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Vaporizing the pot world – easy, healthy, and cool

Pekka Hakkarainen (Alcohol and Drugs Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 5 September 2016




The purpose of this paper is to study vaporizers – especially the vape pen – as a new technology in cannabis use. Until now, almost all information on the use of vaporizers or e-cigarettes for cannabis consumption has come from the internet, the popular press, and accounts by users, but not from the scientific literature. More research is needed.


Since scientific studies of the phenomenon are virtually non-existent, the author will also base his study on sociological reflections upon internet sites and articles published both in subcultural and mainstream media. The author will document a national estimate of the prevalence of vaping based on a recent population survey in Finland.


Vaping is an emerging trend in cannabis culture internationally. It has been seen as a healthier route of administration than traditional ways of smoking cannabis. Other images, created especially with the help of advanced high-tech machinery and stylish and fashionable designs for the vape pen, are aiming at being cool and easy to use. In Finland, 6 percent of cannabis users make regular use of a vaporizer, and around a quarter of users use one occasionally. A vape pen or e-cigarette was regularly used by 2.6 percent and occasionally by 9.1 percent of cannabis users.


The trend of increasing vaping and the use of new devices has not been properly recognized among researchers. The paper presents some original results from a national population survey.



Hakkarainen, P. (2016), "Vaporizing the pot world – easy, healthy, and cool", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 185-193.



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