Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana. As of July 2012, six additional states had some form of a medical marijuana law pending. Many assume that these laws are just a way for stoners to smoke weed without getting in trouble. Yet, there’s no denying that marijuana has vast medicinal properties, and many have achieved a better state of health by ingesting it.
Unless you live in a state with legalized marjiuana, you might not realize that smoking weed isn’t the only way to enjoy its medicinal properties. It’s common for marijuana patients to use tinctures, oils, baked goods, and even vaporized cannabis instead of smoking. Although there is no scientific evidence directly linking marijuana smoking to cancer, it has been accused of being identical to tobacco. So what if you didn’t have to smoke it?
A popular alternative to smoking cannabis is something called “vaporizing.” A vaporizer is a special device designed to burn up the plant material while leaving the cannabinoids behind to be turned into vapor. This way, patients are inhaling only the active ingredient and not all of the carbon matter.
The infographic below provides an interesting comparison between smoking and vaporizing marijuana. What do you think: Does vaporizing make marijuana use more healthy?
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