Take a nice, bit hit off that joint, bong, or vaporizer. Now hold in your hit of medical marijuana smoke for…how long?
That’s just one of many questions marijuana smokers have about the act of lighting bud and inhaling the smoke into our lungs.
Vaporizers are apparently cleaner than smoking entire bud using a gentle blaze to light-up the bud, so better to leave them out of this conversation.
If you’re a vaporizer enthusiast, you’re probably taking in a lot less particulates. Conversely, until you’ve got a high-end vaporizer that functions at the right temperatures, you might not be getting the most favourable vaporization of all the cannabinoids you desire.
Either way, you’re inhaling something into your lungs, and in that something are cannabinoids, the most prominent marijuana ingredients that most people relate with getting high. The target cannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC.
Vaporizers are proclaimed to be cleaner than smoking lit weed through a joint, pipe or bong. There are less particulates and sometimes less heat to bother your throat and lungs.
But just how harmful is it, if harmful at all, to light marijuana with flame and inhale it? And what can we do to reduce the harm, and get the most THC into our bloodstream fast?
Get your answers to these questions here: Marijuana Inhalation Nation: How Long Should You Hold that Hit ?
A recent study has shown that there is a peak rise in use of medical marijuana among teens. It says that nearly 1 out of 10 teenagers lighting up more than 20 times every month. A report from The Partnership at Drugfree.org presents the mindset of parents who are extremely scared about drugs like cocaine and heroine but they are unwilling to talk about medical marijuana and other types of prescription drugs that their teenager kids are more likely to get addicted. They think that the weed is “no biggie”. The 23rd Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study has also revealed their reports mentioning rapid increase in marijuana use and decline in cigarette smoking as compared to the former.
It has been found that nearly 20 percent of North Carolina High School students are using medical marijuana at least once in the past month and lifetime use of the drug is almost 40 percent. Half of Hispanic teens report they have used marijuana in the past year versus 40 percent for African Americans and 35 percent for Caucasians. The fact that teens are tremendously getting addicted to marijuana since the past few years and it has also been proved by the case studies submitted by the University of Michigan. The study has also found out that there is a close association between teens who smoke pot regularly and prescriptive drug addicts. It is also a peer habit that develops from seeing their friends enjoying the pot gloriously.
The Marijuana Policy Project considers that marijuana use among teens can be curtailed only if smoking pot is legalized exclusively for adults. Spokesman of Marijuana Policy Project believes that, if the business of medical marijuana is completely ousted from the hands of criminals and transferred to responsible business people, who would honestly check the IDs of customers and ensure not to sell it to minors, then probably the number of teens falling prey to it can be minimized. Marijuana laws can be enforced to license its use and specify the legally permissible age limit, along with some regulatory restrictions. It’s also important for parents to get involved in this issue and make their children aware of the health hazards of smoking pots so frequently. As teen drug use takes a turn for the worse, a heavier burden is placed on the shoulders of parents to play a more active role in protecting their kids from the health risks posed by marijuana smoking.
Marijuana Cannabis also known as hemp, hasish, grass, reefer, weed or pot is a complex substance containing over 60 different forms of cannabinoids, the active ingredients. Marijuana is used as a drug to treat pain for a number of diseases including cancer and HIV. It has been used to prevent medication side effects and to increase appetite for chemotherapy patients.
With the increased availability of medical marijuana in some areas, pets are encountering more exposure to marijuana and its active chemical ingredient i.e. tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is toxic to your pets and the vast majority of pet exposure occurs in dogs. The most common route of marijuana exposure to pets is oral. Some animals love to ingest raw medical marijuana plant leaves, seeds, and even joints. They can also get exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke.
