We all know that smoking cigarettes can severely damage your lungs (I mean if you don't, I'm concerned.) However, smoking weed is generally considered harmless. Is that the case, though?
How Weed Affects The Lungs
Smoke, in general, is not good for the lungs. Marijuana smoke contains a lot of the same carcinogens (cancerous substances) as traditional cigarettes do.
However, most research doesn't show as large a correlation between smoking up and lung disease. Even research subjects who smoked one joint per day for up to 20 years do not seem to be at particular risk for long-term health complications. However, past the 20 years or the one joint limit, there appears to be a decrease in exhale capacity. This is a symptom of lung complications.
Even if you don't smoke a joint every day though, don't rejoice yet. Being much hotter than the air we usually breathe and filled with tar and embers, there are still some harmful effects on the lungs. Immunity cells can be impaired by smoking weed, thereby increasing chances for any kind of infection or lung complication in general. Over time, breathing does become harder for regular weed users as well.
Chronic bronchitis, too, is common amongst weed smokers. This is when the airways in the lung inflame or swell up, restricting the flow of air into and out of your lungs. However, not smoking for a while can usually ease these symptoms.
Lung cancer, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be that common amongst stoners (I use the term affectionately, of course.) While tobacco cigarettes are behind 80-90% of lung cancer cases, no link has been seen between smoking weed and lung cancer- yet.
It's important to remember that the research on cannabis use is much more restricted and recent, hence some impacts may just not have been observed yet.
Reducing The Impact Of Weed
So do you have to completely switch to edibles to get high worry-free? Not necessarily. There are some ways in which you can make smoking up safer for yourself.
Vaping your weed seems to be a much safer option when done correctly. At low temperature vaping, your lungs won't suffer as much, plus inhaling gas rather than smoke is less irritating to the organs as well.
Vaping, however, should only use certified and safe cartridges; those tested by independent laboratories for harmful substances. Check the ingredients list and make sure it doesn't include propylene, polyethylene glycol, or synthetic flavourings. If ingredients aren't listed, don't even think about it.
Of course, make sure you check the vaping laws in your country and only use safe and legal products.
Or, just switch to edibles, after all, I guess.
Note: Binge Daily does not promote or condone the use of illegal substances. The above article is for informational purposes only.