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I am the creator and founder of this blog I have summarized in these pages the available scientific data on the effects of cannabis use on cardiovascular health. In this article, i will briefly discuss some of the questions about how cannabis is used (smoke inhalation, ingestion, vaporization) on health hoping to change you mine and get the benefits of Vaping.

The most common way to consume cannabis is to smoke it (cigarettes or joints, pipes) as is done for tobacco. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes lung damage that causes respiratory symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Tobacco smoke has been the subject of a great many studies; it contains 4800 identified chemical compounds, including 69 carcinogenic compounds.

Cannabis smoke contains several compounds that are also found in tobacco smoke (including ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, nitrosamines, tar components: phenols, naphthalene, benzopyrene and benzanthracene), but it is not known if it causes the same lung damage. According to one study, cannabis smoke contains 20 times more ammonia, 3 to 5 times more NO, NOx and aromatic amines, but fewer polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than cigarette smoke.

Several studies (see this review) have shown that cannabis smokers can develop mucosal lesions of the airways and respiratory symptoms such as coughing, phlegm production and wheezing. For occasional cannabis smokers (2-3 times a month), there does not appear to be any long-term adverse effects on lung function according to a study that followed 5,115 people for more than 20 years.

Heavy cannabis smokers (> 20 times a month), however, have an accelerated decline in lung function compared to occasional smokers, leading the authors of the study to suggest cautiousness and moderation for the use of cannabis. There are other ways to consume cannabis than to smoke, allowing cannabis users to avoid exposing their lungs to toxic compounds from burning.

Oral Ingestion

Cannabis can be ingested, most of the time after it has been incorporated into foods and cooked, or as infusions, alcohol-based extract, or edible oils. The effects take much longer to be felt, from 1 to 2 hours depending on the contents of the stomach, but last longer than by inhalation of smoke or vapors. Because of this long delay, the dosage of the effect sought by the user is more difficult to do than by inhalation, which can lead to accidental overdoses. Oral ingestion is therefore impractical, especially when compared to the use of cannabis sprays, a relatively new mode of cannabis use that is healthier than smoking.

Cannabis Sprays

Cannabis sprays are small devices that heat the plant (flowers, leaves, resins) finely chopped to a sufficiently high temperature (180-230 ° C) to extract the active compounds in the form of aerosols, ie say tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids. The vaporization temperature is a very important parameter since at relatively low temperatures (<180 ° C) the vapor will contain mainly terpenes and very few cannabinoids. Sprays theoretically provide a safer method than smoking cannabis since users do not inhale toxic products from combustion that can cause respiratory symptoms and diseases.

A German laboratory compared 5 commercially available vaporizers and concluded that these devices are effective in extracting THC and CBD, and that 4 adjustable temperature electric vaporizers provide a safe mode of cannabis use. As measured in the laboratory, vapor produced by a vaporizer heated to a temperature of 230 ° C contains a little more cannabinoids, but 3 times less by-products than cannabis cigarette smoke.

Another analysis showed that the cannabinoids are extracted very efficiently by vaporization and that the vapor produced contained only three other compounds (in the form of traces) whereas 111 compounds (including several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) were identified in the cannabis smoke. Inhalation of sprayed cannabis is therefore an effective and safer method of cannabis use and we believe that it should be used rather than smoking this product with a pipe or joint, to reduce potential harm to the lungs.