Smoking alternatives

What method of inhalation would you advise to a person with chronic bronchitis, would it be possible to increase dosage to make up for the inability/reduced ability to absorb smoke/vapor?

Originally posted in SR 2.0 5/5/14 . Reviewed 4/2/23

Smoking is not recommended for individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis as it can exacerbate the condition. There are alternative devices that can be used, depending on the substance being inhaled into the lungs. For example, there are models of cannabis vaporizers that have been approved, tested in clinical trials, and shown to effectively deliver THC and CBD without the addition of harmful substances.

In some countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and France, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that electronic cigarettes can reduce the harm associated with nicotine use. These devices produce significantly fewer harmful substances compared to traditional smoking of tobacco.

However, for other substances such as crack, heroin, and methamphetamine, there are no alternatives or these alternatives have not been evaluated. The level of contamination of these substances is also a crucial factor to consider.

  • In summary, advantages of these devices are:
  • Lower Health Risks: Vaporizing avoids the harmful by-products of smoking such as tar and carbon monoxide, which can cause serious health problems over time.
  • Reduced Exposure to Toxins: The heating process in a vaporizer releases the active ingredients without burning plant material, reducing the exposure to toxic chemicals that may be present in the smoke.
  • Improved Flavor: Vaporizing can provide a better and purer flavor experience compared to smoking, as it eliminates the harshness that can come with smoking.
  • Discreetness: Vaporizers are typically quieter and produce less odor than smoking, making it a more discreet option for consumption.
  • Increased Efficiency: Vaporizing is generally considered more efficient than smoking, as it allows the user to consume less material to achieve the desired effects.
  • Cost-effective: Over time, vaporizing can be more cost-effective than smoking, as vaporizers are reusable and require less plant material to achieve the same results as smoking.