City & State – Experts: Vaporizing Healthier, Equally Effective As Smoking Marijuana

In fact, they didnt have any rise in their expired carbon monoxide, whereas those who smoked [marijuana] cigarettes did. Abrams said the high the patients felt from tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient of the plant, was the same when vaporized or smoked. Abrams also noted that using a vaporizer eliminates the more serious risk of second-hand smoke that marijuana cigarettes produce. Mitch Earleywine, a SUNY Albany professor and a board member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, conducted a study in 2010 that also showed people who have developed respiratory problems from smoking can improve the symptoms and their lung function by switching to a vaporizer. A vaporizer heats flower cannabis to a temperature where a fine-mist vapor that contains cannabinoids appears, Earleywine said. It does not ignite the flower, so there are no respiratory irritants. However, Earleywine said the way the research field defines vaporization may be different from the way that New York legislators are defining it. I fear that Cuomo says vaporized and means inhalation from marijuana extracts. They are pharmacologically manufactured and have a lot of potential, but they dont have the 5,000-year history of safety that we have for the plant, he said.
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