E-cigs and Cannabis
E-cigs and Cannabis
If you follow vaping culture online, then you’re probably aware of the fact that some people vape cannabis. Up until recently, there was little to no scientific documentation associated with this activity – and scientists knew very little about how well it worked or whether or not it was more dangerous to smoke it than to vaporize it.
But a paper that was recently published in European Addiction Research has shed some light on the issue – and has revealed some rather surprising details about cannabis vaping.
This study was actually an internet survey that took place in 2013 and 2014. There were 55 participants in all – 11 who vaped cannabis with E-cigs, and 44 who vaped it with an e-vaporizer. Most of those who participated were men (78%).
You can read more about the actual details of the study, as well as a more specific description of the group’s vaping habits, here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25613866.
Here are some of the most surprising details that came from the study.
- Just under half of the participants reported that vaping cannabis had helped them to lower or even stop their cannabis use altogether
- 37% of those who participated said that vaping it had ‘no impact’ on their cannabis use
- 6% reported that vaping it increased their overall cannabis usage
- Those who took part in the study reported that vaping cannabis seemed ‘healthier’ to them than smoking it. They described it as being more discrete and less odorous.
- A few disadvantages of cannabis vaping were reported, including dry mouth.
The report had this to say in conclusion…
“Cannabis vaping via e-cigarettes or e-vaporizers is an infrequent behavior that was previously almost undocumented. E-cigarettes do not appear to be a very appealing way to use cannabis.”
Interestingly, vape pen and e-vaporizer use with cannabis has become more and more popular in the UK. According to an article published by independent.co.uk (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/vaping-weed-is-now-more-popular-than-smoking-it-10305688.html), ‘vapouriser and vape pen use now accounts for 41% of all cannabis consumption, compared to 29% for joints.’
Information! According to this article, the reduction in odour and their efficiency are mostly responsible for their popularity with the cannabis crowd. They’re also more popular with cancer patients who are using medicinal cannabis. This is said to be because vaporizers feel more ‘medical’, while joints and other types of usage seem more ‘taboo’.
With marijuana reform moving swiftly across the US, the discussion about the future of cannabis use in the UK is definitely a front-burner issue – and e-vaporizers seem to be earning a place in that discussion as they become a more popular tool for its consumption.