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Cannabis Vapes For Health

Researchers offer up a cannabis-based high-free ecig pain solution.

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National media puts the spotlight on claims made by researchers that they can produce a high-free solution to medicinal cannabis use, based on an electronic cigarette. Smaller news outlets greet the news with the announcement such a product can also boost users sex lives.

Scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland believe that they have identified a method of delivering cannabis in a form that avoids users getting the high associated with drug use. “Electronic cigarettes can be a safe and effective way to deliver cannabis for medicinal purposes,” they say. Interestingly, by implication, they are happy with the safety aspects of vaping.

The cannabis-laden oils they have produced are claimed to have properties that help relieve pain, relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis - and slow down cancer, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Cannabis can be prescribed for medical reasons in some states in America, the UK and 17 countries in the European Union. The downsides to current methods of use are that, in pill form, the patient can’t self-administer sufficient doses and the traditional “spliff” method comes with the toxic combustion side products.

University Centre of Legal Medicine’s Dr Vincent Varlet explains: “The combustion and inhalation of cannabis cigarettes is generally considered an inappropriate method for the therapeutic administration of cannabis. Safer and healthier alternatives for consuming cannabis have been proposed to minimise the risks associated with the inhalation of toxic pyrolytic by products.”

"Vaporisation conducted at less than combustion temperatures is one of the best recommended alternative methods to cannabis smoking,” he continues. “A vaporiser heats the cannabis plant material at a moderate temperature, causing the active cannabinoids to evaporate into an aerosol that contains far fewer harmful components.”

“I think it’s a great idea, but this would be illegal in the UK,” David Nutt, head of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, told The Guardian. “I hope parliament makes cannabis a medicine soon.”

We previously reported that thirty-six serving politicians have admitted to having used cannabis with David Cameron refusing to deny that he smoked it at university at the same time his Chancellor was documented as taking cocaine. Lady Meacher, chair of the all-party parliamentary group for drug policy reform, said: “If relatively harmless herbal cannabis were regulated and made available in licensed outlets, this would lead to a reduction in the use of dangerous drugs and would create a safer environment for young people.”

Meanwhile, Clapaway takes a slightly different stance: “Pornhub Fans Smoke Electronic Marijuana to Get Sexually Excited.” Apparently, they claim, vaping the weed “improves health”, helps men “last longer”, increases “sexual excitement” and can assist with “premature ejaculation”. Who said vaping wasn’t sexy?

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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