Vaping cannabis (CBD or THC oils) is a modern alternative to smoking cannabis. Both methods are efficient ways to intake cannabinoids.

Both methods enter the bloodstream through our lungs. Inhalation methods act faster than other common intake methods such as edibles. If both methods enter our bloodstream through our lungs, then what are the differences between vaping and smoking?

In short, vaping is healthier as the plant material isn’t burned. In this blog post we will cover pros and cons of vaping vs smoking weed.

Is it Healthier to Vape Cannabis? Vaping vs Smoking Weed

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Firstly, vaping doesn’t produce tar. The combustion of plant material produces tar that is carcinogenic to humans. Tar is a viscous and sticky material that accumulates in your throat and lungs and it causes cancer because of its high benzene content.

Vaping vs smoking weed? Which method is safer/better? The short answer is vaping, as it will not cause you bronchitis or throat irritation nor accumulation of tar in your throat and lungs.

Vaping vs Smoking Weed: Pros and Cons of Vaping it

The most important reason of choosing vaping over smoking is for health reasons. As mentioned above, vaping doesn’t produce tar and therefore, it’s much healthier than smoking weed. This is obviously the main and most important reason to choose vaping over smoking weed. Nonetheless, there are some pros and cons about vaping weed that you need to know.

Vaping Weed Pros

More flavor

If you are looking for more intense flavor, then vaping offers a more intense flavor compared to smoking weed. For example, you will be able to taste more the terpenes and uniqueness of each cannabis strain.

In addition, e-liquids are available in both natural and artificial flavors.

Healthier and Safer

This is obviously the most important of all. Vaping is safer than smoking, the cannabis oil or cannabis plant material is heated and not burned.

It’s more efficient than smoking

Studies have shown that vaping is more efficient than smoking weed. Vaping produces more pronounced effects than smoking and equal doses offer different results. Furthermore, vaping is a more efficient way for THC delivery.

You can control the vaping temperature

You can adjust the temperature to vape your weed. Temperature variations can offer different effects, from relaxing to more euphoric effects.

Stealth vaping

Vaping is much more discreet than smoking weed. It doesn’t’ produce odors and it doesn’t smell as much as smoking weed. Many vaping devices are perfect for stealth vaping, which means that you can vape anywhere without worrying about bothering others.

Even if vaping weed has many advantages, there are also some disadvantages that you need to consider.

Vaping Weed Cons

More investment

Vaping weed requires more investment as a decent vaping device isn’t cheap. You need to be sure you buy a device that will be efficient in delivering cannabinoids. On the other hand, vaporization is more effective than smoking, which means that you will be able to get more out of your cannabis.


You need to keep your vaping device clean and in good state. A vaping device requires maintenance such as cleaning the tank, chimney or drip tips. In addition, you need to replace the coils every once in a while (or replace the disposable pod for a new one). Furthermore, batteries tend to lose efficiency over time, which means that you will need to keep them clean and eventually replace them with new batteries.

You need to charge it

A vaping device needs to be charged. Many people bring more than one battery with them. A joint, on the other hand, doesn’t need any batteries…Keep in mind that you need to charge your vaping device and keep the batteries in good condition.

A Vaping device needs some skills:

Vaping isn’t that difficult. There are many auto-draw devices that you don’t even need to press the firing button.

A vaping device requires is slightly more complicated, as you need to adjust the airflow and vaping settings (wattage, voltage, bypass). However, some auto-draw devices are very simple and you don’t even need to adjust the airflow, wattage or voltage.

Vaping is different than smoking:

This isn’t exactly a disadvantage, but vaping weed has slightly different effects than smoking weed. Usually, it takes a bit more time to feel the effects. Moreover, it usually offers a more intense high than joints.

Smoking Weed Pros

It’s simple

It’s simple to light and inhale a joint or a pipe. You don’t need to clean any tanks or replace coils. However, you need some practice to learn how to roll a joint unless you use a cigarette rolling machine to make the rolling process easier. In addition, pipes and joints require a low maintenance. In other words, you don’t need to worry about clogged coils, dirty tanks, drip tips or chimneys.

Smoking weed and intense effects

Some sources claim that smoking weed produces more intense effects. Apparently, the burning process releases cannabinoids faster than with other methods. However, there are some studies that state that vaping produces a more intense and psychoactive effect than smoking.

Cheaper than Vaping

You don’t need to invest that much to roll a joint, just rolling paper (filters are optional) and that’s it. If you use pipes, there are many simple cannabis pipes that are not very expensive.

Smoking Weed Cons

Vaping vs smoking weed is mostly about which method is safer and more efficient. Vaping is both more efficient and safer than smoking:

Smoking weed produces tar

We all know that burning plant material produces tar and benzene, which are carcinogenic to humans. Vaping, on the other hand, doesn’t produce any tar, which means that your lungs and throat will not accumulate this viscous and carcinogenic substance.

Smoking less efficient than vaping

With vaping you can control the airflow, temperature and even wattage and voltage. On the other hand, when you smoke you can just control how much you inhale and how fast you do it.


Smoking weed isn’t as discreet as vaping. In other words, it’s easy to detect if someone is smoking weed around you. In addition, it is more difficult to taste the terpenes when you smoke weed.

Vaping vs Smoking Weed: Conclusion

Vaping vs smoking weed isn’t just about one being better than the other. It’s rather about your own preferences, budget and choosing a healthier and safer alternative. Your health is important, which means that if you don’t want to accumulate tar in your lungs and inhale many carcinogenic substances, then vaping is a much safer alternative.

In addition, vaping allows you to inhale your cannabis in a more efficient way. In other words, you can get more of your cannabis if you vape it.

Moreover, very high temperatures destroy the terpenes. In conclusion, if you want to experience the different terpenes, vaping is also a better choice than smoking weed.