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Safer Cannabis Use: Marijuana, hash, hash oil

Reduce your risk of lung problems, mental health problems and legal issues

Author: Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

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You and safer cannabis use

While using cannabis may be safer than using some other drugs, there are things about using cannabis that can be harmful. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of harms and bad experiences.

Before you start.

Be sure you trust your source. Cannabis for adult personal use is now legal in Canada. Legal cannabis products are tested for quality in BC, and thus safer to use than cannabis you may get from your dealer or a friend. Avoid using cannabis if contaminants like mold and mildew are visible.

Try a small amount first. Some strains of cannabis may have higher THC content and may have a stronger effect than you were expecting. If you know it’s a stronger strain, you can use less and avoid unnecessary smoke and toxins in your lungs.

When using cannabis.

Be smart. Possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis for your own use is legal in Canada. Cannabis is regulated by the province of BC. You must be 19 or over to purchase, possess or use cannabis or cannabis products. Be sure you know where and when it is safe to use.

Avoid cannabis smoke if possible. Cannabis smoke contains tar and toxins. The safest choice is to use a vaporizer—it delivers the THC in mist form instead of smoke. But they cost a lot of money—$100-700. The second best choice is to smoke it in the form of a joint.

Prevent burns on your lips or fingers. Use a small piece of rolled unbleached cardboard as a filter.

Take shallow puffs, not deep inhalations. About 95% of the THC in the smoke is absorbed in the first few seconds so you don’t need to puff hard or hold your breath.

Leave tobacco out of the mix. Tobacco contains many cancer-causing toxins, so it’s safer to smoke cannabis by itself.

Did you know.

Water bongs are not as safe as joints. Bongs filter out more THC than tars since water tends to absorb THC. This requires you to puff harder, increasing the amount of tar that is inhaled.

Some pipes and bongs give off toxic fumes. If using a bong, avoid those with a plastic bottle, rubber hose or aluminum cone. If using a pipe, make sure it’s made of glass, stainless steel or brass (avoid wood and plastic).

Cannabis and driving.

Stay away from the steering wheel. Cannabis can impair your motor coordination, judgment and other skills related to safe driving. It’s safest to wait three to four hours after using cannabis before driving or operating machinery.

If eating or drinking cannabis.

Take your time. It can be hard to find the right dose when eating cannabis cookies or drinking cannabis tea. You may get much higher for much longer than you wanted to. To prevent this, use a small amount and wait at least one hour to feel the effects before using more.

Things to avoid

Using regularly at an early age. Human brains are not fully developed until early adulthood.

Using cannabis daily or almost daily. Regular habitual use can lead to dependence, meaning you feel you need to use it just to feel normal.

Using cannabis as your main way of having fun or coping with stress. There are healthier ways to enjoy yourself or deal with negative moods.

Using cannabis with alcohol. The effects of cannabis are intensified and may last longer than expected or wanted if you drink alcohol or use other drugs at the same time.

Using cannabis when you are at risk of a mental health problem. Cannabis use may increase the risk of psychotic symptoms for those with a pre-existing vulnerability to psychosis. And, it may worsen the symptoms of psychotic disorders.

Getting help

Self-help tools:

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service:

604-660-9382 (Greater Vancouver)

For more information on cannabis regulation in BC:

While using cannabis may be safer than using some other drugs, there are things about using cannabis that can be harmful. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of harms and bad experiences.

Weed Filter – A Cleaner, Better Tasting Rip

When it comes to elevating your smoking experience, using a weed filter ensures a cleaner and better-tasting rip.

There are many advantages a cannabis filter has to offer for the recreational and habitual smoker. Inhaling marijuana smoke through a carbon filter improves taste and reduces the number of toxins and carcinogens entering your lungs.

In this article, you’ll learn what makes a marijuana filter a stoner’s favorite essential. So, roll up a fatty and continue reading with us to become the expert on the healthiest way to get lit!

What is a weed filter?

A weed filter comes in many forms. Some filters have been made by hand, while others were perfectly invented for smokers to use for each sesh.

The basic paper filter.

Have you ever seen someone roll a joint? The handmade weed filter used is simply cardstock, folded origami-style, in the shape of a W wrapped in a circle. Airflow is increased through this filter because the cardstock that is being used creates a clear passageway for the smoke to travel within the joint paper, and the way it’s folded keeps the joint from collapsing when saliva is introduced.

