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The Side Effects of Using Cannabis Leave a comment

The once beloved cannabis plant has become a miracle medicine in the contemporary medical industry. Both THC and CBD have won the hearts of patients across Canada, and the best is apparently yet to come. And while the health benefits of using cannabis are undeniable, there are certain risks involved if you are a heavy user.

 

You don’t have to suffer from any health issues to benefit from the positive effects of marijuana. If this sentence has made you nod, you’re probably a recreational cannabis user. A person who is responsible for helping the community to build an image of a responsible stoner. With that said, you should be aware of health risks of the most common methods of using cannabis, namely smoking, eating, and vaping.

Smoking

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Smoking weed is the least healthy way of consuming marijuana, mainly because of the cancer risk resulting from inhaling the smoke from tobacco. One of the least convenient side effects of smoking cannabis is the tar buildup, which happens when you inhale smoke from the plant material. Although it’s easy to spot it with the eye, smoke from dried herbs has a myriad of small burned plant particles. When these compounds settle in your lungs, they create a resin with tar-like consistency. This can be compared to the black residue on a smoked pipe.

 

Marijuana tends to increase heart rate in some users for as much as three hours after smoking. When scientifically tested in Boston, it was proved that your risk of having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking weed is 5 times higher than that of a non-smoker. Although alarming on the surface, such a risk looks like a penny when compared to cocaine, which comes with a heart-attack danger 25 times higher than average.

 

Moving back to plant particles, they can literally be irritating. When you light up a joint, there is a short period of two seconds until the smoke cools down. You can already tell that it’s not enough before you breathe it into your lungs. The heat, combined with these bits of residual

fertilizers becomes irritating to the tissues in both throat and lungs. To defend itself from this irritation, your system starts to collect mucus, a substance that helps your body get rid of the plant particles. Mucus may give you a long series of coughing which usually ends in a minute or so.

 

Last but not least, the smoke you inhale plays an important role in whether or not you’ll experience any disturbing symptoms. One of such inconveniences is a headache. The headache results from chemicals that deal damage to your cells. Therefore, you should always read the list of ingredients on labels. When selecting the right rolling paper, make sure it’s raw, with no radicals used for manufacturing.

Eating

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Ingesting cannabis is undoubtedly safer than smoking. Nevertheless, edibles may be tricky for people who start their journey with cannabis.

 

To begin with, cannabis gives you munchies. Let’s face it, when you’re on munchies, there is hardly anything that can stop you from enjoying a couple of hot buffalo wings, a Chinese beef stir-fry, or simply a slice of pizza. If you’re thinking of a funny desert, edibles will come in handy. But then again, after an hour after consuming weed this way, you’’ begin to feel the munchies for the second time – and the vicious circle will be spinning for good.

 

What should be of the greatest concern to a new marijuana consumer is the amount of THC in a strain used for making edibles, as well as the total volume of “working material”. When rolling a joint, it’s you who decide how much you’re going to smoke. On the other hand, if you don’t know your tolerance for weed yet, you’d better start off with smaller chunks of the baked goodness. Some people eat one space cake at a time and can’t wait for the high to kick in, so they add one-half from the second cake to hasten the process. However, this is one of the biggest mistakes when consuming edibles. It usually takes them up to an hour to kick in, but the high is more intense and lasts longer. With that said, eating too much of the cannabis infused food can make you feel anxiety, paranoia, or even nausea, so in order to avoid unpleasant events, don’t try to break your records.

 

The above mentioned potential overdose on edibles are hands down the major risk of ingesting cannabis. However, you should also pay attention to what you eat when you’re on munchies.

 

The new science behind cannabis has revealed some interesting facts about the impact of marijuana on metabolism. While these are very promising news, you should still pay attention to what you eat and what your daily routine is. If you load yourself with low-quality food during your munchies and you don’t exercise at all, you’ll start gaining weight. Fortunately, being strong-willed enough to care for your physical condition and to consume self-prepared 5-star dishes, you’ll begin to notice the positive effects of marijuana on your metabolism.

Vaping

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Among these three methods of using cannabis, vaping is the safest one. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it’s free of any side effects. Luckily, these drawbacks, although real, may appear only at the beginning. Plus, they are far less serious than the side effects of smoking.

 

Actually, there are many minor side-effects that can be put under a larger category, as all of them are associated with Dehydration. Symptoms may include dry mouth, itchiness, dry skin, dizziness, and allergies. Although a slippery slope, dehydration can be avoided by simply drinking enough water.

 

Other than that, some cheap vaping devices whose parts may release harmful chemicals when heated, so when approaching the subject of cannabis vaporization, prepare your budget for a more expensive yet long-term investment.

 

To wrap it up, none of these methods of using cannabis comes without side effect. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for the safest way of consuming the herb, vaping should be your choice. Well, you still can hit a joint or two during the day, or have one canna brownie block, above all, don’t overdo them.

 

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