Does Vaping Weed Get You Higher?

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Linda Barrett
Written by Linda Barrett

According to a new study, vaping cannabis, the smokeless delivery method of vaporizing, does in fact get you higher than the bong.  Science. Not to be confused with “vape pens,” marijuana vaporizers heat plant material to a temperature just below combustion, allowing people to inhale, man, without breathing in any toxic smoke.

Per the aforementioned report, published in JAMA Network Open by Nadia Solowij, PhD, vaporizing cannabis produced a higher level of intoxication in a test group of 17 healthy adults — who were not frequent marijuana users — than smoking the same amount of weed through a traditional pipe.  Side note, how does one become part of this test group?!

“Our theory is that when you combust cannabis, more of the THC is lost due to the combustion process,” said lead researcher Tory Spindle. “The vaporizer is a more efficient delivery method than the smoked cannabis.”

The vaporizer is a more efficient delivery method than the smoked cannabis

Important to note, while getting you higher, vaporized cannabis could produce more side effects than smoking weed. Specifically, rapid heart rate, cotton-mouth, red eyes, and increased Doritos consumption.

“It’s often a fine line between someone getting the drug effect they desire and having a drug effect that’s too strong, and maybe produces paranoia and adverse effects that are uncomfortable for the person,” Spindle continued, “that sort of thing might be more likely with vaporizers.”

While lung health is always a concern, according to the report, there is “little robust evidence from clinical trials or epidemiological studies to support vaporization being a safer option.”

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SOURCES: Tory Spindle, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; Nadia Solowij, Ph.D., professor, University of Wollongong, Australia; Nov. 30, 2018, JAMA Network Open, online

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Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett

Native San Diegan who's been smoking weed longer than YEW!