Studies That Prove Vaporizers Are Healthier Than Smoking
You must’ve heard this a million times by now – vaporizers are a healthier alternative to smoking joints. And it makes sense, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re mixing your herbs with tobacco. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. If you think that using a bong makes things better for your lungs, think again, because you’re still inhaling a smoke, which is a product of combustion. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures that release cannabinoids in a fine mist without creating the toxins associated with combustion. For all these reasons many people have turned to vaporizers, in an effort of avoiding the threat of lung cancer. What we didn’t know is how true these health claims are – there weren’t any scientific studies that would confirm or deny what most of us suspected. To us, it seemed impossible that no one has looked into this issue from a scientific point of view so we searched the Internet and found a handful of studies that prove vaporizers are indeed healthier than smoking.
Vaporizing prevents exposure to toxins
A study published in 2007 showed vaporizing could help prevent exposure to toxins contained in smoke. The goal of the study was to investigate the effects of vaporization using the Volcano vaporizer. Eighteen healthy (non-patient) folks enrolled. During the research process, scientists compared the delivery of cannabinoids by vaporization to marijuana smoked in a standard cigarette (it is not clear whether the cigarette was a joint or if it had a filter). Researchers found that vaporizers delivered the same amount of THC into the bloodstream, but less carbon monoxide compared to smoking. The team behind the study concluded: “Vaporization of cannabis is a safe and effective mode of delivery of THC.”
Vaporization decreases respiratory problems
Another study from the same year was the first to link the usage of a vaporizer to a decrease in respiratory problems. The study involved both cigarette and marijuana users and it found those who relied on a vaporizer reported less lung symptoms — such as “cough, phlegm, and tightness in the chest” — than those who didn’t. The study also found the number of cigarettes smoked and amount of cannabis used interacted to create worse respiratory problems. The researchers concluded: “Regular users of joints, blunts, pipes, and water pipes might decrease respiratory symptoms by switching to a vaporizer.”
Switching to a vaporizer is like quitting cigarettes
In 2010, researchers published a follow-up study that took the 2007 findings a step further. The team recruited 20 frequent cannabis smokers with existing lung problems such as “cough, phlegm, and tightness in the chest” and gave them vaporizers to use for a month. Following a month of daily use, the researchers evaluated these 20 folks and found out that 12 of them have significantly improved their respiratory problems. The researchers concluded: “Preliminary data revealed meaningful improvements in respiratory function, suggesting that a vaporizer has potential for the administration of medical cannabis and as a harm reduction technique.”