How To Inhale Weed Properly
How to inhale weed properly is the big question.
You may be a veteran smoker and be surprised to find out you have been inhaling weed wrong the whole time! Did you know if you inhale marijuana the wrong way you may introduce harmful resin and tar into your lungs?
Worry not, we will break down all the proper ways to inhale weed properly and how to get your maximum high without sacrificing your lungs.
How to Inhale Weed Properly without Coughing
It’s safe to say no one taught you how to breathe.
Breathing comes naturally, its innate behavior. Breathe in, breathe out, we don’t have to think about it.
But when it comes to inhaling pot properly, it’s not quite that simple.
Many cannabis smokers are taking harsher rips, holding the marijuana smoke for longer periods of time, and aiming to cough in order to get more high. This just isn’t necessary!
“If you don’t cough, you don’t get off” is a saying commonly used when smokers take a hit and experience that uncontrollable coughing, which is quite frankly unpleasant. So, if the saying implies you won’t get high if you’re not coughing you’re head off, isn’t coughing like a maniac a good thing?
Coughing after a deep inhalation of weed smoke is not a sign of success. It’s a sign that resin and tar are entering into your lungs, the heat source is too high, or the amount you took was too much.
When you smoke marijuana you breathe in small bits of tar and resin, these particles travel down your throat and fall onto the tissues of your lungs. Your body naturally fights this by producing mucus to clean the lungs out by coughing.
In order to stop coughing and to inhale weed safely and smoothly , you must be sure to use a powerful carbon filter for your weed. Moose Lab’s designed the MouthPeace with a very powerful triple-layered carbon filter that prevents resin, tar, and contaminates from entering into your lungs.
The Proper Way to Inhale Marijuana
We’ve established that coughing from improper inhalation of weed without a carbon filter is unpleasant and causes extra damage to the lungs. Furthermore, it is important to note that the longer you hold your breath with weed inhalation the higher you get is a myth.
When you hold your breath, regardless of whether or not weed smoke is in your lungs, you get a head rush. The truth is, the head rush comes from oxygen deprivation, not from THC penetration.
The importance of knowing how to inhale weed properly is for your health as well. Did you know that more tar is found to be deposited in smoker’s lungs from weed smoke than from cigarette smoke? This is due to the excessively long time cannabis smokers tend to hold in their hits.
So the longer you hold the weed smoke in your lungs, the more tar from marijuana deposits into your lungs. This is completely unnecessary! Holding the smoke back in your lungs any longer than 2 seconds is overkill and not needed.
How can Marijuana Tar Deposit be Limited or Prevented?
Using a carbon filter while smoking will help sanitize smoke/vapor and enhance flavors by reducing resins, contaminates, and tar without blocking your intake or reducing airflow.
With 16 months of research and development, Moose Labs created the MouthPeace which uses a powerful triple-layered carbon filter system to keep your lungs free of tar and other harmful irritants.
Simply put, the MouthPeace filters out any tar, germs, or carcinogens when you inhale your weed. Take a look at the triple carbon filter MouthPeace in action as it filters out 1 gram of flower and 1 gram of shatter.
Inhaling weed smoke from blunts, spliffs, or joints
The proper inhalation process when smoking weed from a blunt, spliff, or joint is important for the rolled cannabis so that it burns evenly and smoothly.
To inhale weed properly, you want to first draw the weed smoke into your mouth. Doing this makes for a smoother, more enjoyable hit.
Once you’ve gotten your desired of amount of smoke in your mouth, you then breathe deeper in your diaphragm. This is where the magic happens.
Keep in mind, once inhaling the smoke into your diaphragm, the moment the marijuana smoke penetrates your lungs you’re going to get high. No need to constrict your breathing for more than 2 seconds.
Exhale, and let the high set in.
Inhaling weed smoke from bongs, bowls, or anything with a carb
The proper inhalation process when smoking out of anything with a carb, i.e. bong or bowl, you want to skip right past your mouth and inhale straight into your lungs.
The Moose Labs MouthPeace is important for this method. Because of the fact that you’re inhaling smoke straight to your lungs, the triple-layered carbon filter protects your lungs from resin deposit while savoring the taste of the marijuana and reserving all the THC to hit straight to your lungs.
You know the resin that builds up in your favorite bong after multiple uses before cleaning? Yea, that same resin builds up on your lungs if you inhale weed without a MouthPeace. And it goes without saying, you can’t clean your lungs like you can your bong.
Furthermore, sharing bongs with friends when smoking weed socially, the MouthPeace protects each smoker from germs when passing after each toke.
The proper way to inhale weed is an important process for many reasons. Of these listed reasons, your lung health is the top priority. But without a MouthPeace, inhaling weed properly will only prevent you from coughing but will not protect your lungs from all the unwanted toxins.
Let us know in the comment section your experience smoking weed now that you know the proper way to inhale.
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Is There a Safer Way to Smoke Cannabis? How the Methods Stack Up
If you’re looking for the healthiest way to smoke cannabis, keep in mind that there’s no totally safe way to do so — even with the purest, most pesticide-free bud. Cannabis smoke contains most of the same toxins and carcinogens that make tobacco smoke harmful to your health.
