Facts are better than myths
Here in the United States, there’s a lot of misinformation about cannabis and its health impacts.
Given the fact that Tobacco and Alcohol are legal and that each passing year brings us more prescription drugs, we think marijuana prohibition is mostly for historical cultural reasons. We’re doing our small part to help spread information by sharing the science and facts that are being discovered via research on marijuana’s impacts on the human body.
Let’s talk about the myth of marijuana killing people for a moment.
In this study of deaths and their causes which compares marijuana with FDA approved drugs, we find some interesting information: the FDA approved drugs are much more deadly, according to a government-approved evaluation methodology.
We highly recommend reading through it, it’s enlightening. Maybe a little dry, but hey, this is your health we’re talking about.
We’d like to remind you all that here at Stonyview, we think about our health and the risks we’re taking by enjoying marijuana. We think it’s similar to thinking about drinking a beer or a glass of wine or eating a whole package of bacon or having a candy bar. Nothing more. Nothing less.
While we think it’s ridiculous that people paint marijuana as deadly and that’s the point of us researching and reading up on the latest medical studies, we also think that it’s important to note that:
Most marijuana intake does come with a risk
Do you smoke?
If you’re like us, you enjoy that toke. That little puff, the inhale and the warming sensation as you feel the smoke waft through your mouth and lungs. If you’re a noob or you really took a tube down, you finish off with a bit of a cough and some watery eyes.
Mmmmmm just thinking about it makes us want one. It’s a fun feeling
But, that smoke is the worst part of indulging in marijuana
The damage you do to your lungs as the result of smoking pot is pretty serious. You just need to think about these two unique aspects of lighting marijuana on fire:
- The heat from the fire and smoke messes with your mouth, your gums and your tongue. It’s not pretty. We’ve talked with our friends who are doctors and they all say the same thing,
- "You never hear about it, but mouth cancer is pretty serious. It’s painful and kind of gross." If you want some quick examples, take a look at this search for mouth cancer images. It’s pretty graphic, so we didn’t want to embed it here.
- The carbon monoxide and other side-effects of combustion are also big fails. When you light something on fire, combustion happens, and because of the nature of the combustion, a lot of carbon monoxide is released, straight into your mouth, since that’s the point right? Then you also have the tar and carbon flowing into your lungs in small pieces. Not good times…
You’ve probably thought about this before. Maybe you’ve evaluated the risks and decided you’re fine with it. Just like having that glass of wine with dinner, you’re comfortable with the risks you take in your life and that’s one you are willing to take.
If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to think about it a bit. Part of why most people feel kind of "dumb" when they smoke pot is because of this carbon monoxide – it goes straight into your system through your mouth and nose you and for a few minutes, you let the carbon monoxide asphyxiate your brain for a few minutes. That dumb feeling isn’t part of being stoned.. it’s the byproduct of inhaling a fire.
If you would run out of a smoky building, worried about the impact on your brain and lungs, you owe it to yourself to think harder about what you’re doing when you’re taking those bong hits. That joint you light up everyday is beautiful, but it’s burning the shit out of your mouth, really fucking up your lungs and killing brain cells (yeah, it’s the carbon monoxide that does that, not the weed).
Smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy marijuana
Don’t get too down about things though. If you love weed but don’t like reading and hearing about all these negative side effects to smoking, rest assured that there are two different ways to go about consuming pot:
We’re unabashed vaporizer lovers here at Stonyview. Consider this: vaporizers tend to give you a better high with less weed in the same amount of time that it takes to smoke. Pretty awesome right?
We wrote about why you should invest in a vaporizer and won’t repeat ourselves much here, but our two favorite vapes at the moment are:
Got a favorite vape? Tell us about it in the comments.
Who doesn’t love eating yummy stuff and then having a delicious body high for several hours afterwards? Making basic edibles can be surprisingly easy:
Pot brownies in 90 minutes? Yes please – take a look at our easy instructions.
What’s challenging about edibles is that they require quite a bit of plant material in order to get you the high you’re looking for. However, we’ve discovered another reason that vaporizers are awesome: if you keep the vaporized leftovers you can use them to bake with.
How to use vaporized material for your baking goodies
So, now that you know that:
- Marijuana isn’t deadly on its own and studies show that fewer people die from cannabis use than FDA-approved drugs
- Smoking of marijuana is the riskiest component of marijuana consumption
- Vaporizing your marijuana and baking it into edibles are great ways to consume weed without nasty side-effects
Be sure to spread the facts to your friends. The more people understand the basics and the facts, the better!