Whether it be smoke from tobacco, weed, or a barbecue grill, inhaling any type of smoke particles into your lungs is always unhealthy.
Lungs do not really enjoy being filled with smoke carcinogens.
The main risk that comes from inhaling smoke is lung cancer, but when it comes to weed, it gets a little more complicated than that. Respected sites such as WebMD claim that “a recent review of studies on the effects of marijuana and tobacco smoke suggests that the cancer-promoting effects of these ingredients are increased by the tobacco in nicotine and reduced by the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis.”
This does not mean that you should go roll up the biggest joint possible without a care in the world, remember smoke is never good for your lungs. In fact, a study done in 2014 discovered that smoking weed did leave behind tar in your lungs. Giving smokers long-term issues such as inflammation in the small air pathways, trouble exhaling, coughing, and other complications.
What some stoners just may not realize, is that there are many new alternative methods out nowadays to consume THC (the compound that gets you “high”) into your bloodstream without having to inhale smoke into your lungs. May not sound as cool, but perhaps by the end of this article, we can change your mind.
Here are our top five list of healthy ways to consume cannabis starting with, drum roll please!
If you want to completely avoid inhaling your buds, a great alternative is to consume edibles. Cannabis infused foods are an increasingly popular trend due to their powerful long-lasting potency and health benefits.
Due to the digestive process, edibles take much longer to kick in than conventional smoking does, but on the contrary, it activates a much more intense psychoactive effect. So start with low doses, and make sure to be extra patient with those bad boys.
If you are a health conscious snacker as well, no worries, you’re not stuck with just brownies. With legalization on the rise, the variety of options to choose from for a consumer has greatly increased. Check out the edibles sold at Julie’s Natural Edibles, you will be surprised at the healthy snacks you can infuse with THC and CBD.
If you’re feeling extra brave you can try to create your own edibles. A great way to start is to learn how to make cannabis-infused butter, otherwise known as cannabutter.
Whatever you can make with regular butter, you can make with cannabutter, making that dank grilled cheese sandwich extra magical. Here is just a small list of things you could make with cannabutter.
2. DRINK YOUR WEED
One very unique, yet not so popular method to consume cannabis is to drink your weed. Yes, you read that right, it is very possible to consume your THC by drinking a bottle of delicious strawberry lemonade, or any flavor you wish really. This method of consuming your weed can be very helpful for certain medical patients or smoke conscious users who know how precious their lungs are.
Also, keep in mind that consuming these types of edibles give out a stronger more intense high than smoking does, hate to brag but it lasts longer as well, that’s always good. Check out this video of a dude from the Strain Central YouTube channel try out a bottle of 70mg THC strawberry lemonade drink made by Sensi.
3. THC PILLS
The same way you can ingest edibles, and get baked, you can consume THC oils (basically a THC pill). Getting stoned could be as simple as taking an Advil, a very natural, dank Advil.
People are actually starting to make their own THC pills called Canna Caps, and they can easily be made at home, check this out. Careful, just like consuming edibles, these babies pack a punch. They have a powerful effect that could take some time to kick in, so be patient.
If you are going to smoke cannabis, the healthiest way to do this is by using a vaporizer. Vaporizers are an effective smoke-free method of consuming weed. They heat your delicate buds at the perfect temperature, releasing the THC and CBD from the plant without combustion.
Since nothing is burned, it does not produce the same toxic byproducts that smoking does.
Vaporization uses a very gentle heat, resulting in a fine mist, similar to steam. Because there is no smoke created, there is no carbon monoxide or noxious byproducts generated. All that is released is the THC and CBD of the buds.
It’s important to note that cannabis concentrates such as dabs, oils, and wax work better with vaporizers since bud does eventually have a small degree of combustion.
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