Is there a safer way to smoke cannabis than smoking it?
But what are the best ways to do so?
Here’s some info on how to make sure your buds don’t get too high and stay safe while doing it.
The safest method of getting high is through vaporizing (vaping). Vapors contain less toxins than smoke, but they aren’t completely free from them either. Vaporizers work by heating up liquid chemicals that are then inhaled into the lungs. They come in different shapes and sizes, but generally they look like a water pipe with a heater attached to it. You’ll need one that fits your needs and budget.
There are two main types of vaporizer: portable units such as the Volcano , which can be carried around easily, and desktop models like the Pax 2 . Both have their pros and cons, but the biggest advantage of a vaporizer is that it doesn’t require any preparation time. Just fill up the tank with your favorite oil/butter mixture, plug it in, turn on the unit and start vaping!
Another benefit of using a vaporizer is that you don’t have to worry about burning your hands when handling the material. A small flame will always burn off most materials if used properly. With vaporizers, no flame is needed since it’s done through heating.
Vaporizers are not completely safe however. There have been a few cases where the vape has exploded. While the chances are very low, it’s still something to keep in mind when handling a vaporizer.
Another popular method of consuming cannabis is known as dabbing (butter/oil). The core principle is that you heat up a “nail” and fill it with concentrated cannabis (aka wax, budder, shatter, etc), and inhale the smoke that’s exhaled after a small period of time. The effects of this can be very strong and pleasurable, but it’s important to keep in mind that these concentrates are hundreds of times more potent than your regular marijuana. This means one should take caution when handling this material.When dabbing, safety gear is a must.
You should always make sure you have the proper mask and gloves. It’s also important that the area you’re in has proper ventilation. The last thing you want is to pass out from smoke inhalation. There are many different types of nails that can be used with different models of vaporizers. Some are safer than others, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
It’s also important to note that the quality of concentrates can vary greatly. Most producers make multiple batches a day, and they usually don’t get the same consistency. Sometimes there can be impurities that might not be good for you, so make sure to check the product before you buy it. One way of doing this is by checking the color. You should only be buying concentrates that are golden in color, since anything darker is probably burnt and will have a much lower THC content.
Sources & references used in this article:
Can we make cannabis safer? by A Englund, TP Freeman, RM Murray, P McGuire – The Lancet Psychiatry, 2017 – Elsevier
Cannabis use and ‘safe’identities in an inner-city school risk environment by A Fletcher, C Bonell, A Sorhaindo, T Rhodes – International Journal of Drug …, 2009 – Elsevier
Cannabis: a harm reduction perspective by A Bennett – EMCDDA MONOGRAPHS, 2008 – chanvre-info.ch