Will Holding in a Toke Increase the High?


Holding in a toke is an age-old practice in cannabis circles, meant to increase the high. But, it doesn’t work. We all want to make our stash go further. The idea of holding in your toke for longer makes sense on paper, but, it doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. Even if you’re a Tour de France cyclist, human lungs aren’t really all that efficient. The air we breathe contains approximately twenty percent oxygen. When exhaled, it still contains about fifteen percent oxygen. It turns out that we’re not all that efficient at absorbing oxygen, and this makes sense from an evolutionary perspective. Air is almost always plentiful at all times, and we’ve evolved to breathe rhythmically. Other animals are different. Whales absorb about ninety percent of what they inhale. With an evolutionary pressure on lung efficiency due to their marine environment, whales would no doubt get their money’s worth from holding in a toke. But sadly, it won’t make much difference to us humans. Here’s Why You Don’t Have to Hold Your Toke Another argument that counters the widely-held belief that holding in a toke enhances the effects of cannabis is the fact that THC is absorbed almost immediately upon inhalation into the lungs. In a study [1]Sharma, P., Murthy, P., & Bharath, M. M. (2012). Chemistry, metabolism, and toxicology of cannabis: clinical implications. Iranian journal of psychiatry, 7(4), 149–156. jQuery(‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_5029599_1’).tooltip({ tip: ‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_5029599_1’, tipClass: ‘footnote_tooltip’, effect: ‘fade’, predelay: 0, fadeInSpeed: 200, fadeOutSpeed: 200, position: ‘top center’, relative: true, offset: [-7, 0], });published in The Iranian Journal of Psychiatry (2012), researchers studied the metabolism and toxicology of cannabis. Researchers found that “following inhalation,▵9-THC is detectable in plasma within seconds after the first puff.” For those that claim to feel enhanced effects from holding in a toke, what’s likely going on…

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