Vaping weed is the modern alternative to smoking it. Vaporization is the process of heating dry herb to specific temperatures below the point of combustion in a vaporizer. It produces a stream of vapor that is inhaled through a mouthpiece or bag.
Is vaping weed better than smoking it? “Better” is subjective. They are very different, so it depends on what you want from the experience — but they will both get you ripped! In this guide we cover the differences between vaping vs. smoking weed and their various pros and cons.
Smoking weed, or smoking anything for that matter, produces tar and other harmful by products. Whether it’s through a bubbler, joint, pipe or ten-foot bong, it still relies on combustion. While there hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted on the effects of vaporizing cannabis specifically, vaping nicotine is generally recognized to be at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes by top UK scientists. It’s not a huge leap to make this assumption with pot. That’s why, vaporization is the most-recommended way for administering medicinal cannabis.
There are still some legitimate concerns about various devices on the market. Namely the very cheap ones that are typically made in China. We strongly urge you to only stick with trusted devices from reputable brands. The better vaporizers are designed so the vapor only passes through materials like ceramic, stainless steel and quartz — no plastics and no glue near the heating elements.
The most obvious reason to consider vaping over smoking is for your health, but there are other additional benefits. Vaping marijuana allows you to taste more distinction between strains, and it gives you control over temperature and is generally more convenient and discreet.
One of the drawbacks of vaping marijuana is that you need to learn how to use your device, keep it clean and make sure it is always charged or plugged in with desktop units. Another con of vaping bud is that it requires an initial investment in a vaporizer (and grinder). Lastly, the effects of vaporizing cannabis can are somewhat different than what you’re used to with smoking.
The major advantage of smoking over vaping is that it typically produces more intense overall effects. Smoking also doesn’t require as much of an investment. Also, the whole smoking ritual can be addictive – rolling up a joint or packing your favorite glass piece, yet another reason why some people still do it the old school way. Lastly, smoking is relatively low maintenance, it’s easy to roll up a joint, put it in your pocket and go about your business.
More intense effects: Smoking dry herb can more quickly create intense and euphoric effects. The extreme temperatures of fire immediately release all of the cannabinoids responsible for this more sedative effect such as THC in addition to THCv.
No investment required: Smoking doesn’t require as much of an investment up front unless you are buying a big fancy glass piece. It’s so much cheaper to just buy some rolling papers, which prevents a lot of smokers from delving in to vaping.
Smoking is a ritual: The entire process of rolling, packing, smoking can become almost ritualistic at times. It can be difficult for some to break this routine.
No learning curve: Smoking is simple and doesn’t require a lot of practice. Anyone can light up a joint or bowl, and it’s easy to know when your session is over. Vaping pot is more complex and requires a bit of experience and knowledge.
Low maintenance: There is some general maintenance involved with pipes or bowls, but they typically don’t require as much effort as cleaning a vaporizer. Joints on the other hand, are relatively low maintenance, aside from having to roll them.
The main disadvantage of smoking vs. vaping are the health risks. It isn’t tobacco, but it’s still smoking. You also get less control over the effects, it leaves a much stronger smell and isn’t as efficient than vaping bud. The final downside to smoking is that you don’t notice the subtle nuances between strains as much as you would if you were vaping them.
“Better” is highly subjective, but it could very well be the best method for you. For example, if you’re looking for a safer more discreet way to toke, or are a medicinal cannabis patient, then it probably is for you. But if you are only trying to get completely blazed, smoking is the cheapest way to make that happen, just keep in mind the cons that come along with it.
The choice is yours, but every smoker should at least try vaping weed to see if they enjoy it. Vaping marijuana vs. smoking can be night and day. The taste is much more robust from a good vaporizer, with more flavor distinction between different strains. Terpene connoisseurs who started vaping will find it hard to go back to setting their precious buds up in smoke, instead of savoring every last drop of flavor. Embrace the technology.