Is Marijuana A Better Alternative To Cigarettes?

Many smokers choose to make the switch from cigarettes to marijuana, whether it’s to simply give up smoking forever or to get more of a “buzz” from an inhalant. Marijuana and tobacco are both derived from naturally-occurring plants, but there’s a common misconception that “naturally-occurring” substances are always healthy. This simply isn’t the case.

Comparing marijuana and cigarettes requires some facts about both and their effects on the body, so you can choose for yourself. The answer to the question is a matter of personal preference, but you’ll find an in-depth comparison below for your consideration. If you’re a smoker, there are plenty of alternative products available aside from marijuana to get you off of cigarettes, including tobacco-less chew (Black Buffalo is a good start), CBD oils, and more.

Cigarette Facts

To get started, let’s look at some cigarette facts. Cigarettes are one of the most deadly and destructive products on the market to individual and public health and even the environment. Every year, the tobacco industry is responsible for millions of tons of litter, toxic waste, and thousands of deforested acres to make way for massive tobacco farms. This environmental damage affects wildlife, ecosystems, and perhaps more importantly, waterways.

You see, the tobacco industry is a fan of pesticides and fertilizers. After all, the crops can be worth billions of dollars in the final product form, so they must be protected and provide the highest yields possible. The problem with these chemical fertilizers and pesticides is that they’re loaded with dangerous and toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and other substances that offer a serious health hazard. And all of those nasty things end up in your cigarettes.

Cigarettes are said to contain anywhere from 3,000-7,000 chemicals, and at least 70 of those are known carcinogens (cancer-causing). Cigarettes have been linked to dozens of cancers and can cause serious damage to internal organs such as the heart and lungs. In fact, smoking makes you twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke because of its effects on the heart and blood vessels.

When you inhale cigarette smoke, the chemicals affect the red blood cells; specifically, the hemoglobin. Your blood thickens, and those platelets have a much more difficult time carrying and delivering oxygen to important organs and tissues. Not to mention, your blood pressure spikes, which causes serious strain on cardiac muscles and the inner lining of blood vessels. The bottom line?  Every time you take a drag on a cigarette, you’re taking minutes off of your life. And that’s a fact.

Marijuana Facts

Marijuana is a strain of Cannabis that contains higher concentrations of THC, the psychoactive compound responsible for marijuana’s classic “high” sensation. Users report feelings of euphoria and heightened physical sensation, as well as serious impairment. Let’s look at some marijuana facts to properly compare it to cigarettes.

Marijuana does not contain the enormous number of chemicals that tobacco does. While it has found use in some medical applications to help manage things like pain and anxiety, the exact benefits of inhaling marijuana smoke are still being studied. What we do know is that it shows great promise in pain management and perhaps even managing conditions like depression.

That being said, there’s a common misconception that you can’t become addicted to marijuana. Let’s clarify. While you can become chemically addicted to nicotine, you likely won’t become chemically addicted to THC, but that doesn’t mean you won’t become dependent on it for everyday life. You can become dependent on just about anything that brings you joy.

Is It Better?

The question still remains whether marijuana is a “better” alternative to cigarettes. The short answer? No. The lungs are designed to inhale oxygen, and that’s the only thing that should be entering them. Foreign substances can be dangerous, and hot smoke from any inhaled plant matter can cause damage to important lung structures.

Not to mention, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, despite being legalized in several states. That means you could potentially be prosecuted for possessing, growing, or using it.

Conclusion

Perhaps a better question to ask is, “what could I be doing instead of smoking?” Many of us suffer from a helpless addiction to a harmful vice, but even replacing that vice with something similar but “less harmful” can still be harmful in the end. Perhaps we should instead focus on art, literature, and other noble pursuits to better ourselves and spend our time more wisely. Vices, however minor they may seem, can lead us down a road we do not want to take. A more focused approach to our personal health will make us a happier, healthier society as a whole, which is something we definitely need during this pandemic. Don’t put yourself at risk for something that only damages your body!

