The appeal of a good blunt isn’t hard to understand. These days in particular, more cannabis users are packing more weed into their smokable than ever before. Particularly those who grow their own, who often end up with far more super-strength cannabis than they know what to do with.
For some, the appeal of blunts lies in their slow burning properties. Great for packing out and enjoying at a leisurely pace, taking your time and getting as high as you like. For others, however, it’s the way in which the nicotine in the tobacco combines with the effects of the cannabis. Some say it intensifies the effects they feel, while others insist the nicotine in the tobacco helps keep them grounded.
In any case, there’s science to support such claims. According to the results of a study carried out in 2009, nicotine does indeed interact with cannabis and has the capacity to alter its effects.For the most part, it’s all about the way in which the nicotine speeds up the absorption of the THC, making the high come on quicker. All in conjunction with the well-known effects of smoking tobacco.
But does this potential ‘enhancement’ of the experience come at a price? Even if you don’t normally smoke tobacco, could the tobacco rolled blunts you smoke be having an adverse effect on your health?
Opinions vary as much as personal preferences, but the science of the subject would seem to point to a clear answer.
Can Blunts Negatively Impact Your Health?
The short answer is yes - blunts can have a severe impact on your health.Irrespective of whether you smoke tobacco on a regular basis, it’s important to be aware of the fact that most cigarettes contain upwards of 70 carcinogenic chemicals. Toxins that are linked with an elevated risk of lung disease, heart disease, cancer and so on.
As a result, almost half a million Americans die every year of a direct result of smoking. Unfortunately, evidence also suggests that you don’t need to consume a lot of tobacco to do a number on your health.
This can be particularly true when combining tobacco with cannabis, as many cannabis users have a tendency to hold the smoke they inhale in their lungs for as long as possible. Or at least, significantly longer than the average cigarette smoker. Evidence would seem to suggest that this doesn’t actually increase the effects of the THC in the cannabis, but nonetheless has the potential to irritate the lungs and airways.
When the smoke you inhale also contains tobacco smoke, however, holding it in your lungs for longer can intensify the damage caused.
The Risk of Addiction
The potential problems associated with tobacco blunts aren’t limited exclusively to lung and airway irritation. It’s worth bearing in mind that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the face of the earth. Extensive studies have brought to light no evidence to suggest that cannabis is addictive, but it’s not quite the same story when it is mixed with tobacco.
If you smoke cannabis and tobacco on a regular basis, you face the same risk of addiction as a cigarette smoker. You’ll feel compelled to smoke more often and could experience unpleasant side effects when you abstain.
Of course, none of the above means that tobacco rolled cannabis should not be enjoyed from time to time. It’s just a case of carefully considering what you’re putting into your body, alongside the cannabis you consume.
The cannabis in your blunts might not do you any harm, but the same cannot necessarily be said for the tobacco.