The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum has been closely associated with vaporizing cannabis since 1993, when the Interactive Vaporizing Exhibit became part of the permanent exhibition. Vaporizing cannabis is a simple and pleasant solution to the health issues presented by smoked cannabis.
How Does Vaporizing Cannabis Work?
At a temperature of around 190 degrees Centigrade (375 degrees Fahrenheit) the volatile oil contained in resin glands (a mix of THC and other cannabinoids) turns into vapour. This THC vapour is released from the cannabis foliage without burning the plant matter itself. The vapour may be inhaled like smoke and the active ingredients are delivered into the bloodstream by the lungs in the same way.
The significant difference between vapour and smoke is that vapour contains few or no carbon particles and therefore minimal amounts of tar and none of the carcinogens associated with smoke. Also, when THC is heated rather than burned, it is absorbed much more efficiently, so less cannabis is needed to produce the same effect.
Vaporizing In Ancient Times
Vaporizing has its roots in Ancient Egypt, where people would place stones in a fire until they were very hot. The stones were removed and aromatic herbs were placed on them. The heat from the baking stones would release the volatile oils in the herbs and produce a pleasant-smelling vapour uncontaminated by smoke. The same principle of heating without burning can be applied to cannabis to release its cannabinoids and terpenes (the active ingredients that produce the effect and flavor, respectively) in the form of vapour.
Latest Advances In Vaporizing Technology
Four thousand years after the first experiments with hot rocks, vaporizers are now available in many forms ranging from the very simple to the highly sophisticated. The simplest is probably the Eagle Bill Shake ‘N’ Vape, a specially-shaped glass pipe which is heated by a lighter held beneath the bowl. At the other end of the scale is the Volcano Digital, one of the most sophisticated electronic vaporizers, which features a programmable thermostat and a bag collection system. The Iolite is a hand-held ‘pocket’ vaporizer which offers extra benefits to medicinal users, as it is easy to carry and use anywhere. These and other types of vaporizers are on display in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.