The health benefits of medicinal marijuana, whether in flower, oil, or wax form, are being recognized by an increasing number of medical professionals. As state legislation follows suit, more patients with chronic conditions are being given the option of using cannabis to alleviate symptoms.
In most cases, the use of a vaporizer, which implements a wax or oil concentrate, is the healthier choice. For this reason, even many recreational users are going this route.
Health Benefits of Cannabis
Marijuana has been shown to help alleviate a wide range of medical conditions. Patients commonly use it for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It has also shown promise when used for glaucoma, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and conditions as serious as cancer. While smoking may offer some of these benefits, vaping while using a cannabis wax concentrate is often seen as being the healthier choice.
What is wax concentrate?
This is simply a marijuana concentrate that has been infused in a non-opaque oil that becomes crystallized and hardened over time, according to Leafly. It’s vaped in the same manner as other concentrates. Most users report a similar throat hit and effectiveness when comparing oils and waxes.
Concentrates take the active ingredients of marijuana and extract them into carrier liquids or waxes. This allows only the necessary parts of the plant to be used, and nothing has to be burned in the process.
Although concentrates are often said to be less potent than smoking or vaping entire flowers, according to The Cannabist, it’s really a matter of amount. Those who wish to experience more effects may need to ingest more when vaping concentrates than when smoking, but the end results are the same. Many compare this to fine liquor, wine, and beer. While beer isn’t as potent as liquor, you can achieve the same results if more is consumed.
Those using vaporizers for medicinal purposes should discuss their concentrate choices with a medical professional.
Benefits of Vaping Wax Concentrates
There are numerous benefits to vaping using a marijuana wax concentrate over conventional smoking. The primary one is that vaporizing is easier on the lung, according to the Cannabist. Since no burning or combustion is actually achieved, there is no smoke to enter the lungs. Although marijuana doesn’t contain the thousands of additives cigarettes do, any burned material creates numerous chemicals during the combustion process. These all enter the lungs, as well as smoke and soot. This increases the risk of certain health conditions, such as lung cancer and heart disease.
In some areas, only concentrates are legal, even for those with a medical marijuana prescription. For these areas, anyone who wishes to use marijuana for medicinal purposes will need to have a vaporizer and concentrated THC, such as a marijuana wax concentrate.
Finding a Vaporizer
At one time, vaporizers used to be quite large. They required a nearby electrical outlet to operate, thus, tying the user down for the duration of vaping. This is no longer the case. Today’s vaporizers are small,sleek, and rely on rechargeable batteries and a small heating element to function. Most vaporizers will work with cartridges containing the wax or oil concentrates. Some may only work with whole flowers, and others can be used with both.