What is a vaporizer and should I use one?
Many medical marijuana patients are using vaporizers to take their medication (consume their pot). A vaporizer is a device that allows marijuana patients to inhale the active ingredients in marijuana without the harmful effects of smoke. The plant material is heated to a temperature (about 350°F) where the psychoactive natural chemicals in marijuana are released and evaporate into an aerosol mist without any combustion.
Vaporization reduces a patient’s exposure to the toxins (such as tar, carbon monoxide, and the aromatic hydrocarbons) that are in marijuana smoke. It is controversial whether lung cancer or emphysema can be attributed to marijuana use but chronic marijuana smokers have been shown to have an increased risk of respiratory infections like bronchitis. A recent scientific study demonstrated that the respiratory symptoms associated with smoking marijuana (such as cough, phlegm, tightness in chest) were much less severe in patients that used vaporizers to deliver their medication.
Patients who have irritation of the throat and airways from smoking find that vaporization removes this irritation. Patients who are concerned about the respiratory hazards of smoking marijuana should use a vaporizer if inhalation is preferred. Physicians recommend vaporizers over smoking due to the clear benefits of avoiding the toxins in the smoke. Vaporizers are now considered the best and healthiest way to inhale marijuana, Ganja, Herb or whatever you would like to call it.