Those contaminants may be leftover pesticide, fertilizer, miticide, fungus, or something else that happened to hitch a ride on what you just picked up. Like inhaling too much butane solvent, breathing in unknown substances has consequences. Smoking pollutants can cause coughing, lung and throat irritation, and allergic reactions. The Good News: Many legal states now mandate that grown cannabis legally is tracked and tested.
People are demanding better quality marijuana, and their voices are being heard. More and more, growers and dispensary owners are having products tested. This ensures that the plants are healthy and safe for consumption. If you’re lucky enough to live with access to legal medical or recreational cannabis, ask your dispensary for local testing data. You might be wondering: If smoking leaves all this extra stuff behind, is there a way to clean out my lungs? A little exercise can help reduce the effects of marijuana on your lungs. As we breathe, we take in vital oxygen that keeps us alive. There are two primary types of breathing: deep breathing and shallow breathing.
As we inhale, we either take air into the tops of our lungs, or we breathe deeply and fully throughout the organs. The more fully we breathe, the more fresh oxygen can travel deeply into the lung tissue. The shallower the breath, the more toxins, stale air, pollutants, and allergens stay trapped. All this trapped bad air and extra gunk in our lungs has direct impacts on our health. It causes us to feel tired and leads to a loss of tissue function. When we’re sitting and resting, our lungs only operate at 50% capacity. “Your lungs need at the very least 20 minutes of consistent, moderately intense movement daily, like a brisk walk,” explains Jennifer Ryan, PT. Jennifer is a specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy at Rush University Medical Center. “To help counteract the build-up of toxins and tar in the lungs caused by environmental pollutants,” Ryan continues, “allergens, dust, and cigarette some, you need to help your lungs cleanse themselves.” Care about your lungs? Set aside time for a few simple breathing exercises after your next bowl. They will give your lungs the fresh oxygen and exercise they need to feel healthy. To get you started, we’ve outlined a few of our favorites. These quick and simple breathing exercises eliminate toxins and keep airways clear. As an added bonus, they may even help you de-stress. For all of these exercises, it’s important to think about your posture. Slouching or hunching hinders your ability to breath deeply. If you’re seated, plant your feet flat on the floor. Remember to keep your back straight and your chest open. If you chose to lay down, lay flat on your back with your arms relaxed down from your sides. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and exhale for 8. The 4-7-8 technique has grown in popularity among insomniacs and anxiety sufferers alike. Not only will each breath help clear out your lungs, but it will leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Focus on long, slow inhalations and exhalations of five seconds or longer. Imagine that you are breathing deep into your belly. Concentrate on raising your chest and navel as you inhale. The strength of this breath comes from the abdominal muscles. Exhale using short contractions of your abdominal muscles for power. Visualize expanding the diaphragm as you slowly and deeply inhale. The diaphragm is a muscle at the base of your lungs.
Singers exercise this muscle to increase their lung capacity. Marijuana might be our favorite herb, but many other plants also have powerful medicinal properties. Cultures have been using medicinal herbs to treat respiratory illnesses for centuries. As early as the fifth century B.C., common plants like celery were used as medicines. Celery, often found lying limp and pathetic in the bottom of the salad crisper, is antispasmodic. In ancient England and China, it was used to treat diseases like asthma and bronchitis. Other medicinal plants can: Break up mucus and expel congestion. To help refresh your lungs after smoking weed, sprinkle a little of the dried herbs listed below into a vape. Some Easy-to-Find Cleansing Herbs Include: Oregano Orange Peel Eucalyptus Peppermint Ginger Root Celery Peppercorn.
As with most marijuana research, we’re left wanton for more detailed information and firm final conclusions. It’s safe to say that long-term cannabis smoking does come with its own share of health concerns. But, an increased risk of lung cancer, one of the most primary arguments against weed legalization? Continue the discussion by dropping a note on social media. If you liked this post be sure to check out our post about: how to relief pain through marijuana.