While most smokers turn towards vape, potheads are no exception to choosing vape as one of the ways of getting highs as they have discovered vaping as a healthier and less smelly.
A celebrity, Whoopi Goldberg has a vape named Sippy which she uses it as a treatment. She is suffering from glaucoma and Sippy helped her to east the pain. “The vape pen has changed my life,” Goldberg wrote at The Cannabist.
Vape is made from cheap Bodega models with glass, metal or plastic cartridges full of hash oil. As the time running, the device transforms into futuristic pods with smartphones apps that retail for hundreds of dollars now. “Getting a new vape is almost as good as getting a new smartphone, cleaner, cooler, more modern, healthier, more economical, tastes better, easier to handle, and I never need matches or a lighter.” Isaiah, a 24-year-old from Brooklyn, told BuzzFeed News.
But how safe it is? Let’s check here’s what medical experts say.
Reduce the harmful lung effects of smoking with vaping.
The biggest risk of smoking is cancer caused by chemicals in a cigarette. Smoking is related to bronchitis and emphysema as well as the inhalation.
Chief of chemistry and drug metabolism at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Marilyn Huestis, who has studied the physiological effects of vaping marijuana said: “People who vaporize report decreased respiratory symptoms compared to those who smoke weed”.
Studies have shown that cannabis users regularly report they breathing easier after switching to vapes than smoking and it is a lot cleaner.
Is vaping bud is safer?
Many vape devices use regular bud, heated to a temperature to release the active ingredients of the pot which mostly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) as an aerosol while preventing actual combustion.
“Vaporizing the bud you know is slightly more safe than vaporizing the oil you don’t,” Adam Winstock, a drug researcher at King’s College London, told BuzzFeed News.
A Partnership of The Guardian and Australian media company Fairfax, Winstock and other scientists from around the world founded the Global Drug Survey has gathered 37,000 drug users to talk about how and why they get high. High-Way Code, a series of guidelines about the best and safest time possible when doing drugs. From a list of 10 suggestion, vaping rank on the top.
New users – Strength of the weed matters.
High concentrations of THC for those who haven’t smoked much before, vaping hash oil is something to be careful, Mallory Loflin, a researchers harm reduction in cannabis use at the University at Albany, SUNY reminded. According to data from several cannabis testing labs, vaping butane hash oil (BHO) is at least 60% THC, which tends to be much stronger than regular weed which is 15 to 20%.
This is less concern for an experienced user than someone who first time smokes pot, if they take three hits of BHO, they’re probably going to get a much higher concentration than they’re going to know what to do with,” Loflin said. “Because you get the effects very swiftly, people are pretty good at taking a hit and seeing where they’re at.”
What is inside your hash oil?
BHO is made by stripping the THC out of marijuana using lighter fluid or other solvents.
“When you buy a gram of coke or MDMA, there’s no quality control. That’s going to be the same as there will be a risk of inhaling solvents,” Winstock said.m,
Solvents aren’t the only issue, the lack of regulation means chemicals like propylene glycol and artificial flavors can be added to concentrates without consistent labeling, although there is a lack of research into what happens when you inhale the chemicals in high doses.
“There are some companies that sell themselves as being additive-free, but none of these things are regulated, so it’s really hard to know what you’re getting,” said Ziva Cooper, who studies the physical effects of marijuana at Columbia University.
People trying to make BHO themselves is another serious danger. Amateurs spotted outside of Colorado and Washington are working with dangerous chemicals. Some of them don’t take the necessary precautions when handling with flammable solvents.