Could vaping weed really be good for your skin?
Posted 6th Apr 2016 to The Science of Vaping
There’s a rumour going around that suggests vaping weed can actually have a positive effect on your skin – but is there any truth to it?
In an interview with two dermatologists originally published by the Huffington Post, it seems as if there is.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive substance found in weed, which is the part that gives you a high. It’s also said to have fantastic benefits for your skin as an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory.
However, as the dermatologists from the interview point out, it all depends on how you consume weed.
Much like a regular cigarette, a joint is combustible and therefore creates harmful side effects that outweigh any benefits. For example, the tar content in a joint (even a filtered one) is significantly higher than that created from other methods.
A bong – or water pipe – is even better than a joint, but the best of all is a vapouriser.
This is because with cigarettes, you’re inhaling smoke that’s full of chemicals and toxins. With vaping, you’re inhaling the vapour of the e-liquid, which consists of water, flavouring, and a (usually) mixed base of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG), and occasionally nicotine. Since you’re inhaling vapour and not smoke, you’re skipping the toxins and chemicals that cause harm such as ageing and wrinkles, as well as various cancers and diseases.
Even when you’re smoking weed, you’re inhaling a similar level of toxins as you would with a regular tobacco cigarette, which is doing your skin (and other organs) far more damage than good.
Of course, the dermatologists did only suggest these results were for the moderate consumption of marijuana, but they did also mention that patients who were regular weed consumers were generally far more relaxed than others.