You might have heard of this new trend called vaping. Vaping marijuana is still a pretty new trend, however, according to a new study recently released in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, “Those that do vape consider it to be a safer, more positive experience than smoking.” The study “Online survey characterizing vaporizer use among cannabis users” by Dustin Lee, Benjamin Crosier and three coworkers suggests that new inventions are coming out in the changing cannabis industry, and these new products may have an effect on public health. Vaporizing, also known as “vaping,” marijuana is becoming much more popular. However, the consequences of this are unknown.
The study was taken place through a survey of Facebook ads. There were 2,910 participants with their ages ranging from 18 to 90. 84% were male, 74% were Caucasian. Although this is neither a random nor accurate representation of all cannabis users, the test was still large enough to give insight into this new fad.
The most important results were that sixty-one percent of the group has used a vaporizer sometime during their life and thirty-seven percent used on just in the last month. To give an idea as to how often it is used, twenty percent of the group used a vaporizer more than a hundred times while twelve percent noted that vaporizing marijuana was their favorite method of consumption.
The danger reduction potential for vaping has a pretty good foundation. According to two earlier studies, those who smoked marijuana believed that vaping was less dangerous to their health. The idea behind this is that the vaporization “produces fewer carcinogenic materials (less tar, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and nitrosamines) than conventional smoke.” Another study has indicated that at 230° C, a vaporizer draws out more cannabinoids and less carcinogenic byproducts, making the temperature of vaporizing a very important issue.
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