Yes! Cannabis inhalers are the latest healthier way to use. But we should be clear about what we mean by “inhaler.” Inhalers differ from vaping gadgets and e-cigarettes. Inhalers are more like a pocket atomizer for asthma. If you’re into the oral satisfaction of smoking or the socialization it sometimes invites, inhalers aren’t for you. But, I wouldn’t underestimate the market for this innovation, especially those who only seek medical benefits.
So, what’s an inhaler?
Inhalers do not burn cannabis product to release recreational and/or medical benefits. That’s important because there are no resulting lung-damaging contaminants. Cannabis inhalers do not produce the clouds of smoke that get you banned from no-smoking environments. And, they do not release odors to bring attention to your use.
Cannabis inhalers act like the applicators used for decades by asthma, COPD, emphysema, and other patients to deliver medication directly to their lungs. These inhalers work like traditional bronchodilators to blast the benefits where they are needed. And, like these applicators, cannabis inhalers are pMDI (pressurized Medicine Dose Inhaler).
5 cannabis inhalers:
1. Syqe Inhaler: Perry Davidson created the Syqe out of frustration. He worked long and hard developing a new technology to help doctors and patients administer precise dose by inhalation. Davidson had started the first cannabis business in Israel where he was involved with the medical community every day.
Finding a way to transform the power of the cannabis plant into a reliable, scalable, and easily administered the mainstream pharmaceutical drug. Developing and delivering Syqe has taken teams from biology, chemistry, clinical, design, electronics, engineering, legal, operations, pharmacology, product, quality assurance, research and development, and more.
Davidson considers the handheld Syqe to be the first metered dose of cannabis inhaler with pharmacy level drug delivery precision. It is the only device allowing changes in dosage levels as needed or prescribed. The technology involves a cartridge with 75 VaporChips™, each of which holds a precise amount of whole plant cannabis ground to protect its medicinal properties. Users inhale the air warmed by a thermal unit to release its benefits. Already in controlled hospital use, Syqe will promote its approval under U.S. authorization soon.
2. AeroInhaler: Revered Inc. produces the AeroInhaler containing 1000mg of liquid for 100 dispensed regulated puffs in a device like asthma inhalators. It uses THC distillate and cannabis-derived terpenes to create flavors like Grape Ape, Sour Diesel, Tangerine Haze and more. This device is not devoted to medical purposes alone. It comes in several different strains, and as the demand increases, they will produce more variety.
With about 650mg THC, depending on the strain and batch, the inhaler is only available in states where permitted. The remaining 350mg contains the terpenes and additives required to transmit the THC and terpenes to your lungs.
With CBD versions in the works, Revered Inc. accepted the Colorado Cannabis Business Awards’ 2017 Invention of the Year. This cannabis live resin, the terpene-infused device has the potential to change history.
3. Santana Smooth: Carlos Santana’s label along with Marisol Therapeutics has produced its Santana Smooth inhaler. Like the AeroInhaler, each Santana Smooth holds 1,000mg with 650mg of THC and CBD distillates for 100 regulated puffs, each with 6.5-7mg of cannabinoids and 1-2mg of terpenes.
Marisol Therapeutics introduced its butane-extracted THC distillate from house-grown flowers and trim. They offer the THC products in flavors as well as hemp-derived CBD options.
4. Mystabis: A team of respiratory drug therapists created Mystabis as a discrete, reliable, and sanitary delivery mechanism. They bought insights and experience as compounding pharmacists with backgrounds in antibiotics, antifungals, asthma, COPD, inhaled insulin, pediatrics, and more.
As they point out, “Cannabis presents a unique challenge with over 85 active compounds found in cannabis with an entourage effect.” But they prudently recommend Mystabis should only be used after consultation with your medical operation. They boast all their components are pharmaceutical grade aluminum and a gold standard propellant. The inhaler comes in three different volumes, but it is not refillable.
5. MÜV: Altmed of Florida is marketing MÜV as a metered medical dose inhaler. A THC/CBD formulation is available as a 400mg unit described as containing 200mg THC and 200mg CBD with natural terpenes and Sorbitan Trioleate distilled through an ethanol process. It also comes in a 400mg THC formulation.
Are inhalers a new healthier consuming method?
There are many more inhalers: Cannarol, CBD Luxe, One Grow, Trivacor, Vapen, and more. Each of them makes similar claims because the device is standard technology. That is, a typical inhaler includes a canister, actuator, and metering valve. Depending on the cannister content, the tricky technology lies in the metering valve if you want precise dosing.
Yes, they are healthier because they eliminate the carbon contaminants that occur when you set a flame to cannabis. They do not contain toxins, and there is no danger from batteries or heating devices.
They offer discrete use at work, school, or play. And, they provide easy administration to chronically ill and incapacitated medical patients. Unfortunately, cannabis inhalers are not available in all states that have legalized recreational and/or medical sale and possession. That means some may also not be sold online.
Now, whether this direct to the lungs delivery system is healthy for people with bronchial or lung conditions depends on other issues. But if cannabis is to be used by COPD or asthma patients, inhalers are certainly less risky than other consumption methods. And, you might consider the potential return on investment in these manufacturers.