If you’re a Cannabis fan who still rolls up the old fashioned way, then you’re probably all too familiar with coughing. It’s like a constant reminder that although the herb itself has benefits, there are some negative aspects when you combust it and inhale it into your lungs.
Isn’t it ironic?
It seems like a new study on the benefits of Cannabinoids surfaces every other day, so we all happily smoke the stuff whilst blocking out the reality of the real possibility of negative consequences.
And let’s face it, since when has it been healthy to burn stuff and inhale it?
Dying to get healthy?
So the dilemma seems to be that we want the benefits of marijuana but don’t really want to harm ourselves by using it, and that’s also known as rational thinking.
Have you heard about THC vape liquid?
You have probably now heard about vaping Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s the latest twist on the vaping craze that’s been in existence since around 2010. In the same way that smokers switched to becoming vapers (in the millions), Marijuana smokers are now beginning to catch on to the possibilities that exist for vaping Cannabis.
And for similar reasons, which include:
Vaping THC is safer. No smoke, no burnt Cannabinoids, no burnt papers, no combusted organic matter entering your lungs.
THC vapes are convenient. No need to roll up or build a joint, just press a button.
Vaping THC e liquid is discreet. This is a biggy! Do it anywhere, it’s virtually impossible to tell whether someone is vaping nicotine or vaping cannabis!
So what are the downsides to vaping THC?
We all know THC gets us high. That’s why we smoke it.
But the interesting thing is, THC is not the only Cannabinoid present in Marijuana.
Not by a long shot!
There are literally hundreds of other Phytocannabinoids present in weed and when we isolate out the THC we are discarding some very powerful Cannabinoids, some of which have already been shown to have major benefits. You may have heard of a few of them including:
- CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid)
- THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
- CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)
- CBCA (Cannabichromenenic acid)
- CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid)
- THCVA (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid)
- CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid)
- CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid)
In fact, over 100 Cannabinoids have now been isolated and the list is still growing.
And then there’s Terpenes
These little known about molecules are the components that make up the smell of marijuana. Between 10% and 25% of your weed is composed of terpenes, they are aromatic molecules present in the resin of the plant. Most of the scents and smells that we associate with Marijuana are the result of terpenes and recent research has also proposed that they may be responsible
for the subtle differences in “highs” attributed to various strains of weed.
Throwing the Cannabinoid baby out with the bath water
So you’re probably beginning to get the picture?
In the rush to get customers high, a lot of companies are removing a large proportion of the active ingredients from Cannabis in order to isolate the THC.
But that’s ok right?
And the answer to that is:
It depends on whether you believe it’s important to use the full spectrum of constituents when you vape weed. A lot of people consider that plants should be used holistically to get the full benefits, and that isolating THC can cause it’s own set of unique problems.
The entourage effect
If you haven’t heard about the entourage effect, it’s the theory that multiple constituents of a plant work in harmony to produce the benefits. Kind of like taking a hemp extract capsule as opposed to eating fresh hemp leaves. So yes, the whole plant is probably much better if you can get it!
And there’s another reason you need to think about the entourage effect in regards to THC. It’s actually a fairly important consideration. If you happen to enjoy being sane….
THC in marijuana may increase symptoms of psychosis, cannabidiol may decrease those symptoms. If you ever felt anxious or uncomfortable while smoking high THC weed, then you already understand that THC can have unpleasant side effects.
It’s been confirmed by many studies, THC in isolation can produce unpleasant feelings and possibly even cause mental health issues.
The antidote to the unpleasant feelings is CBD.
Entourage effect anyone?
So therein lies the danger of isolating THC for use in vape devices.
In the US, it’s possible to obtain full spectrum THC e liquid which also contains the balancing Cannabinoids as well as Cannabis derived terpenes. In the UK however it’s not yet possible to purchase high concentration THC vape oil and instead, a lot of UK vapers purchase a low THC option containing Cannabidiol.
So do your own research on the entourage effect, remember that the whole plant is probably best, and try to obtain THC vape oils that mimic the real thing as closely as possible.
Happy vaping 🙂