Cannabis Inhalers: Are They Effective?

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F
ollowing
on
the
heels
of
more
widespread
cannabis
legalization
has
come
a
multitude
of
ways
to
consume
the
versatile
plant,
like
edibles,

concentrates
,
dry
herb
vaporizers,
and
many
more.
One
such
innovation
is
the
advent
of
the
cannabis
inhaler.
Similar
to
inhalers
used
for
asthma,
they
deliver
a
discrete
and
precise
dose
of
cannabis
compounds

CBD
or
THC
.
Cannabis
inhalers
offer
a
combustion-less
consumption
experience
that
could
be
perceived
as
safer
than
other
methods,
like
vape
pens
(especially
given
the
recent

vape
cartridge
crisis
)
and
smoking
joints,
which
comes
with
many
unpleasant
side
effects,
like
the
inhalation
of
smoke

known
to
contain
hazardous
chemicals
like
carbon
dioxide
and
particulates.
And
don’t
forget,
every
time
you
light
up
you’re
inhaling
some
of
the
chemicals
from
your
lighter,
like
butane.
But
are
cannabis
inhalers
effective?

Information
on
Inhaled
Cannabis
and
Marijuana
Inhaler
Features

CBD
and
THC
dosed
precisely
in
inhalers
is
believed
to
help
those
with
lung
conditions
like
asthma
or
COPD
(chronic
obstructive
pulmonary
disease).
Some
studies
have
shown
that
THC
delivered
via
inhaler
can
act
as
an
effective
bronchodilator
that
works
as
well
as
known
asthma
inhalers
Albuterol
or
Ipratropium
for
one-to-two
hours.

Bronchodilators
are
very
important
for
the
treatment
of

asthma
,
a
serious
and
potentially
dangerous
lung
disease
that
inflames
and
narrows
lung
airways,
causing
shortness
of
breath,
tightness
in
the
chest,
wheezing,
and
difficulty
breathing.
Bronchodilators
can
relieve
these
symptoms
by
relaxing
the
muscle
bands
that
tighten
around
the
airways,
and
clear
mucus
from
the
lungs.

A
New
England
Journal
of
Medicine
study
found
as
far
back
as
1973
that

inhaled
cannabis
caused
bronchodilation

(though
particulate
matter
from
smoke
can
be
a
lung
irritant),
saying,
“Marihuana
smoke,
unlike
cigarette
smoke,
causes
bronchodilation
rather
than
broncho-constriction
[narrowing
of
the
air
passages],
and,
unlike
opiates,
does
not
cause
central
respiratory
depression
[i.e.
a
decrease
in
breathing}.”

It
is
believed
that
cannabis
activates
the

CB1
receptor
,
present
in
the
peripheral
and
central
nervous
systems,
and
inhibits
the
contraction
of
airways.

It
is
also
thought
that
the
activation
of
the
CB1
receptor
reduces
pain,
hyperalgesia
(heightened
sensitivity
to
pain),
rheumatoid
arthritis,
and
chronic
pain.
Some
medical
patients
prefer
using
cannabis
inhalers
because
they
are
discrete,
smokeless,
virtually
odorless,
and
won’t
call
any
undue
attention
to
your
marijuana
medicine
of
choice
because
cannabis
inhalers
closely
resemble
regular
inhalers.
One
benefit
of
cannabis
inhalers
is
that
they
are
thought
to
have
a
higher

bioavailability
,
which
refers
to
the
degree
and
rate
that
medicine
is
absorbed
and
its
effects
felt.

Cannabis
Inhalers
on
the
Market

Currently,
two
companies,
Panaxia
Pharmaceuticals,
and
Rafa
Pharmaceuticals
are
working
on

cannabis
inhaler
clinical
trials

targeting
cancer
and
asthma
patients.
They
believe
that
cannabis
inhalers
will
gain
easier
market
acceptance
because
inhalers
are
already
a
familiar
mode
of
administering
medication.
They
are
also
betting
that
cannabis
inhalers
will
help
cannabis
on
the
whole
be
more
accepted
by
doctors,
because
inhalers
can
be
precisely
dosed.

Though
cannabis
inhalers
have
yet
to
make
a
big
impact
in
cannabis
markets,
there
are
a
couple
of
THC
inhalers
available
at
dispensaries
in
Colorado,
including
the

AeroInhaler

and
the

Santana
Smooth

(yes,

that

Santana,
the
inhaler
is
named
after
the
song
“Smooth,”
the
1999
hit
collaboration
of
Santana
and
Matchbox
Twenty
singer
Rob
Thomas).
Designed
to
dose
precise
hits
of
THC
and
terpenes,
these
inhalers
are
not
necessarily
for
those
looking
for
a
euphoric
high
due
to
their
precise
dose
delivery.
However,
THC,
despite
its
party-boy
reputation,
is
thought
to
have
many
healing
properties,
like
pain
and
inflammation
reduction,

appetite
stimulation
,
and
the
reduction
of
nausea
and
vomiting.

Santana Smooth


The
Santana
Smooth
inhaler
is
sold
at
several
dispensaries
in
Colorado.

photo
credit

Other
inhalers
on
the
market
are
the
CBD-only

Maven
Hemp
,
the

Vapen
Clear,

which
offers
THC,
THC/CBD
hybrids,
as
well
as
CBD
hybrids,
and
the

CBD
Luxe
.
Right
now,
cannabis
inhalers
are
not
the
cheapest
option
on
the
market,
retailing
from
an
average
of
$50-100
for
100
puffs.
By
contrast,
even
more
expensive
vape
pens
top
out
at
$40-60.

So,
is
it
worth
it
to
pony
up
the
extra
cash
for
a
cannabis
inhaler?
That
depends.
If
you,
as
a
consumer
have
been
concerned
by
the

illnesses
and
deaths
related
to
vaping
,
finding
a
consumption
method
that
feels
safe
is
important.
Or
if
you
are
a
medical
patient
with
asthma,
COPD,
or
other
lung
illness,
using
an
inhaler
can
provide
quick
and
discrete
access
to
medicine
that
won’t
upset
your
lungs.


Have
you
tried
cannabis
or
CBD
inhalers?
Share
your
experiences
with
other
readers
in
the
comments
below.


Photo
Credit:

THC
Photos

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