For those looking for quick effects of cannabis consumption with complete control over the amount of the dose, cannabis inhalers work just like regular inhalers. They even look like typical inhalers, making them easy to carry and discrete to use. The THC or CBD is released in a vapor form and can be useful for those who have difficulty with traditional methods that are more harsh on the lungs.
How it’s Made:
Similar to other extracts and concentrates, the vapor in a cannabis inhaler includes extracted cannabinoids like CBD and THC as well as various terpenes. (1) These are extracted from the flower’s trichome glands, then distilled into a vapor that is inhaled into the lungs. Depending on the inhaler, the vapor could include CBD, THC, or a mix of both for the desired effect. This effect depends on whether the user wants the psychoactive effects of THC, though it is important to note that THC and CBD work best together rather than separately.
Cannabis consumption through inhalers allows control over the amount of dose and the percentage potency of the dose. It’s also a fast and efficient way to consume, as once the vapor is inhaled it can enter the bloodstream through the lungs, making it act quickly. This method of inhaling cannabis is also free of other chemicals that could come from smoking, as well as lung irritation. The resulting effect is much cleaner with fewer contaminants. (2)
The effect of a cannabis inhaler doesn’t hold as long as other methods such as patches or pills and requires action for continued effect, and it’s unclear from studies whether cannabis inhalers actually help those with asthma.
Cannabis has long been known to help some with pain relief. Studies performed on some of the earliest cannabis inhalers demonstrated that the precise, low doses in cannabis inhalers helped some individuals with regional pain. (3) Over time, those who needed full-body pain relief began to find that relief via cannabis inhalers.
Looking to the Future:
Cannabis inhalers allow another discreet way for consumers to use marijuana without bringing too much attention through smell or smoke. Many brands now have different types of cannabis inhalers with varying strengths and CBD/THC ratios so that consumers can discover the best match for their needs.
|↑1||Johnson, J. (2020, March 6). What are terpenes? Medical News Today. Retrieved May 30, 2022, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-are-terpenes|
|↑2||Elsner, F. (2001, June). Tetrahydrocannabinol for treatment of chronic pain. Der Schmerz 15, 200–204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s004820170024|
|↑3||Almog, S., & Aharon-Peretz, J. (2020, May 23). The pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of a novel selective-dose cannabis inhaler in patients with chronic pain: A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. European Journal of Pain. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1605|