They’re everywhere: in the supermarket, the local coffee shop, or walking down the street. Everywhere you go, everyone seems to be vaping. From everyday Joes’ to celebrities like Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio, vaping is the new way of smoking. It started as a healthier method of smoking, avoiding nasty chemicals in the paper used to roll joints. You see people vaping in music videos, social media, and pretty much everywhere. Depending on what device you use, vaping has been an easy and discrete way of smoking. But does it cause more harm than good? As the surge of vaping continues to flood the market, researchers have theorized that vaping can lead to other issues, like depression and anxiety. So, we investigated. Can vaping cause anxiety?
we need to define what vaping is. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling
vapor from an electronic cigarette or similar device. The first commercially
successful e-cigarette was
created in China back in 2003 and
has joined the market ever since. Some devices look like sticks while others
look more elaborate, but in summary, it’s a fancier way of smoking. “There’s no
combustion and fewer harmful chemicals,” says Veronica Paz Booth, Director of
Education an Item 9 Labs. “This vapor is free of burnt materials, cleaner, and
a lower temperature than smoke.” The effects of consuming cannabis through
vaping are always quicker. These effects appear either instantly or 30 minutes
later and commonly last between 2 – 4 hours, depending on the individual. With
these results, it’s no wonder people gravitate towards vaping.
is it linked to anxiety?
just like everything in life, with sweets, comes the sour. Recent studies show strong evidence for an association
between smoking and the development or progression of different psychiatric
disorders such as ADHD and Alzheimers’ disease/dementia. Although most studies
have found these results in nicotine, researchers still caution users to understand
the difference between nicotine and THC. “Some research has linked vaping to
anxiety be due to the increased bioavailability of THC,” says Booth. “THC is
known for its biphasic effects on anxiety, meaning that different doses will
cause distinct effects. Outcomes will differ based on each person’s cannabis
experience, age group, and other personal factors. And increased
bioavailability means less product is needed to achieve the same effects. Those
new to cannabis or who consume infrequently should note this and vape
you need to know before vaping
it comes to vape, there are pros and cons. As always make sure you purchase
vape oils and pens from legal cannabis dispensaries. Consult with a dispensary
staff member for any questions and if you want to be extra sure, ask for the
product’s certificate of analysis (COA) for contaminants and cannabinoid
profiles. “Accessing the COA is especially important for those who vape CBD,
THC, or reside in states where cannabis is illegal since there is little-to-no
regulation in these cases.” Understand that every individual is different and
will require different dosages. Vaping
has also been linked to other issues like bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough,
and excess mucus.
Regardless of whether you are pro or against it, vaping is here to stay. According to the New York Times, the FDA authorized the first e-cigarette to enter the U.S. market for the first time in American history. This new wave will no doubt open doors for other e-cig companies to go mainstream. However, in the end, vaping is a personal choice. Just make sure you do your research and consult with your physician on different alternatives to use cannabis.