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November 23, 2020

Dry Herb 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 dry herb 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.

Vaping reduces the harmful toxins that, when inhaled, can cause serious health issues.  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.

Portable dry herb vaporizers are small personal devices designed for vaporizing marijuana or legal high CBD strains. They have an internal oven that heats up medical marijuana to very specific temperatures to produce vapor.  Over the last few years the popularity of vaping dry medical marijuana has become greater and greater.  This has caused a surge in new apparatus being created to take advantage of increased portability and discretion.  Many patients continue using table top vaporizers, some that utilize a plastic bag that collects vapor and can be opened and closed at the patients discretion.  Additionally, there are now pocket sized vaporizers that create all of the same vapor that the larger units do but are smaller and can be used on the go.

The process of using a dry herb vaporizer is very similar regardless of whether using a table top or pocket sized unit.  Medical marijuana is ground finely and packed into a (usually ceramic) chamber that is then heated to a predetermined temperature.  This vaporizes the cannabinoids and creates the vapor that is then inhaled into the lungs.  As with all marijuana it is important to always follow physician’s instructions and stop if adverse effects occur.

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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