Some people believe that coughing while smoking weed somehow makes you higher and that it means the weed is just really strong.
Well, that’s not the case.
Coughing is annoying, and should be a red flag telling you to take it easy.
Anyway, there are probably not many people who enjoy the benefits of marijuana, and who have never coughed at least once while doing so.
Why is that?
What we know for sure is that coughing is a sign that your precious lungs are irritated and that they are reacting to it.
But does it mean that smoking weed hurts your lungs in the long run?
Research on coughing
A UCLA research from 2013 shows that the coughing is a short term issue, that does not have a lasting health impact.
It also says that daily use of marijuana alone does not lead to any problems in lung function, except for possible increases in lung volume and modest increases in airway resistance of unclear clinical importance.
Therefore, no clear link to chronic obstructive lung disease has been established, for now.
Approximetly 25% of people cough while smoking, especially if they are tobacco users. That’s exactly the problem with existing research – there aren’t any studies only on subjects who have never smoked tobacco.
Lungs are very adaptive organs, and if you quit smoking for a while, they will recuperate and you will see that the coughing stopped.
We are here to help you as well by showing you all the ways that can help you prevent the annoying coughing.
So, here are some helpful tips and tricks.
Try weed-infused edibles!
If you experience coughing a lot, maybe you should stop smoking for a while.
Or – you could try edibles instead.
If you’ve never tried them, you may be surprised by how much you enjoy this way of cannabis consumption.
It doesn’t make your mouth dry and there isn’t that burning feeling in your lungs.
There is also the thrill of trying out new flavors, playing around with different ones and discovering which suits you most.
There is even weed honey, which is actually a well known-remedy for coughing and immunity, all in one.
Sure, it will take some time until you feel the effects of edibles, and it will stay in your system longer, but your lungs will thank you for it.
Take smaller hits
If you cough a lot while smoking weed, those are your lungs telling you to stop.
They are a sensitive organ, and can take in a limited amount of smoke at a time.
So, if your lung capacity isn’t as large as once was, simply take in mini-puffs.
And don’t worry, you will still get your dose of THC.
It will just be a more relaxed, smaller, but certainly a more enjoyable experience.
A lot of people still think that if you take one giant hit and cough while doing so, you’ll get as high as the sky.
That’s simply wrong, so go easy and take your time.
Are you inhaling and holding your weed?
Some smokers believe that you need to inhale and hold your smoke in for as long as you can to get high.
Another thing that couldn’t be further from the truth.
You need to learn how to do this properly, because you’ll be inhaling your weed regardless of your preferred smoking method.
Actually, holding it in will not do anything to get you more high, but it can be harmful to your lungs and throat.
It’s better if you do a slow, deep inhale and let the smoke gently fill your lungs; then after just a few seconds, slowly exhale.
This is the most comfortable and effective way to smoke marijuana.
Also be careful and try not to swallow the smoke, because it isn’t good for you either. Not only will you cough a lot, but it could lead to stomachache.
If smoking cannabis has become too painful for your lungs, but you love smoking it, maybe you should try vaping.
In the last decade, vaping has become one of the most popular ways of cannabis consuming.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to vaporizers (both for dry herb, or concentrates).
Vaporizers do not combust marijuana ingredients, but instead gently warm it to the temperature that you choose.
That creates water vapor.
Because of this feature and a vaping system for filtering the smoke, this is a more pleasant option for your lungs, and everyone should definitely try it.
Know your cannabis strain
This is probably the most important facet of marijuana usage that many smokers take for granted.
This is one thing that can make a huge difference, and is something you should definitely consider when experimenting with weed.
There are two basic kinds of marijuana: Sativa and Indica.
They both have their unique effect on a smoker.
Indica releases a more mellow and calming highness, while Sativa is much stronger and intense.
Indica makes you more relaxed, and that is why it’s recommended for first-time smokers.
Sativa is good for partying and going out, just doing stuff.
But nowadays, more strains are hybrid (mixture of these two).
So, the important thing is to try and experiment with different strains until you find those that suit your needs at different times and occasions.
Also, always know your distributor and what they are selling.
Take your time in researching strains that are available to you, and it will help you, for sure.
Store your weed right
If you need to take away your weed for a while, make sure that it is stored in an adequate container.
Dark places are better for keeping the weed fresh.
Also, choose a cool and dry place, definitely not too moist.
Always choose glass containers over plastic ones.
This will keep your cannabis as fresh as possible, and it will not dry it out.
If the herb is too dry, it will irritate your throat, and the effect won’t be too pleasant.
If you are a pro bong kind of person, be sure to use a percolator for your device.
A percolator is an additional water component for your bong that serves as an extra filter.
It can help a lot while inhaling the smoke, and can prevent coughing.
The trick is to fill it up with water, or ice, if you tend to cough a lot.
The ice in the water will make it even cooler, and it will not irritate your throat as much.
Also, always choose a quality bong. Better glass that plastic, that’s for sure.
- Drink a lot of water. It is important to stay hydrated while smoking and avoid alcohol beverages.
- Chew gum or a mint, because that will produce more saliva and it can help relax the throat.
- Take a larger distance between your mouth and the joint.
- Always use the most quality bud. Chemicals in some suspicious strains can produce harsher coughing and are not good for you in any way.
- Try cough drops – menthol can help with soothing a scratchy and irritated throat.
- Always grind your herb to the smallest bits, even if you don’t have a grinder.
- Avoid smoking herb as soon as you wake up, because that’s when the throat is the most sensitive.
Summing it all up
If you are a first time smoker and you experience coughing, try different strains and see what suits you best.
And if you are an experienced smoker but you started coughing, maybe you should try vaping, or a different method of cannabis usage, such as edibles.
Either way, it’s important that you do your research, and take your time with it.
Learn how to store your weed, how to roll it correctly, how not to pack too much, etc.
This is a new age, a modern age, and the possibilities are endless.
You just have to find what’s good for you, because every person has its own sensibility, and smoking is no different.
Whatever option you decide to go with, we hope our tips and tricks have helped you so you have a much cooler and more relaxing smoking experience, without any side effects.