Pot Matters: Vaporizer Use Among Cannabis Users • High Times

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016

The study, “Online survey characterizing vaporizer use among cannabis users” by Dustin Lee, Benjamin Crosier and three colleagues notes that new products are emerging in the changing legal climate, and these new ways of consuming cannabis may have implications for public health. Vaporizing or “vaping” cannabis is gaining in popularity, but according to the study not much is known about its consequences.

The study was conducted by way of a survey distributed through Facebook ads. There were 2,910 subjects with their ages ranging from 18 to 90. Eight-four percent were male, and 74 percent were Caucasian.  While not a random and therefore representative sample of cannabis users, the survey had a large enough number of subjects to describe this relatively new practice.

The key results were that 61 percent of this group has used a vaporizer sometime in their lifetime, and 37 percent had used one in the last 30 days. How many used a vaporizer a lot? One-fifth of the group had vaped more than 100 times, and for 12 percent, vaping was their preferred method for consuming cannabis.