Are Marijuana Vaporizers Bad For You?

The use of vaporizers is becoming popular with good reason. It’s an easier way to use either tobacco or marijuana. This is a portable system to enjoy smoking without the actual problems of having smoke in your face, clothing, or disturbing others with a stream of carbon monoxide and obvious smell. The question of how these devices work, and are vaporizers bad for you was almost inevitable through given the fact so many smokers are now interested trying them. The answer to the question lies in what a vaporizer really is, and how it’s used.

What are Vaporizers?

It might surprise you to find out this smokeless way of using a variety of different organics was invented in the 1960’s. The reason this device didn’t become instantly more in use was the original size. The early version fit on an average size coffee table, but certainly not in anyone’s pocket. In the 60’s portability was the key to any product’s acceptance, so the cigarette and reefer continued to rest in pockets and purses, while the vaporizer was forgotten.

Of course in the 1960’s no one was aware of just what damage smoke does to the lungs, skin, and overall health of those who have use these products. While the tobacco’s additives in the modern cigarettes are part of the health risk, any type of smoke will affect the lungs.

The original liquid system was designed by a Chinese pharmacist Han Lik. He invented this device after losing his father to lung cancer. Lik called the vaporizer Ruyan meaning “like smoke”. In Lik’s homeland the Ruyan did become popular, but it wasn’t until the miniature version’s design that it made it’s way to America, and the U.K.


What Are the Benefits of Vaping?

Most people find there are immediate benefits to using a vaporizer.

  • No smoky odor clinging to clothing.
  • Fewer toxins
  • Ability to use tobacco or other products in more places
  • Inhaling a liquid vapor instead of smoke
  • More flavor without smoky quality
  • More pure essence of the product with fewer additives in most cases
  • Large selection in types of vaporizer or e-cigarettes
  • Easily carried anywhere and legal in most places
  • Battery operated versions are reusable, and liquids are typically cheaper in the case of tobacco than most other smoking or chewing products.
  • Quitting smoking is often easier for those using this method than attempting to tapper off other smoking materials or even nicotine supplements such as gum, or patches.
  • No tar, because as with other additives found in smoking material, any time paper is lighted and smoked it will transfer tar to the lungs. Vapor doesn’t do this.

Versatility with Smoking Organics

Many users of e-cigarettes consider this type of device the “iPod” version of the cigarette” as they have found a number of uses for them. Many use this type of “smokeless” apparatus for tobacco, marijuana or other similar organics, and since in most cases, this is odorless they don’t have to announce what they are doing, or give away their use. Unlike a bong the vaporizer isn’t used only for smoking drugs, which are illegal in most places. The e-cigarette can be carried, found in a car, or in a home and unless the vaporing materials are found nearby it won’t attract attention.

Conflicting Studies

One of the complaints some doctors have publicly made regarding the vaporizer has less to what’s occurring with this technology now, and more to do with the possible problems that could happen.

Concerns about using vaporized liquids:

  • First some health experts are concerned the current obsession with, and trust of technology could be driving some people toward using nicotine or other stimulants because of its “cool” factor.
  • The amount of nicotine in some liquids is enough to cause possible harm if an individual isn’t careful in its use. As yet, no illness or deaths are reported from using vapor.
  • Children are often more attracted to using technology and some fear young people will start using nicotine or organic substances at a younger through as yet, this hasn’t proved the case.
Recognized health benefits from vaporizing weed:

  • Researchers have already found those using vaporize have far less damage to the lungs than the users of other smoking products.
  • No “secondary smoke” is produced from this way of taking organics, and this lowers the risk that others in the area of smokers are being exposed to carcinogens.
  • Children of smokers are not only exposed to carcinogens they have been found by researchers to identify cigarette smoke with pleasant memories. This is part of the reason researchers believe more younger people with a parent who smokes are likely to start smoking at young age.

Overall there is little direct evidence that vaporizers are harmful, while there is reason to believe they can prove beneficial especially to those already addicted to cigarette smoking.