Marijuana Consumption: 5 Different Ways To Use Marijuana

Marijuana use is one of the most heated topics among policymakers, government officials, medical professionals and the general public in the US. The fact that marijuana can be used for recreational as well as medical purpose further aggravates the situation.

Currently, around 33 US states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, and ten states have also legalized the use of recreational marijuana. However, despite the fact that the states are stepping forward to legalize the use of marijuana, the federal government is still reluctant.

This disruptive scene of marijuana usage is not stopping people from consuming it. And when we talk about marijuana consumption, then smoking is not the only way. There are numerous options to consume marijuana, and the list is growing every day.

From eating, inhaling, and drinking, here are given the most popular ways to consume marijuana:

Smoking:

Smoking is the most common way of consuming marijuana in which you roll it into a cigarette, or use in pipe, cigar or hookah. People who want the immediate effect of marijuana prefer this method as smoke containing marijuana components immediately enters the body. And within a few minutes, you can start feeling ‘high’ – the impact of marijuana.

Vaping:

Those who prefer healthy marijuana consumption opt to vape. Grasscity vaporizers don’t produce smoke, so your lungs will not have to suffer the consequences of your desire to get ‘high’. No smoke means no toxic compounds and no toxic compounds mean the healthy experience of marijuana consumption.

There are different types of vaporizers including pens, the desktop version, and the hand-held version. But whatever is the case, they all offer healthy consumption experience.

Dabbing:

It is similar to vaping, but it quickly makes you ‘high’ than vaping. It uses THC extracted from marijuana plant in three types of concentrated forms: oil, soft solid and harsh solid form. Dabbing requires a lot of other gadgets including blowtorch, rig, etc., but those looking to get extremely ‘high’ don’t mind bearing all this hassle.

As concentrated marijuana is more potent, so mostly beginners are not recommended this type of marijuana consumption. However, if you still want to try it, then do it on your risk!

Drinking:

Imagine: what if you can have marijuana coffee, tea or beer? Yes, it is possible! Those who don’t want to smoke or inhale marijuana fumes also have the option to drink marijuana brewed coffee or beer.

Though it is not a popular way, maybe because it is difficult to brew it, but this option does exist to ditch inhaling bitter smoke.

Eating:

Consuming marijuana through edibles is also becoming common as it causes strong psychoactive effects which last for a long time. Edibles can be any food item, but most commonly used forms are bakery items including cakes, pastries, cookies or gums, lollipops, and candies.

You can also find cannabis induced cooking items to make your kind of edible dish with perks of marijuana.

 

No matter which way you opt to consume marijuana, it is better to stay at a moderate end so that you don’t have to face any trouble after getting super ‘high’.

Florida: Governor Demands Lawmakers Lift Ban On Smoked Cannabis

1200px-Seal_of_Florida.svgFLORIDA: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last week told lawmakers to lift a legislatively imposed prohibition on the inhalation of medical cannabis.

Lawmakers imposed the ban in 2017 in response to the passage of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the use and dispensing of medical cannabis. The ban prohibits registered patients from possessing marijuana “in a form for smoking” and bars the use of herbal cannabis except in instances where it is contained “in a sealed tamper-proof receptacle for vaping.” The 2016 constitutional amendment contained no such restrictions.

Governor DeSantis said that he opposed the legislature’s changes because they amended the law in a manner that was “not in accordance with what the amendment envisioned.”

In May, a Florida Circuit Court judge ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. That decision was appealed by the administration of former Gov. Rick Scott. By contrast, Gov. DeSantis says that he will drop the appeal. Legislation was filed on Friday, SB 372, to permit patients to possess and inhale herbal cannabis preparations.

NORML has long argued against limitations on the inhalation of herbal cannabis, opining that inhalation provides patients with the ability to self-titrate their dose and is associated with the rapid and consistent onset of drug effect.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.