Vaporizing cannabis 🌿💨 may have more intense effects - either for better or worse - compared to burning the same amount, a recent study from the American Medical Association's JAMA Network Open reveals. Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers are behind this pioneering study, the first to point out notable subjective differences between the two consumption methods. 📚🔬
Cannabis Vaporization an increasingly popular method
Smoking cannabis flower has been the most popular method of consumption for decades. However, there was little incentive to create healthier alternatives with the growing prohibition of cannabis. Mixing cannabis with tobacco for smoking , which leads to dependence and harm to health. Glass water pipes were introduced into the counterculture movement in the 1960s, which were supposed to filter water to purify cannabis smoke. However, the continued prohibition of cannabis has hampered the creation of new ways of consuming it.
There has been a shift towards methods of cannabis consumption with the gradual legalization of cannabis in many states and countries. Vaporization using a vaporizer is one method, which has become the most common and popular .
Vaporization is the process of heating the cannabis plant or concentrate to an ideal temperature , in order to vaporize the THC or CBD molecule into the air. Since the distinctive smell of cannabis is less noticeable in vapor than in smoke, it is often considered a more discreet method . Many people are aware that vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes because it avoids the production of dangerous toxic compounds inhaled along with THC.
Methodology used in this study 😊
To investigate the subjective differences between vaporized and smoked cannabis, researchers conducted a study with 17 occasional cannabis users. Occasional users were defined as individuals who had not used cannabis in the past 30 days, as verified by urine analysis .
here are the steps followed by the participants:
Each participant was instructed to smoke or vaporize cannabis containing 0, 10, or 25 milligrams of THC. The study was conducted double-blind, meaning that neither the participants nor the staff administering the doses knew the concentration of THC consumed in each session.
- Vaporization involved inhaling the vaporized cannabis from an opaque balloon to avoid any visual difference in the appearance of the vapor based on THC concentration. For the smoking sessions , a metal cover was used to conceal the contents of the bowl of the pipe given to the participants.
Doses were obtained by mixing placebo weed with a high- THC strain sourced from the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Drug Supply Program. This ensured different THC concentrations with similar weights, to avoid weight as a possible identifying factor during the double-blind study. Other unblinded researchers ensured that all doses were fully consumed in each session.
After consumption , participants were asked to rate the subjective effects they experienced, such as fatigue , dry mouth , and intoxication effects, using a previously published Drug Effects Questionnaire (DEQ). .
Physical effects were assessed using blood samples, heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, and cognitive and psychomotor performance tests . Effects were analyzed at various key time points, including a baseline assessment before any cannabis consumption, using statistical analysis to identify significant variations between consumption methods.
Vaporization more powerful than Smoking
According to the questionnaire results, participants who vaped cannabis experienced more intense effects compared to those who smoked cannabis. This was especially evident for the 25-milligram dose, where the average DEQ score after vaping was 77.5 out of 100, compared to just 66.4 for the same dose smoked. When the dose was vaporized rather than smoked, reported feelings of anxiety and paranoia were 7% higher. Additionally, regardless of the spray inhalation dosage (10 mg or 25 mg), dry mouth and dry eyes were significantly more common.
In an interview with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom, lead author Tory Spindle, Ph.D., explains: "Our participants showed significantly impaired functioning after vaporizing the same dose as smoking, which translates by higher levels of impairment in driving or daily tasks." When the same dose is vaporized or smoked, there is a real difference in the amount of cannabinoids in the blood, and therefore this should be taken into account when dosing to ensure safe cannabis consumption. 😊
Problems and side effects 😕
While vaping has many benefits over smoking, such as reduced exposure to harmful toxins and a more discreet method of consumption, it is important to recognize the potential downsides and side effects:
- The risk of increased psychoactive effects (for THC users) is one of the main disadvantages of vaping. The previously mentioned study found that participants who vaped cannabis experienced stronger effects compared to those who smoked it. This may be due to the higher levels of THC in the blood while vaping cannabis. Anxiety, paranoia, and cognitive and psychomotor performance may increase due to increased psychoactive effects.
- Dry mouth and dry eyes are other common side effects of vaping. This is due to inhaling cannabinoid vapors, which can dehydrate the body. Although these side effects are usually mild and temporary, they can still cause problems for some people.
It is important to recognize that individual experiences may vary despite these potential drawbacks. Vaping may be more enjoyable and beneficial for some people , while others may prefer traditional smoking or other alternatives. Ultimately, it depends on your preferences and your understanding of the potential benefits and risks associated with each method.
The study results have a significant impact on new cannabis users who may consider vaping as their preferred method. It is essential that people new to cannabis understand the effects and risks associated with different methods of consumption.
Due to the intensified effects it can produce, vaping may not be the ideal method for first-time users. The higher levels of THC in the blood when vaping cannabis can lead to feelings of anxiety and paranoia, which can be overwhelming for those who are not used to the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Novice users should start with lower doses and gradually increase as they learn the effects.
Additionally, the impaired cognitive performance observed in the study suggests that novice users who choose to vaporize cannabis should exercise caution, especially when participating in activities that require concentration, attention, and concentration. coordination. It is crucial that people are aware of their own limits and tolerance so that they can avoid situations where impaired cognitive function may pose a risk.
Disclaimer: The information provided above regarding cannabis is for educational purposes only and should in no way be construed as medical, legal, or consumer advice. Cannabis use can have varying effects on physical and mental health, and its legal implications may differ depending on jurisdiction.
It is strongly recommended that you consult a medical professional or legal advisor for advice specific to your situation. Laws governing cannabis use vary from place to place and can change over time, so it is important to stay informed about current local regulations.
The decision to consume cannabis, regardless of the method chosen, should be made in an informed and responsible manner. Any individual considering the use of cannabis should consider their own health, legal context and personal circumstances.🚫🌿