Prolonged retention of smoke does not increase the effects of THC
One of the popular cannabis myths, but this time coming from stoners is that retaining cannabis smoke in the lungs would increase the psychoactive effects of THC. The chemistry and biology of cannabis on the body is complex, involving various factors during inhalation. The high is obtained in the 3-7 seconds, and capped - which is hard to believe and yet even if the smoke is long-lived in the lung alveoli, the prolonged retention of it does not make them more absorbent to THC , on the contrary. Prolonged retention of smoke does not increase the effects of THC, but causes emphysema in the pulmonary system.
Science demonstrates that you will not get higher rates of THC if you keep your cannabis smoke. Contrary to many users, automatically convinced that hold his breath provides a higher high. Holding a bang more than 30 seconds certainly turn the head, see little stun the consumer, heart rate is accelerating but this has nothing to do with cannabis, nor the THC itself. We consider this effect to be a high but it is otherwise in practice.
It is a cell suffering induced by the body deprived of its fundamental essence, oxygen ... The insufficiency of oxygen supply to the organs, to the living tissues and to the brain has nothing to do with an improvement of high THC, quite the contrary.
Every time you take a big puff, your lungs absorb as much of what they can hold and in the case of smoke, lots of air and carbon monoxide. Once your cells are filled, your lungs can do nothing more! Oxygen attaches to hemoglobin and is then transported by the arterial circulation to the tissues of the body, which need it to perform their functions.
This additional "high" would be more of a malaise induced by an overload of dioxide in the brain and therefore a deprivation of oxygen, which in extreme cases can lead to loss of consciousness ...
Absorption of THC
THC and other cannabinoids in smoke are absorbed first; this is due to the chemical structure of the cannabinoids, the alveoli of the lungs transmitting them to your bloodstream to be directed to the brain. It takes just 3 to 7 seconds to see 10-11 seconds (depending on the method of inhalation and physical constitution) to your body so that you feel the full effects of THC. Spend this time the brain can no longer receive this valuable input during prolonged retention. What prevents the High from climbing higher is simply the particles of smoke.
In addition, they are absorbed secondly by the pulmonary alveoli. Tar will be found there, which over time creates a sticky (and black) coating in the lungs. But also a smothering layer limiting the absorption of THC. These other chemicals come to burn in your cannabis plant, carbon, which is also a carcinogen. At an even more advanced stage, the alveolar walls are irremediably deteriorated: it is the emphysema, affected which carries out a permanent dilation of the pulmonary alveoli and which can go up to a rupture of the walls of these cavities.
Some strains of marijuana may contain fewer toxins and particles. They are dependent on the culture of this one. With fewer chemicals and pesticides. Which is less likely to harm you. And if you use sprays, for example, you reduce the amount of smoke and particles you inhale.
THC is assimilated faster by the body, unlike tar and carbon monoxide. These are deposited more deeply in the lungs. Keeping smoke in one's lungs for a long time is a useless and dangerous practice. To tell the truth, it is a habit, a belief for some completely distorted. But it goes without saying that the High will never be the same as with a high dose of THC. And be it contained in an exceptional resin or herb.