Vapourizing marijuana is gaining momentum as a safer alternative to smoking it, says a Canadian doctor.
Vapourizing involves placing either raw cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil into a portable vaping pen or non-portable plug-in machine. The product is then heated until right before the point of combustion, turning the components of the plant into a gas that is released as a vapour.
“I think it’s still trending up in that a lot of people aren’t really aware of the health benefits of vapourizing, or at least the harm reduction aspects of it,” says Dr. Ian Mitchell, an emergency physician and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. “But I think it’s inevitably coming, as much because of the medical marketplace as the institutional use.”
Although medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001, cannabis is listed as an illicit drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act when the user doesn’t have a prescription.
One vapourizer, (the Volcano -ed), is currently approved by Health Canada, says Mitchell, who is also a member of the Canadian Consortium for Investigation of Cannabinoids. The device costs roughly $600.
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