Prompted by “Vaping vs. smoking pot: What’s safer, and does the high feel the same?”: http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/05/14/vaping-vs-smoking-vaping-marijuana/34906/
I enjoy “the Cannabist” publication, but the prompting article is terribly superficial and misses serious points in favor of the vapor.
Never confessing to violating an insane law that basically forms Certain Drug Prohibition, I leave my reported experience to speculation (maybe I did what I author, or maybe I’m simply making things up for attention or such).
Back in college (sadly an increasing distance in time), I may have been an occasional cannabis smoker. In the early 1990’s, vaporizing was not on my “radar”.
While nowhere near competing with the heavy-duty alcohol hangover that forever essentially disappeared upon drinking a glass of water before going to bed on a drunken night (I have enough self-control to limit my alcohol intake to prevent puking and blackouts, so I could manage achieving that hydration, though I hardly drink alcohol these days), smoking cannabis offered its own antimotivational impact the day after intake. Basically, smoke cannabis one night, and the next day left me restfully unmotivated.
Before portable electronic vaporizers (I refuse to be curmudgeonly old about it — though I do need help, because I’m suffering from a disease called aging and all of its debilitating effects), I was introduced to the awesome Vapor Genie. Though an initial learning curve challenged upon the manual need to achieve the right heat path from the lighter through the VG and then into my body, upon settling into the veteran vaping groove, my cannabis world was forever transformed for the vastly superior.
The prime distinction between smoking and vaping is the latter negates the mild cannabis hangover. When vaping effects wear off, my body feels normal (no antimotivational issues whatsoever — I could even workout at the gym right after – and even, upon sufficiently mild intake of one or more certain strains, during – a vape session). My hypothesis is smoking applies a degree of unhealthy stress requiring more natural healing energy and time to recover (that energy naturally reallocated by the body to the detriment of motivation elsewhere).
Then there is the powerfully less availability of odor upon moving to the vape. Smoking presents a strong odor, but vaping presents hardly any (if any). For people seriously annoyed by that odor, vaping is an excellent solution to everyone’s benefit.
Finally (for brevity in this post), another major advantage of the vape is intake efficiency. A small pinch of leafy material contains a lot of psychedelic impression, so smoking bowls (etc.) is highly wasteful by a serious degree. The financial difference in terms of stash maintenance is remarkable — logically enough to prompt a mass cannabis migration to the vaporization. I’m a personal caregiver for someone with a state-sanctioned medical cannabis license, and a quarter ounce goes a long way (perhaps roughly even a year, an estimate due only to recently beginning the medicine usage with ample bud action still remaining on ice — an unrecommended storage method that I will likely elaborate upon in a future post to the contrary).
The learning curve is gone these days, thanks to electronic vaporization with temperature control (though dynamic convection, touted as the future of vaping for the “whole plant” experience, apparently brings user skill back into the experience for an even greater variety of possible effects).
I will never return to smoking upon likely state-sanctioned recreational legality here in 2016, because the vape experience resonates brilliantly with maximal health (including financial health). Anyone desiring to reduce unhealthy stress in their lives is advised to lawfully turn to vaporization with careful strain selection (e.g. the “wreck” intake is fine, but more risky).