Smoking Vs. Vaporizing Weed: Is there really a difference?


Ok so I’ll be blunt, as that’s what I just finished smoking. I first began my love affair with Mary Jane sometime during my senior year of High School. Without aging myself to much, let’s just say that was before cell phones were really popular and when the internet sounded like a shopping cart being thrown down a flight of stairs whenever you signed on. 

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I’ve always smoked my weed. In joints, blunts, bowls, bongs, apples, beer cans hell there have been times I’ve been so desperate I was willing to ball my hands into a fist and use my own flesh as a chillum.

But I never vaped, that is until recently, and  never really got into edibles either (but that’s a different story altogether).  I remember when vaping first became popular too, with people proselytizing about its potency and lack of discernible smell, about how one burns 95% less carcinogens. But I tried it and I was not impressed.

And the thing is, after years of trying different vaporizers I’m still not. And although I’ve vaped quite a bit I don’t know, I suppose I’m kind of old school. I like breaking my weed up, coating my fingertips with it. I like playing with it, mixing it with hash or wax, packing it into a fat bowl and watching it blaze like a California wildfire. I like seeing  gusts of gray smoke gush from my mouth like I’m spontaneously combusting, I like smelling like beef jerky. Only weed smoke can make you smell like that and only smoking can give you that, that heaviness. I feel with vaping I am smoking with zero affect barring a slight tickle behind my eyes. I rather my eyes feel stitched together.  Then again, maybe I need to take more hits of my vape pen.

But that’s just me. According to the infographic below, (which needs some updating itself as far as I’m concerned) apparently the health benefits of vaping far outweigh the blah blah blah.

Ima’ just keep hitting this blunt family. You can keep reading.

Originally appeared in under the title: Do you know what you’re putting in your lungs?




Petey Wheatstraw

My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I'm an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion-- not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I've lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities. Click Here for Free CBD Products