Smoking vs Vaping
Vaporizing has numerous benefits over combustion. These benefits include:
- Better flavor
- Virtually no odor
- More effective/efficient
- Less mess
When you burn tobacco, herbs, or other organic plant matter, you are inhaling the active ingredients that you desire as well as a large amount of toxic gases and combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide, benzene, naphthalene, toluene, plus literally dozens of others. Nearly the entire mass of the combusted material enters the users lungs. You don't need to be a medical professional to realize that burned plant matter entering the lungs on a regular basis is not healthy by any means.
Recent studies using advanced scientific tools such as chromatography and mass spectrometry have revealed that between 80-90% of the contents of inhaled smoke is comprised of these undesirable combustion byproducts, with the remaining percentage being actual active ingredients. In comparison, inhaled vapor consists of nearly 90% actives and very little undesirables. This means that you are getting more of what you want and less of what you don't when you vaporize.
After you are done vaporizing the herb, it will appear largely intact, aside from the change in color and absence of actives and flavor. All of these cooked leftovers are what you are saving your lungs from having to breathe in. After switching from combustion to vaporization, it will take very little time for the health benefits of this decision to be made apparent. Your lungs will become clearer in a short while, granting you better lung capacity and drastically reducing the coughing and irritation of them as well as your throat and airways.
Not only is this higher purity of vapor drastically healthier, it also produces tremendously better flavor since you will now be able to taste the essence of your herbs without the byproducts, tar, and ashes of combustion. This difference is night and day, and each herb will be able to provide you a more unique and enjoyable experience because of it.
A common misconception is that vaporizing is not as effective as simply smoking and you do not get as much of the actives. However, vaporizing is actually less wasteful than smoking. This is because, when you combust your herbs, a significant percentage of the essential oils are destroyed by the combustion process itself. Proper vaporization does not destroy any of the desired ingredients of the herb however. They are released at minimal safe temperatures and easily absorbed by the lungs. With proper use of a good-quality vaporizer, the amount left behind in the herb is far less than what is wasted when smoking. It is also possible to re-use these spent herbs in a variety of ways (such as preparing edibles and tinctures with them) to safely reclaim every last bit of actives that may remain. Because of these things, many people who switch from smoking to vaporizing will find themselves going through significantly less herbs to receive the same level and duration of desired effects. This will save you money in the long run, and your vaporizer will soon pay for itself many times over.
Aside from health and financial benefits, vaporizing is also ideal for many because it does not create the strong, harsh odor or mess that smoking does. Proper, even vaporization produces little to no odor, making it possible for people to enjoy the benefits of their herbs in places where smoking would not be possible. This means that not only will you be appreciating the benefits of vaporizing, but your non-smoking friends and family members will be as well.
For all these reasons, it is a good idea to make the switch from smoking to vaporizing. Many people who still administer their herbs by smoking do so because they are ignorant of the benefits of vaporizing and think that smoking is the best and quickest way. Now that you know the facts, make the intelligent and healthy choice and start vaporizing today!