Contrary to popular belief, smoking cannabis does not assist a great deal in treating disease within the body, as therapeutic levels cannot be reached through smoking. To get the best benefit from this miraculous plant, you should either eat it or take cannabis oil. Smoking also alters the plant molecules; when cannabis is heated and burned, it changes the chemical structure and acidity of the THC, which in turn negates its therapeutic value.
The smoke from marijuana is toxic to the body, just as the smoke from any other substance would be. Furthermore, anytime you burn something and inhale it, you create oxidation within the body.
That being said, there is not a great deal of evidence suggesting that smoking cannabis is harmful for your health either. In fact, smoking it does have some benefits, as it helps to alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety, and offers pain relief as well.
Why are marijuana-infused edibles typically so much stronger than smoked or vaporized cannabis? When you consume cannabis in an ingestible form, its THC is metabolized by the liver, which converts it to 11-hydroxy-THC. This active metabolite is particularly effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier, resulting in a more intense high. Inhaled THC undergoes a different metabolic process because rather than passing through the stomach and then the liver, the THC travels directly to the brain. This is why the effects of smoked or vaporized cannabis come on faster and diminish quickly.
On the other, there are some concerns that still exist, like the effect smoking cannabis can have on a developing brain, for example.
You have to look at both sides of the coin anytime you’re putting something in your body, which is why we recently wrote an article creating awareness about the potential downsides of smoking marijuana.
The point of this article is to shed light on the fact that smoking it is not the only option, and that most of the medicinal benefits the plant offers, like its ability to fight cancer and various other diseases, comes from a different method of ingestion.