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The Difference Between Vaporizing and Smoking Cannabis

Vaporizes and pre-packaged cartridges are relatively new products that have been sold in North America for just over 10 years and cannabis vaporization especially is growing in popularity among consumers because it’s easy, discreet, and healthier than traditional smoking methods. In the last couple of years there has been much public debate about the use of vaporizors. In this post, we will set the record straight on the difference between the two.


What Are Vaporizers?

Cannabis cartages, also known as vapes, involve heating cannabis flower or concentrates to a temperature that turns cannabinoids and terpenes into vapor. They are often handheld but come in many different variations. Vaporization is a healthier alternative to smoking as it occurs at temperatures that do not allow the flower to combust, which releases harmful chemicals into your lungs. Both flower and concentrates can be vaporized using a wide range of devices.


What Are The Advantage of Cannabis Vaporizers?

There are many advantages to vaping instead of smoking. Beginner consumers, for example, tend to prefer vaporizing because the vapor can be inhaled in short puffs rather than deep breaths which can prevent overconsumption.

For more frequent consumers, one of the best benefits for vaping cannabis is that it’s a healthier alternative to smoking, as vapor doesn’t release the tar and carcinogens created during the burning process. Instead, vaporization entails a slightly more complex process that creates a phase transition from liquid to vapor.

Recently scientists have found that vaping actually delivers a more potent high than a traditional joint. People who use a cartridge delivery system should approach vaporizers with caution if they are moving from smoking.


What Are The Disadvantages to Vaping?

While vaping is awesome, there are also some disadvantages. The preparation of the vaporizing can be annoying and cumbersome. The cannabis first must be ground into a fine powder and then the consumer must wait for the vaporizer to heat up. Afterwards, the vaporizer should be cleaned on a regular basis. Marijuana smoking has none of those issues. In addition to a slightly more cumbersome process, many vaporizers are expensive for the beginner or casual consumers, although, in the long run, vaporizers can save you money as they use less marijuana.



Extensive research on cannabis is still in its infancy because cannabis is still illegal in most countries. As cannabis legalization and acceptance continues to spread across the world, more scientific studies are being conducted and more is being understood about vaping and cannabis smoking in general. An increase in information about vaporization and better product availability is creating more appeal to cannabis users for medicinal use to help solve issues from insomnia, joint pain, and perhaps even cancer. Smoking or vaping is a personal choice and with a little more knowledge on the pros and cons, you can make a more informed decision about what is right for you and the situation.

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