Furthermore, this type of smoke filtration stops a bit of the unwanted debris that comes from pulling on the joint. Cleaner rip? We’ll take it. Take a look at what real people are saying about using a MouthPeace weed filter.

How to make a cannabis smoke filter

To make a cannabis smoke filter by hand, you can do one of 3 things:

  • Tear a rectangle shape cardstock and fold in the shape of a W, then wrap it in a circle
  • Insert a glass tip filter in the tip of your joint or blunt
  • Cut a cigarette filter and insert it into your joint or blunt (This method is not ideal with pure cannabis joints as cigarette filters clog very quickly and can reduce THC intake as they are too tight. This is best used for tobacco heavy spliffs.)

These are clever ways to improve airflow but not very effective for filtering out the harmful tar and resin. Toxins still manage to make their way through the makeshift filter and into your lungs.

MouthPeace is a proper filter for cannabis. Its triple-layer carbon filter protects your lungs and also makes your hits taste better. You feel a “cleaner” high. Is your mouth watering, yet?

Why is it important to filter marijuana smoke?

Whether you’ve been smoking pot for the majority of your life or you’re just starting out, it’s safe to say the health of your lungs is taken into consideration before you begin to inhale weed. So, let’s touch on the importance of using a weed smoke filter.

Have you ever wondered what all the smoke is about once you exhale after a large rip? It can’t all be just THC, although we wish…

The big cloud of smoke that follows a hit of weed includes harmful toxins and carcinogens that could be damaging to your lungs.

Furthermore, did you know that tar is a byproduct of burning ANY plant matter, not only tobacco? So every toke you take is laced with nasty tar that gets on your lips and, ultimately, in your lungs.

Many stoners fear that using a marijuana filter reduces THC intake. This is a myth. Thank you weed gods!

THC and CBD molecules are teeny tiny and they make their way through the filter and cling to your lungs. Toxins and harmful bacteria are larger, so the weed smoke filter catches those particles while letting the much smaller molecules pass through.. Once you use a filter for cannabis, you taste and feel the difference. It has been described as a more energized high. Less sluggish and weighed down.

Plus, you can taste the pure cannabis better. Why spend lots of money on marijuana that smells so amazing only to ruin it by not using a carbon filter?

Bong Filter

Another great thing about a MouthPeace bong filter is that you can use it for different variations of smoking marijuana. Joint, blunt, waterpipe, rig, you name it!

To use MouthPeace as a bong filter, you simply insert the MouthPeace filter into the bong mouthpiece. After the first inhale, you’ll see the color of the carbon filter change. And that, my friends, is what isn’t going into your body.

The triple-layer carbon bong filter removes resins, contaminants, and tar from your weed smoke before it has a chance to enter your lungs.

Advantages of using a joint filter

The top advantages of using a joint filter that is built into the pre-roll:

  • It makes rolling the perfect joint easier
  • It improves the airflow
  • You can smoke the whole joint
  • It is healthier for your lungs and more hygienic

If you’re not the Pinterest, DIY type, and you don’t want to start now with making a weed smoke filter, MouthPeace is for you!

You insert your joint into the small end of MouthPeace then inhale and notice the elevated high you feel. Ever smoked a spliff? You’ll know the difference of using a filter compared to not, once you do. One thing to note, the MouthPeace narrow opening is slightly larger than your average joint. You’ll need to either use MouthPeace Perfectly Sized Pre-Rolls, which are properly sized to fit or make your pre-roll tip slightly larger. You can also wrap a bit of paper around standard joints to get a secure fit in your MouthPeace.

How to filter weed smoke

Using a filter for cannabis can be really easy with MouthPeace. But now you have a better understanding of why it is important to filter weed smoke.

A MouthPeace is the perfect addition to your bong accessories and can be used for different methods of smoking pot. Whether you want to smoke a blunt, joint, use a glass pipe, bong, rig, smoke with the fam or solo, you have a way to protect your lungs.

The carbon filter will sort through the THC/CBD and the toxins and only allow the good stuff in.

Now that you have the facts laid out in front of you, you can’t unsee it. Using a weed smoke filter is the smartest thing you can do for yourself. Especially during a pandemic.

Remember, if you’re sharing a bong with your friends, you each need a MouthPeace to keep those germs separate! Be well and stay lifted!

When it comes to elevating your smoking experience, using a weed filter ensures a cleaner and better-tasting rip. Continue reading this article to become an expert in keeping your lungs healthy!