.