What is the Difference Between Smoking and Vaping Weed?

What is the Difference Between Smoking and Vaping Weed?

Rapid growth in the legal cannabis market means there are more ways of ingesting cannabis than ever before. Today we’re focusing on the comparison between vaping and smoking. Vaping exhibits some benefits over smoking, but at the end of the day, it often comes down to preference.  

Vaping cannabis is more popular now than ever because of how discreet and portable it is. On the other hand, smoking good old flower remains popular with seasoned users looking for a complete aroma profile and high from the original plant. You may not actually need to compromise on portability or flavor. You can get the best of both worlds with URSA’s Live Resin Carts made from 100% live resin. 

Continue reading for an in-depth guide comparing the differences between smoking and vaping cannabis. 

How Does Vaping Cannabis Work? 

When you choose to vape, cannabis oil is warmed to a high enough temperature for the decarboxylated chemical compounds (i.e. THC) to turn to vapor. You then inhale the same as you would when smoking from a joint. A big difference is that vaporizing requires far less heat than when combusting your cannabis. With vape batteries, the required temperature is quickly reached because of how fast the heating elements respond. 

To be more specific, vaporizers heat the oil to temperatures that let out the cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that play a role in our endocannabinoid system. They are created in the plant resin glands (trichomes), leaves, and flowers on the plant. Cannabinoids interact with two main receptors CB1 and CB2 in the Endocannabinoid System. 

Is Vaping or Smoking Better for Your Lungs? 

More research needs to be done before we can definitively say whether or not vaping is better for you than smoking. With that said, a few studies show that smokeless cannabis vaporizers may give you the same therapeutic benefits without as many downsides. This is believed to be due to the fact that the actual temperature used is much lower and there is no actual combustion with vaping. 

Once again, it is important to note that the current research on the topic is heavily limited. Therefore, we don’t have a full picture of the health benefits/downsides to vaping marijuana and how it compares to smoking dry herb. 

Does Vaping Get You Higher Than Smoking? 

According to recent research from Johns Hopkins University, vaping weed does in fact provide users with a more powerful high. In other words, the same dose of THC will get you higher when vaped compared to when smoked. New users should take extra caution when trying a THC vape for the first time. It’s easy to overdo it on just a couple of small puffs. For those with higher tolerances, vaping cannabis is a great way to help your cannabis last longer. This may also end up saving you money!

How to Properly Use a Vape Cartridge and Battery

The most common form of THC vape is a universal ccell cartridge that will work on a variety of compatible batteries. Experienced dabbers understand the importance of getting the heating temperature just right for the type of concentrate you have and the desired effect. . Far fewer people understand the temperature can be just as important when vaping. 

Temperature is especially important when it comes to vaping high-quality 100% live resin concentrates like URSA’s Live Resin Carts. That’s because these full-spectrum cartridges hold fragile plant terpenes that burn without releasing their benefits when heated too high. This helps you get the full benefits of the entourage effect and a more robust flavor profile. Above all else, vaping at lower temperatures allows your oil to last longer and saves you money. 

Another important vaping consideration to keep in mind is the actual material of the cartridge. In our opinion, a ceramic cartridge is the best option when it comes to overall experience and safety. That’s because, when compared to metal, ceramic cartridges provide better taste, improved vapor, less of a burnt taste, and no heavy metal leaching.

Summary: 5 Reasons to Try Vaping Over Smoking Cannabis

Once again, vaping may offer a few benefits when compared to smoking cannabis, but many still prefer the latter. If you want to combine the portability of a vape with the flavor and experience of smoking, we suggest trying one of our Live Resin Carts. You can also look for URSA products in your area with our store locator tool

At the end of the day, switching to vaping your cannabis from smoking may come along with the following benefits. 

  • Vaping may be better for your lung health.
  • Vaping is more discreet. 
  • Vaping helps make your cannabis last longer. 
  • Portioning is more precise when vaping.

Make sure to only purchase your vape cartridges and materials from legal and licensed businesses in your state like URSA Extracts. Buying from the black market means you have no idea what goes into your vape oil as it most likely isn’t tested. When it comes to your health, we believe the extra price for legal and regulated products is always worth it. 



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