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Monday, May 21, 2007

Smokeless Pot

SAN FRANCISCO, May 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have created a cannabis-vaporizing device to produce the same biological effect as does smoking marijuana but without harmful toxins.

The University of California-San Francisco research focused on delivery of the active ingredient delta-9-tertrahydrocannibinol, or THC.

The study's lead author, Dr. Donald Abrams, noted smoked cannabis alleviates the chronic pain caused by HIV-related neuropathy but concerns had been expressed that smoking marijuana was not safe.

"This study demonstrates an alternative method that gives patients the same effects and allows controlled dosing, but without inhalation of the toxic products in smoke," said Abrams, a University of California-San Francisco professor of clinical medicine.

Patients rated the "high" they experienced from both smoking and vaporization and there was no difference between the two methods by patient self-reporting. In addition, patients were asked which method they preferred.

Science Daily


Anonymous said...

This is not new. My body, an electric al engineer, made and distributed a bunch of devices fitting that description in college.

He just made a circuit that heated the cannabis to a precise temperature, which vapourized the THC without any burning.

Anonymous said...

Yup, and they're commercially available too, though I'm sure there are some hurdles to jump over when trying to buy one.