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Decreased respiratory symptoms in cannabis users who vaporize

Discussion in 'Cannabis & Health' started by mouthwater, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. mouthwater

    mouthwater Gold Member

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    Jan 18, 2007
    from U.S.A.
    Decreased respiratory symptoms in cannabis users who vaporize
    Mitch Earleywine(1) and Sara Smucker Barnwell(2)
    (1) Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York...
    (2) Department of Psychology, University of Southern California...

    Harm Reduction Journal 2007, 4:11 doi:10.1186/1477-7517-4-11
    Published: 16 April, 2007.
    Cannabis smoking can create respiratory problems. Vaporizers heat cannabis to release active cannabinoids, but remain cool enough to avoid the smoke and toxins associated with combustion. Vaporized cannabis should create fewer respiratory symptoms than smoked cannabis. We examined self-reported respiratory symptoms in participants who ranged in cigarette and cannabis use. Data from a large Internet sample revealed that the use of a vaporizer predicted fewer respiratory symptoms even when age, sex, cigarette smoking, and amount of cannabis used were taken into account. Age, sex, cigarettes, and amount of cannabis also had significant effects. The number of cigarettes smoked and amount of cannabis used interacted to create worse respiratory problems. A significant interaction revealed that the impact of a vaporizer was larger as the amount of cannabis used increased. These data suggest that the safety of cannabis can increase with the use of a vaporizer. Regular users of joints, blunts, pipes, and water pipes might decrease respiratory symptoms by switching to a vaporizer[.]
    (Emphasis mine.)
    Full report provided on Harm Reduction Journal's website.
  2. enquirewithin

    enquirewithin Gold Member

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    Dec 11, 2004
    from bermuda
    Vaporisers do eliminate all the carcinogens caused by burning. The 'hit' is also more pure. It would be hard to convince die-hard 'joint' and chillum smokers of the benefits. They are very much at risk from tobacco smoke.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2007
  3. lulz

    lulz Gold Member

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    Apr 22, 2007
    from ireland
    In fact...

    full article here - http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/04/17/hscout603764.html

    It would be a great twist of fate if smoking pot with a vaporiser makes you even less likely to get lung cancer than non-pot smokers. :crazy