Aug 182013
 August 18, 2013

hold in marijuana hit gets you higherI think we all have that friend that tries to hold in his/her hit of marijuana as long as they possibly can in an attempt to get higher. They swear that if you hold in your hit of marijuana longer, it will make you higher. I have always gone back and forth in regards to which side of the equation I fell into – whether or not I believed holding in my hit of marijuana longer would get me higher. I have many memories of smoking marijuana, hanging out with friends growing up, and watching my friends try to hold in their hit as long as they could. I even witnessed a couple of friends pass out because they held in their hit so long. Luckily, none of them were ever hurt.

We always debated whether or not holding in a hit of marijuana longer would make you higher growing up, and we didn’t have the internet to research things. Everyone’s arguments were usually based upon ‘a guy they heard it from’ which is not exactly a good source. These days we have the internet to shed more light on the subject. I found some

According to Steve Liebke’s 2001 ‘A Cannabis User’s Harm Reduction Handbook,’ “Take small, shallow tokes or pulls. About 95% of THC in cannabis smoke is absorbed in the first few seconds so breath holding is quite pointless. All it really achieves is a far greater amount of tar being deposited in the lungs.”

The excerpt from Steve Liebke’s book didn’t have citation itself, so take that information for what you will. It seems much more reliable of a source than ‘some guy I heard it from’ though. What do readers think? Do you hold in your hit of marijuana longer because you think it makes you higher? Or do you think that it doesn’t matter? I invite others to post links in the comments to other research if they have something good to share! I would like to see a study done about the difference between smoking dabs versus smoking flower, and how holding it in is different (if at all). Because I know when I hold in dab hits, that shiz has some bite!

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Larry-Patrick Ripley-Conkright

    To answer the questions below: Hemp in ALL forms including seeds is schedule 1 and subject to Federal Prosecution EVEN in states that have legalized pot. Which for the record is fucking retarded, but please do not mail order even paraphernalia can be classed as illegal…….just watch your back is all!

    • DdC222

      Hemp “products” are legal to sell, just not to grow in the states, as well as sterilized seed and seed oil can be imported and is sold in most better markets. Clothing and Hempcrete, wood and plastic are being used. State Ganja laws keep state cops off of your back but not Feds. Although Feds don’t usually budget for anything less than 100 plants. Plus Obama isn’t enforcing the CSA in states with initiatives. Even if the CSA is totally political. Considering prohibidiots have stolen over a Trillion dollars on the Ganjawar scam. Even if Science has proven what the drug worriers hide from. Even with real life patients finding relief for their seizures and side effects. Some still lie to perpetuate the profits. These are the lowest of lifeforms. Bottom dwelling murderers. Watching kids reduce seizures from 300 to 2 or 3 and they continue to make false claims and predict future hobgoblins that haven’t panned out since their grand pa’s hobgoblins. Obama can remove cannabis as the bogus schedule#1 narcotic Nixon placed it arbitrarily. Without Congress or the profiteers causing the suffering.

  • Freddie

    bull puckie

  • Deano Divers

    If blowing your smoke to another or your dog gets them high, does it not stand to reason their is still THC in what you are exhaling. Although it is almost certainly most likely true that most is absorbed quickly I find the harder it is for me to find marijuana the longer I hold it in.



  • kingfish

    I’m from Ms and I need another way than smokn’

  • XD

    All I know is that I’m stoned asf right now from holding my hits XD

  • Your Name

    I always get higher when I hold my hits.

  • tooken

    You get a better head rush

  • CKV

    It just cuts ur oxygen off holding ur breath. That is y u feel higher lol dumbasses lol lol

  • GlassFish

    I believe you cant toke cannabis like a cig, you have to atleast hold marijuana smoke in for at least 3-5 seconds to get the right amount of buzz, from personal experience, just hitting marijuana and blowing it out like a cigarette doesn’t get you as high as holding it in for a couple seconds, you don’t have to ghost it or anything just saying a few seconds does wonders.

