Inside the health benefits of vaporizing your medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by David Silverberg

A growing number of medical marijuana patients are stiff-arming smoking their medicine in favor of vaporization, according to a report published by MediJean.

Medical marijuana physicians and other cannabis professionals are  increasingly recommending vaporization, which refers to devices designed to vaporize the active ingredients in plant material.

As MediJean explains: Vaporizing offers two different heating methods: conduction and convection. Conduction is the transfer of heat through direct contact while convection involves heat transfer via air particles. Conduction heating is found often in portable vaporizers than desktop units.

The science backs up the anecdotal evidence: Research has shown that emissions from vaporizing are 95 percent smoke- and carcinogen-free, while combusted smoke gases consist of 88 percent non-cannabinoids, including numerous known polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), carcinogenic toxins common in tobacco smoke, according to the report.

“I absolutely recommend [vaporization] over smoking,” said Anton Mattadeen, chief strategy officer at MediJean, a Canadian bio-pharma medical cannabis company. “It doesn’t create any issues with tars. There are no combustibles. With vaporization, you’re simply heating up the substance until it releases the natural oils. It doesn’t have any negative effect on your lungs, as opposed to when people smoke… it creates real potential health issues.”

For more details on the pros and cons of vaporizing marijuana, go here.