Some people worry about secondhand marijuana smoke.
Well, as it turns out, there are a few things to worry about when it comes to being around people who are smoking cannabis when you don’t want to smoke it.
In fact, in this blog post, we’re going to take a closer look by discussing 4 things that you should always keep in mind about secondhand marijuana smoke.
Now, don’t get it twisted.
Secondhand marijuana smoke isn’t necessarily going to mess with your life in a big way.
However, it is true that it can open you up to a few potential risks.
Obviously, every situation is different—and you need to make decisions that are going to help you create the ideal life for yourself every single day. And for some people, that might mean staying away from people who are smoking marijuana so that they don’t get exposed to some of the potentially negative side effects of secondhand smoke.
At any rate, here’s what you need to know.
Let’s dive in and discuss it.
1. It Smells
Yes, marijuana smoke smells.
This is especially true if you don’t like to smoke it.
Now, people who love marijuana—and who love smoking it—often say that it smells delicious.
They may even smell different types of strains and compare them together to see which one they like the most.
A lot of people describe it as smelling sweet. Some people also call it ‘stinky,’ but in a good way.
But here’s the thing.
The smell of marijuana, especially up close, can actually be pretty annoying if you don’t like it and if you don’t like to smoke it.
This is just one of those negative downsides to secondhand smoke that can be a big deal breaker.
2. It May ‘Stick’ To You
If you sit or stand in close proximity to someone who is smoking marijuana, you’re probably going to smell like it once you leave—at least for a while.
Therefore, hanging out with your stoner roommate before heading into your corporate job (where marijuana use is highly frowned upon) is probably a bad idea.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you live in close proximity to someone who smokes, you’re always going to smell like weed.
But it is true that if you sit pretty close to them, you’re probably going to smell a little bit like it.
3. It Can ‘Possibly’ Cause You To Fail A Drug Test
So the science on this point is tricky.
A lot of people are concerned about this. They’re concerned that if they are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke, it could cause them to fail a drug test.
Well, we looked into this.
We looked at the studies, and we found some answers that may or may not make you feel any better about the situation.
Here’s what you need to know.
According to one study, researchers discovered that when you measure the amount of THC in the blood of people who didn’t smoke marijuana, but who spent three hours in a well-ventilated space near people who were casually smoking, that THC would indeed be present in their blood—but the amount was said to be below the level needed to fail a drug test.
However, other studies since then have shown that there actually could be a risk of a failed drug test with long enough exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke.
The best rule of thumb is really this—to protect yourself from failing a drug test, just stay away from marijuana altogether if you don’t plan on taking the risk to actually smoke it and enjoy the benefits.
And this leads us to our final point.
4. If You’re Not Interested In Cannabis, It’s Probably Better To Stay Away From It
Unfortunately, we still live in a society where even though cannabis is becoming recreationally legal in many states, it’s still expected (in many professions) that professionals won’t partake of it.
This means that drug tests still happen and that you can still get fired if you test positive.
So if you’re concerned with the drug test and losing your job, the best course of action is actually to stay away from people who are smoking marijuana.
Yes, you may be able to get away with it, and you might be able to avoid showing up negative on a drug test if you don’t directly smoke it yourself.
However, the risk is just too great—and there’s no way to guarantee that it won’t happen.
Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand the important things that you need to keep in mind about secondhand marijuana smoke.
It’s not a fun topic, but it’s something that’s important to discuss if you regularly spend time around people who smoke weed.