There are shifts in urban habits. Health and wellbeing are also at the forefront of how people live their lives, from growing understanding of what we place in our bodies, to the effects of daily exercise.
For starters, the risks of smoking tobacco are now well recognized. Owing to the harm tobacco has on wellbeing, this has led to a significant change in perceptions. Similarly, growing awareness of artificial fertilizers and pesticides has led to a demand for organic, environmentally friendly foods that we eat.
It is appropriate then that we should extend the same scrutiny to the cannabis goods we use and have their health consequences about when and how we eat.
Combustion vs Vaporization: It is healthier?
First, let’s take a look at why the unhealthiest way to ingest cannabis is merely smoking. To generate an inhalable smoke, smoking a joint, or striking a bong or pipe, relies on combustion. Unfortunately, a chemical reaction that creates a variety of undesirable byproducts is combustion or fire.
The general opinion is that it is better to smoke cannabis than cigarettes. We’re sorry to be the ones to break it to you, though. Concerning fitness, there’s not a lot of difference. According to a study of both cigarette and marijuana smoke, both contain similar amounts of toxic gases and particulates. In weed and cigarette smoke, concentrations of carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, benzene and ammonia, to name just a handful, are present at nearly the same levels. And this is almost entirely due to the burning of plant material, as the study concluded.
On the other side, Dabbing uses vaporization as the mode of distribution. Vaporization refers to a simple transition of the state from liquid to gas, instead of a chemical reaction. Much when it vaporizes into steam as water approaches its boiling point, cannabis concentrate does the same at higher temperatures. This suggests that vaporization does not contain any toxic byproducts. You will learn more about the history of smoking, and why dabbing cannabis is the healthiest way to use it here.
Safety in Dabbing Temperature
Okay, dabbing is better than smoking, right at the end of the story? Well, not entirely.
Although indeed, focus vaporization is much better than flower smoking, there are also facets of dabbing that can affect your wellbeing.
Dabbing temperature is chief among them. It was thought that the perfect dabbing temp was about the mark of 700 ° F plus for a long time. But there were some unexpected results from a recent study that analyzed the vapor emitted from various commercially sourced BHO concentrates. They noticed that the vaporization of some terpenes present in cannabis concentrates created some of the same harmful byproducts as combustion at these temperature levels. Myrcene, for instance, a natural terpene present in cannabis in this experiment, vaporized into tiny quantities of benzine.
Health concerns associated with high-temperature dabbing, combined with the 314 ° F discovery of THC’s boiling point, have eventually contributed to a move towards lower temperatures in the dabbing community. This is not only better, but much of the cannabinoid and terpene quality is also retained. So, keep to a 300 to 450 ° F dabbing temp and use a carb-cap to allow maximum vaporization at lower temps.
Are Healthy Concentrates?
So for wellbeing reasons, you’ve just chosen to vape concentrate, so what are you dabbing? What’s in the shatter you purchased at the local dispensary?
The same research on the above-mentioned dabbing temperatures unintentionally found anything more troubling than the apparent health hazards of high-temp dabbing. They observed that many of their BHO samples, which were privately sourced, contained unnaturally high terpene levels. This sheds light on a disturbing development in the cannabis industry: chemical terpenes and increasing the cannabis concentrate’s taste and fragrance.
Any concentrate manufacturers have been pressured to incorporate food-grade terpenes into their commodity by demanding to deliver a product that stands out from the crowd. These additional terpenes are also not obtained from hemp, and although considered safe for consumption, it is entirely unclear if they are safe to vaporize at elevated temperatures.
That’s why we still suggest that you use solventless rosin from either dry sift, bubble hash, or flower itself that has been pressed. It’s the best way to ensure that your concentrate is pure, safe, and free of undisclosed health hazards from any artificial additives.
Is smoking better than dabbing?
Yes, unambiguously. However, to ensure that dabbing is as safe as possible, there are always many things to remember. Just let’s recap.
The healthiest hit would be assured by dabbing at low temps. Note, THC’s boiling point is 314 ° F, so there is no need to go any higher than that, especially with the use of a carb-cap. We strongly recommend the use of e-nail systems for reliable, healthy dabbing temps. Their fine temperature sensors would ensure that you hit the right temp every time.
Finally, the value of sourcing healthy, quality concentrate free of any added terpenes may not be adequately emphasized. If what you put into your body is serious to you, then you can try making your own solventless rosin.