As the law and people’s attitude towards marijuana gradually eases up, questions are emerging about how the different methods of consuming marijuana compare against each other. Well, scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sought to answer that question by looking into how vaping cannabis differs from smoking it.
With just 17 participants, this study can be aptly described as a small one. However, its findings cannot be discounted when one considers the thoroughness invested in investigating what the researchers had set their minds upon.
First, the study participants were recruited on the basis of being healthy and having abstained from marijuana for at least a month prior to the study. There were eight women and nine men selected for the study.
These selected participants were then given marijuana at varying levels, that is, at concentrations of 0 milligrams (placebo), 10 milligrams and 25 milligrams. This marijuana was given a week apart, and the participants had to consume it within an eight-hour window.
The researchers then subjected the participants to psychomotor and cognitive function tests, tested how much THC was present in their blood, and then recorded their vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, etc.).
Additionally, the study volunteers were asked to complete a questionnaire in which they reported their subjective assessment of how they felt after consuming the cannabis. For example, they were asked to state whether they felted nauseated, anxious, restless or motivated.
The researchers discovered that vaping appeared to trigger stronger effects among the study participants when compared to smoking marijuana, and this was given further credence when lab tests showed that the level of THC in the blood of the participants was higher in the samples taken after they had vaped the substance.
Other scientists who reviewed the findings commended the researchers for focusing on infrequent users of cannabis since all other research centered on regular consumers. Additionally, the methodical approach taken also attracted acclaim.
However, some observers wondered whether the use of pipes to smoke marijuana could give results that were representative of the marijuana joints (cannabis rolled in a paper) that are commonly smoked.
Furthermore, the study participants were asked to vaporize their marijuana three times in quick succession in order to complete their “dose” for the day. This may differ from what people normally do, that is, vaporize once before taking a long break. Consequently, the study could have brought out the extreme effects that are rarely seen among normal users.
Nevertheless, the study provides valuable information that will be useful to particularly individuals taking medical marijuana. This is because such individuals can adjust the dosage based on the method of use. Cannabis companies like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade, Inc. (OTC: SGMD) certainly appreciate the insights provided to users and the industry by the research at Johns Hopkins.
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