Published on March 16th, 2016 | by Jimmy Hafrey
As vaping continues to become more and more mainstream — with celebrities openly vaping on the red carpet and the introduction of CBD oil for vaping kits in states where marijuana is legal — the uses of vaping is being thought of in some rather unique ways.
The first and foremost of these is pharmaceutical drugs.
An article that recently appeared in The Huffington Post mulls over the question of the efficacy of vaping pharmaceutical drugs, and what it could mean for patients and vapers as a whole. In fact, it has become more than just a thought. Many pharmaceutical companies are actively exploring the use of drugs within vaporizers right now.
But why would anyone want to vape drugs? It’s a good question. Think about it like this — vaping allows for drugs to enter the bloodstream faster, which in turn allows the drug to take effect quicker. It also eliminates the discomfort of having to take big pills or even to have injections done, ensuring that a patient receives their dose without much fuss.
Currently, the drug that is being vaped using standard vape kits is medical marijuana. Unlike smoking marijuana, vaping marijuana for medicinal purposes has no psychoactive effects on the system because the oil used for vaping purposes does not contain THC in large enough amounts to get that high most people feel from smoking marijuana.
And medicinal marijuana is known to treat pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, with effects being felt as early as 20 minutes after the first vaping sessions and can easily last 90 minutes.
But medicinal marijuana is just one application that is being considered. Another is epilepsy drugs. Alexza Pharmaceuticals, creator of epilepsy drugs, has just wrapped up a study to find out if inhaling their drug could prevent the onset of seizures faster than an injection or taking a pill. Early results are showing that it is more effective, but it will be a while before the full results are released to the public.
But while it may seem like great news to hear that some big pharmaceutical companies are thinking about taking the plunge into vaping applications for their drugs, there’s still a long way to go. The fight to have vaping accepted in the public eye is still in full swing, and there is another small matter that stands in the way — the FDA.
The FDA has jurisdiction over any drug in any form, and it takes around 12 years for a drug to be made for public consumption, even if it is just a new form of application, like vaping. That means that even though the public is discussing vaping applications for pharmaceutical drugs now, it will be at least a decade before any drug is released in vaping form.
However, the news is exciting. If pharmaceutical companies could be made to see the benefits of using vaping as a new and innovative way to sell their drugs, that would be one powerful ally for the vaping community. Keep your fingers crossed, and watch this space for more news as it develops.