Cannabis enthusiasts say dry herb vaping has a better flavor and milder smell than smoking. A good quality dry herb vape starts at about $200, but the expense could be worth it for people who smoke cannabis regularly.
The safety of CBD vaping products is still unclear. Vape pens and carts are largely unregulated (with the exception of those from a medical marijuana dispensary). As such, ingredients can vary and may include chemicals linked to EVALI. The CDC advises against vaping nicotine or THC, but it does not specifically say to avoid CBD vape pens.
Medical cannabis can be consumed in a plethora of ways, depending on your preference. You can consume it in baked goods or drinks, with a water pipe or rolling papers, in pill form or as a nasal spray, and of course, with a vaporizer.
Does vaping cannabis leave a smell?
Both smoking and vaporizing cannabis are associated with severe and potentially life-threatening conditions. Fortunately, there are safer ways to consume cannabis that don’t involve secondhand smoke and aren’t harmful to your lungs.
Given the sheer volume of cannabis products available, selecting the right one for you can be overwhelming. Before you choose a vaporizer, make sure you weigh the pros and cons.
Chris Vincent, MD, is a licensed physician, surgeon, and board-certified doctor of family medicine.
Dry herb vaping is generally understood to be the least harmful way to inhale cannabis. Vape cartridges, on the other hand, have been linked to the potentially deadly lung injury known as EVALI.
“We don’t have long-term data. It is probably better than lighting something on fire and inhaling the smoke,” Mitch Earleywine, professor at the University of Albany, tells Inverse.
Until recently, smoking was the preferred method of consumption overall, but vaping THC oil is on the rise, especially among teens, according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse for Teens. The number of 12th graders vaping THC nearly doubled between 2018 and 2019, according to the data.
Vaping THC oil and health
In the United States, marijuana is the second-most commonly used psychotropic drug. Over 122 million people in the US have tried weed at some point in their lives. About half of all 30 to 50-year-olds use it regularly, according to 2017 statistics. The same is true for teens, too. Smoking pot is legal for recreational use in 11 states, and several others are looking to make it legal in the next year.
That, say the experts, is no surprise.
In 2018, Spindle conducted a small study comparing the subjective drug effects of smoking or vaporizing weed, finding that THC’s effects were stronger when vaporizing.