Like the rest of the body, the nasal cavity is an ecosystem teeming with beneficial (and possibly harmful) microorganisms and viruses. When you exhale cannabis through your nose, your nasal microbiome is getting its smoke on, too. While no studies have looked specifically at how cannabis smoke affects the microbiome, research on tobacco has found that smoking is associated with major changes to your nasal flora. Specifically, cigarette smoke may increase the number of pathogenic bacteria in the region, potentially making consumers more prone to infection.
Though, it’s important to note that tobacco smoke has also been associated with immunosuppression, and it is unclear whether or not cannabis would have the same effect. While smoking may be bad for you, that certainly does not mean that cannabis is harmful. There are several ways to limit the harms from smoking. If smoking is your thing, then opting for a cooler method like a bong or water pipe is preferable to smoking joints, blunts, spliffs, or from a standard pipe. Smoke from water pipes is just a wee bit cooler than smoke from other consumption methods. While smoking out of a bong is still smoking, water catches more burning embers and reduces the overall temperature of the smoke. As mentioned above, heat is irritating to the soft tissues of the respiratory system. If blowing smoke has your nose feeling a little dry, it may be time for some saline.
This makes them less prone to tear and is just downright more comfortable. Vaporization is considered a far safer way to inhale the herb. Unlike smoking, which combusts plant material at high temperatures, vaporizers heat at low temperatures. This melts the waxy resin glands on the plant and creates a steam rather than a smoke. At this temperature, carcinogenic compounds like benzene can be released by the cannabis plant. This is a natural, though toxic product of burning materials. This is one major reason why smoking is considered bad for health. Edibles, tinctures, capsules, and transdermal patches are additional ways to consume cannabis. Though, inhalation is the fastest way to experience the psychoactive effects of the herb. Hoping to break up mucus and clean out your respiratory tract? Exercise forces deep breathing, which is beneficial for both the lungs and the nose. Exercise also boosts immune function and is thought to reduce inflammation. Exercise also increases blood circulation, which means that vital nutrients and oxygen will be dispersed throughout the body. Without movement, nutrient transport is much more stagnant. This means that less oxygen and nutrient-rich blood will make it to areas around the nose and sinuses. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can do wonders for overall health. But, did you know that some foods can have beneficial effects on the lungs? Pineapple, for example, contains a protein called bromelain. While the protein is most concentrated in pineapple stems, it can be found in the fruit as well. Early research suggests that this compound may be helpful in treating symptoms of sinus infections. Additional rodent research suggests that an oral administration of this compound reduces inflammation associated with asthma. Since smoking potentially changes the microbial communities in the nose, eating prebiotic foods may also be useful. Prebiotic foods include onion, garlic, leek, asparagus, dandelion greens, and Jerusalem artichoke. These foods all contain fibers which microorganisms like to eat. While there is little research on the influence of prebiotic foods on the nasal microbiome, prebiotics have been associated in blinded, placebo-controlled trials with reduced symptoms of allergy and skin-related conditions like eczema. This post was originally published on July 4, 2017, it was updated on May 13, 2020. Disclaimer: MassRoots participates in a number of affiliate deals.
Clicking on a link above may result in MassRoots receiving a commission. There is little evidence to suggest whether or not breathing out through your nose or your mouth is bad for you. Nevertheless, what is known is that breathing out through the nose subjects the nasal cavity to some of the exact same harms as the lungs and mouth. While nose breathes out normally taste better, exhaling through your nose exposes the fragile tissues of the sinuses and nostrils to irritants. However, the overall damage the herb does to the nose will likewise depend upon how often you smoke and your chosen intake techniques. Perhaps, blowing smoke from just about anywhere can be considered bad for you. Here are 6 reasons nose exhales can be annoying: 1. Extreme heat in the lungs and breathing system can be annoying. Further, smoke from burning plant materials includes hot tar and cinders, which can cause injury and inflammation to the soft tissues of the nose, throat, and airways. Aging Smoking cigarettes is a significant factor to aging.
Smoke is a pollutant that can cause oxidative tension to the skin and other exposed tissues.