What’s the difference between smoking and vaping medical marijuana? First, under current Florida law, smoking marijuana, even medicinal marijuana, is illegal. This is being challenged in the court system. Yet, even in states where smoking is legal, vaping is still a popular delivery method.
What is vaping?
Vaping is the process that heats a substance into an aerosol or cloud. The user inhales and then exhales the cloud. Some vapor is clear, other vapor is cloudy. It can be very reminiscent of smoke, but it’s more like fog.
Vaping can involve oils or dry herb. The oil or herb is put into a heated chamber which operates below the combustion temperature. The cannabinoids and terpenes are released into the vapor. The vapor is then inhaled into the lungs. The onset of the MM may take longer, but it often lasts longer than smoking.
Different types of vaporizers
Vaporizers come can be small compact pens or large tabletop units. Many dispensaries have their own vaping brands and supplies.
Tabletop units plug into a wall outlet. They come with either a bag that expands with the vapor or a hose. Both have a mouthpiece which allows you to inhale as little or as much of the vapor as you would like with each dose. They have excellent precision, allowing for optimal temperature control. This allows you to customize the exact heat based on the product you are using. High end tabletop units can cost a couple of hundred bucks. Tabletop units are not very portable.
Oil vape pens are very portable and discrete. They are small and operate on battery power. But, the vape pens do need frequent charging. Some pens have chambers that you can fill yourself while others rely on a cartridge. The pens themselves can be inexpensive, starting at around $20-$25. Inquire about the different pens available at your dispensary.
Dry herb vaporizers also exist. Most dry herb vaporizers are designed to be refilled by the consumer. Under current Florida law, the dry flower is not available. The way around that law is to offer dry herb cartridges and cups. Two Florida dispensaries offer a dried flower option. Curaleaf offers a dry herb vape pen. Trulieve offers dry flower cups for tabletop vaporizers. Check with your local dispensary for dry herb vaporizer information.
Is Vaping safer than smoking?
The jury is still out on this one. The state of Florida would like you to believe so. Their stance on smoking medical marijuana has been firm, despite what the votes think. Vaping is new. There are many concerns about additives and their side effects. Each product is different. Speak to the dispensary about any additives in their products.
What’s the Difference between Smoking and Vaping Medical Marijuana?
Vaping, or vaporizing, heats the product to just below the combustion level so it doesn’t catch fire. Smoking heats the product until it catches fire and releases smoke. Marijuana smoke has a distinctive odor and is hard to mask. Vaping, depending on the product, is relatively odorless. This means that vaping can be done anywhere that vaping is allowed without people knowing that you are inhaling a medical marijuana product. Discretion is a big plus for many people who vape, but the most important difference right now is legality. Until the smoking debate is settled, smoking medical marijuana is illegal in Florida. Vaping still takes longer, usually not by much, to feel effects than smoking. Yet, the effects of vaping can often last longer than smoking.
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