"ANYTHING being smoked produces CARBON MONOXIDE."
I don't smoke regularly but I do smoke. Smoked last night. I don't drink too regularly but drink too. What people need to learn is balance.
A human's normal respiration takes in oxygen and produces CO2. What would make CO cancerous and not CO2? It's just 2 oxygens vs 1. Am I missing something?
quote: When CO2 is breathed into the lungs, it dissolves in the water there, diffuses across the alveolar-capillary membrane, and enters the bloodstream. As it combines with water, it forms carbonic acid, making the blood acidic. So CO2 in the bloodstream lowers the blood pH.
quote: A high concentration can displace oxygen in the air. If less oxygen is available to breathe, symptoms such as rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, clumsiness, emotional upsets and fatigue can result. As less oxygen becomes available, nausea and vomiting, collapse, convulsions, coma and death can occur.
quote: Carbon monoxide is harmful when breathed because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can overcome you in minutes without warning ó causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate.
So CO2 which we naturally breathe out, if often breathed back in, but the danger comes from a lack of oxygen. You need oxygen circulating through your blood because your blood delivers it to your organs, including the brain. Levels of oxygen can impact bodily functions. This is why deep breathing exercises can help people. Some people have respiratory problems. But if we're not talking about THC being dangerous then what you're talking about is the smoke itself.
Smoke dissolves into water. This means that if you are not properly hydrated the effects of smoke and alcohol will be different. A lot of people smoke in the effort to get high while others are fighting pain. Some people abuse drugs of all kinds to get "Wasted".
quote: What we breathe in is far from pure oxygen, but roughly by volume 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen, 0.965 per cent argon and 0.04 per cent carbon dioxide (plus some helium, water and other gases).
Considering everything that goes into our lungs, I'm not going to say smoke isn't bad, but it's more like the amount of it is what matters. If you get too much smoke your body will naturally react and you'll cough.
quote: When your airways become clogged with mucus or foreign particles such as smoke or dust, a cough is a reflex reaction that attempts to clear the particles and make breathing easier. Usually, this type of coughing is relatively infrequent, but coughing will increase with exposure to irritants such as smoke.
The body has multiple mechanisms to filter out smoke and other particles, including hair and mucus. When you overwhelm these mechanisms that's when you can get into trouble. But again, like I said before and always, it's about balance.
I personally feel like smoking socially is the best because you're passing. You're not constantly taking in those particles. Compare this to a dusty room or a room with particles floating in the air from spray paint. And normally when I smoke it's outdoors. Your indoor air quality can be bad just from too many people breathing. I'm a big fan of having plants in the house along with humidifiers and air purifiers. All my water is filtered, including showers. So I'm big into air and water quality.
quote: Indoor air pollution has been linked to a wide variety of adverse health effects, including headaches, respiratory problems, frequent colds and sore throats, chronic cough, skin rashes, eye irritation, lethargy, dizziness and memory lapses. Long-term effects may include an increased risk of cancer.
I suggest reading this whole article. After you read this article, consider that breathing indoor air over time, could lead to the same or worse health effects than what is blamed on smoking weed. So what then? Should Rastas all live in tents? Or would it simply make more sense to support your body's systems, with cleaner air and water so it can better filter out harmful substances?
Everyone has to make decisions for themselves about their own health. If you feel like smoking is bad for your health then you shouldn't do it. However, if you view it as "harmful particles" you're breathing into your lungs in my opinion you should view it in the greater context of ALL the particles we're ALWAYS breathing into our lungs. I'm not as worried about a few grains of sand than I am the entire beach. And with COVID, that's just another highlight to the fact that we breath in viruses all the time.
If you smoke, I highly recommend buying 2-3 air purifiers for your home and make sure you change the filter on your furnace.