Despite all the benefits that marijuana offers, the most common consumption method (smoked with tobacco) is very unhealthy. This post is going to address the differences between vaping vs smoking.

Over the last few years, a new consumption method has entered the cannabis world with the intention of boosting marijuana flavors while decreasing the harmful aspects of smoking. Vaping is relatively new and doesn’t produce toxins or cancer substances. It also enhances natural cannabis flavors and aromas.

Differences between vaping vs smoking


The main difference between vaping vs smoking is the presence of combustion, which takes place when cannabis is exposed to temperatures higher than 220 degrees. When smoking, this process creates toxic elements (tar, carbon dioxide …) that are responsible for causing different types of cancer.

However, this doesn’t happen when vaping, as temperatures range between 157 and 220 º, preventing combustion and the damages associated with smoking. As a matter of fact, various studies certify that, when smoking, more than 80% of the substances that enter our body are cancerous, while with vaping such percentage decreases to 5%, with the remaining 95% being pure cannabinoids.

vaping vs smoking: combustion

Flavor and aroma

When smoking cannabis, high temperatures remove the vast majority of cannabinoids and terpenes, therefore, flavors and aromas are less intense than when vaping. On the other hand, the temperature that cannabis reaches during a vaping session is perfect to make the most out of cannabis properties.

When comparing these two methods, you’ll realize that with vaping marijuana seems purer and when smoking cannabis, you’ll clearly perceive burnt weed flavors and scents.

Controlling cannabis effects

Vaping allows you to control the temperature of cannabis buds or extracts, which is perfect to control its effects. If the temperature is low, the effects will be more mental, and if you increase it, the effects will turn physically relaxing.

Apart from its effects, you can also control the flavors. Science has studied the exact temperature at which most cannabis terpenes come out and how many degrees they need to get destroyed. Experience will help you understand how to obtain the flavors and effects that you feel like enjoying at each moment by regulating the temperature of your cannabis vaporizer.


Vaporizers allow you to get the marijuana or extract dose that you want to consume. The chamber measure is concrete, therefore, you’ll know exactly how much cannabis you are going to vape before refilling it again.

This doesn’t happen when you smoke marijuana, as you would normally load your joints by rough estimation, without making any precise calculations.

Potency of effects

There are different theories regarding the potency of vaping vs smoking cannabis. Some users assure that vaping is more potent while others say the opposite. At the end of the day, it depends on the smoker, the amount, the potency and the tolerance.

Different testimonies imply that smokers perceive vaping as more potent when they first try it out and the same happens with vape consumers. Depending on what you are used to, it would be normal to perceive more potent effects when swapping consumption methods.

However, despite the lack of scientific evidence, some say that smoking enhances cannabis psychoactive effects (which come out suddenly and abruptly), while vaping offers a progressive, soft and delicate experience.


Health benefits

The conclusion is clear: smoking is more unhealthy than vaping. The lack of combustion removes cancerous toxins, therefore, by vaping you mainly introduce cannabinoids and terpenes into your system.

Scientist authorities assure that vaping is 95% less damaging than smoking, although other studies are still ongoing as this way of consuming cannabis is still quite recent.

However, vaping also has some counter points worth taking into account:

  • Vaporizers are easy to use and vapor enters your system with ease (as opposed to smoke), which can promote users to keep the vapor inside their lungs for longer periods of time before exhaling.
  • Always use certified, good quality products as there has been some deaths and injuries due to using bad quality devices purchased in the black market or at illegal retailers.

The first vaping crisis actually started in the USA in 2019, when around 100 people died due to the excess of vitamin E included in vape oil. This epidemic (as doctors called it) forced an exhaustive investigation of this consumption method, removing the damaging substance that was creating problems and making it safer for consumers.

However, and despite the problems mentioned above, there is no doubt that vaping marijuana is definitely more healthy than smoking it. It is an excellent option for cannabis lovers that want to reduce the risks associated with smoking.


The best vaporizers

Nowadays, the market is full of different types of vaporizers. Some are only suitable for cannabis flowers, while others also allow liquids or extracts, etc

Take into account that although the initial investment might be a bit expensive, in the long run it is more efficient to spend the money on a good quality vaporizer rather than buying a bad quality option and having to replace it shortly afterwards. 

GB The Green Brand sells the best vaporizers. Great variety and prizes to suit all budgets.

PAX3 Vaporizer

The PAX3 Vaporizer is possibly the best option for beginners. It is easy to clean, practical, potent and of great quality.

Suitable to vape cannabis buds and extracts. It features four different temperature modes and a very competent battery life. This device meets the quality standards of a high range vaporizer.

Technical specifications: 

  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • Charging time: 90 minutes. (8-10 sessions per charge)
  • Size: 2.1 x 1.9 x 9.8 cm (length, width, height)
  • Holds: 0.3 grams
  • Heating time: 22 seconds
pax3 vaporizer

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer

The Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer is the evolution of the popular Volcano, which was a big sales hit. This new version includes a vaping pipe, the classic balloon and a phone app to control the parameters.

Suitable to vape flowers, extracts and concentrates. Perfect for therapeutic uses.


  • Size: 20 x 20 x 18 cm
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Vaporizing system: Convection
  • Inhalation system: Balloon or pipe
volcano vaporizer
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Erik Collado

With more than 10 years of background in the cannabis sector, his experience and knowledge are the base of GB The Green Brand’s success

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