Vaping Cannabis: 3 Benefits and Drawbacks

Over the last decade vape culture has exploded.

On the streets of any American city vaping is everywhere you turn. From head shops that specialize in vapor only to the corner store that sells e-cigarettes.

More and more people are turning to vaping as an alternative to combustion smoking either cannabis or tobacco. Some choose vaping for possible health benefits or the convenience factor, other choose vaping simply to be up on the latest trend.

However, just as with any daily habit, it’s important to know the ins and outs of vaping. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of vaping marijuana.

Pros: Three Benefits of Vaping Cannabis

Vaping cannabis isn’t just a trendy thing to do, it also has its benefits!

The world of cannabis vaping is expansive but we’ve narrowed down three of the most important benefits of choosing vapor.

  1. Convenience and Discretion

Simply put, vaping cannabis is convenient. Vaping is a compact and accessible way to consume cannabis.

There is no need for accessories, everything you need is in one device. Say goodbye to lighter, matches, rolling papers, and bowls.

Moreover, vape pens have become more and more compact over the years. With these advancements, vape pens are small enough to fit in any pocket or purse.

Not only does this making vaping extremely convenient but also very discreet.

If you are using cannabis for health reasons, vaping is often a popular choice because it allows you to consume cannabis regularly without drawing attention to yourself.

  1. More Control and Efficiency

Vaping gives you more control over your cannabis experience.

Vaping works by heating up cannabis flower or oil in a contained space within the vape pen. This vaporizes the cannibinoids in the product as produces a vapor which you inhale. 

The temperature at which the pen applies heat to the cannabis is what determines the potency of your dose. With most vape pens on the market, you can adjust this temperature to suit your needs.

If you are looking for a more potent dose, you can easily increase the temperature.

However, if you are microdosing throughout the day and need a less potent dose you can easily adjust the temperature to a lower setting.

Additionally, your ability to adjust the temperature can increase or decrease the longevity of your product. If you only vape at lower temperature, you will get more mileage out of your cannabis product.

  1. Complex Flavor Profiles

Furthermore, with vaping you access a more intense and complex flavor profile.

When combustion smoking cannabis you are actively burning the flower or concentrate. This negatively affects the flavor of the cannabis. 

The smoke created during combustion smoking also contributes to your flavor experience negatively. When you inhale smoke, it is not only unhealthy for you but also adds an ashy flavor to your cannabis experience.

When vaping cannabis, enough heat is applied to vaporize and mobilize the cannibinoids without burning the cannabis itself. 

Vaping allows you to access more flavors in cannabis without the ashy addition of combustion smoking. Furthermore, some marijuana concentrates suitable for vaping have additional flavors added for a little extra fun.

Cons: Three Cons of Vaping Cannabis

As with any product, there are usually drawbacks to consider. Vaping cannabis is no different.

While Green Kong loves a vape pen, we understand the importance of transparency and fully understanding a product before use.

  1. It’s an Investment

The upfront cost of vaping is a bit of an investment.

Other cannabis products like edibles, topicals, and tinctures require zero accessories and can be consumed as is.

More classic methods of smoking cannabis can be accessed with minimal accessories. Sometimes accessories like rolling papers or matches are even included free of charge with certain purchases.

In contrast, vaping requires a more sizable investment. Most vape pens, without a cartridge, will run you between $50-$100 from a reputable dispensary.

Again, with any cannabis or related product, always purchase from a reputable and licensed dispensary like Green Kong.

There are many low-cost, low-quality vape pens on the market. Many of these are dangerous for your health and to use. 

  1. Higher Potency

While vaping cannabis is often considered more efficient due to its higher potency despite using less cannabis product, this can sometimes be a downfall.

Higher potency means higher risk for over shooting your dose. If you are not attuned to your vape and its setting, you may consume a higher dose than you are ready for.

Just as with any new cannabis product, be careful with your doses and always ease in with a smaller dose than usual.

  1. Unknown Health Effects

While vaping is an improvement for your health in contrast with combustion smoking, there may be unknown side effects from vaping.

Combustion smoking feels much harsher on your lungs because, along with smoke, you are inhaling hot particles that damage the sensitive tissue in your throat and lungs.

With vaping, there are no small particles therefore the vapor feels much smoother on your lungs.

However, the jury is still out on vaping side effects. Some studies show that the heat applied during the vaping process also vaporizes less desirable components of cannabis or the additives used to create the wax or liquid in your vape cartridge.

Is Vaping Cannabis Right For You?

Whether or not vaping is right for you is based on so many factors.

Vaping can be an excellent choice for those who regularly smoke cannabis but want to avoid the harsh side effects of smoking.

Likewise, if you are trying to quit smoking cigarettes, vaping low doses of cannabis throughout the day is a very effective way to replace your habit.

As a convenient and efficient way to consume cannabis, vaping is a great option for many folks.

As always, come by Green Kong and ask your friendly neighborhood budtenders for the best way to get started!