Does cannabis reduce tobacco use? An important question asked these days. Cannabis has been called the devils weed, a schedule 1 drug, and many other names that give the natural occurring plant a bad rep. It is hypothesized that vaping cannabis extracts and using cannabis in general leads to a reduction of the amount of tobacco being consumed.
Some argue that there is no direct relationship between the use of tobacco and cannabis. Others argue the gateway effect or the reverse gateway effect. An additional argument is that the relationship between the two could be due to a psychological association or chemical relationship.
One thing we can agree on, the data collection and research required to make a more educated argument is something that should exist. The tobacco industry has had dark shadow looming over the younger generations for many decades. It would be nice to see a safer alternative substance take the place of tobacco consumption.
Ways Vaping Cannabis Reduces Tobacco Use
A few notable points can be made in favor of the argument that vaping cannabis reduces tobacco use.
In most of Europe one of the most popular ways that people consume cannabis is from a 'spliff'. A spliff is a hybrid joint/cigarette that contains part cannabis and part tobacco. In North America people use spliffs as well, but a higher percentage of straight cannabis users. A correlation can be made here that there is a connection between the two substances on the basis of 'psychological association'.
Tobacco in spliffs is used as a filler to make joints last longer. If more cannabis users are using an oil vaporizer they are not being tempted to add extra dry leaf material to make it bigger and longer lasting. One could argue that people will simply switch to a new product that combines tobacco/nicotine juice with THC vape juice. Which in the end would solve nothing. This is a valid argument. However, studies have shown that people who vape cannabis extracts don't mix tobacco concentrates with it. At least not on the same scale as those who mix dry leaf material to create spliffs.
Prevents use by younger generations
This ties a little into the use of spliffs, but as generations continue to get older we will hopefully see a decrease in tobacco users stemming from younger generations. As the influence from older generations gets reduced it will have less of a domino's effect on the ones that follow.
There are studies done in Canada that propose cannabis is helpful not only in effective pain management but as a substance that helps to fight addiction. There are many studies that try to make a case that cannabis is not a gateway drug. These studies I feel will always show conflicting results as some people can become addicted to the different aspects of cannabis and not necessarily the substance itself.
Prefer cannabis more
A reason that contributes to a reduction in tobacco users is that people prefer cannabis over tobacco. If both were the same price and both as easily accessible, cannabis would be the more popular choice. If people are spending there time on one thing they will often lose interest in another.
Real world observations
It's hard to test the hypothesis that vaping cannabis reduces tobacco use as a study. Test subjects knowing this test is being conducted they may be effected by being aware of the test. For a more educated conclusion on whether or not vaping cannabis reduces tobacco use, real world statistics should be gathered. As time progresses we will be able to gather information and compare the two in more detail.
The data collection and research required to make a more educated argument is something that should exist. The tobacco industry has had dark shadow looming over the younger generations for many decades. It would be nice to see a safer substance that people choose to use in place of tobacco/nicotine.