Smoking Cannabis Makes You Less High than Vaping It

Smoking Cannabis Makes You Less High than Vaping It

As the law and people’s attitude towards cannabis gradually eases up, questions are emerging about how the different methods of consuming cannabis compare against each other. Well, scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sought to answer that question by looking into how vaping cannabis differs from smoking it.

With just 17 participants, this study can be aptly described as a small one. However, its findings cannot be discounted when one considers the thoroughness invested in investigating what the researchers had set their minds upon.

First, the study participants were recruited from being healthy and having abstained from cannabis for at least a month before the study. There were eight women and nine men selected for the study.

These selected participants were then given cannabis at varying levels, that is, at concentrations of 0 milligrams (placebo), 10 milligrams and 25. Participants were given doses of cannabis a week apart, which had to be consumed within an eight-hour window.

The researchers then subjected the participants to psychomotor and cognitive function tests, tested how much THC was present in their blood, and then recorded their vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, etc.).

Additionally, the study volunteers were asked to complete a questionnaire in which they reported their subjective assessment of how they felt after consuming the cannabis. For example, they were asked to state whether they felt nauseous, anxious, restless or motivated.

The researchers discovered that vaping appeared to trigger stronger effects among the study participants when compared to smoking marijuana, and this was given further credence when lab tests showed that the level of THC in the blood of the participants was higher in the samples taken after they had vaped the substance.

Other scientists who reviewed the findings commended the researchers for focusing on infrequent users of cannabis since all other research centred on regular consumers. Additionally, the systematic approach is taken also attracted acclaim.

However, some observers wondered whether the use of pipes to smoke cannabis could give results that were representative of the cannabis joints (cannabis rolled in a paper) that are commonly smoked.

Furthermore, the study participants were asked to vaporise their marijuana three times in quick succession to complete their “dose” for the day. This may differ from what people usually do, that is, vaporise once before taking a long break. Consequently, the study could have brought out the extreme effects that are rarely seen among typical users.