Does Vaping Cannabis Get You Higher Than Smoking It?

Scientists have proved that vaporizing cannabis will get you a lot higher than smoking the exact same amount of weed

This new research was led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore on November 30th, 2018. They tested the effects of smoking versus vaping cannabis on seventeen participants who had smoked marijuana before, though not in the 30 days before the start of the city (participants had smoked once in the last year, on average). Over the course of six, eight and a half hour sessions. The study was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

During each session, participants either smoked or vaped a dose of marijuana containing 0 milligrams, 10mg or 25mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive property in cannabis. While each participant ended up both smoking and vaping all three possible doses over their six sessions, they were blind to how much THC they were consuming each time. The participants were not told to prevent any bias while filling out a drug-impairment questionnaire.

Furthermore, participants were also subjected to a battery of physical and cognitive tests throughout the duration of each high. The people had their heart rates and blood pressures measured 10 times over 8 hours, and were asked to complete computerized tasks, involved replicating shapes on a screen, completing basic addition equations and responding to two different stimuli simultaneously with a mouse and a computer keyboard.

The results of the tests showed that inhaling a 25mg dose of THC will get you really high, no matter if it was smoked or vaped. (After taking this dosage, two participants vomited, while others experienced hallucinations.) Likewise, for both smokers and vapers the majority of drug effects included things such as cotton-mouth, high heart rate, red eyes, paranoia, and the munchies. The participant’s high peaked within the first hour and sometimes did not return to baseline levels for more than eight hours. (Often, these effects persisted for hours after the participants' blood THC concentration returned to normal.)

"Vaporized cannabis produced significantly greater subjective drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor impairment, and higher blood THC concentrations than the same doses of smoked cannabis," the researchers included in their study, in the journal JAMA Network Open.

In all, the effects of vaping showed to be much more potent at every dosage than smoking. At both the high and low doses, vaped cannabis resulted in much higher concentrations of THC in participants' blood as opposed to smoked cannabis. The vapers made roughly twice as many mistakes on the cognitive tests. Not to mention, they felt greater negative drug effects, including things such as dry mouth, itchy eyes, and paranoia.

AKA: Vaporized weed got people higher. According to the researchers, their doses weren't even that strong compared to what's commercially available.

To put that in perspective, "Notably, the highest dose of cannabis administered in this study (25mg of THC: 0.19 g; 13.4 percent THC) is substantially smaller and has a lower THC concentration than what is typically contained in pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes available for purchase in cannabis dispensaries, which commonly contain roughly 1.0 g of cannabis with THC concentrations often exceeding 18 percent," the study authors wrote.

With cannabis legalization spreading across the globe. It's important to keep in mind that even moderate amounts of THC can have impairing effects on casual consumers.

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