Vaporizing is a common smokeless alternative to consuming or smoking marijuana that allows marijuana smokers to inhale many active cannabinoids, while avoiding the harmful elements that may be inhaled when smoked.
Vaporizers work by heating marijuana at a temperature just below its combustion point of 392°F, producing an inhalable vapour that still contains the active medical ingredients in marijuana (cannabinoids), but without the harmful by-products.
When you smoke marijuana, approximately 88% of the combusted smoke gases contain non-cannabinoid elements, most of which do not get you high and provide health risks. However, when using a vaporizer the smoke/gases that are inhaled consist of approximately 95% cannabinoids, the sought after psychoactive ingredients. Studies have shown that vaporizers can convert 46% of available THC into vapour, compared to only 25% of THC when smoking a joint or bong.
Not only are vaporizers better for your health but they are much more discreet in public. With no odour, and hardly any smoke, they provide you with complete stealth and discretion. Vaporizing is also cost efficient, as many patients are able to reduce their dose by 30 – 50%. Another benefit is the early onset of effect, around 30-60 seconds.
Vaping temperatures depend on your personal preference and the kind of vaporizer you are using. Different temperatures release different cannabis compounds that can give you a range of effects. For example, 185°C is an ideal temperature to release the most psychoactive compounds. Temperatures below 190°C produce a more cerebral high, while temperatures above 190°C tend to give you a body high.
Boiling point: 157°C / 314.6°F
Properties: Euphoriant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiemetic
Boiling point: 160-180°C / 320-356°F
Properties: Anxiolytic, Analgesic, Antipsychotic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic
Boiling point: 185°C / 365°F
Properties: Oxidation, Breakdown, Product, Sedative, Antibiotic
Boiling point: 220°C / 428° F
Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Antifungal
|Δ8- Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC)
Boiling point: 175 – 178°C / 347 – 352.4°F
Properties: Resembles Δ9 – THC, less psychoactive, more stable antiemetic
Boiling point: <220°C / <428°F
Properties: Analgesic, Euphoriant
There are three kinds of vaporizers that heat the marijuana in different ways. Some vaporizers may also use a combination of heating methods.
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