The medicinal benefits of using marijuana is gaining increasing acceptance in our society. As tolerance and understanding of the benefits grows, so can the discussion of its applications and methods of use. Indeed, not all methods of using marijuana are equal. The most widely known methods of marijuana use are, of course, smoking and ingesting. However, it is also possible to drink marijuana tonics or tinctures or to apply marijuana topically. One very beneficial and perhaps overlooked method for marijuana use is vaporizing.
Using a vaporizer for marijuana offers several benefits:
1. It is free of tars and toxins.
Marijuana contains roughly 66 cannabinoids, active compounds that are similar to our bodily molecules, which act to protect nerve cells and influence mood, memory, appetite, sleep, movement, and our immune systems. When smoked in a pipe or joint, our bodies are exposed to toxins. However, vaporization allows these cannabinoids to be released in such a way that they are inhalable, but do not release the harmful toxins.
2. It is not as damaging to the respiratory system.
Yes, smoking marijuana is far less harmful than smoking cigarettes. However, there are studies that show it still has some effect in increasing the risk of respiratory cancer and other diseases. Vaporizing eliminates these risks by allowing the body to reap the benefits of the therapeutic compounds in cannabis without the high degree of smoke toxins that one inhales through smoking.
3. It provides immediacy in medical relief.
Vaporized marijuana provides rapid onset symptom and pain relief. This is especially important for medical marijuana users. Research shows that edible and prescription Marinol (gel capsule) marijuana has a longer absorbency and slower efficacy level than vaporization.
4. It offers potency with control.
Of all the accepted medical marijuana methods, vaporization offers a double benefit of top potency and specific dosage control. This means that medical marijuana patients do not have to use as much to receive the same level of pain relief.
5. There is no smoke.
With the vaporization method, all that you notice when taking the marijuana is a slight wisp of vapor. The lower temperature, when compared to smoking, does not create the toxic carcinogens that can cause respiratory diseases and lung cancer.
6. There is little to no smell.
One of the most telltale and perhaps annoying after effects of smoking marijuana is the smell that is produced. Because there is no smoke produced in vaporization, there is very little, if any, smell produced when practicing this method. This is beneficial if you live with non-marijuana users who may be bothered by the smell. It will also save your home upholstery and clothing from being saturated with the smell of marijuana.