The  cannabis vaporizers  are devices that have the ability to heat the plant material without burning it. The techniques used to achieve this are either  by heating the chamber  used to contain the plant material ( conduction ), or by  heating the air  passing through the plant material ( convection ).

 

Conduction or convection cannabis vaporizers?

 

In the case of a vaporizer, the term  conduction  means that the plant material is placed in a heating chamber and brought to high temperatures. The plant matter is in direct contact with the heating chamber and, as the temperature rises, cannabinoids and terpenes begin to evaporate.

 

In the case dl in operation Convention , cannabinoids and terpenes are released through the hot air passage through the plant material. In convection cannabis vaporizers, the heating element is located outside the heating chamber. This allows the plant matter to avoid direct contact with the heat source.

 

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages and hybrid conduction / convection cannabis vaporizers can be encountered on the market .

 

Adjust the temperature in cannabis vaporizers

 

The different substances contained in Cannabis have  different evaporation temperatures ; only by reaching the evaporation point of each substance, the constituents of Cannabis are released and so can be inhaled. Depending on the model and price, cannabis vaporizers can have one, few or different temperature settings. 

 

On the market it is possible to find models with both fixed and variable temperature regulation .

 

Those with variable temperatures are usually the most expensive, but they also allow better control of the temperature and, therefore, of the heat point suitable for evaporating the phytocompound sought. This option is therefore recommended when purchasing a vaporizer for therapeutic purposes.

 

Models with manual temperature selection usually have a range from 40 ° C up to 230 ° C.

 

Around this temperature (230 ° C) it is possible for the combustion process to begin , so this is usually the maximum temperature reached by cannabis vaporizers.

 

Tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) starts to evaporate at temperatures as low as 140 ° C and evaporates almost entirely at 185 °. Cannabidiol ( CBD ) begins to evaporate around 200 ° C and almost completely evaporates around 240 ° C.

 

The temperatures reached while smoking are much higher: 900 ° C during one hit and around 400 ° C between one hit and the next. 

 

These high temperatures generate a large amount of toxic and irritating by-products that should be avoided by all and especially by patients. It is the  low temperatures and the lack of pyrolysis (or combustion) that make vaporization an efficient and healthy form of cannabis intake

 

Other benefits of cannabis vaporizers

 

The popularity of cannabis vaporizers has grown in popularity in recent years, as they offer numerous benefits for both recreational users and, especially, users of medicinal cannabis.

 

cannabis vaporizers: better efficiency, lower doses, greater savings

 

Vaporizing allows the consumer to use the same cannabis flowers more than once, as they are not burned and reduced to ashes by combustion. For this reason, once the required dose is reached, the same  Cannabis can be reused  for a subsequent session.

 

For example, since some cannabinoids may still be present in the vaporized material, some people employ such flowers to make cannabis oil. Nothing is wasted!

 

With the same effects, the use of the vaporizer reduces the necessary quantity of plant material. With vaporization you can get the same beneficial effects given by the act of smoking, but with the advantage of using lower doses. This is what makes vaporization a lighter form of intake for the consumer’s wallet as well .

 

cannabis vaporizers: no smoke, no smell

 

One of the practicalities of cannabis vaporizers is that they produce no smoke and virtually no odor . This allows it to be used even in places where the smell of smoke could cause annoyance.

 

Vaporization: excellent flavor of cannabis vaporizers

 

The first thing consumers notice when first vaping is a very pleasant taste.

 

The differences between smoking and vaping on a taste level are incredible. Vaporizing allows you to appreciate the flavors and aromas of different cannabis varieties. (13)  The taste of cannabis is due to the presence of  terpenes , volatile molecules responsible for the characteristic odors of flowers and fruits in nature.

 

How to choose the cannabis vaporizers

 

Nowadays you can come across various brands and models of cannabis vaporizers and choosing the right vaporizer can be a long and daunting process. Below, a series of tips that can facilitate the choice process for the user.

 

First you need to decide if you want a stationary or portable vaporizer . A portable vaporizer  is more practical  as it can be carried and used discreetly almost anywhere. Generally,  stationary devices are more efficient  because they are not limited by small size but a recent study has shown that some portable devices are as efficient as stationary devices. (14)

 

Composition of the heating chamber and mouthpiece

 

It is important for the user to pay attention to the materials that make up the parts of the vaporizer in contact with heat, such as the heating chamber and the mouthpiece.

 

It is recommended that these  materials are inert  and that they do not react to heat releasing toxic products or altering the flavor of the plant matter.

 

Models that have a ceramic heating chamber, as well as a glass mouthpiece and connecting means (between the heating chamber and mouthpiece) are therefore preferred  .

