Long-term smoke retention does not increase the effects of THC
One of the popular cannabis myths, but this time coming from stoners, is that holding cannabis smoke in the lungs would increase the psychoactive effects inherent in THC. The chemistry and biology of cannabis on the body is complex, involving various factors when inhaling. The high is achieved within 3-7 seconds, and peaks - which is hard to believe and yet although the smoke resides for a long time in the pulmonary alveoli, the prolonged retention of this does not make them more absorbent to THC. , quite the contrary. Prolonged retention of smoke does not increase the effects of THC, but causes emphysema in the pulmonary system.
Science shows that you won't get higher THC levels if you keep up with cannabis smoke. This contradicts many users, persuaded by automatism that holding your breath provides a more important high. Holding a bang for more than 30 seconds certainly makes your head spin, or even stuns the consumer, the heart rate accelerates but this has nothing to do with cannabis, nor THC itself. This effect is likened to a high but it is otherwise in practice.
It is a cellular suffering induced by the body deprived of its fundamental essence, oxygen ... The insufficient supply of oxygen to organs, living tissues and the brain has nothing to do with an improvement in high of THC, on the contrary.
Every time you take a deep breath, your pulmonary alveoli take in as much as they can hold, and in the case of smoke, a lot of air and carbon monoxide. Once your alveoli are full, there is nothing more your lungs can do! Oxygen binds to hemoglobin and is then transported by the arterial circulation to the tissues of the body, which need it for their functions.
This additional "high" would correspond more to a discomfort 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 the other cannabinoids in smoke are absorbed first; this is due to the chemical structure of cannabinoids, the pulmonary alveoli transmit them to your bloodstream to be directed there to the brain. It takes just 3-7 seconds or even 10-11 seconds (depending on inhalation method and physical build) for your body to fully experience the effects of THC. Skip this time, the brain can no longer receive this precious contribution during prolonged retention. What keeps the High from going higher is simply the smoke particles.
In addition, they are absorbed second by the pulmonary alveoli. This will contain tar, which over time creates a sticky (and black) coating in the lungs. But also a suffocating layer limiting the absorption of THC. These other chemicals in your cannabis plant burn carbon, which is also a carcinogen. At an even more advanced stage, the alveolar walls are irreparably damaged: it is emphysema, an attack which causes a permanent dilation of the pulmonary alveoli and which can go as far as 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 absorbed more quickly by the body, unlike tar and carbon monoxide. These are deposited deeper in the lungs. Keeping smoke in your lungs for a long time is unnecessary and dangerous. To tell the truth, it is a habit, a belief for some completely distorted. But it goes without saying that High will never be the same as with a high dose of THC. And whether it is contained in a resin or an exceptional herb.