Confirmed: Vaping Weed is Way More Intense Than Smoking It
A new study published in JAMA Network Open has confirmed that the popular method of vaping marijuana produces a much more powerful high than smoking. It also comes with more negative side effects.
The researchers examined the effects of vaping on 17 healthy adults with a median age of 27.3 years. When comparing equal doses of THC, they found that the effects of vaporized marijuana were stronger. At higher doses, the vaping subjects also experienced more unwanted impacts like paranoia and hallucinations.
“The difference is most likely due to some destruction of the drug when the cannabis is burned, which doesn’t occur when it is vaporized,” said Tory Spindle, a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the lead author of the study (NBC News).
The research may offer useful information for policymakers trying to regulate retail sales of legal marijuana.