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Smoking and vaping are the two basic inhalation methods for using marijuana. Both of these methods are popular, however they differ slightly in terms of health, discretion, convenience, flavor, and potency. Learn more about each and you’ll be able to choose which one is right for you.

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Health is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to smoking and vaping. We all love marijuana for its awesome health benefits, but is one method safer than the other? Smoking marijuana may leave tar and carcinogens in your lungs. Vaping releases the essential oils, and allows you to enjoy cannabis’ cannabinoids and terpenes without these negative factors, because it is heated below the combustion point. Smoking should be avoided for those suffering from lung issues, or with compromised immune systems.

It must be noted that some vaporizers (mostly made in China) have been found to contain harmful chemicals, glue, and metals that when heated can be inhaled along with marijuana. Most are safe, but if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a vaporizer with a ceramic or titanium heating element.


When it comes to using marijuana discreetly, vaporizers win again. They produce a soft-smelling, quickly dissipating cloud. Better yet, because there is little to no odor, no one will know what you’re smoking.

Although vaping is permitted in more places than smoking is these days, you should still be courteous to the people around you. There may be parents of children, or people with compromised immune systems around that don’t want to inhale your vapor. While you should absolutely have the right to use your medicinal marijuana when you need it, common courtesy should not be thrown out the window.


You may think that vaping is also more convenient, but most marijuana users would actually disagree. Although rolling a joint is slightly time consuming, you must remember that vaporizers have to be charged, loaded and cleaned regularly. Smoking, on the other hand, is a quick and reliable method of use.


Heat is a big factor when it comes to the flavor of your marijuana. On one hand, vaping is a good option for maintaining flavor because you can adjust the temperature. If you overheat cannabis, it can destroy some of the beneficial cannabinoids and aromatic terpenes. While smoking presents a greater chance of overheating, it typically provides a much richer flavor. Depending on the quality of your vaping pen, your cannabis may taste weak. If you’re using flower, smoking is the way to go. If you choose to vape, use a concentrate instead of flower as the flavor will be much more consistent and apparent.


When it comes down to it, smoking yields stronger effects. Smoking marijuana in general offers strong effects, with a very rapid onset. Again, the potency while vaping largely depends on the quality of your pen and whether you’re using flower or concentrate.

Which is Right for You?

It’s largely a matter of preference. If you are more health conscious, and looking for a cleaner way to consume, you may consider vaping. If you don’t mind the stronger smells or effect, or are looking for a less complicated and time-consuming method, you may enjoy smoking. Regardless of which method you choose, smoking and vaping are both relatively safe, effective methods for the using marijuana.

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Today, we’re comparing decriminalization versus legalization of marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, the terms are not interchangeable. There are distinct differences between the two. If you’re a marijuana user or looking to become a medical marijuana patient, it’s important for you to know the difference.

In the state of Florida, medical marijuana is now legal. Recreational pot use on the other hand, remains illegal. 21 states and DC, not including Florida have decriminalized marijuana while recreational pot is only legal in 9 states and DC. Marijuana possession and use in general, remains federally illegal in all 50 states.

What is Decriminalization?

Decriminalization is the loosening of criminal penalties pertaining to personal use and possession even though the drug itself remains illegal.

If you hold a valid medical marijuana card, and are only in possession of a personal amount, you will usually be fine if confronted by law enforcement. You must always have your card on you, and your marijuana must be in its original packaging. You can still be charged with a criminal offense if stopped by a federal official. This is due to the fact that marijuana is still federally illegal. 

In states where marijuana has been decriminalized, law enforcement will usually overlook small, personal amounts of marijuana. Instead of criminal charges, those caught with small amounts of cannabis will only face civil fines. Production and sale of the drug remain illegal and will usually result in arrest. Remember, you must always purchase your medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

What is Legalization?

Legalization of marijuana lifts the laws that have previously banned personal use and possession. In other words, it is perfectly legal for you to be in possession of personal amounts of marijuana. It is worth noting that it is still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.

Furthermore, legalization allows the government to regulate and tax sales of medical marijuana. Legalization can also help taxpayers save millions of dollars on judicial fees.


You must be aware of state and federal laws if you plan on using marijuana. 

If you believe you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE. There’s no reason to live in pain a minute longer, medical marijuana can change your life. With a medical marijuana card you can find relief while obeying state law.