Should You Be Vaping Or Smoking Your Cannabis Flower?

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Both vaporization and combustion are popular ways to use cannabis, but they should be used based on particular circumstances and instances.

Cannabis has become a highly sought-after plant globally. Its healing properties and wide array of impactful benefits on patients dealing with critical health issues have been the major reasons behind the astronomical growth.

Yes, cannabis is a treasured plant, but many people are still conflicted about how to take it. Should I combust (smoke) it? Should it be vaporized? Or do I chew it? What are combustion and vaporization?  Basically, combustion entails burning something, which in this case is cannabis. Vaporization is quite a different process that entails the transition from liquid to vapor. Some cannabis users are quick to point out that vaping is better than smoking, but you can use both methods, depending on your preferences.

There are several factors to consider when thinking about the pathway to chose. A good step to take entails considering the temperature used with each method, your purpose for taking cannabis, and the option that offers more flavor and aroma. A scientific understanding of combustion vs vaporization  Temperature is the most critical aspect to consider when you think about combustion and vaporization. Some vaporization devices heat the cannabis below the combustion point between 180-190 degrees Celsius (this is 356-374 Fahrenheit). With combustion, the lighter produces an open flame that goes beyond 315 degrees Celsius or 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The combustion process offers a very high temperature that takes off a substantial amount of cannabinoids and terpenes before the cannabis is even consumed.

Scientifically, vaping cannabis increases the cannabis compounds activated in your system, which enhances the health benefits you get from cannabis. Patients who receive a marijuana prescription from a doctor agree that the vaping process enhances their cannabis experience.

There was a cannabis research conducted in 2009 that analyzed the medicinal qualities of cannabis through various consumption methods. The researchers analyzed the differences between vaporization and the traditional “cannabis smoke.” The temperature was the primary factor used in this analysis.


The research showed that the by-product of cannabinoids was significantly higher through vaporization than through combustion. Temperature also impacts the aroma and flavor of the cannabis as different terpenes have specific boiling points. This means the lower the temperature, the more flavor and aroma you will get from the cannabis.

The researchers concluded that vaporization has more advantages because it gives the users the ability to fine-tune the temperature such that their cannabis experience is more beneficial. The effects of vaporization and combustion on cannabis users  Based on several works of research, and the firsthand accounts of several users it is evident that vaping is safer than smoking. Medical patients also prefer vaping because they are easily irritated with the smoke fumes.

Additionally, vaping also produces fewer carcinogenic compounds than combustion and eliminates toxic compounds that may occur during high combustion. The vaping process helps you retain more of the cannabinoids, impacting your body with all the natural chemicals you need to thrive in good health.

The fact that vaporization offers more heightened benefits doesn’t mean smoking is an entirely useless process. For thousands of years and in prehistoric times, people smoked cannabis for healing and got results. However, vaping is a recent invention that protects patients with underlying issues from the combustion fumes hence why the majority prefer it.


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