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Why Does My Chest and Throat Hurt After Smoking Weed?




Ever get that feeling that something is stuck in your chest and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to swallow after smoking weed?

Depending on the type of pain you experience, the culprit may either be smoke or a throat bubble.  What is a throat bubble and what causes it?

Do you know how to properly smoke weed? The truth is. most people don’t. The first time I learned how to properly smoke weed I realized that I had been wasting my stash for a very long time. Depending on the strain, one joint should be enough to get you high, however, if you don’t know how to properly smoke, you may have to smoke two or three joints before you get high.

A throat bubble happens because you swallow instead of inhaling your hit; it may also be caused by ingesting edibles or cannabis oil.  You may feel like there is a piece of meat or bread stuck in the middle of your chest or in your throat. This experience can be very uncomfortable and some people panic. The good news is, throat bubbles can’t kill you, but they can ruin your experience.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms are very similar to a condition known as laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), after smoking weed you may experience:

  • Chronic coughing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Need to clear throat
  • Mild hoarseness
  • Sensation of mucous sticking in the throat and/or post nasal drip

What to Do

Smoking weed is supposed to make you feel good; if it makes you feel bad, you should consider using other methods of consuming it.

We all know that smoking is very bad for you, the reason for that is. Marijuana smoke contains significant amounts of toxic chemicals such as ammonia, nitric acid, and hydrogen cyanide. If you consume these chemicals in large amounts, they may cause some problems. The point is, don’t smoke more than you can handle.

The solution to this problem is very simple; all you have to do is sip water slowly while smoking. If that doesn’t help, try other methods of consuming marijuana.

Shortness of Breath and Increased Heart BPM

I remember one time I felt like I had forgotten how to breathe, it was 2 am on a Sunday and I had convinced myself that if I shut my eyes and fall asleep I would not wake up. Been there right?

This problem is all in your head, it is called anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, and nervousness. It is normal but it can become a problem if you experience it each time you smoke. The symptoms vary from person to person, but generally, you may experience sharp shooting pain, stabbing pressure, unusual muscle twitch or spasm in your chest and persistent aching.

When high or stoned, you are more aware of your bodily sensations. Some sensations may make you think that something is wrong; this may trigger worry which may result in anxiety. There is also the issue of allergies; some people are allergic to marijuana. That means that if you smoke it, the smoke may trigger your allergies.

If you are allergic to weed you may experience the following symptoms after smoking weed:

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching
  • Rash

Although rare, some people experience severe allergic reactions to marijuana such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing

How to Stop Panic and Anxiety Attacks While High

Normally, cannabis is used to treat anxiety. But people are different; meaning, some of you may experience panic attacks and or anxiety after smoking. The question is. What can you do about it?

The devil is not out to get you, a demon is not sitting on your chest making it difficult for you to breath, the problem as mentioned above is all in your head or maybe you smoked too much weed. We still don’t know the amount of weed it would take to kill you, that means that you won’t die after smoking a joint or after eating a full cookie. The only thing that will happen after two hours or 6 is, THC levels in your system will come down and you will become sober again.

So don’t panic, take deep breaths and allow yourself to enjoy the high. If you find that impossible, go to bed and sleep.

If you have an underlying mental problem, it is best that you stay away from weed. The thing is, depending on the condition, marijuana may either help or make it worse. For example, if you have paranoia weed may worsen it. Therefore, if you have a mental health problem, talk to your doctor before you start using marijuana.

Marijuana Smoke and Lung Cancer

Just like tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke contains various chemicals including carbon monoxide and carcinogens. According to recent studies, with each puff, the components of cannabis smoke become more concentrated. That means that that joint in your hand gets stronger and stronger towards the end. As a consequence of that, smoking fewer marijuana cigarettes down to a shorter butt length may mean taking in greater number of smoke components than smoking the same amount of weed in more cigarettes smoked to a longer butt length. That is according to the British Lung Foundation.

Health experts aren’t sure whether smoking weed raises your odds of getting lung cancer. Some researchers claim that they have evidence that smoking weed causes lung cancer and others have evidence supporting the opposite. The point is, don’t panic and don’t be afraid to go see a doctor. That pain you experience after smoking weed can be caused by a lot of things i.e. don’t jump to conclusions before getting tested.

There are lots of ways to smoke weed, that’s where the problem lies. Your chosen method of smoking weed might be putting you at risk of getting lung cancer or other lung problems. If you experience negative side effects after smoking a joint you should try:

  • Inhalants
  • Bongs
  • Bubblers
  • Dabs
  • Vaporizers
  • Pills
  • Drinks

In simple terms, experiment until you find a method that works for you.

To be safe, do not mix alcohol and tobacco. Alternatively, quit smoking and start consuming edibles or cannabis oil.


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