THC is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and its signs become clear quickly. Research suggests that about 30 percent of animals exposed to THC usually develop gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. The other symptoms are most commonly the same sort you might observe in humans that include lethargy, depression, slow heart rate, in-coordination, and sometime urinary incontinence. Since THC is lipid soluble, pets may exhibit mild to moderate symptoms for days. Veterinarian can prescribe urine test to diagnose the marijuana intoxication. Death from medical marijuana intoxication is rare but can occur. So, you have to be very careful and need medical attention immediately. Depending on the timing of ingestion, your veterinarian will likely give a medication to induce vomiting to control further spread of THC. In case of severe intoxication, your pet may need hospitalization and supportive care including an intravenous catheter, IV fluids, heart rate, and blood pressure monitoring or breathing support. However, with mild to moderate exposure to marijuana cannabis and timely medical treatment, most pets can recover completely. It is advisable to keep your medical marijuana out of your pets’ reach. Do not leave leftovers in an open waste bin or in a compost bin that your pet may sneak into for a snack.
There is a constant increase of marijuana misuse among teenagers and college students. An ESPN article details the widespread use of cannabis or medical marijuana among the Oregon’s football team and how it has gathered negative publicity for the team as of now. It is also partly because Oregon is already involved in an NCAA investigation. Two of Oregon’s players, Jeremiah Masoli and Cliff Harris were kicked off the team in successive years because of arrests related to marijuana or cannabis involvement. Most of the players agreed that 40% to 60 % of the team used medical marijuana or cannabis.
The main reason behind the overuse or misuse of medical marijuana in the state, and more specifically Eugene is that it is the most marijuana friendly state in the US as per the marijuana state laws. Per the marijuana laws in the state, liberal use of marijuana is allowed. It was noted that among the players, marijuana was a more preferred substance than alcohol as there is no hangover effect and doesn’t have any ill effect on the performance of the players the next day.
Oregon defended itself and the state marijuana laws by stating “Student athletes at the University of Oregon are tested for illegal substances to the extent possible under existing Oregon state law, which prohibits random testing.” Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens said in a statement, “We continue to work diligently to educate our student-athletes on the harmful impact of illegal substances. In addition, we have articulated our illegal substances policy to our student-athletes and have clearly defined sanctions for a positive test.”
However use of medical marijuana cannabis among football players is not restricted only to Oregon. Recently three LSU players were suspended for a game for testing positive for use of synthetic marijuana. Also two Georgia players were suspended for using cannabis. In an interview with ESPN, Alabama coach advises the football players and says, “If marijuana infiltrates your program, then everyone is going to do it and you’ve got a huge problem. If you don’t test and do it right, that’s what’s going to happen — because it’s everywhere on college campuses.”
Where traditional chronic pain medications fail, medical marijuana comes to relief for patients suffering from chronic pain syndrome. Medical marijuana as a chronic pain management tool can relieve patients from pain and improve their quality of life with any serious side effects associated with some pain relievers. Cannabinoids have well-documented analgesic properties that make medical marijuana an effective medicine to treat many cases of chronic pain syndrome. In scientific studies, most medical marijuana patients experience pain relief.
According to various marijuana magazines, pain relief is the primary benefit of medical marijuana. American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and even The New England Journal of Medicine ratify the use of medical marijuana for treatment of severe chronic pain related ailments. It has also been scientifically proven that 70-80% of patients experience pain relief when marijuana is used as a medicine for relieving pain. Traditionally opioid is used for a long term for pain relief. However these drugs have many side effects including hallucination, seizures, difficulty urinating, and a rapid or irregular heartbeat in the short and long term. They can also be difficult for many people with chronic pain to obtain in sufficient quantities to provide adequate chronic pain management. On the other hand, Medical marijuana produces dose-related analgesia peaking at around 5 hours, comparable to but out-lasting that of codeine.” Side effects are minimal and dose-related, including slurred speech, sedation and mental clouding, blurred vision, dizziness and ataxia. Marijuana as a medicine or cannabis is most effective in treating various forms of nerve pains or neuropathic pain.
If you are planning to use marijuana as medicine for pain, you need to first find out about the medical marijuana laws and consult a medical marijuana doctor about obtaining any license or recommendations needed in order to use cannabis legally for your chronic pain. Once you’ve obtained a recommendation, you’ll need to find a medical marijuana caregiver and/or a medical marijuana distributor to help you obtain your medicine. Depending upon your type and severity of chronic pain, you may need to make several adjustments to your dosage, with the guidance of your doctor, in order to obtain effective chronic pain treatment with medical marijuana with minimal side effects.