One of the most common questions we come across is, “Is smoking or vaporizing better?”. Generally, those who ask are asking specifically about cannabis. So, that’s the route we’ll be taking today. However, much of the information below can be said for tobacco smoking vs. tobacco juice vape pens as well. Let’s get started.
Which Leads To Higher Potency Of Active Compounds Inhaled?
A common thought among smokers is that you’ll get more THC and CBD when you smoke rather than when you vaporize. However, the reality is when you smoke, 88% of the smoke you breath in contains non-cannabinoid gasses. That means that 88% of the smoke actually isn’t doing anything for you. However, when it comes to vaporized marijuana, studies have show that 95% of the vapor you inhale consists of cannabinoid gasses, leaving you with a more fulfilling hit. But, the kicker is what’s in the gasses.
So What Else Is Being Inhaled
When it comes to smoking marijuana the 88% of non-cannabinoid gasses consist of 111 different components. More than half a dozen of these components are Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons(Later abbreviated as PAHs) thought to be dangerous to your health. When vaporizing, what researchers have seen is much different. Researchers noticed that the non-cannabinoid gasses consisted of only 2 components. One of them was indeed a PAH in very trace amounts. The other component is called Caryophyllene which is a fragrant oil found in tons of plants.
What The Research Proved In Terms Of Potency And Health When Vaporizing Or Smoking
As researchers dug deeper and deeper into the concept of vaporizing and comparing it to smoking, they found 2 key factors that will likely make more consumers want to start vaporizing in the near future. First off, vapor tends to be more potent with regard to cannabinoids leading to a more fulfilling experience. Also, smoking leads to inhaling over 100 compounds half a dozen or more found to be dangerous to health. While vaporizing only contains trace amounts of one dangerous compound and results in 2 total non-cannabinoid compounds. Overall vaporizing was proven to be a safer, more effective way to enjoy your marijuana.
More Found In The Battle Of Smoking VS. Vaporizing
Another thing that was found when researching marijuana and the components that users inhale was that cannabinoids are highly combustible. The reason this is important is that when you smoke, you’re using fire to cause combustion. That combustion destroys many of the glandular trichomes before you get the chance to take advantage of them. So when you vaporize, you get a more full experience!
What Are Cannabinoids?
OK, vaporizing is a more fulfilling experience, we got that covered, but what are cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are the active compounds cause the affects you enjoy when you smoke or vaporize marijuana. The list of cannabinoids is a long one. However, the following are the most important for an enjoyable experience.
Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - THC is the most widely recognized cannabinoid found in cannabis. It’s also the most abundant in the plant. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana smoke or vapor and causes much of the experience users are so familiar with.
Tetrahydrocannabivaron (THCV) - THCV is most commonly found in marijuana strains indigenous to Africa. It’s thought to act as an appetite suppressant and is currently being researched as a treatment for many metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
Cannabidiol (CBD) - CBD is another well known cannabinoid found in marijuana smoke and vapor. It is said to be the component of the plant that has the most medicinal value. CBD is not only non-psychoactive, it’s believed to reduce the effects of the psychoactive ingredient THC. This is why many growers are breeding higher CBD strains for the treatment of children with illnesses like chronic epilepsy.
Cannabinol (CBN) - CBN is a mildly psychoactive component that comes about as THC degrades. When studying fresh plant material, very little CBN will be found.
Cannabichromene (CBC) - CBC is similar in structure and affect to a mixture of THC, THCV, CBD, and CBN. It is thought to enhance the experience for the user and is only generally found in small quantities.
Cannabicyclol (CBL) - CBL is a late stage of CBC as light converts CBC to CBL. However, at this point the chemical is non-psychotomimetic.