Apr 12, 2016 9:40 AM

Can Marijuana Cough Be Ranked Among Negative Effects of Weed?

We are sure that many of you have wondered whether a marijuana cough is bad and why it happens. We have decided to explain this issue and give some recommendations for those smokers who want to get rid of such side effects of marijuana.

Coughing as Part of Smoking

Most of us cough when we smoke marijuana, and that is not bad. The thing is, when you cough, your lung muscles get irritated and provoke the smallest air capillaries to open up. The more THC your lungs absorb, the more stoned you get. Of course, it has nothing in common with chronic marijuana cough.

Expert Guidance

Dr. Donald Tashkin, marijuana and health researcher and emeritus professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, shared with us his thoughts on this matter. According to the researcher, a chronic marijuana cough can be the result of habitual cannabis smoking. It happens to more than 25% of permanent pot smokers and can be easily resolved by taking a break from smoking marijuana. However, it might not help in case you smoke cigarettes too.

You should also know that a cough is not necessarily the result of smoking cannabis. Dr. Tashkin says that a cough can be caused by cough-variant asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or parenchymal lung disease.

Even if you are a heavy and habitual marijuana smoker, you should know that no connection has been found between cannabis and lung cancer. However, if you are highly concerned about your cough, it is better for you to consult a doctor.


If you are tired of the marijuana cough but do not want to stop smoking pot, follow our recommendations. Who knows, maybe you are just doing something wrong?

First of all, we recommend you to buy only high-quality weed. Smoking “anything” can lead not only to bad coughing but also to many other unexpected after-effects. Remember that the better marijuana you use, the better smoke you get.

If you use marijuana as medication but are tired of the constant cough, you can try using weed edibles. They are not only easy to buy but also quite delicious.

In case you enjoy the process of smoking and do not want to change the way of using marijuana, you can try taking smaller hits. Sometimes we cough not because of some problems or diseases, but because our lungs are not used to the big hits we take. You should know that smoking a joint like a cigarette can ruin all the joy and make you cough. Take deep and slow breaths, let the smoke fill your lungs, and do not let it stick around in your throat.

You can also buy a diffuser or a percolator for your bong. A percolator will make your smoke smoother for huffing, while a diffuser is great to make smoke reach the water in smaller portions. The advantage of these two accessories is that they cool down the smoke. The heat is usually what makes smokers cough.

Another great option is buying a vaporizer. Your lungs will certainly appreciate it.

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