There are millions of people all over the world taking prescription drugs to control their pain due to a number of diseases, conditions and health problems. While they provide temporary relief from pain from their associated condition, prescription drugs can also leave harmful side effects in your body, especially when taken in pill or shot form.
However, vaping can change all that as research has found that vaping prescription drugs could be more effective for pain and can cause less side effects.
Vaping is currently very popular at the moment, quickly becoming a mainstream habit for many. There are currently quite a few pharmaceutical companies exploring the use of vaporizers for a number of medical purposes, with prescription drugs being one of them.
This is due to the fact that vaping is more effective in delivering drugs to patients’ bodies faster and pose less side effects than other methods. Plus, vaping is less painful then having to get periodic shots all the time.
Much of the current research in the last decade has focused on vaping to deliver medical marijuana. Medical marijuana helps with pain relief and for anti-anxiety purposes, so one would want to get treatment as fast as possible. Vaping provided faster relief than any other method.
How Vaping Works
Vaping works by heating a substance to create a vapor. The vapor may be the drug in gaseous form or it can be a suspension of liquid particles in the air as they cool after they evaporate. But the effect is the same since this allows the drug molecules to be inhaled so that they are absorbed by the lungs and go directly into the blood stream and bypass the digestive system.
When done this way, drugs can reach your brain in about five seconds, causing immediate pain relief.
Drugs That Can Be Vaped
There are certain pharmaceutical drugs can dissolve in a solution, which can then be used to fill the tank in the vaporizer. But, this depends on if the drug is affected by the heating process, so it’s important that you never try to create your own vaping prescription drug concoctions at home.
And there is a wide range of drugs that can be vaped, however some work better than others when vaped, which is what the pharmaceutical industry is testing.
Some drugs need large doses to really offer relief by being vaped, meaning it would be hard to inhale such a large amount. Others will irritate, causing choking and coughing when vaped. Some molecules are too big to evaporate in one piece so they tend to be ineffective when vaped.
And vaping doesn’t make a drug safer to use. The only real difference between vaping and nasal/oral dosing is how fast the drug reaches the brain. So if it’s vaped, this can increase the brain’s association between action and reward, thus increasing the potential of developing an addiction. There’s still a lot of research being done on vaping prescription drugs, so even though it’s not available right now, it may be in the near future.
Although there are numerous studies on this, it takes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about 12 years to make something a legitimate medical product. So we might see vape-ready prescription drugs in the middle of the next decade!