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NHS is Testing the First Ever Marijuana-Based Vaporizer to Relieve Pain

August 16, 2016

In May, a study revealed that e-cigarettes or vaporizers can produce the health boost of cannabis without getting users high. The method - dubbed 'cannavaping' - avoids inhaling significant amounts of toxic contaminants. Now, the NHS may be testing its first-ever cannabis-based vaporizer, called MediPen, which some say may pave the way for legalization of marijuana in the UK.

In the US, there are estimated to be more than 2,600,000 medical marijuana users. It is said to help relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and has even been shown to slow down cancer, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Dr. Vincent Varlet, of the University Centre of Legal Medicine, Lausanne, said: 'Safer and healthier alternatives for consuming cannabis have been proposed to minimize the risks associated with the inhalation of toxic pyrolytic by products.

“Vaporization conducted at less than combustion temperatures is one of the best recommended alternative methods to cannabis smoking. A vaporizer heats the cannabis plant material at a moderate temperature, causing the active cannabinoids to evaporate into an aerosol that contains far fewer harmful components.”

The first legal cannabis vaporizer, called MediPen, went on sale in the UK last year.  A starter kit costs around $64.