Joints vs. Vape Pens: The Smoking Showdown

Jan 31, 2019 | Dosage, Methods of Delivery, Must Knows About Cannabis, Therapeutic Effects | 2 comments

Do you prefer vape pens or smoking joints? Or do you not have a preference and enjoy both? Does your stash box house rolling paper or blunts, or do you own a state of the art vaporizer? When it comes to inhaling cannabis, using vape pens, and smoking joints are two of the main ways to do it. To make it easier on you, we’ve highlighted the differences and benefits of each method.

Vape Pens Can Be More Efficient Than Smoking 

Puff, puff, and pass. When you are holding (or passing) burning marijuana joints, much of it burns into the air. You only use what’s inside of it when you are puffing. It’s just like a car stopping at a red light; it’s not moving, and yet it burns fuel.

Also, up to 50% of useful cannabinoids burn out when you set this magnificent plant on fire. Rick Simpson, a famous marijuana activist; says that 90% of useful and healthy aspects of marijuana are wasted when people smoke it.

When using vape pens, the waste is not that significant. Vape pens use lower temperatures which heats up and melts the plant, rather than burning it. That melted substance creates oily steam that is filled with cannabinoids, and by inhaling marijuana that’s been heated, not burned; we get much more of the product. We get a better flavor profile, and you still enjoy that smooth cannabis high.

No Surprise, Smoking Is Not Healthy 

Smoking has a detrimental effect on the mouth, throat, lungs, and cardiovascular system. Especially if you mix cannabis with tobacco and smoke that way. Also, marijuana smokers tend to keep the inhaled substance longer in the lungs to increase the effect, aka getting more high, which is not a positive thing for your lungs.

However, using a vape pen doesn’t necessarily make it more healthy. If your vape pens are cut with products that aren’t healthy, that makes the vaporized cannabis not healthy. Some experts claim that vaping is healthier than smoking, but the truth is that we just don’t know. So smoke and vape at your own caution.

It’s All About Terpenes When Vaping 

If you have read more than one article or publication on the topic of CBD or THC, you might have heard about terpenes.

Terpenes are molecules that are similar to essential oils, and they can be found in many plants, including marijuana, of course, which is very terpene-rich.

Terpenes work together with THC and other cannabinoids (such as CBD) and interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). What they can do is to enhance or lower the effect of cannabis.

Limonene, a terpene found in lemons and other citrus fruits has shown to produce an anti-anxiety and energizing effect when combined with cannabis. So the next time you are feeling a bit edgy and anxious after you smoke or vape, feel free to make yourself a lemonade.

Terpenes are also the culprit for the aroma and smell of cannabis. If you are using vape pens to heat your herbs, those aromas may be more pronounced when heated to lower temperatures, which is another plus in the vaping column.

When you smoke joints you’re heating and burning the cannabis, which burns off the terpenes. As soon as the joint gets lit, it reaches combustion of 451 degrees fahrenheit, and the cannabis is burnt, as well as the terpenes. 

Adjusting The Thermostat On Your Vaporizer

Technology has impacted many things, and it certainly has impacted the way we enjoy cannabis. Vape pens today have an adjustable temperature level, so you can choose how much you want to heat up the green inside of it. Different temperatures can affect cannabis in different ways, as we alluded to above. If you want to get a mellow high, you can set up the vaping thermostat to a low temperature between 290 to 330°F (143 to 166°C). And if you have the rest of the day off and just blaze it up to the max (370 to 445°F or 187 to 229°C) you can feel the heavy-hitting effect of the plant as well.

Pssst, Don’t Tell Anyone That I’m Smoking Marijuana 

Although the public perception of cannabis is vastly different than it was a decade ago, you still might get crossed-eyed looks for smoking in public. Not to mention that it will also create a characteristic smell that will spread in a pretty wide radius of burning joints.

Vape pens are a bit more discreet, and will create fast-dissolving and thinner clouds of smoke that will not saturate the air with the dank smell we all know so well.

Rolling Joints Vs. Pushing A Button 

When you know how to roll perfect joints, it’s a therapeutic and satisfying experience. However, you don’t always have the perfect conditions or even all the components. And your lighter can always die on you and leave you with an unsmokeable product in your hands.

Vape pens are just a push of a button away to feel the breeze of cannabis going into your system. They do have their own set of problems though, as you have to charge them, fill them and clean them. They are also more expensive and susceptible to a five-finger discount if you leave it unguarded. 

The Verdict: Smoking Joints Vs. Using Vape Pens 

While vape pens claim to be easier on the lungs, is more discreet and looks more professional, some people will always be in love with the feel and the smell of a burning marijuana plant in joints or blunt form. And that’s totally ok. We are here to inform, not to tell you what to do. Enjoy your herbs how you feel suits you best! That being said, we aren’t going to determine a winner! Enjoy smoking herbs the way you like to enjoy them, and let others do the same!

Want to hear more pros and cons of smoking joints vs. using vape pens for cannabis? Watch this episode of the Cannabis Therapy Potcast, “Smoking vs. Vaping Cannabis.” Earl and Jen do a little show and tell, and little toke and tell as well. Comment your favorite consumption method below!

If you still have questions after that, feel free to contact our expert cannasultants for help!

About The Author

<a href="" target="_self">Earl Carruthers | Founder of Canna Therapy Group</a>

Earl Carruthers | Founder of Canna Therapy Group

After fracturing his pelvis in his junior year of high school, Earl Carruthers became a medical cannabis user under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) in 2008. He intensely studied how to grow the plant and eventually opened the Green and Greener Grow Collective to help other medical marijuana patients experience numerous benefits. In 2012 Earl was pulled over while carrying what he thought to be a legal amount of medical marijuana for himself and four other patients. Since then, he has been in and out of court fighting these charges and attempting to re-define the term “usable marijuana” under Michigan law. Now Earl is committed to furthering medical marijuana rights for himself and his patients and continues to fight the good fight.