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How to stop coughing so hard when you smoke weed

The first thing a new weed smoker can try to silence those embarrassing coughing fits is to just take smaller hits.

Inhaling the smoke deeply also allows you to gain the maximum buzz benefits from your weed smoking endeavours. Photo by / Photo: ctgledhill24 / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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    There is nothing that makes cannabis users look more like a novice than when they cough after every single hit. Their faces turn beet red, their eyes start watering as though they had just watched Toy Story 3 and the hacking sounds coming from their gyrating bodies tell everyone in the room they can’t hold their weed.

    In a lot of ways, coughing incessantly after smoking marijuana is tantamount to when someone scrunches up their face down at the local bar after taking a shot of Tequila. Everyone can always tell a lightweight by these physical reactions and, let’s face it, no one wants to be considered an amateur in a time when smoking grass is becoming so popular.

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    If you are reading this, chances are you sound as though you are choking on a chicken bone every time you smoke weed. Fortunately, there are a few things a person can do to help cough less and join the ranks of the professionals. Pay close attention here, kids, your reputation is on the line.

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    The first thing a new weed smoker can try to silence those embarrassing coughing fits is to just take smaller hits. Sure, it’s a natural instinct to jump in there and start chiefing away like Cheech and Chong, but that’s where most beginners go terribly wrong. The virgin lungs need some finessing, a little wining and dining before they are anywhere ready for this sort of abuse.

    Smoking weed isn’t a competition. Never be afraid to take a smaller hit than everyone else, if that’s what needs to happen to prevent one of your lungs from ending up on the living room floor.

    A true professional understands his or her limits.

    Another pro-toker move that helps keep coughing to a minimum is to just inhale deeply after taking a hit. One of the most common rookie mistakes is taking a hit and hesitating to suck the smoke down into the lungs right away. This can sometimes cause the smoke to get trapped in the throat, and that’s when the body goes haywire in its perceived fight for survival.

    The best move is to buy cannabis products from a licensed dispensary, one that is subject to testing and other regulations. / Photo: Getty Images

    What’s more, inhaling the smoke deeply also allows you to gain the maximum buzz benefits from your weed smoking endeavours.

    Well, would you look at that? You’re already well on your way to stepping up your weed smoking game.

    There is also something to be said about buying higher-quality cannabis. Some of the stuff sold on the black market could contain dangerous pesticides and other chemicals that make even the smallest hits entirely too harsh. And nobody wants to smoke grass that has been tainted by poisons, anyway.

    The first thing a new weed smoker can try to silence those embarrassing coughing fits is to just take smaller hits.

    Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?

    People often worry how breathing someone else’s marijuana smoke could affect them. Let’s look at some common questions about this, and the answers that science has found.

    Can you get a “contact high” from secondhand marijuana smoke? It depends.
    You’d have to be in an unventilated room, and very close to someone who is smoking for a long period of time. (“Unventilated” means all windows and doors are closed.)

    In one study, 12 participants sat together for an hour in an unventilated room. Six participants smoked marijuana casually during that hour and the other six didn’t smoke anything.

    At the end of the hour, each nonsmoker’s heart rate was a little faster than it was before the experiment. The nonsmokers also reported feeling slightly buzzed or sleepy, and they didn’t perform as well on logic tests as they had before the experiment.

    But when the same experiment was conducted in a ventilated room, there was no change in the nonsmokers’ heart rate or test performance, and they did not report any signs of a “contact high.”

    Can you test positive on a drug test after inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke? Probably not in most cases.
    But it is possible to detect marijuana in drug tests after exposure in an unventilated room to larger amounts of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes the high.

    Drug screens can look for THC in your blood, urine, saliva, or hair. In one study, nonsmokers spent 3 hours in a well-ventilated space with people who casually smoked marijuana. Then, researchers measured the amount of THC in the nonsmokers’ urine.

    Sensitive laboratory tests were able to find THC in the nonsmokers’ urine, but not enough to trigger a positive result on most commonly used drug tests.

    Next, the researchers conducted the same experiment for 1 hour in an unventilated room with marijuana that had higher levels of THC (11.3 percent, compared with 5.3 percent in the previous experiment). This time, some nonsmoking participants did test positive for THC in their urine—but that was rare, and it only happened in the hours right after the experiment.

    What are the health effects of inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke? Researchers are working to figure this out.
    We don’t know yet how a person is affected if they live with somebody who smokes marijuana regularly, or how higher concentrations of THC in today’s marijuana could affect secondhand smoke.

    A study using rodents found that secondhand marijuana smoke can do as much damage to the heart and blood vessels as secondhand tobacco smoke. But researchers haven’t fully explored the effect of secondhand marijuana smoke on humans.

    We also know marijuana smoke contains levels of chemicals and tar that are similar to tobacco smoke, raising concerns about risk for cancer and lung disease. We don’t know yet how it affects a person’s health in the long run.

    Research is also being done on possible risks of secondhand vaping; this will be important to know, because a growing number of teens report vaping THC.

    As researchers learn more, we’ll keep you updated.

    Find out the health effects that come from breathing secondhand marijuana smoke.