When vaping THC became fashionable between teens, that paved the way to a new scientific study. The researchers started to wonder if there is any difference between vaping cannabis and smoking it. According to a new study conducted by a team of scientists headed by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, vaping weed might be more harmful than smoking it.
The research, presented in the JAMA Network Open journal, revealed that the psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC, is differently delivered when vaped. Accordingly, THC is getting into the bloodstream much faster when vaping weed in comparison with the delivery time in smoking cannabis.
After surveying 17 participants in this study, the scientists concluded that vaping weed is increasing the risks of paranoia and dry eyes and mouths, and that is because THC reaches in the blood faster through vaping in comparison to smoking.
Vaping Weed Might Be More Harmful Than Smoking It For Mental Health
The new study challenges the conclusion of other previous trials that showed no difference between vaping weed and smoking it. Also, recent research revealed that vaping cannabis is not increasing the risks of pulmonary conditions and cancer, commonly associated with smoking marijuana.
“Vaporization has been suggested as a safer intrapulmonary delivery system than smoking, since by heating rather than combusting plant matter it avoids the formation of pyrolytic toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide and carcinogens,” said psychologist Nadia Solowij from the University of Wollongong.
The scientists concluded that vaping weed lowers users’ exposure to harmful byproducts and sidestream smoke generated by combustion of the THC in regular smoking. On the other hand, vaping cannabis increases the risks of paranoia and dry eyes and mouths due to the more efficient THC delivery systems in comparison to regular smoking marijuana.