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The Safer Health Benefits of a Vaporizer

Updated on April 17, 2012

One of the major reasons that herbal vaporizers have become more popular in recent years is the growing number of studies showing significantly lower health risks of vaporization. Modern consumers who use herbs as remedies for conditions, illnesses, and for recreational use are often very concerned with health. Vaporizers are now seen as a safer alternative to smoking.

As ScienceDaily reported, herbal vaporizers have been shown to reduce the carbon monoxide in smoke. Carbon monoxide is a major health concern, as are carcinogens that are contained in popular herbs. Studies suggest that carcinogens are likewise removed, or more accurately, never activated by using a vaporizer. The vaporizer hits a much lower temperature than fire, and bypasses the “smoke” phase of an herb, thereby avoiding carcinogens and various harmful chemicals.

Of course, the nature of the vaporized herbs is important. Tobacco still carries risks when vaporized, as do some herbal blends. Many clinical studies have looked specifically at marijuana smoke, as there is an interest in using vaporizers for delivery of medical THC, and most have concluded significantly lower risks of cancer and lung issues. In addition, these studies have reported that herb users prefer vaporizers to traditional smoke by an overwhelming majority. This is due to the relative ease of an herbal vaporizer. Users are less likely to cough or feel uncomfortable when using these devices and are therefore more comfortable with the experience.

None of these health benefits come at the loss of an herb’s effectiveness. A Centre for Human Drug Research study showed that the biological effects of herbs are still preserved despite carcinogens and other harmful chemicals being removed. This would mean that if tobacco were smoked in an herbal vaporizer, nicotine would still be delivered to the user, and some chemicals with a high activation temperature might even create a more prominent effect.

Overall, this means that herbal vaporizers are both safe and effective. They preserve the active chemicals in a variety of herbs and tobaccos while filtering out many of the carcinogens and much of the lung-damaging smoke that’s typically contained in these herbs. They’re an efficient means of herb use and a much safer alternative to cigarettes, pipes, water pipes, and other methods of herb use in which burned leaf smoke is harmfully (and often painfully) inhaled.


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      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I've always doubted these but heard a friend recently say that it made his tobacco taste better and gave him more of the nicotine effect that he enjoys. It cracks me up when I see people use these at the mall where smoking has been banned here in the State for decades...

      Well written article,


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      Vaporizer 6 years ago

      Vaporizers are great alternative for smokers.

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      Alondra 6 years ago

      Vaporizers offer a healthy and natural alternative to smoking tobacco or herbs.thanks for this ..really helpful for me

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      Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

      comes when you partoke while watching old Star Trek re-runs. Phil. sent you a question about hermaphrodites. Know any?

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      Phil The Gain 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks for the comment. I didn't realize I wrote that. I must have been extremely medicated.

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      kjk42o 6 years ago

      you wrote - "The vaporizer hits a much higher temperature than fire, and bypasses the “smoke” phase of an herb" - NO! this is wrong, a vaporizer hits a much LOWER temp - there is no combustion. you're thinking of vaporizer guns from sci-fi movies! x