 

Some cannabis vaporizers have a heat-generating element, such as a small coil, in the heating chamber. These vaporizers  are not recommended since the coil, becoming incandescent, starts a combustion of the plant material  in a very similar way to what happens when you smoke.

We live in an age where the rush for the strongest strain and high THC contents mean everything. However, there is a growing community of cannabis supporters pushing for more moderate consumption of the substance. This technique is called ” microdosing ” or micro doses, an increasingly popular trend, especially among the largest.

What is Microdosing Cannabis?

Microdosing cannabis

Those who use this technique prefer it to normal consumption because it allows you to appreciate the benefits of THC without having to deal with the psychoactive effects that can interfere with the needs of daily life.

Microdosing is a technique already used with other substances such as LSD, but many believe that this can also work effectively for cannabis with high THC content.

What does Microdosing Cannabis involve in the Therapeutic field?

Microdosing is mainly recommended for patients who want to treat conditions and pathologies such as: anxiety, depression, stress, pain, improve concentration and promote sleep.

While empirical evidence is still lacking, many clinics say that in the therapeutic setting it is best to take small doses of THC.

What is the optimal dosage for cannabis?

The answer is simple and it is: it depends. There is a huge difference in the amount of THC contained in various flowers and hash.

Microdosing cannabis is therefore something very personal, each individual should be aware of the minimum amount necessary to feel an effect, but also the maximum amount not to go ko. Some scholars recommend starting with 2.5mg (about 2% THC) and then gradually increasing as needed.

For those who habitually consume cannabis or are developing a certain tolerance to the active ingredient, a 48-hour abstinence period is recommended, sufficient to restore the endocannabinoid system.

While it may seem like a relatively short window of time after years of use, a brain imaging study shows that after just 2 days the system’s receptors return to baseline levels.

Therefore the Micro Dosing technique or micro doses could help you to appreciate microdosing cannabis and its benefits more.

CBD elixir of long and peaceful life

In light of what has been said so far, it is therefore clear that the benefits of taking CBD after the age of 65 could be multiple.

The third age is often a phase of intense pleasure, during which we can regain possession of many activities and passions, for a long time postponed, due to reasons to which we have given priority.

Many times in the course of life we tend to postpone choices and programs but more and more people, reaching the so-called third age in health and well-being, take the opportunity to resume passions and hobbies. Staying in shape even with the help of CBD, allows you to complete your goals of the silver years, with serenity and well-being.

The psychoactive effects of medical cannabis could improve the quality of life in old age by interacting with our endocannabinoid system.

Scientific studies and clinical studies regarding Microdosing cannabinoids will certainly continue and we will probably discover other important functions that CBD activates on the endocannabinoid system.

Eating properly, especially during the third age, and integrating one’s lifestyle with CBD-based products, could concretely help our body, from a physiological and mental point of view, to get better and benefit and benefit under many points of view. Healthy mind and body, allow you to follow many different activities with growing enthusiasm.

The premise is precisely to feel fit in every respect. Just think about how important the quality of sleep is.

Taking care of your body by providing nutrients that help the skin remain elastic despite the passing of the years; that keep cartilages and muscles healthy is a rule that should not be underestimated.

Even through the use of medical microdosing cannabis-based products, such as ointments, creams and cosmetics, it is possible to ensure that in the journey of life there are always unexplored stages to be discovered with constant passion and enthusiasm.

The possibility of improving one’s state of mental and physical health also through the possible therapeutic properties of CBD, could guarantee us a serene third age, full of those emotions and feelings that have enriched the path of a life.

Cannabis can be inhaled either through smoking, as with cigarettes, or by vaporization. While smoking cannabis is not useful for therapeutic purposes , vaporization is one of the main methods of administering Medicinal Cannabis systemically. 

Compared to smoking, vaping cannabis offers numerous advantages , such as using smaller doses and a lower likelihood of generating potentially toxic compounds. 

In this guide we will explain what science says on this topic (For those who want to know more about the other routes of administration, we recommend reading the article “ How to use therapeutic Cannabis ”).

Who is vaporization suitable for?

VAPORIZATION

The oral administration of Cannabis results in a slower onset of effects, a longer stay in the circulation and a lower total cannabinoid concentration than by inhalation. This method is recommended for patients with chronic problems (eg chronic pain, inflammation, neurodegeneration). 

Vaporizing – that is, the administration of Cannabis by inhalation – is a particularly advantageous method for problems of an acute nature , i.e. for patients seeking immediate relief from the symptoms of a disease, such as in the case of vomiting, muscle spasms or pain.

Vaporization: rapid onset of effects and reliable dosages

Like smoking, the effects of vaporization are practically instantaneous , as the constituents of cannabis are rapidly absorbed into the blood through the lungs , reaching maximum levels in the plasma in just a few minutes.

