BALTIMORE — Vaping may be viewed as a “safer” way to consume marijuana, but a recent study shows it may lead to more unpleasant mental experiences among those who don’t use cannabis often.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found in a small study of infrequent cannabis users that vaping causes stronger effects than smoking it even when the dosages were the same. In particular, participants were more prone to short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, and distraction.
Vaporizers work by heating the cannabis plant to a high temperature, causing the psychoactive effects of the drug to be vaporized and inhaled by the user. Unlike cannabis smoke, the vapor doesn’t produce harmful chemicals from burning material, such as tar and other carcinogens.
According to the study, however, vaping also delivers higher amounts of THC, the most active mind-altering compound in cannabis.
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