Many people who smoke cannabis and/or CBD are under the assumption that the longer they hold the cannabis / hemp smoke or vapor in their lungs, the stronger the effect will be. The number of seconds people throw out vary, but the idea is the same that holding your breath somehow makes the cannabis more effective. But does it actually matter?
Author Joe Dolce set about answering our question "How Long Do You Have To Hold Cannabis In?" in an article titled: How long should you hold your inhale thinking that he had to torture his lungs to get the best experience. If you are continually coughing your brains out you have to wonder, is it worth it?
Dolce interviewed a marijuana legend named Mimi Peleg who’s job is to inform the world on how to use cannabis properly. And as it turns out, Peleg believes it only takes milliseconds for cannabinoids to get into your system. Studies have shown that there is no correlation between breath-hold duration and cannabis function. So where did this myth come from?
When you are holding your breath, you are depriving your brain of oxygen. This can make you start to feel lightheaded or dizzy which is what many people confuse for a better high. While holding it in may seem like the way to get more cannabis in your system, your lungs can only absorb so much at a time. In fact, only about 5% of whole-body oxygen can be used.
Holding the smoke or vapor in for longer won’t make the cannabis more effective, but there are ways to ensure that you are getting the most of your cannabis product. The best way to guarantee you’re getting the best experience is to take a puff and then inhale air afterward. This makes sure that there isn’t any vapor or smoke left in your mouth and it goes straight into your lungs.
If you feel that your product isn’t strong enough, make sure you are inhaling correctly. If that isn’t the solution, then it's time to answer the question, How Much CBD Should I Vape?
You may need to up your milligram dose or choose a different method of consuming cannabis. You can try CBD Concentrates like wax, oil, shatter, crumble or isolate in a dab rig and dab your heart out, which can be more concentrated than 'flower' marijuana; to get a fuller experience.