Published on: 03/01/2023
Users boast of its effects, due to the way cannabis is used.
Among the practices of cannabis use, we find a curious and unusual one.
It is a very widespread form among those who smoke in company that is distinguished by the characteristic dense cloud of smoke that ‘heats’ the environment.
But what does hotboxing consist of in detail?
Hotboxing: what it is and how it is done
Hotboxing means the practice of smoking marijuana indoors that has spread in countries where its use is legal.
Participants are thus forced to inhale the passive smoke that is trapped within the space they have ‘locked in’.
The objective is clear: to increase the effects of cannabis.
Smoke up a relatively small space (a room, a car, a tent, etc.) to the point of being ‘swallowed’ by a dense cloud of smoke. This is hotboxing. It is precisely by making the environment saturated with smoke that the effects of cannabis are accentuated.
According to those who have tried it, when many people practice it it becomes a kind of collective ritual, an immersive and fun experience at the same time.
Hotboxing: But does it really work?
A 2015 study by John Hopkins University focused precisely on the effects of passive cannabis smoking, in a situation no different from that which characterizes the practice of hotboxing.
The test consisted of enclosing for one hour twelve people, divided equally between smokers and non-smokers, in a small, closed space and little or no ventilation. The test was repeated with the same conditions in a second environment, but this time more ventilated.
As a result, non-smokers subject to the first experiment (room without ventilation) claimed to perceive intoxicating sensations like cannabis smokers.
Not only that, but blood tests have shown that these people tested positive for THC just by passively inhaling cannabis smoke.
This research seems to suggest how hotboxing can amplify the effects of cannabis, as smokers also inhale passive smoke.
Hotboxing: dangers and contraindications
With the growing popularity of hotboxing, many are curious to know whether this practice is safe or not. Some even have the misconception that it is healthier than smoking weed with other tools, such as the pipe, but it is not.
The fact is that hotboxing is dangerous because the practitioner is more likely to suffer the typical consequences of inhaling large amounts of smoke. For this reason, even in countries where marijuana use is allowed, authorities often suggest that you do not practice it and choose a safer alternative to minimize possible side effects.
In countries where cannabis has been legalized, those who regularly practice hotboxing are used to living with the discomfort of being trapped in a smoke-saturated environment: burning eyes, dry mouth and smelly clothes.
In addition, if hotboxing is exaggerated, you may experience more serious side effects, such as nausea and dizziness.
But the most serious consequences of this practice seem to refer to the respiratory system. In fact, according to the opinion of many doctors, hotboxing is associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Marijuana smoke, in fact, contains harmful chemicals such as ammonia, hydrocyanic acid and nitrosamines that can be particularly harmful to the health of these organs.
The risk of possible contraindications is even higher for those who suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma, which can only get worse if they practice hotboxing.
Hotboxing is a prohibited practice in the UK (like all those dedicated to marijuana use), but widespread in other countries among cannabis lovers that consists of smoking in enclosed spaces to accentuate the effects of cannabinoids.
However, it is important to note that it can present serious health risks, as inhaling large amounts of smoke can cause serious respiratory problems and other negative effects.
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