Have you ever wondered which delivery method offers the best results when you are consuming cannabis? A recent study has concluded that “dabbing” is superior to the other common ways of getting cannabis into your bloodstream.
Forensic Science International conducted the study whose findings showed that “dabbing” delivered at least 75 percent of the THC in cannabis to your lungs. This is in contrast to smoking which destroys the same percentage (75 percent) of THC before it can reach your lungs.
Dabbing refers to inhaling the vapor from a heated extract of cannabis. The extract is heated to boiling point on a ceramic, titanium or quartz surface.
The experiment involved the use of a machine that was built by Forensic Science International specifically for this research. This machine was able to replicate smoking and dabbing. The researchers collected the smoke which would have made its way into someone’s lungs and they analyzed those samples to know how much CBD and THC they contained. This proportion formed what they called the “recovery rate” of those delivery methods.
The recovery rates stated above (75 percent for dabbing and 25 percent for smoking) were established after analyzing the collected samples.
Previous studies had put the recovery rate for smoking at 27.5-46.3 percent, which is still a far cry from the 75 percent registered for dabbing. Other research also gave vaping a higher recovery rate (51.4-82.7 percent) when compared to smoking. The recovery rates for vaping varied based on the specific vaporizer that one was using.
However, these studies on the recovery rates of the different cannabis delivery methods should be regarded with some caution because the results were clearly dependent on the temperature used during dabbing. Lower temperatures tended to give higher recovery rates, partly because a smaller proportion of the ingredients in cannabis was destroyed by the heat while higher temperatures reduced the recovery rates of dabbing to just over 50 percent.
Another factor that may contribute to the results obtained is the composition of the extracts used during dabbing. For example, heating the “acid form” of THC, called THCA, resulted in higher recovery rates because when that THCA was heated, it produced THC. Conversely, heating THC reduced the recovery rate because once you heat THC, some of it becomes something else, thereby reducing the quantity of THC reaching the lungs.
Similarly, smoking cannabis shouldn’t be dismissed as a wasteful way to consume cannabis. After all, consumers agree they get a range of physiological effects when they smoke. This may be due to some of the new compounds created once THC is heated. Thus, cannabis smokers may derive special experiences that aren’t available to those who use other delivery methods.
The bottom line? Whatever method you use to consume your cannabis will deliver the benefits expected by the industry players, such as Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC: REFG). Only the degree of those effects will vary.
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