Compared to the oral administration of Cannabis (e.g. extracts or edible products), the titration or dosage of cannabinoids or other constituents is simpler. 

Since the effect is almost immediate , the user can in fact stop as soon as he notices that the desired dose has been reached.

Vaporizing avoids the first pass effect of metabolism , or those metabolic reactions undergone by a drug taken orally. This is because the drugs, once absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, are from here carried by the blood directly into the liver, where they undergo an initial metabolization process by various enzymatic systems. This happens with all the medicines we ingest, including cannabis, and is associated with a slower onset of effects.

This metabolic shift can be dangerous for patients seeking relief from sharp pains, spasms or other symptoms that require quick intervention, with the risk of overdosing the therapy before it takes effect. With vaporization this step is bypassed.

Vaporization: improvement of lung function

Various studies on patients who are users of vaporizers have shown how this route of administration is  effective in decreasing respiratory symptoms . The most evident improvements occur especially in  asthma patients. 

Many of them, after starting the inhalation of cannabis with a vaporizer, have seen a decrease in the need to use the inhalers that are usually prescribed. This confirms all the studies that have shown that  Cannabis has important bronchodilator effects.

For example, data from US research on a large sample of people who inhaled cannabis indicate that the use of vaporizers has been shown to be effective in  reducing cough, phlegm and tightness in the chest.

Also from the USA, a 2010 research showed that the use of vaporizers is able to positively affect the respiratory function values   in an improved sense in less than a month.

However, a recent clinical trial conducted by McGill University in Canada found that in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , vaping cannabis has neither negative nor positive effects on lung function.

In conclusion, vaping is a very effective method of taking medical cannabis and is definitely preferable to smoking. With vaporization, cannabis is taken systemically , that is, it enters the bloodstream directly, avoiding the first pass effect of the liver. 

It is recommended for patients with acute problems , such as pain, vomiting or muscle spasms. This administration technique is carried out through the use of vaporizers, substances that do not burn the vegetable part but heat it so as to gradually evaporate its constituents. 

There are various models of vaporizers on the market, with different characteristics. The choice between the various options depends on the orientation of the consumer and the needs of use.

Hemp Sativa: Using the term Hemp – or Cannabis – to indicate a plant that has always represented a precious resource for man is too generic. Marijuana, weed, Cannabis light, Indica or Sativa, therapeutic, light drug or Legal Hemp are just some of the terms that we have heard to refer to different uses or varieties of Hemp. Let’s do some clarity!

 Hemp Sativa

Hemp Sativa has always represented a precious resource for man

Hemp is one of the most surprising plants that nature has given us, which has always been cultivated by man and exploited for its multiple uses and properties.

Finally, after decades of prejudice, its therapeutic (medical cannabis) and beneficial (hemp sativa) properties have also been recognized at an institutional level.

Cannabis: The three great families

Cannabis is commonly divided into 3 types, each with different characteristics and uses: Indian Hemp or Marijuana, Cannabis Ruderalis and Cannabis Sativa .

Indian Cannabis (Indian Hemp or Marijuana)

Indian Hemp is one of the most potent cannabis strains; depending on the cultivation method, THC levels can exceed 25%.

Sturdy and easy to grow, it does not exceed 1.5 meters in height and is characterized by its typical “Christmas tree” shape. Indian hemp produces large flowers, called “tops”, very dense and with the cups piled on top of each other. 

Indian Hemp has developed in mountainous or high hill locations (eg: Nepal, northern India); all varieties tolerate small climatic stresses without problems. It has a woody trunk and is therefore not suitable for the textile industry. For these applications, hemp varieties of the “Sativa” family are used.

Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Sativa, the legal hemp)

Hemp Sativa or Cannabis Sativa is a very tall plant (over 1.5 m) with shorter branches than Indian hemp and developed in tropical areas (Caribbean, islands of Thailand). 

In particular, Sativa refers to all varieties of cannabis hybridized and stabilized by man for industrial purposes. There are many more inflorescences in Cannabis Sativa than in Cannabis Indica but they are less compact and resinous.

Hemp Sativa is also known for its fibers, which are used to make garments and many other products of the textile industry. The use of the fibers of Hemp Sativa (derived from the stem of the plant) for the production of paper has also recently been resumed.

A single Hemp Sativa plant can produce 1.5 kg or more of dry flowers. Cannabis Sativa flowers have a low concentration of THC (and therefore no doping power), unlike Indian hemp, but good concentrations of Cannabidiol (CBD) .

The beneficial properties of Hemp Sativa are due to the presence in its flower of the active ingredient CBD (Cannabidiol) and the very low level of THC . 

