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May 18, 2016 8:30 AM

Smoking With Aluminium: Safe or Dangerous?

While some stoners practice using aluminium foil to create DIY bowls and pipes, others claim it to be extremely dangerous for the human health. But who is right? Let us take a closer look at the issue.

THC and Alzheimer's disease

According to the study, Alzheimer's disease may be caused by the plaques formed by Amyloid Beta proteins (type of amino acids) that tend to clump to each other and disrupt the cellular communication in the patent's brain and are generally toxic to nerve cells. The more Amyloid Beta conjuction is accumulated, the more difficulties a person has with problem solving, memory keeping, and other brain functions.

At the same time, THC is known to block the acetylcholinesterase (AChE) enzyme that helps amino acids clump into plaques. More than this, THC in weed may help neural cells remain healthy, it enhances the mitochondria function and protects cells from damage. The studies even strongly suggest using THC as a therapeutic option for Alzheimer's disease regardless of the way of consuming it.

Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease

The roots of the fear of using aluminium foil go back to the study (conducted on patients older than 55 years old back in 1990) that suggested that Alzheimer disease appeared if there was a high content of aluminium in the patient's brain. According to the study, the distribution of aluminium and silicon in the brain occurs with the help of trasferrin, and transferrin, in its turn, also damages some parts of hippocampus and cortex, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Therefore, we may say that aluminium is not to blame for Alzheimer's disease—it is the responsibility of transferrin and amino acids.

But is it possible to accumulate aluminium particles while smoking weed using cans and foil? Aluminium is indeed quite a reactive metal, but this does not mean that it will chemically react with everything it contacts. Actually, once it reacts with oxygen, it creates a layer of aluminium oxide, which prevents any further reaction with the metal. And every time you smoke, you deal with the aluminium oxide, which is inactive.

Are you afraid of being intoxicated by aluminium when baking turkey wrapped in foil? The chances to consume aluminium particles while smoking weed are not higher.

Smoking and aluminium

Smoking in general has been reported to have negative short- and long-term health effects, and it does not really depend on whether you use an aluminium pipe or a simple joint. Vaping is a nice alternative to both methods.

Apart from this, there is also a risk of burning your lips and fingers, as aluminium foil heats quite quickly. It can also give a specific metallic taste to your herb, spoiling the aroma bouquet. It is nothing deadly dangerous, simply unpleasant.

On the other hand, aluminium foil retains the heat. It can be quite useful, but it works only once. Foil pipes are not meant to be used again; you will have to make a new one every time. It is okay if you do not have other options, but it is not really environmentally friendly if you do it on purpose.

So, smoking weed out of a foil pipe or an aluminium can is not a crime. It is cheap, it is useful, it does its job well, but it is definitely not something we would recommend you to use on an everyday basis. Not that you will get brain damage, but it can definitely damage your style.

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