Smoking vs Vaping

Explain the differences between smoking and vaping. 

Describe how smoking and vaping work and how to use the information to make informed purchasing decisions. 

Although cannabis is commonly known for being smoked, there are several more ways to consume cannabis, all of them with their own pros and cons. In fact, there are so many ways to consume cannabis, today we’re just going to focus on smoking, vaping, and dabbing. We can talk about edibles, topicals, and tinctures another time. Let’s start with smoking.

Cannabis flower is often ground and smoked. It’s commonly rolled into joints using rolling papers or wraps, but don’t worry, you don’t have to learn how to roll your own unless you really want to. You can purchase pre-rolled joints at all of our Terrabis locations, which are joints that come already rolled for you, ready to go. You can also smoke ground flower out of pipes or bongs that come in a variety of colors, shapes and styles to fit your preference. 

The main benefit for patients from smoking cannabis flower is the rapid onset of effects. You can expect to start feeling the effects of smoking cannabis almost immediately, anywhere between the first few minutes of inhalation, to 15-20 minutes after. Consuming the entire flower is also said to provide what is referred to as the entourage effect, which is suggested to be a positive healing combination of all the plant’s natural cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. 

Potential downsides to smoking cannabis flower have been reported to be respiratory and sinus issues, especially after prolonged or chronic use. For these reasons, patients with lung or other respiratory issues are often suggested to avoid smoking as a precaution, despite no concrete evidence to suggest it being a direct cause of any sort of specific respiratory condition.

So what is vaping? Vaping just means vaporizing. You can vaporize cannabis flower, or cannabis oil. The difference between smoking and vaping is that when you smoke, you are creating full combustion by lighting it on fire, which then creates the smoke, leaving ashes behind. When you vaporize cannabis flower, a vaporizer doesn’t actually catch it on fire. Instead, it heats up the flower to a hot enough temperature, for it to release the cannabinoids like THC and CBD. This leaves the flower behind, and is thought be a healthier alternative to smoking since there is no smoke inhalation.

Vape pens are commonly used, and you either already have one or have most likely seen one. They are small devices that use vape cartridges filled with a cannabis concentrate containing the THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis flower.

The benefits of vaping over smoking is firstly the suggested health benefit, but also because of how discreet it is to use. Vaping doesn’t smell like cannabis smoke, so it’s easier to consume without being noticed. With a vape pen, you don’t need to carry any flower, a lighter, or something to smoke it with. This makes it very popular among parents and professionals who need to consume cannabis throughout the day, but don’t want to smell like smoke.

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