There are several types of vaporizers on the market that have heat temperatures which can be set to keep cannabis from combusting.
Although there is limited research into the effect of smoking cannabis and the correlation to cancer, it’s advisable that having a non-combustible vaporizer at hand when smoking cannabis can lessen the likelihood of irritation to the throat, mouth and lungs.
According to data from a study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, electronically powered vaporizers deliver cannabinoids in a relatively safe and reliable manner.
Not all vaporizers are the same, so choosing the right type is of great importance for varying reasons.
Swiss investigators evaluated the ability of different types of vaporizer technologies to safely and effectively release THC and CBD (cannabidiol) in vapor. Researchers reported that electronically driven devices, which allow for precise temperature control, provided relatively safe and uniform dosing. By contrast, gas-powered devices performed in a more unreliable manner and “cannot be recommended for therapeutic purposes.”
Authors concluded, “[T]he four electrically-driven and temperature-controlled vaporizers investigated in this study efficiently decarboxylate acidic cannabinoids and release reliably the corresponding neutral cannabinoids into the vapor. Therefore, they can be considered as a promising application mode for the safe and efficient administration of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids.”
Vaporizer technology heats herbal marijuana to a point where cannabinoid vapors form, but below the point of combustion. In clinical trials, investigators have concluded that vaporization “does not result in exposure to combustion gases” and produces higher plasma concentrations of THC compared to smoked cannabis.
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