SELF would like to remind our readers that, although it may be legal to purchase vaporizers where you are, the possession and consumption of cannabis is subject to both state and federal laws.
At this point, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis (e.g. weed or marijuana) and 10 plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use. So if you’re a fairly new and inexperienced cannabis consumer, it’s understandable that all of the options and information out there is a little confusing. One thing you’ve probably heard about or seen before is a weed vaporizer (often referred to as a vape or vape pen). So how do you know if a vaporizer is right for you? We’ve got you covered.
But, before we start, there are a few things to keep in mind. The fact that we can even have this conversation is a result of the vast strides cannabis legalization and normalization have made in the past several years. And it’s important to remember that some communities—especially communities of color—have been and still are being affected by prohibitive laws more than others. The same culture of prohibition that leads to and perpetuates these disparities also makes it incredibly difficult to study cannabis, including the effects of smoking and vaping.
With all of that said, here’s what we do and don’t know about the potential benefits of using a vape—plus, how to find one that’s right for you.
First off, just how risky is exposure to cannabis smoke?
Well, it’s more complicated than you might imagine. Although we can estimate the risks of smoking cannabis relative to, say, smoking cigarettes, we haven’t been able to really quantify the absolute risks associated with smoking cannabis on its