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Remember, nobody ever died from smoking weed. But there are still some risks – albeit, very small ones – that come with inhaling smoke. Here are five ways to minimize those risks.

1. Don’t hold your breath

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If you’re holding in your hits, chances are you picked up some bad habits early on. But it’s never too late to change. So, when you next take a deep hit (because there’s nothing wrong with that), don’t hold it in.

There’s no point doing so since the membrane of the cilia will be exposed to the air that is filled with smoke – and THC, of course – as soon as you inhale, since the membranes are that delicate. On the other hand, the longer you hold your breath, the greater the intake of those

On the other hand, the longer you hold your breath, the greater the intake of tar that’s present in the smoke. Plus, you can’t forget the carbon monoxide, either. In short, take deep breaths but don’t hold it in. Your body will thank you for it.

2. Flame on

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While there has been no study to show what kind of damage is caused by the device you’re using to ignite, there are a lot of differences between the ways you burn your bud. For most people, sparking up is done so with a lighter, which uses butane as the accelerant. Of course, butane is more toxic than your weed, so the last thing you want to be doing is inhaling that.

After a lighter, matches are one of the most common ways of burning, which isn’t as toxic as butane lighters. So long as you let the oxidizer – a combination of by red phosphorus, sulfur and potassium chlorate – burn out, that is. The least toxic way burning your bowl is to use a hemp wick, which is not only a healthier option, but it won’t

The least toxic way burning your bowl is to use a hemp wick, which is not only a healthier option, but it won’t affect the way your bowl tastes, either.

3. All about the paper

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Given how often people use it, you probably forget just how important papers are, which do the job of keeping the weed in the joint, of course, as well as controlling the burn and aerating the smoke. And even though it’s thin, it’s not a bad idea to use natural rolling papers, if only to reduce the toxic load.

More than anything, it also means your joint will taste better, too. Speaking of rolling, remember to use a filter, too. That’s a good idea for two reasons. First, it will filter out the tar. Second, you won’t end up with a tiny and unusable roach.

4. Cool off

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It’s simple: the smoke from burning bud is hot and dry. That’s why it dries your mouth and throat, which can make you more susceptible to bugs, such as a cold or flu. By using a pipe or smoking system that has a long stem, you’ll find that the smoke is cooler by the time you inhale. Better yet, a water pipe will cool the smoke, making it better for you.

5. The vape life

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The fact is, neither vapor (that is actually a smolder), nor smoke, is good for the lungs. Although, vaporizers are better for your throat and lungs due to not burning (and turning) the herb into a carcinogen, which really is the best thing about vaporizers.

But some are better than others, which comes in the way of adjustable temperature controls, so make sure you choose the right one for your needs and budget. Of course, some smokers will always choose to smoke over vape, but that’s a personal choice.

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