Now that Medical Cannabis has been approved in South Africa it’s time to discuss the How’s, Why’s and Products available for the medical consumer.

Topicals and tinctures are popular among medical users, yet many doctors stand by vaporizers as the ideal method of consuming marijuana. In Israel, where medical marijuana is legal, vaporizers can be found in hospitals and senior homes. The popular Volcano Medic Vaporizer is also an approved medical device in Canada and the EU.

In addition to direct ingestion of medical cannabis oil, “dabbing” and “vaping” are two possible ways to administer a dose. A dab is a dose of cannabis concentrate that is heated on a hot surface and then inhaled. Dabbing is a fast, efficient, and highly potent method.

A more high-tech method exists through the use of a hand-held vaporizer, or vape pen. Vaporizing marijuana has become the preferred method of consuming marijuana within the ‘medical applications’ of the plant. It looks and functions much like an electronic cigarette except that it allows the user to insert their own dried herbs or oil or wax concentrates. When we’re talking about vaporizing marijuana, we’re referring to a process of ‘heating up cannabis’ before the point of combustion. This lower heat level produces a clean vapor full of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids but, most importantly, without all the harmful irritants that come with burning.

Medical Cannabis Benefits:

The List of Medical Benefits is almost endless, scientific researches and studies show that it can actually cure many diseases and physical problems. Helps fight Glaucoma , control epileptic seizures, helps prevent cancer from spreading, slows down Alzheimer’s, easers multiple sclerosis pain, reduces Hepatitis C side-effects, treat inflammatory bowels, relieving arthritis pain to helping you get through chemo and a lot more.

Cannabis has been shown to regulate insulin production and helps the body manage daily calorie intake more efficiently.

Cannabis is also known to help fight anxiety and depression, this is one of the most prominent impacts of the drug and no scientific study is needed to demonstrate this. However, for the skeptical minds, a 2010 research carried out at Harvard Medical School showed that drug’s most benefits occur mainly because it helps improve the user’s mood and can even act as a mild sedative. The medical benefits of marijuana make it a great choice for relaxation. In fact, Medical Cannabis is the only medication that actually works on relieving the stress in PTSD.

A lot of researches and scientific studies have been carried out to measure the impact of vaping medical cannabis on human body, and virtually all of them support vaping as compared to smoking.

· One study showed that vaping weed can help avoid respiratory issues was published in 2007. When vaping cannabis, most subjects in the study reported fewer to no issues that are connected to smoking cannabis such as cough, build-up of phlegm and stiffness in the chest.

· Another study published in 2007 suggested that vaping marijuana helps avoid most harmful toxins. It delivers the same THC into bloodstream as smoking, yet hardly carries any carbon monoxide.

· A study on medical marijuana users showed that subjects felt most functional after vaporizing cannabis, in other words they had minimal physical hangover after vaping cannabis.

· As a follow up to the 2007 study, another study conducted in 2010 showed that when twenty cannabis users – who had some sort of lung issues because of smoking weed – were given vaporizers, they experienced “meaningful improvements” in their lung health and respiratory system.

· A more recent study published in 2014 highlighted four major benefits of vaporizing over smoking cannabis. These advantages include better taste, no obnoxious smell, perceived health benefits and more “high” from smoking the same amount of marijuana.

Benefits to Vaporizing:

The effect of vaporizing on the lungs is perhaps the strongest argument for using a vaporizer.

Doctors have long been wary about the use of marijuana as a medicine because of the potential risks of smoking anything. While it’s true that smoking marijuana has not been proven to cause lung cancer, the combustion of marijuana still produces several known carcinogens and tar, which can irritate the lungs and lead to chronic bronchitis.

Vaporizers were mainly designed to overcome this issue. By heating marijuana at a lower temperature than combustion, the devices produce an inhalable vapor that still contains the active medical ingredients in marijuana (cannabinoids), but without the harmful by-products. Vaporizing has been suggested to increase the yield of anti-inflammatory terpenoids that protect the lungs from irritation

Vaporizing cannabis is said to remove approximately 95% of the smoke that is inhaled. Research also suggests that switching to a vaporizer can reverse respiratory symptoms caused by traditional methods of cannabis intake. A collaborative study conducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46% of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25% of THC.

They offer immediate and effective relief to the user whenever needed and does not create second-hand smoke.

Other benefits to vaping your Medical Cannabis are portability, discreetness, and ease of use.

Products Available from Vape Store South Africa for the use of your Medical Cannabis:

We have a wide range of products to suit the individual needs of our customers, from dab rigs to table top vapes, to slim portable vape pens.

With most vaporizers, you have ‘temperature control’, which is used to activate certain compounds within marijuana. For instance, THC vaporizes at a different temperature than CBDs, this is a more accurate measure of obtaining the specific compounds you are looking for.

Some of the recommended products;

Dr. Dabber Aurora

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The Aurora Vaporizer is the latest iteration from the Dr. Dabber guys, known for their high quality products designed specifically for the use with herbal concentrates. A unique ceramic mouthpiece, 3 different heat settings (variable voltage) and 3 distinct atomizers, will grant you a uniquely satisfying experience, perfect and tasty vapour from any kind of concentrate and unmatched customization.

Dr. Dabber Ghost Pen

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The Dr. Dabber Ghost Pen is a high quality vaporizer which is purpose-built for use with wax and oil concentrates. Its Titanium Technology ensures enhanced flavor and delivers thick and potent hits.

Dr. Dabber Light

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The Dr. Dabber Light is a vape pen specifically designed for the use with wax and oil concentrates and sports the same award winning low-heat Titanium Technology as the larger Ghost but in a tiny package.

Galaxy Kandypen

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The KandyPens Galaxy is one of the top rated pen vaporizers designed specifically for wax and concentrates.

This award winning vape pens features 3 adjustable heat setting, a deep quartz crystal chamber the can hold up to 0.5 grams of herbal concentrate and the heating element (atomizer) is a grade 2 titanium coil wrapped around dual quartz rods.

Puffco Pro 2

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The Puffco Pro 2 is a pen vaporizer for wax and concentrates that delivers the perfect balance between vapour and flavour.
Upgraded inside and out and machined from durable stainless steel, the all new Puffco Pro 2 has been built on the success of its award winner predecessor.

VapeXhale Evo

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The VapeXhale Evo vaporizer has been designed to ensure that you get the healthiest, thickest, and tastiest vapor possible.
Compatible with both dry herbs and concentrates, the Evo is a top tier convection vaporizers capable of producing top strength (and massive) vapour clouds. I’ve warned you!

Conclusion:

Dabbing or Vaping your Medical Cannabis is the way to go. Scientific studies confirm that there are many benefits of medical marijuana. There are some potential side-effects also which can be minimized by vaping marijuana instead of smoking it. Another note is the use of vaporized herb to make either “Hemp milk” or a low potency butter for later use. While you did vaporize most of the essential compounds in the initial ‘vape session’, the remaining herbs still contain small amounts of the compounds. This certainly maximizes the use of your Medical Cannabis.