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November 9, 2020

Oil Vapor

Medical marijuana may be consumed in many, many different forms.  It may be eaten as an edible such as a chocolate bar, pastry, or in pill form.  Medical marijuana may be taken sublingually in the form of a tincture or inhaled via an aerosol spray.  Many patients use special apparatus to heat concentrates such as wax, shatter, or budder and inhale them.  While it is the most visible form of consuming marijuana, the state of Ohio prohibits the combustion of marijuana so that means patients are not allowed to smoke it.  For patients that prefer inhaling their medical marijuana this leaves two options: dry herb vaporizers or oil vaporizers.  This blog post will address oil vaporizers and some of the most important facts surrounding their use.

Smoking is the act of heating up the chemical compounds in marijuana to a temperature that results in the release of smoke.  A lit “joint” can burn as hot as 2,012 degrees fahrenheit while medical marijuana begins to combust at 392 degrees fahrenheit.  This means that more than 12% of cannabinoids that may be able to alleviate a qualifying condition is lost from combustion.  As was mentioned previously, smoking medical marijuana is prohibited in the state of Ohio.  One benefit to this prohibition is the fact that combustion results in fewer cannabinoids readily available for inhalation while increasing the number of toxins that are inhaled.

The leading benefit for vaping medical marijuana is that it’s a healthier alternative to smoking, as vapor doesn’t release the tar and carcinogens created during combustion. Instead, vaporization entails a slightly more complex process that creates a phase transition from liquid to vapor.  When using a vaporizer, patients inhale vaporized gasses rather than smoke, while inhaling active cannabinoids that may prove beneficial to their health.  Contrary to some of the higher temperatures mentioned in the previous paragraph regarding the combustion of medical marijuana, more than 95% of active cannabinoids are contained when vaporizing.  Additionally, this is because of the lower temperatures used to vaporize.  The optimal temperature for vaporized medical marijuana is 375 degrees fahrenheit while the cannabinoids themselves begin turning to vapor at 285 degrees fahrenheit.  More research into the long term health effects of cannabis vaporization is needed, but there are studies backing up the perceived health benefits of this consumption method. A study from 2007, for example, observed self-reported respiratory symptoms in participants who used cigarettes and cannabis. The researchers found that while vaporization increased the amount of cannabis consumed, it also decreased respiratory symptoms in regular cannabis users who smoke. They concluded that the vaporization temperature was “cool enough to avoid the smoke and toxins associated with combustion.”

Vape or “hash oil” pens are a type of vaporizer designed specifically to vaporize cannabis distillates and oils. They are called pens because the compact design of the vape device closely resembles that of a traditional pen. A vape pen consists of two pieces: a battery and cartridge.  Vape batteries come in a variety of styles – button or buttonless, cylindrical or rectangular, large or small – there is a shape and style to fit many personal preferences. One of the most popular medical marijuana pen batteries is the 510 thread, which is compatible with a large portion of pre-filled vape cartridges on the market.  “Hash oil” vape cartridges contain a mouthpiece, chamber and heating element, which is activated upon initiated contact with a vape battery. The chamber of a vape cartridge is filled with oil or distillate, which contains concentrated amounts of cannabis cannabinoids and terpenes.

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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