There are, however, methods that may be slightly less harmful than others. Here’s a look at how different methods compare, plus some smoke-free alternatives to consider.
The dangers of smoke inhalation are well known, so it’s not surprising that a lot of folks assume vaping is the healthier alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
There’s mounting evidence that vaping can have serious health effects. Much of the concern comes from inhaling vitamin E acetate, a chemical additive found in many vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
However, this risk seems to apply only to vaping concentrates, not flower. A 2006 study suggests that vaping actual cannabis, not concentrate, is less harmful to your respiratory system than smoking. Still, research on vaping cannabis is pretty limited.
Lung health aside, there’s also a matter of potency. People who vape cannabis report experiencing stronger effects — regardless of the amount of THC in the product — than they do when smoking. This means a higher chance of overdoing it, or greening out, when vaping.
Maybe a teeny, tiny bit, but nowhere near enough to make a difference.
Bongs offer a smoother toke because you don’t get the dry heat from smoking cannabis rolled in paper. Though it feels less harsh when you inhale, your lungs don’t know the difference.
Well, both still involve inhaling smoke, so there’s that. But if you had to choose the lesser of two evils, joints are probably the better option. This is because blunts are made with hollowed-out cigars, and cigars and their wrappers are highly toxic.
Even after removing all the tobacco from a cigar, cancer-causing toxins, such as nitrosamines, can remain. Plus, cigar wrappers are more porous than rolling papers, so the burning is less complete. This results in smoke with high concentrations of toxins.
Then there’s the matter of size. Blunts are a lot bigger than joints, and they hold way more pot. Smoking an entire blunt is like smoking roughly six joints.
Dabbing is supposed to give you a “cleaner” high, but what does that actually mean? Not much.
Budder — another name for dabs or marijuana concentrate — delivers a lot more THC than other weed products, often as much as 80 percent more.
Dabbing is still pretty new, so experts still don’t know the full impact.
There’s evidence that exposure to high THC may lead to long-term mental health effects, like psychosis. The risk of misuse and addiction is also higher when using high-THC products, especially for young people.
Plus, unless you have high-tech lab equipment and are trained in extraction, your dabs may be far from pure. Research shows that dabs can contain contaminants and residual solvents that can to neurotoxicity and cardiotoxicity.
Dabbing also has respiratory effects, even though you’re not technically “smoking.” There have been cases of people developing lung damage from dabbing.
The bad news? There’s no safe way to smoke cannabis. The good news? There are plenty of other ways to consume it.
Here are your main options:
- Edibles. Unlike smoking and vaping, ingesting cannabis won’t harm your lung health. The downside for some is that edibles take longer to kick in because they need to clear your digestive system before getting into your bloodstream. The upside is that the effects also hang around longer. You also have an endless variety to choose from, with everything from gummies to baked goods to cannabutter.
- Sublinguals. These are usually lumped together with edibles, but they’re not quite the same. Unlike edibles, you don’t actually swallow sublingual forms of cannabis, which include things like tinctures, films, and dissolvable tablets. Sublingual cannabis is placed under the tongue for absorption, and is absorbed through your mouth’s mucus membranes, so the effects are felt faster.
- Tinctures. Tinctures are made of alcohol-based cannabis extracts that come in bottles with droppers. You can add tinctures to drinks, but you can also get the effects faster by placing a few drops — depending on your desired dose — under your tongue.
- Topicals. Cannabis topicals are for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the cerebral effects. Creams, balms, and patches can be applied to the skin to relieve inflammation and pain. There’s also cannabis lubricant made for, well, sexy time.
- Suppositories. The idea of shoving cannabis up your butt (or vagina, depending on the product) may make you clench, but it’s definitely a thing. Most of the suppositories on the market are CBD-infused and used for therapeutic reasons, like pain or nausea relief, but some brands have upped their THC content for added effects.
If you’d still rather smoke your weed despite the risks, consider these harm-reduction tips to help make it a little safer:
- Don’t hold the inhale. Inhaling deeply and holding it in exposes your lungs to more tar per breath. Don’t be greedy; exhaling faster is better for you.
- Use rolling papers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rolling papers may seem like NBD, but some contain chemicals and flavorings that can be toxic.
- Stick to glass bongs and pipes. Plastic bongs can contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which have been linked to serious health effects, including cancer.
- Keep your stuff clean. Keep your bongs and pipes clean, and don’t roll your weed on dirty surfaces.
- Don’t share mouthpieces or pass joints. Sharing your stash is fine, but not your pipes, bongs, or joints. When you share these, you’re basically swapping spit with that person and putting yourself at risk for infections.
No matter how you dice it, there’s really no safe way to smoke cannabis, whether you prefer to roll one up or are partial to bongs. As cannabis becomes more popular, so do products that allow you to indulge without the smoke.
That said, if you’re partial to puffing and passing, a vaporizer that allows you to use flower, not concentrates, may be a less harmful option.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddleboard.
You can smoke cannabis in a variety of ways, but is one safer or healthier than others?