    • Charles

      If you’re just breathing in your cigarette and blowing it out , there’s bo point in smoking, you’re wasting your cigarette . Smoking tobacco uses the same absorption method as marijuana , 3-5 seconds is probably ideal for both

  • Jerry Pritikin The Bleacher

    Somehow, this reminds me of the old It’s bad luck to light 3 cigarets on a single match. After years, it was discovered that match company could sell more match books that way. So when i read this story… I’m not buying it. By taking more puffs quicker… they sell more pot. I’m not complaining!(c) jerry Pritikin

    • MaslowK

      Yeah I agree, I’d love to see more citations for the “95% absorption” figure he had there, it’s really the crux of the entire argument.

      At the very least, even if that does turn out to be true, it could just be some bonus placebo on top of the high for some people. That and oxygen deprivation can leave you light-headed. In any case, I’m willing to bet that if there is a difference in effects, it’s likely negligible and likely more harmful. It’s like car exhaust; things would get get gummed up a hell of a lot faster if it couldn’t release some amount of that exhaust.

  • Karli Nagy

    okay, this guy is not correct at all, a new study done in 2014 is that the smoke has NO harm on the lungs or body what so ever. but I think holding a hit in only causes lack of oxygen to the brain witch could make it apear as if your getting higher, but really your just light headed

    • James Campbell

      Saying that inhaling any combustable herb doesn’t damage your lungs is proposterous. Where are your sources for this “New study done in 2014″? Im pro weed but I’m not ignorant to the fact that it still is relatively harmful to your lungs as would any form of inhaling smoke.

      • MaslowK

        Thank you for saving me from having to give my “are you fucking kidding me” rant 😛

    • HaydukeLives

      You’ll fucking get lung cancer from inhaling smoke from anything you fucking burn. Fucking idiot.

      • Sharon

        And you heard this where? Let me guess you read it, right?! your the frigging idiot!!! Cannabis does not cause cancer it destroys cancer!! Give actual facts not made up lies!

      • Smokeman8

        Not sure where u got your info or get it but, sorry dude, been using cannabis for over 43 yrs and so has , wife, a lot of friends, and not one ever , ever has had any lung problems, in fact had a ct scan of lungs not to long ago, dr said I had lungs of a 15 yr old, and never any tests or people from any where in the world has ever had cancer or lung desease, so guess u need to learn some more before u go blasting people about any thing burning or smoke giving any thing to your lungs, just look at all the studys , from real people that have used for many yrs, not some idiot like u that has never and thinks he knows all, u don’t know shit, so just shut to fuck up, when u have smoked as much as the rest of us regular old school burners then u can open your trap and give advise, but for know just keep it to your self, you have no ide and it shows in your stuid fucking idiotic response, CANNIbis doesn’t give u cancer, it cures , or helps relieve, fucking dum ass people.. just shut up,

  • Cptnkush42zero

    Great entertainment lol, I’ll just sit and rip my bong while ya’ll argue over pointless shit. N fuck em if it’s a pig karma will get there worthless ignorant fat donut eatin’ asses.

  • Sarah Anne

    I do but mostly to feel the rush faster but that is for me. To each their own.

  • Satans_ballsack

    I want to be a cop 😂😂 lol jk

  • MendOvale Kidd

    I am from the school of thought that a light pull, deeply inhaled with plenty of air and immediately exhaled through the nose is best…. coughing is not a good thing.

  • bazzzzza

    my hypothesis is that the longer the duration the more is absorbed. surely that way more thc can diffuse into the blood stream though the alveoli. just like how taking deep LONG breaths is the best way to respire and get MORE oxygen into the blood stream. the question is would the same happen with another gaseous chemical as it does air?


    Hold for 3-5 seconds…
    Yes the longer you hold it the more you absorb…
    Ever blown it into someone elses face and they get high too?

    Thats because theirs THC still in the smoke you inhaled…
    Hold it for 3-5 seconds because that is the grace period before you start limiting oxygen to the brain…
    Which will also make you feel high but your not actually getting high… You are just depriving your brain of oxygen…
    Also after each hit take a nice deep breathe to refresh your system with oxygen….

    Don’t breathe from your chest…breathe from your stomach…extent your stomach while you breathe to get your DIAPHRAGM active which will help you absorb more oxygen and THC… Most people breathe wrong and only utilize the top section of their lungs…
    Better for the tar and shit too…rather it evenly redistribute over my lung so it can recover than just the very top half.

    You are welcome.

  • Sean Collard

    I hold for a few seconds, but not because I think it gets me higher. It’s just how I learned to smoke.