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THC Inhaler Lasts Longer Than Vape or Smoke

Dragana Komnenov PhD
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When comparing smoked, vaped, and inhaled cannabis, the THC inhaler delivers the highest level of THC to the blood and lasts two hours before it starts to drop.

The Institute of Medicine recently published a report in JAMA Psychiatry, called “Marijuana as Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”  The paper recognizes that scientific data indicates the value of cannabis and cannabinoid-based medicine for many things. These include pain relief, nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulation, and spasms. It did not, however, consider that a THC inhaler would be the most efficient and effective delivery method. We found that out by digging a little deeper.

THC Inhaler is A Safe Way to Medicate:

The study recognized that smoked cannabis is a “crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances.” Although ‘smoking’ is associated with various health risks, combusted cannabis still lacks the carcinogenic effects of tobacco smoke. It is nevertheless associated with increased respiratory symptoms and aerodigestive cancers.

An alternative method is vaping. Vaporization of cannabis delivers cannabis medicine while avoiding the toxic by-products of combustion. This is achieved by heating the plant to 180-2000C which prevents combustion. Smoke toxins form at temperatures of 2300C and above.

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THC Blood Levels Vaping vs. Smoking

The first published pilot study to test the effectiveness of a vaporizer in the setting of cannabis use was conducted a decade ago. They used the Volcano® vaporizer for a study. The study randomly assigned eighteen healthy subjects to the ‘vaporized cannabis group’ or the ‘smoked cannabis group’.  The duration of the study was 6 days.

The authors reported no difference in plasma THC levels between the groups. This  indicates that the effective dose of THC available after vaporization is no different than that for smoking. Individuals using the vaporizer, however, had reduced levels of carbon monoxide (CO).

Another study confirmed these findings, using a 54mg dose of THC.  There was  no difference in THC levels between smoking and vaporization. Participants that vaped had significantly lower carbon monoxide levels.

THC Inhaler is a Better Option

A new exploration into using an inhaler as an alternative to smoking or vaping is a single-dose open-label study for patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain. Eight enrolled patients used a novel portable thermal-metered-dose inhaler (TMDI) for cannabis, delivering a 15 mg dose.

Plasma levels of THC and its metabolite were constant over the two hours after inhalation. Participants reported a 45% reduction in pain intensity at 20 minutes following inhalation. This benefit lasts approximately 90 minutes.  The only side effect reported was a tolerable lightheadedness, lasting 15–30 minutes and requiring no intervention.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that how you choose to take your cannabis plays a crucial role in availability of THC to the peripheral and central receptors. And the availability of THC will control pain levels.

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What About Other Cannabinoids?

The science supports the potential therapeutic benefit for using both vaporizers and inhalers as an alternative to smoking.  Other cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG, and CBN may have similar patterns of bioavailability. This study, however, specifically examined availability and distribution of THC in blood plasma.

Additional studies may evaluate plasma concentrations of other compounds in cannabis in order to compare vape versus inhaler.  There is concrete data nevertheless, that supports the use of THC inhalers for asthma and chronic neuropathic pain. The high level of THC via this delivery method could be therapeutically beneficial for many diseases.

Inhaled cannabis provides more stable THC levels, which is a great benefit to those in chronic pain. When vaporized, the concentration of THC in blood decreases dramatically within the first 60 min and remains present for 6 hours, but in very low concentration, thus potentially benefiting conditions that need immediate symptom relief.

Other Methods of Intake

In some cases, consumers enjoy long lasting but low biavailability absorption methods like the THC patch. Edibles provide perhaps the longest pain relief, but quick absorption methods like vaping or smoking can provide relief the fastest.

Further, if smoking concerns the consumer, vaping dry bud is free from the concerns of the EVALI crisis of late 2019; vaping dry bud also removes any concerns about combustion via smoking. However, as the above article proves, its quite possible that consuming cannabis via administration methods like an inhaler may become a go-to method in coming days.

Dragana Komnenov
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    Brandon Welsh

    Is this for sale to the general public, or is this still in clinical testing stage? Does this inhaler meant for asthma?

    February 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant makes a THC inhaler for recreational use. To the best of my knowledge, there is not a dose calibrated device on the market yet.

      February 10, 2019 at 10:04 pm Reply
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        Rick Adams

        Please use caution, the author is understanding the technology, a thermal metered dose inhaler is a vape pen that looks like a metered dose inhaler. A real MDI or metered dose inhaler dose not use heat of any kind and is 50% more efficient in delivering cannabis to the blood stream because nothing is exhaled, all the drug stays in your body. when you smoke or vape, 50% of drug is exhaled, not very efficient. DOES NOT SELL INHALERS, please do not contact them asking for inhalers, they sell the equipment needed to build the inhalers.

        April 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm Reply
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    May 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      I know of two companies: and then

      May 10, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
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        Michael Hysell

        I need this

        June 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm Reply
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    Sharon Clayton

    I can no longer smoke marijuana due to health problems with my lungs I’d like to know how to get ahold of the Cannabis inhaler any suggestions

    June 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm Reply
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    Bill C

    Very interested in an inhaler. Please where can i find one asap

    August 1, 2019 at 1:27 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      I know of two reputable companies: GoFire and Aeroinhaler

      August 1, 2019 at 9:08 am Reply
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    Where can I get it

    August 14, 2019 at 3:04 am Reply
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    Kimberly Brown

    Want to reduce my pill in take due to kidney issues.

    September 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm Reply
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    Richard Meer

    Where can I purchase it at

    September 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      GoFire makes one and

      September 29, 2019 at 8:48 am Reply

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