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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

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

Hakkarainen, P. (2016), "Vaporizing the pot world – easy, healthy, and cool", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 185-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-10-2015-0062

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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