To Vape or to Smoke? That is the Question - Scientists Found Some Answers

A research team concluded that vaping gets one much higher than smoking the exact same amount of weed. Vaping is potent!

Feel free to dispute, debate or discuss this but new research undertaken at Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore, Maryland concluded that vaping gets one much higher than smoking the exact same amount of weed.

Scientists tested 17 participants who, over the course of six 8.5-hour sessions, got stoned for science, and for that we thank them.

During each session (sesh!), participants either smoked or vaped 0 milligrams, 10mg or 25mg of THC.

While each participant ended up both smoking and vaping all three possible doses over their six sessions, they were not told how much THC they were consuming each time.

Participants were kept in the dark to prevent bias while filling out a subsequent drug-impairment questionnaire.

In addition to self-reporting how stoned they felt, participants were also subjected to a battery of physical and cognitive tests throughout each of their sessions, such as heart rates and blood pressure.

The results of the tests showed that, first of all and quite obviously, inhaling a 25mg dose of THC will get you extremely high, whether it’s smoked or vaped.

Likewise, for both smokers and vapers, the majority of effects such as high heart rate, dry mouth, red eyes, feeling uncomfortable and the munchies peaked within the first hour after getting high, and sometimes did not return to baseline levels for more than 8 hours.

And the winner is…

Overall, the effects of vaping proved much more potent at every dosage among participants.

Not only did vaporized cannabis get people higher, their doses weren't even that strong as compared to what is commercially available, noted the researchers.

And the vapers made roughly twice as many mistakes on the cognitive tests and experience more effects such as dry mouth, itchy eyes and paranoia, than the smokers did.

“Vaporized cannabis produced significantly greater subjective drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor impairment, and higher blood THC concentrations than the same doses of smoked cannabis,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published on Nov. 30, 2018 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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