About Vaporization - For Patients and Caregivers
Vaporizers are becoming an increasingly popular method for patients to administer Medical Marijuana. A vaporizer is a device that uses low levels of heat to turn either a solid or liquid substance into vapor, which is then inhaled. No smoke is generated. As such, exposure to harmful toxins, carcinogens, tar and carbon monoxide that are emitted thru combustion can be reduced by using a vaporization device. There are clinical trials and studies which suggest vaporization may be a healthier, efficient and more practical alternative to smoked marijuana, as the method of vaporization offers fast acting effects similar to smoking, provides better dosage control and potentially reduces health risks.
One particular PubMed study: Pulmonary function in cannabis users: Support for a clinical trial of the vaporizer concludes:
"These preliminary data reveal meaningful improvements in respiratory function, suggesting that a randomized clinical trial of the cannabis vaporizer is warranted. The vaporizer has potential for the administration of medical cannabis and as a harm reduction technique."
There are a wide variety of products on the market, such as vape pens, desktop vaporizers and portable vaporizers, which come in various shapes, sizes and price points.
Below are useful resources on vaporization and links to Canadian licensed producers that sell vaporizers.
The information about vaporizers in this educational section is a resource for Authorized Medical Marijuana patients in Canada, caregivers and for those who are considering Marijuana for medicinal use.