What is the difference between smoking and vaping?

Cannabis is a common drug which is mainly referred to as weed. It is mostly known to be consumed for either recreational purposes or medicinal purposes. There are several ways to induce it into your body. Some of these ways include vaping, edibles (mixed with food or snacks), smoking and many others. 

This article mainly focuses on consuming weed in two ways which are smoking and vaping. Here, we will compare the two ways in terms of benefits, risks and several others. 

What is the difference between smoking and vaping? 

Smoking weed is basically rolling a joint and burning one end of it then inhaling it through your mouth to your lungs. After inhaling it, the THC (which is the main component of weed) goes to the lungs and then to the bloodstream which quickly carries it to the brain where it takes effect. On the other hand, vaping involves inhaling oil that is heated up and inhaling it through a vaporizing device to provide vapour from a dried up plant. The device is mainly known as e-cigarette. Vaping is mostly famous among youths and teenagers. 

Which is safer? Smoking or vaping. 

Consuming cannabis in any way is not entirely safe but there are ways that have less side effects than the other. Research shows that smoking weed is the worst method one can use to induce weed into one’s body. This is because burning cannabis releases tar and cancer causing chemicals into a person’s body. 

During vaping, fewer toxins are released. This is because the weed is heated below combustion level and vaporisation occurs where the TC is released but the bad compounds are not released. This means that while vaping, you inhale fewer chemicals thus you will be less exposed to fewer risks. It has the fewest side effects and at the same time has the greatest efficiency. 

Benefits of vaping weed over smoking it. 

There are lesser risks related to vaping weed than those of smoking. There are also more benefits involved with vaping weed. One, while vaping, fewer toxins are released which mean that the consumer is less exposed to risks than when smoking it. Other benefit includes; 

Less smell-cannabis is characterised by an earthy smell that is stronger when you smoke weed but very limited when you decide to vape it. 

It is easy to use vaporizers- they are a little less messy and you just have to follow very few steps to use it. 

It reduces waste of weed because you just need a little weed to achieve your desired effect. 

It is also the most affordable because the weed concentrates last a little longer when you vaporize it. 

Risks associated with both smoking and vaping of weed. 

Even though vaping weed evidently has more advantages than smoking it, they both have side effects to the human body. They are both short term and long term effects. The short term include; 

  • Dry mouth 
  • Bloodshot eyes 
  • Loss of judgement 
  • Accelerated heartbeat. 
  • Paranoia and several others. 
  • Long term effects include; 
  • High risks of getting lung, neck or even head cancer. 
  • For men, decreased sperm count. 
  • Respiratory problems. 
  • Poor short term memory etc. 

In conclusion, if you are looking for the best and less harmful way to consume your weed for either medicinal or recreational purposes, I highly suggest vaping weed. This is because it has less effect on your body and on those around you. 

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