Most of the scientific publications on the effects of cannabinoid CBD have been conducted almost exclusively over the last 5 years and summarized in the report published in 2018 by the World Health Organization ( cannabidiol critical report Meeting 4-7 June 2018 (WHO)).

properties of Legal Hemp Sativa

Hence the interest of medical and pharmacological research on the properties of CBD, also reproduced by synthesis and used in cosmetics. Research has focused on neurological and physiological disorders , including  muscle pain .

CBD, in different concentrations, is a natural remedy able to relieve pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress to which sleep disorders are often connected .

The main beneficial properties of Legal Hemp Sativa

In recent years, medical-scientific research has been particularly active on the research and analysis of the benefits of CBD present in Legal Hemp, Sativa Hemp with THC concentrations lower than 0.3%.

In particular, the main beneficial actions of CBD also present in the flowers of Legal Cannabis appear to be, according to The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 75, n. 2, 1 February 2013 :

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain reliever
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiemetic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Antipsychotic
  • Antidepressant

Additional benefits of CBD (as reported by the WHO and the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology ) are:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Relief from the pains of fibromyalgia
  • Relieves pain in general
  • Promotes recovery from sports pain post-workout
  • Helps fight insomnia (natural sleeping pill), restoring the natural wake-sleep cycle
  • Relieves headache
  • Soothes muscle inflammation
  • Relieves muscle spasms and convulsions
  • Soothes joint inflammation
  • Reduces stress anxiety
  • Relieves skin oxidations with topical applications

Besides:

  • Promote appetite
  • Generate relief from vomiting and nausea
  • Reduce small bowel contractions
  • Increase the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Reduce the craving for nicotine

We remind you that the different percentages of CBD contained in the extracts are functional for well-being disorders based on their nature.

Legal Marijuana: Cannabis is therefore in effect a plant that, as scientific research suggests, if taken at reduced doses through herbal teas, decoctions or preparations intended for vaporization, determines beneficial effects against anxiety, depression and stress. 

This was demonstrated by scientists from the University of Washington through a study published in theJournal of Affective Disorders In 2018, who observed the reactions of about 1400 patients who used medical legal marijuana in the treatment of the three aforementioned disorders, who were asked to quantify the extent of the related symptoms on a scale from 1 to 10. 

legal marijuana

Through the use of a particular app called Stainprint and generally used to keep track of medical uses and the extent of symptoms in 280 different diseases, researchers have thus come to rather surprising results: following the intake of cannabis, patients perceived a reduction of 50% of the depression and 58% of anxiety and stress thanks to doses of CBD in concentrations greater than 9% and THC less than 5.5%, a fact that, according to the authors of the research, would support the thesis linked to the effectiveness of the ” microdosing ” of this substance. 

The effect of cannabis is different in the presence of stress, whose symptoms were contained by significantly increasing the dosage: in this case, legal marijuana with a CBD concentration higher than 11% and THC at 26% was necessary.

However, it is worth underlining that, unlike the use of cannabis, antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs , although having short-term beneficial effects , can lead to greater vulnerability to relapse after discontinuation of therapy, if it has been prolonged. long. 

Further investigations are therefore needed to understand whether cannabis can really reduce symptoms related to anxiety, insomnia and stress even in the long term or if in fact this substance serves only to buffer them only temporarily.

legal Marijuana: Therapeutic benefits of cannabis

There medical cannabis, as established by the Ministry of Health, is currently used successfully as an alternative therapy aimed at alleviating manifestations and effects related to specific pathologies, where conventional medical treatments do not produce the desired effects. 

Therapeutic marijuana is currently widely used in the treatment of spastic and painful manifestations caused by multiple sclerosis as well as by lesions affecting the spinal cord, where the same cannabinoids represent a valid help in relieving particularly intense painful states. 

The benefits found also in patients undergoing chemo and radiotherapy or HIV therapies are particularly known, since CBD associated withTHC, determines a strong anticinetosica and antiemetic action , thus reducing nausea and vomiting . 

Legal marijuana is also a valid help for people suffering from cancer, where it would also seem particularly effective cannabis oil, cachexia, anorexia or HIV. 

Marijuana to solve suffering from cancer

It also promotes appetite by promoting weight gain, which is necessary to keep the patient in good condition, compatible with the pathology he is suffering from. 

It then also allows to effectively reduce intraocular pressure in glaucoma by virtue of the hypotensive effect given by the substance, preserving the retina: this occurs thanks to the neuroprotective properties typically attributed to cannabidiol. 

Finally, therapeutic cannabis is also used in the treatment of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome where in this case it helps to reduce the presence of nervous tics and to optimally control involuntary facial and body movements.