Cannabis smoking is the inhalation of smoke or vapors released by heating the flowers, leaves, or extracts of cannabis and releasing the main psychoactive chemical, Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use.
Cannabis is mostly used recreationally or as a medicinal drug, although it may also be used for religious or spiritual purposes. Apart from being smoked and vaporized, cannabis (and its active cannabinoids) may be ingested, placed under the tongue or applied to the skin.
- Joint: It is a rolled marijuana cigarette. Rolling can be done using papers in industrialized countries; however, brown paper, cigarettes with the tobacco removed, beedies with the tobacco removed, receipts, and newspaper can also be used, particularly in developing countries.
- Blunt: A blunt is a cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana. It is rolled with the tobacco-leaf “wrapper” from an inexpensive cigar.
- Pipe or bowl: It is the practice of tasting the smoke produced by burning a substance, most commonly tobacco, in a pipe. It is the oldest traditional form of smoking.
- Bubbler: It is a mix of a bong and a pipe.
- Bong ( Waterfall and Gravity): A bong is similar to a pipe, only it has a water-chamber through which cannabis smoke passes prior to inhalation.
- Vaporizers: Vaporizers (vape pens and/or stationary platform) are devices used to extract the active ingredients of cannabis, tobacco (E-cigarettes) or any plant material at lower than burning temperature, eliminating carbon monoxide and carcinogenic “tars” found hazardous in smoke.
- Hotboxing: This method involves multiple persons smoking cannabis in an enclosed space such as a car with no way for smoke to escape.
- Improve lung function
- Help improve the performance of the athletes
- Reduce obessity
- Increase creativity
- Help you give up heroin
Short-term Side Effects
- Psychological effects
- Somatic effects
- Neurological effects
- Effects on driving
- Cardiovascular effects
- Combination with other drugs
- Memory and learning
- Pathogens and microtoxins
Long-term Side Effects
Exposure to marijuana may have biologically-based physical, mental, behavioral and social health consequences and is “associated with diseases of the liver (particularly with co-existing hepatitis C), lungs, heart, and vasculature” according to a 2013 literature review by Gordon and colleagues.