joint, bong, pipe, and another type smoking marijuana
Vaporizing or smoking cannabis is the preferred method for pain relief, as the effects are felt very quickly. When cannabinoids are drawn into the lungs, they rapidly enter the bloodstream, with the initial effects being felt within 20 seconds. First-time consumers who choose to try inhalation are advised to leave at least ten minutes between medications so they can gauge the effects. It is much easier to get the correct dosage when you inhale cannabis; as soon as you feel the impact you wish for, you should stop inhaling.
For most smokers, the preferred method is the traditional joint, which is made using cigarette papers rolled into a cigarette containing cannabis; it is not recommended that you include tobacco. When you smoke a joint, the combustion occurring at the tip generates temperatures of around 1,112°F (600°C); when you draw (inhale) the temperature rises to around 1,652°F (900°C). These temperatures deliver cannabinoids.
However, the act of combustion also creates harmful gases such as benzene and toluene. There are conflicting arguments concerning the harmful effects of smoking cannabis. Some studies have indicated that smoking cannabis without tobacco is much less harmful than when they are consumed together, but other studies have concluded that even the smoking of cannabis without tobacco is damaging.
The results from one of the most comprehensive studies ever carried out on cannabis use and lung disorders were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers working on a long-term study of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults or CARDIA study) tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years, starting in 1985 when they were aged between 18 and 30. While tobacco smokers showed the expected decrease in lung function, the research found that cannabis smoke had unexpected and seemingly positive effects. Low to moderate users actually showed increased lung capacity compared to non-smokers on two tests. The first test, known as FEV1, is the amount of air someone breathes out in the first second after taking the deepest possible breath; FVC is the second test and records the total volume of air exhaled after the deepest inhalation. Dr. Mark Pletcher, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the lead author of the study, stated:
“FEV1 and FVC both actually increased with moderate and occasional use of marijuana. That was a bit of a surprise, there are clearly adverse effects from tobacco use and marijuana smoke has a lot of the same constituents as tobacco smoke does so we thought it might have some of the same harmful effects. It’s a weird effect to see and we couldn’t make it go away.”
Results of the study of cannabis use
Results indicate that smoking cannabis, even regularly and heavily,
does not lead to lung cancer. Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied cannabis for 30 years, states:
“We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. What we found instead was no association at all and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”
Water-cooled pipes or bongs can also be used for inhalation and many
medical users choose this method. Smaller handheld pipes can also be used, and as long as you choose a small bowl model designed specifically for cannabis, the fumes inhaled when smoking will not be unnecessarily hot. Pipes and bongs are readily available for purchase online if you do not have a suitable store nearby. It should be remembered that smoking is not a very efficient method of delivering your medication, as the act of combustion destroys over 50% of the cannabinoids.