The popularity of vaporizers on the market grows every day, increasing the amount of debates about whether a cannabis vaporizer is better and safer than traditional smoking. Besides, such interest in vaporizers calls for objective scientific studies. On the one hand, vaporizing is a healthier way of consuming cannabis, but on the other hand, we do not know the whole truth. For that, we have to dig deeper in regard to both methods: vaping and smoking dry herbs.
Before we start to compare, let us clarify what exactly happens when you smoke. First of all, you have to burn dry herbs—the material. The process is rather complicated, as every part of the dry herbs has to be combusted so that we get the smoke full of essential elements. In addition, the inhaled smoke contains highly toxic elements that have a negative effect on a human body. When cannabis is smoked, up to 90% of elements in the produced smoke are non-cannabinoids, which means the smoker inhales more toxins than necessary elements.
Besides, the temperature of cannabis and tobacco combustion is so high (almost 2000 degrees) that it causes the production of harmful chemicals that leads to different diseases. Vaporization is completely opposite to smoking, as it involves heating of the dry herbs up to a defined temperature, at which it starts to produce vapor. The most common temperature is less than 400 degrees. The vaporization of cannabinoids starts at 285 degrees.
It means that in vaping there is no risk of excessive heat and toxins. Comparing to smoking, vaping produces approximately 95% of essential elements—cannabinoids. The remaining part is oil, which is absolutely non-toxic. Besides, using a portable herbal vaporizer, a smoker can get high in any place just in a few seconds.
Summarizing all the mentioned effects of smoking and vaping, we may claim that vaporization of dry herbs is the best alternative to smoking. A number of studies since 2001 have confirmed this statement. For example, in 2007, a team of scientists from the University of New York and the University of California conducted research that concluded that vaping had 40% fewer negative effects on the respiratory system compared to traditional smoking.