"Can Hemp Extract Help You Stop Smoking Marijuana?"
Let’s face it, smoking anything can harm your lungs and lead to complications. Although the effects of marijuana smoking on the lungs are less harmful that tobacco smoking overall, there are still side effects and unpleasant results for people who smoke marijuana heavily in any form. In this article, we’ll take a look at studies on marijuana smoking, secondhand marijuana smoke, and how both smoking marijuana and hemp extract consumption affect a person. Finally, we’ll look at a study that says replacing marijuana smoke with hemp extract may help you quit smoking marijuana. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s get started.
What Happens When You Smoke Marijuana?
The American Lung Association (ALA) says any type of smoke is harmful to the lungs because of toxins released during combustion. The ALA notes that since marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than cigarette smokers, there may be more exposure to tar. That said, there are many regulations controlling the chemicals used to grow commercial and medical cannabis, so the effect of dangerous chemicals should still be much higher in tobacco smokers. Johns Hopkins University conducted a study on the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke in 2015, which demonstrated that exposure to secondhand smoke results in absorption of cannabinoids and mild subjective and behavioral/cognitive effects. In other words, being in an unventilated room with a lot of marijuana smoke for one hour will affect a person – you may get a bit high, and you will also absorb some of the cannabis simply from breathing it in. (These effects, however, were not found when the subjects were in a ventilated room.) Regardless of whether you smoke in a ventilated room or not, don’t smoke inside, and don’t smoke around your kids, ever.
A 2012 study from the American Thoracic Society found that regular smoking of marijuana causes “visible and microscopic injury to the large airways that is…associated with…symptoms of chronic bronchitis that subside after cessation of use.” So, heavy marijuana smoking does damage your lungs, but just like tobacco smoking, many of those negative effects go away when you stop smoking. The study found no link between marijuana smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. (This is a disease that people who smoked for years often get – it can require daily medication to help patients breathe.) The study also found no increased risk for marijuana smokers for cancer for light to moderate use. The study concluded that there was much lower risk for regular, heavy use marijuana smokers of lung diseases than regular tobacco smokers. Marijuana smoke has been used since the 19th century to help asthma sufferers breathe more easily, as it opens up the lungs instead of constricting them like tobacco smoke does. While smoking marijuana does make you cough and get that yucky stuff in your throat (sputum) that you may have to cough up, the effects are much less in marijuana smokers than tobacco smokers.
What Happens When You Consume Hemp Extract?
Hemp extract can be consumed without smoking, vaping, or other types of combustion; you simply put it in your drinks or your food. There is no combustion necessary, and your lungs cannot be harmed through eating or drinking hemp extract. Also, there is not enough THC in Green Lotus Hemp extract to get anyone high – its benefits are purely positive and may even help your body stay healthy by promoting homeostasis. Utah has recently started conducting a study on the effects of hemp extract on children with intractable epilepsy, and other studies like it have already been conducted with positive results. A 2013 study of a 14-year-old with terminal acute leukemia in her brain and in her body treated with hemp extract found that blast cells decreased to nearly zero following increasing doses. Additionally, a study at Hebrew University demonstrated that extracts derived from the hemp plant are more effective than synthetic hemp medicines made in a lab. You do the math – it seems to me that hemp extract is overall the best way to keep a body healthy, and that smoking marijuana is unnecessary unless you want to.
Can Hemp Extract Help You Stop Smoking Marijuana?
Now, say you agree with me, and think that you should stop smoking marijuana for the health of your lungs and airways – but think it may be tricky to stop. You might smoke it with friends or family, or be exposed to it often when you’re out and about on weekends. What if hemp extract could help you stop smoking marijuana or even wanting to smoke it? This study, conducted in 2015, found that a bipolar patient who wanted to quit smoking marijuana daily used hemp extract to decrease his anxiety and help him sleep – effectively counteracting the effects of the THC in his system from smoking marijuana. Following the hemp extract daily dosage, the patient stopped smoking marijuana completely. The patient got a better job, and his moods also stabilized, allowing him to be “more interactive with his family and friends.” While this is only one study on one person, it demonstrates the benefits of consuming hemp extract instead of smoking marijuana for him.
What Are the Benefits of Hemp Extract?
Hemp extract has been shown to have numerous benefits to the human body and mind – some consider it a nutritional supplement, a daily medicine, and a help to people with various diseases and disorders, from epilepsy to schizophrenia, to fibromyalgia. Overall, hemp may improve the immune system response through the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that exists inside everybody on the planet.
Where Can I Get Hemp Extract?
Green Lotus Hemp’s cold-pressed hemp CBD oil is created from extracting oil from the flower of the hemp plant. The actual plants used for GLH’s hemp CBD oil are cultivated in Colorado. Our hemp CBD oil has .3% or less of THC, which means that it will not have the euphoric effect (or “high”) that marijuana with high levels of THC will have. Hemp oil can be used as a nutritional supplement and put directly into foods or beverages in order to enhance your health or decrease symptoms of some illnesses (such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis spasms). CBD stands for “cannabidiol” which is one of the many natural compounds that make up the cannabis plant. Hemp CBD oil is legal for sale across the U.S. and can be ordered directly from the GLH website. hemp CBD oils can be ordered in capsule form, oil form, and even pet drops for your favorite animal.
About Julie Godard:
Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.
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