In light of recent recreational legalizations in certain states, as well as the growing movement to legalize medical marijuana use, more medical states are passing bills that state that cannabis cannot be smoked. This is clearing a definite path for vaporizers to come into clear focus as an extremely popular alternative. Reports state that vaporized marijuana is not only healthier for the body, but that it could help promote better health for a number of conditions, including relief from neuropathic pain. That said, there is still a rather small amount of information available in regards to how each type of vaporizer works and how to properly dose yourself when using them. It is this reason that has prompted the Massachusetts Cannabis Research Labs (MCR Labs) to experiment with a few vaporizers to see how they work and to analyze proper and regulated dosing for medical patients.
By using pharmaceutical-grade testing, MCR labs say that they can map out an entire cannabinoid profile using only 0.2 grams of marijuana. This includes factors such as how much THC is in the weed, if it is contaminated with other things like heavy metals, and just how potent it is. They have tested everything from cannabis coconut oils to THC spiked bacon. By design, these experiments are put in place to help those patients using marijuana medicinally to understand their intake levels while using a specific vape, as well as to determine the quantity of the active ingredients in the plant, and what is absorbed after vaping.
In their study, the procedure went in a specific order. They first ground the cannabis finely and divided it into 100mg amounts. Using the Magic Flight Launch Box, or MFLB, they took 10-second draws as outlined in the MFLB manual. After each one, they removed the material to test it for the quantitative data mentioned above. Results showed that the active cannabinoid compounds were all ingested after 40 draws, but that after only 30, there was a significant decline in THC and an increase in cannabinol. There was also a noticeable difference in the appearance of the marijuana after the consumption period.
Of course, with the variety of both desktop and portable vaporizers on the market today, it would be nearly impossible to transfer these findings to every other model out there. In order to get this information, the same precise experiment would need to be replicated on each device, and repeated in order to truly be seen as scientifically valid. Knowing this, MCR Labs research team plans to do just that with many other vaporizers. This program is referred to as the Vape Ex program and its creators have hopes that vape companies start to use this information in their instruction manuals and within vaporizer reviews. Either way, this project should be and is considered a good start. Those patients who currently use the Magic Flight Launch Box can use these findings to get more information about what they are using to properly dose themselves.