Does Vaping Marijuana Get You Higher Than Smoking It?
What gets you higher, smoking cannabis or vaping it? There are a lot of ways to consume cannabis, and each method of consumption can produce differing effects and take different amounts of time to "kick in". Hypothetically, let's say that you just want to get as high as possible, as fast as possible. How do you make it happen? Edibles can be pretty strong, but they notoriously take a while to digest and thus feel the effects. Smoking is a tried and true method, but some people have sensitive lungs or just don't like to smoke.
Whether you choose to smoke or vape, you're bound to encounter some opposition from friends and family who prefer the opposite. Researchers from the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have conducted a study to end the debate.
The researchers recruited 17 healthy adult men and women to either vape or smoke marijuana in the name of science. Each of the participants had admitted to smoking marijuana before, but not in the previous month. The study took place over the course of six 8.5 hour sessions in which the participants smoked and vaped marijuana containing either 0mg, 10mg or 25mg of THC. The catch? None of the participants knew how much THC they were consuming.
The participants were then kept in a dark room and asked to complete a questionnaire about how they felt, their mood and any psychological symptoms they had experienced. Additionally, they participated in a series of cognitive tests involving things like responding to stimuli on a computer screen, solving simple equations and brief physical tests that recorded participants blood pressure and heart rate.
Throughout the course of the study participants who smoked and participants who vaped got all the familiar symptoms of consuming weed for the first time in over a month: bloodshot eyes, paranoia, increased heart rate and cotton mouth. Those effects peaked about an hour after consumption and in some cases lasted for more than 8 hours.
Overall, vaping proved to be much more effective at every dosage strength, with the researchers reporting significantly higher concentrations of THC in participants’ blood, more mistakes in cognitive tests, and participants self-reporting feeling much higher.
Marijuana legalization is spreading across the globe rapidly, and with the newfound legislation there is bound to be an excess of new and innovative consumption methods for users with different preferences. The most popular "new" method is vaping concentrated THC and CBD oils. This method has risen to popularity for a number of different reasons, some of the most prominent being ease of use and portability. Vapes are super-portable and easy to conceal when traveling, plus they don't emit that familiar marijuana smell that allows everyone around you know what you're up to.
Additionally, vaping brings with it a host of dosage customization due to lab testing requirements. Some vapes even have bluetooth connections and apps for your phone that allow you to do things like limit your intake, fine tune your temperature and even play games.
The Bottom Line
There are a lot of ways to consume cannabis, and you won't know what works best for you individually until you try each option and find out. Consider trying multiple methods of ingestion so that you can fine tune your experience and find the option that works best for you.
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