Yo, what’s good, it’s your boy Dan, and today we’re debunking the myth of holding in a hit of that good green. You ever been chillin’ with your homies, taking some hits off a joint or a blunt, and someone tells you to hold it in? They say it’ll get you higher, right? But is there actual science behind this? Let’s dive in.
So, the idea behind holding in a hit is that your body will have more time to absorb the THC through your lungs. But here’s the thing – our lungs aren’t that efficient at absorbing oxygen, which is why we breathe rhythmically and don’t hold our breath for several minutes. The same goes for weed smoke. When you inhale, 95% of all possible THC is absorbed almost instantly. Holding your hit in for longer isn’t going to make much of a difference in terms of absorption.
In fact, holding in a hit can actually make you feel lightheaded. You’re depriving your brain of oxygen by holding your breath, and adding carbon monoxide and toxins from combustion to the mix. Want to test this out for yourself? Take a joint-like hit of tobacco and hold it in as long as you can. You’ll feel the same tingling or slight dizziness, even though there’s no weed involved.
But wait, you may be thinking – why do I feel higher when I hold my hit in? Well, the more you hold your breath, the faster your heart rate gets. Your body starts reacting with emergency warning signs because it’s not getting enough oxygen. Adrenaline starts getting released to prepare for a flight-or-fight response, which only increases the overall “high” sensation. Another symptom of oxygen deprivation is that tingling sensation on your skin and face.
So how can you actually get higher than high? Smoke more weed, my friend. Or smoke stronger strains or concentrates. Edibles are also an option if you really want to achieve new levels of psychotropic euphoria – just be aware that they can be quite strong and hit you in different ways.
If you’re looking for a less harmful method of inhaling THC and other cannabinoids, consider vaping or dabbing concentrates. There’s no combustion happening, so you won’t be breathing in carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxins. Plus, concentrates have very high levels of THC, so the same volume of inhaled smoke will contain a much higher concentration of THC for a bigger and stronger hit.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that less is more when it comes to holding in hits. The less you hold your breath, the more chances you have to take another toke. And let’s be real – taking more hits is always going to get you higher than holding one in for too long.
So there you have it – the myth of holding in hits has officially been debunked. Don’t believe everything your homies tell you – trust the science (and your own body) instead. Stay lifted, my friends.