Study: Vaporizers Safest Way to Consume Herb

In a not-so-surprising study, researchers have found vaporizers to offer the safest and most effective way to consume herb.

For the study, Swiss researchers analyzed several of the leading commercial vaporizers on the market, including the Volcano Medic, Plenty Vaporizer, Arizer Solo, and DaVinci Vaporizer, testing their effectiveness and level of toxins produced. Researchers concluded that electronic vaporizers with temperature-control functionality offer a "safe and "efficient" administration of herb.

Smoking has long been the preferred method used to consume herb. Placing a lit flame to the herb causes it to burn; thus, creating smoke that can be inhaled. The problem with smoking, however, is that it creates thousands of chemical byproducts, many of which are toxic. Over time, the inhalation of these compounds may irritate the lungs and upper respiratory system, opening the doors to a whole new world of health problems.

"As the oral administration of cannabinoids reveals poor and unreliable bioavailability and smoking of cannabis cannot be recommended for medical purposes, alternative efficient and less harmful application modes are needed," wrote the study's researchers. "Vaporization of cannabis without the formation of potentially toxic pyrolysis products appears to be such an alternative."

Of course, this is just one of the many reasons to invest in a vaporizer. Aside from the health benefits that it offers, vaporizers are also more versatile in terms of their utility. As long as you have a basic, portable vaporizer, you can enjoy herb anytime, anywhere. There's no need to worry about carrying a lighter, as vaporizers have their own internal heating mechanism that's used to warm herb.

If you're interested in purchasing a vaporizer, however, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, do you want a dry herb or liquid vaporizer? Liquid vaporizers are ideal for vaping e-liquid and other essential oils, whereas their dry herb counterpart is used for vaping, well, dry herb.

Also, consider the heating mechanism when choosing a vaporizer. Convection vaporizers work by passing warm air through the herb or liquid, while conduction vaporizers work by exposing herb or liquid to a direct heating source.

This study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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