Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in this day and age can be quite a task. Between picking out healthy foods to eat, engaging in the right activities to keep you fit, avoiding harmful substances, and getting enough rest, it can almost seem like a full time job for some. Toss in recreational substances into the mix like cannabis and you have even more work cut out for you.

However it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to enjoying your weed. Whether you use a vaporizer pen or a dab rig, vaping is now considered to be significantly healthier than smoking your weed “straight up.” This holds true for both vaporizers that use concentrates as well as for those that use actual cannabis plant matter. So, how exactly is vaping cannabis healthier than smoking it?

Why Vaping Weed Is Safer Than Smoking, marijuana newsFor starters, vaping your weed instead of lighting it up and smoking it effectively lowers your risk of developing cancer. While there have been reports that claim that dry herb vaporizers actually produce more carcinogens than tobacco, this is utterly untrue. This is especially true if your vaporizer of choice is manufactured safely and used properly. Along with lower levels of carcinogens achieved through vaping, there are allegedly lower levels of acrolein, a chemical often associated with developing lung cancer. You’ll always want to make sure that you purchase your vaporizers and/or dab rigs from reputable retailers and follow the instructions for use carefully.

Along with reducing carcinogen intake/production, vaping weed doesn’t allow for oxygen saturation. Vaporizers contain no carbon monoxide which can have significant effects on your respiratory system due to how carbon monoxide binds quickly to red blood cells, allowing carbon monoxide to take the place of oxygen on the cells and is rapidly distributed throughout your bloodstream. Since vapes actually vaporize the product instead of burning it, they pose little risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, vape pens are safer to use than a dab rig when it comes to this as aspects of dabbing still requires burning cannabis wax which does produce fumes that can be toxic.

Why Vaping Weed Is Safer Than Smoking, medical marijuana, when will weed be legal everywhereAnother important factor to consider if you are thinking of switching to vaping from smoking is that vaping your pot won’t accelerate tooth decay. Even though research is still limited, vaporizing does not appear to have the same effect on dental health as inhaling marijuana smoke due to the lack of tar. This also holds true to vaporizers that use cannabis matter as opposed to concentrates. Vaping also greatly reduces the risk of starting accidental fires. Since there is no flame to contend with, there is extremely low risk of a fire breaking out during a session. Vaporizers (both for concentrates and actual weed) eliminate the need for combustion so unless the vape being used is defective or used improperly, even the most accident prone of enthusiasts should be safe.

While more research is still needed to understand the full benefits and disadvantages of vaporizing weed, all signs point to it being a healthier alternative to smoking your herb. Do you prefer vaping your weed over smoking it?