Lung health is important. The lungs are a vital set of organs that play an important role in a healthy human body. Cannabis and the lungs have often been associated because of smoking. Whereas cannabis is benign and potentially even a lung expectorant, smoking cannabis still produces carcinogens. Although not nearly as harmful as tobacco, smoking anything can have an adverse effect on the lungs. If you are a regular cannabis smoker, here are 8 cannabis-friendly tips to ensure healthy lungs.

1. Vaporize

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If you still want the smoking experience without all the carcinogens, try vaporizing. Whether out of an old school Volcano, or a new handheld device such as the Paxx. Vaporizing allows the user to enjoy both flower and concentrates, does not have an overbearing odor, and is easy to use on the go.

2. Consume edibles

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Another way to improve lung health and also use cannabis is to reduce smoking and use edibles. Different dosages offer varying effects so start small (5-10mg THC) and adjust accordingly. Consuming edibles offers a longer and more bioabsorbable effect. Just remember, unlike smoking, it takes time to kick in (30-60 min), so don’t overindulge if you don’t feel anything right away

3. Transdermal Patches

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Another exciting option is to use transdermal patches, salves, or lotions. The skin is actually the most efficient way to ingest cannabis, and is especially great for CBD infused products. Go ahead and rub some on your lungs.

4. Supplement with herbs

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Many herbs have adaptogenic properties that help support the immune system and the lungs. There are many formulas that combine herbs and roots such as Fresh Mullein leaf, Horehound herb, Elecampane root, Echinacea, and Yerba Santa leaf.

5. Eat a lung friendly diet

Eating healthy coincides with healthy lungs as the body’s systems work synergistically. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and protein offer minerals, essential acids, and antioxidants that support lung health. Fresh produce is always best. As a rule of thumb, eat raw and organic foods that fit the color spectrum of the rainbow.

6. Minimize indoor air pollutants

An under identified area of concern for lung health is indoor air pollutants. These can come in many forms but toxic mold is the most common so make sure to get your home checked for mold. Avoid using household products full of harmful chemicals.

7. Practice yoga and breath work

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Yoga and breath work provide a foundation for the body to better self regulate and heal. Over time, the breath can have a tremendous healing effect. In the same vein that we exhale to detoxify chemicals from our bodies, think about inhalation as the having the opposite and healing effect. Proper breathing and body work also works synergistically to improve lung health.