What’s the Difference Between Joints, Blunts, Bongs, Dabs, and Other Ways of Smoking Cannabis?
Do you seek a healthier way to consume your cannabis?
Note that inhalation, of any sort, cannot be referred to as safe. Typically, cannabis is packed with toxins and carcinogens, which scientists warn may cause severe [long term] damage to users’ health.
However, some methods may be less toxic and, hence, less harmful than others.
Quickly, let’s discuss the different methods and smoking accessories. You’d all find some smoke-free cannabis dosage options you may find desirable:
Vaping Looks Safe
Common knowledge suggests inhaling smoke can be unhealthy for your lungs. For this, many smokers have resorted to vape as they believe it’s safe. But, this isn’t entirely correct.
Increasing evidence shows that vaping may present some side effects. One primary concern with vape is the inhalation of Vitamin E acetate, an additive present in most THC-rich vaping products.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)believes this chemical additive has been widely linked to several cases of vaping or e-cigarette-related lung injury and, in worse cases, death.
Vitamin E acetate, however, is only found in e-juice and not the cannabis herbs.
A 2016 research shows that vaping cannabis buds – not e-juice –is less damaging to the respiratory system than traditional smoking. So far, research on vaping remains too limited for any conclusive statements.
However, besides the impact on lung health, potency is also a debate. People who consume cannabis through vape reports more potent effects, even with less THC, than when smoked. By this, many vape users may find themselves more intoxicated with vaping than smoking.
What About Bongs?
Do they filter out the harmful stuff?
A bit. Not enough to make it healthy.
Bongs deliver cooler and smoother hits – No direct heat as with paper-rolled cannabis.
Noteworthily – however, although inhalation ‘feels’ less harsh, not to your lungs.
Should I then Consider Joints and Blunts?
First, remember you’d still inhale smoke, whether with blunts or joints. However, it may be fair enough to call joints a lesser of the two evils. Since blunts are made with a hollowed-out cigarette, the rolling papers and the cigars are notably toxic.
Although tobacco is emptied, nitrosamines and other cancer-causing toxins remain in the cigar. Even, rolling papers produce smoke with remarkably toxic concentrations.
Next, size. Blunts come in larger sizes than joints and, hence, offer more pot per wrap. Typically, one blunt equal about six joints.
It Should Be Dabbing!
They say dabbing promises a ‘cleaner high.’ Not so true.
Budder, or dabs, releases up to 80 percent more THC concentration than other weed products. However, being a relatively new concept, researches on its effects are still in their infancy. Experts advise that more info may be needed to state the true nature of dabbing cannabis and its adverse effects – if any.
However, reports from growing research think the use of high-THC-concentrated products may cause long-term mental disorders like psychosis. Again, THC misuse, which, too often, leads to addiction, and eventual drug dependency, is a critical concern with dosing high-THC, particularly among the millennials.
Also, without adequate experience in extraction and/or state of the art lab equipment, you may have a hard time [if ever] obtaining pure dabs.
A study reveals dabs may contain residual solvents and contaminants, which may cause cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity.
Besides, your respiratory system suffers from dabbing. Evidence shows some cases of vaping-related lung damage.
Some Other Methods
So far, it seems there are no safe ways around smoking cannabis. That’s what it is. However, there are several other options you may want to check out. Let’s quickly discuss them:
Unlike with vaping and smoking, ingesting your cannabis product has no business with your lungs. The only issue is that edibles do not offer instantaneous effect, since it first goes through the digestive system before it enters the bloodstream.
The right side, however, is that the effect stays way longer than with inhalation. Again, edibles come in different dosage forms – from baked foods to gummies and candies.
By sublingual administration, your CBD product – tincture, dissolvable tables, etc. – is placed beneath the tongue and held for about 60 seconds.
This method is adjudged faster than ingestion since the compounds are delivered through the sublingual gland directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.
Topicals are skin applications, including balms, creams, and lotions. They may help relieve inflammation and pain at targeted spots on the body.
While it may sound weird, shoving weed up your vagina or butt is a thing. There are many CD-infused suppositories on the market designed for several therapeutic reasons, including nausea relief or pain. Some are high in THC, for increased benefits.
If You Must Smoke, Consider These Things…
‘Quit smoke’ is the healthiest advice there is for smokers. But if you wish to continue smoking – even with the known risks – here are helpful tips to always have handy:
Don’t hold your smoke too long
The longer you hold in weed smoke, the higher tar consumed and the higher risk of lung damage. Holding your smoke for too long does your lungs more harm than good.
Choose FDA-approved rollers
While rolling papers may all look natural, some contain toxic favors and chemicals. Buying your rolling papers, insist on FDA-approved products
Prefer glass pipes and bongs
Rubber bongs may be high in phthalates, BPA, and related harmful chemicals, which may cause severe health conditions like cancer.
Ensure your pipes, bongs, and even rolling papers are in good shape. Prevent your weed from any unhygienic surface contacts.
Don’t pass your joints or share your mouthpiece
While it’s fair to share your stash, it’s not cool with bongs, pipes, and joints. Spit-spit contact that occurs when sharing these items may cause high exposure to infections.
There’s no such thing as a safe way to smoke weed. Regardless of your preferred dosage preference, any form of inhalation poses a danger to the lungs.
The safest way to consume cannabis is through an oral, topical, or sublingual application. These ways, you consume all cannabis has to offer, but without the lung-threatening smoke.
But if you insist on puffs, vaporizers that favor flowers, and not concentrates, may be safer.
If you’re unsure which roller paper to begin using or improve your smoking experience, Moon Smoking offers a wide range of products, both for retailers and wholesale purchases. Feel free to discuss with us if you ever get lost in the options or for more inquiries.