Does Holding In Cannabis Smoke Make You Higher? I think everyone has heard or tried this myth, or seen someone do it, at some point in their cannabis consuming adventures.
The Cannabis User’s Harm Reduction Handbook claims that around 95% of the THC content in cannabis smoke is actually absorbed in the first few seconds.
A medical study conducted in 1989, entitled “Breathhold Duration And Response To Marijuana Smoke“, found that there was no measurable difference (in terms of the effects from cannabis) between the individuals who held the smoke in for intervals ranging from 0-20 seconds. This study is listed at the end of the article.
Why Do I Feel Higher When I Hold Cannabis Smoke In?
Although it may feel like you are getting higher from holding the smoke it, you are not. What is actually happening is the lack of oxygen in the lungs and bloodstream (when holding in cannabis smoke) is causing a headrush and an increased heart rate. This is a similar sensation to smoking a cigarette for the first time.
The longer you hold your breath, the more elevated your heart rate becomes. The human body will then pump blood faster to vital organs and the body’s natural response to this scenario is to release adrenaline. Another effect of holding in cannabis smoke is a tingling sensation, either on the hands or facial area, which may be associated with being “higher” for some people.
Does Holding In Cannabis Smoke Make You Higher?
No, holding cannabis smoke in it does not get you higher, as mentioned above, the sensations are similar to that of your first cigarette or holding your breath for too long. Holding in cannabis smoke for longer than 3 seconds can also accelerate damage to the lungs.
So, How Can I Get Higher From Cannabis?
Vaping cannabis has become incredibly popular in North America and Europe as it is discrete, convenient, and sometimes, gives more beneficial effects than smoking. Vaporizing cannabis involves ‘decarbing‘ the cannabis, a process also used in making butter or oil.
Vaporizing Cannabis Is:
- Odourless ( Oils/Concentrates)
- Vaporizing Allows Different Cannabinoids To Be Extracted
In addition, many healthcare professionals claim that vaping reduces the risks that are associated with smoking cannabis. Not to mention, vaping cannabis allows for a strong cannabinoid profile to be utilized.
Concentrates (Dabs, Oils, Budder, Wax, Resin, Rosin Etc)
Although this is still considered smoking by many marijuana enthusiasts. It is important to touch on concentrates as an alternate method to that of smoking dried cannabis flower.
Concentrated cannabis, also known as shatter, wax, live resin, and many more, is a strong, smokeable product. This concentrated cannabis product can be vaped (THC/CBD oil cartridges), smoked (known as dabbing), and consumed as an edible. Cannabis butter or cannabis coconut oil can also be made from concentrated marijuana products.
These type of cannabis products can be incredibly strong, and provide almost instant relief for many ailments.
- Consumed Orally
- Has A SLOWER Onset Time (Effects May Not Be Felt For 1-3 Hours)
- Easier To Dose Once Tolerance/Need Has Been Determined
Edible cannabis products are an important area to research if you use cannabis as a medicine.