Let’s Be Logical – Is There A Legitimate Risk of Laced Cannabis?

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Would a dealer really sell you laced marijuana?

Sometimes I find it interesting that drug dealers are portrayed as some sort of evil-charity… seemingly existing only to try to kill or harm as many people as possible. Let’s think about this all this laced cannabis reasonably.

Realistically, people deal drugs to make money. Just like so many other businesses, it is in their best interest to make as much profit as possible with the finite amount of product they have. Above all else, they require good relationships with their customers to increase their business (be it by word of mouth, or simply return customers).

So, logically, why would a drug dealer secretly “lace” their product with something such as crack cocaine? If there is a demand for marijuana (which there obviously is), there is no need to put other substances into the marijuana which:

  1. Cost more money than the product itself
  2. Has the potential to anger your customers who are looking to purchase an unlaced product; thus, potentially causing lost sales.

The cost of lacing your cannabis with cocaine or crack

Current cost for one gram of cannabis

According to a June 28th, 2007 publication of the Economist (source), a gram of cocaine in the United states costs about $110. And while “crack” is indeed not exactly the same as “cocaine”, according to a 1998 publication from the White House Drug Policy website (source), a gram of crack cocaine is upwards of $70 to $100 depending on the area.

Current cost for one gram of cannabis

Is my cannabis laced with fentanyl

According to a 1994 report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the United States, a gram of marijuana, on average, costs only about $10.16. More recent reports from marijuana smokers themselves puts prices in the United States anywhere from $10 a gram to $20, depending on where you live (source).

Government view on laced cannabis

Below I talk about the statements released from our trusted government and pro-prohibition researchers on the risks of laced cannabis. Much of the war on marijuana is filled with government propaganda, in fact, it is well known the government put out misleading advertisement to discourage marijuana use as past of the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.

National Institute on Drugs Abuse on laced cannabis

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Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or smoke it in a pipe. One well-known type of water pipe is the bong. Some users mix marijuana into foods or use it to brew a tea. Another method is to slice open a cigar and replace the tobacco with marijuana, making what’s called a blunt. When the blunt is smoked with a 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor, it is called a “B-40.” Lately, marijuana cigarettes or blunts often include crack cocaine, a combination known by various street names, such as “primos” or “woolies.” Joints and blunts often are dipped in PCP and are called “happy sticks,” “wicky sticks,” “love boat,” or “tical.” – National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Even in a student’s essay, attempts to make any similar claims would require the addition of a source. So, where are the facts to support these statements? From the people I know that smoke cannabis, they do so with vaporizers; a method not listed here.

The statement I find truly sad is the claim that, “marijuana cigarettes or blunts often include crack cocaine”. That is a powerful statement that hooks two very different substances together. Since the NIH is unwilling to show me the facts, I can only provide research that counters their claims.

Center for Substance Abuse Research on laced cannabis

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According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland:

“Though reports of laced marijuana are infrequent, and most lacing of marijuana is done at user-level, it is important to remember that with unregulated drugs such as marijuana, the user has no way of knowing what other types of substances have been added.” – CESAR UMD.

While this, again, does not cite any research to where it got its numbers to make a claim towards the frequency of laced-marijuana cases, it does, however make the point that the reason there is any risk of lacing is due to the drug being unregulated (illegal). Regulation has proven itself as a major contributor to the increased quality, as well as safety, of many products throughout history.

Is my cannabis laced with fentanyl?

Research on laced cannabis

“There are some marijuana dealers that will tell their clients that I have no doubt there is fentanyl in it and some of the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high. The bottom line is, anyone, anywhere could mix fentanyl and marijuana and there’s no way of knowing it until it’s too late.” – Tennessee District Attorney Matthew Stowe.

Once again, we have a government official stating that marijuana is being laced with Fentanyl, with no facts or data to back up his claims.

The best line from this quote is ‘the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high.” Not only is this inaccurate it is completely offensive to all smokers. Stowe has correlated a stoner to a heroin addict, something that you really cannot compare.

So is there laced cannabis being sold on the streets?

Does marijuana sometimes get laced with other substances such as crack cocaine or fentanyl? Of course. Like any unregulated substance, many things can happen. The reality is, however, that most drug dealers are just salesmen looking to trade their products for your cash.

The study by the NIH also makes it seem more like a game of Russian roulette when purchasing marijuana. Perhaps to a new user with no one to help them find a provider, there are increased risks, however–like with any products–when a customer finds a provider of a product he or she likes, they will continue to go back to them rather than risk going to another dealer.

There are no “linkable” facts to this piece besides the sources provided. My opinions stated in this post have developed due to my own relationships with people whom use cannabis, as well as from reading forums and other blogs of cannabis users.


How To Blow O’ Rings With Thick Smoke Or Vapor

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Blowing smoke rings is a complex art which requires a great deal of practice and control in order to master. Once you do, you can be the life of the party (just convince yourself of that and perhaps you won’t mind practicing so much).

There are primarily three parts of the body which you must have excellent control of in order to blow smoke rings:

  • The Lips
    I’ll assume most people have decent control of their lips. You will need to keep them in a proper “O” shape in order to form the ring. The size of this will vary depending on the individual, see below for specifics.
  • The Diaphragm
    The diaphragm is the muscle which controls breathing. You will need to be able to maintain precise control of this muscle, even if the smoke in your lungs is beginning to burn. The diaphragm is one part of a coordinated effort which is required to create an air pulse through your smoke-filled mouth which will cause a ring to form.
  • The Epiglottis
    The epiglottis is a flap of cartilage which you can pull shut over where your trachea (i.e. wind-pipe) meets your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and your stomach). It’s primarily used to prevent food/liquids from entering your lungs when swallowing.

Blowing large O’ rings using your lungs

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After filling your lungs with smoke, you will need to contract your diaphragm as if to exhale but use your epiglottis to only let a small amount of air out. This will fill your mouth with smoke. This should be so slow as if to be subdued, with no real noise produced by the action.

Next, with your diaphragm still contracted, let loose a short gasp while dropping your jaw and keeping your lips in an “O” shape approximately 1″ – 2″ in diameter. The sound of a gasp you are going for is not the typical “aaaaah”, it’s more of a whispered version of Butt-head’s “huh” (as in “Huh huh huh huh, that was cool, Beavis”).

You should close your epiglottis immediately after you finish making the sound, which will create a small air pulse through the smoke in your mouth. This will force a small amount of smoke through the “O” shape you should still be making with your lips, creating a smoke ring.

If you create a disorderly puff of smoke rather than a ring, chances are the “O” you are forming with your lips is either misshapen or too small; vary the diameter and find the size that works for you.

Blowing small O’ rings using your mouth


The secret to this method is to push the smoke in your mouth out with your tongue, while making the slightest inaudible puff from your lungs. This will push some of the smoke out, creating an O’ ring. This method requires much more precise control in order not to push too much smoke out, as well as incredible tongue control.

If you struggle to products rings using this method, you can also try curling your tongue upward on both sides and curling your lips inward then back out as you exhale the smoke to produce the same effect. The lip movement is similar to the way a goldfish maneuvers its mouth to eat or search the water for food fragments.

One thing you want to keep in mind is that you don’t want to pucker your lips like the dreaded duck face. Instead you want your mouth and lips to be wide and firm, but not tense as you complete the motion.

Once you have mastered this method or the other, you can start playing around with the size of the ring by adjusting the amount you keep your mouth open. When going for mini rings make the mouth opening small and use small jaw movements to help form the rings as you carefully blow each ring out.

How to successfully blow perfect O’ rings

Blowing smoke rings

Thick smoke is key, especially for blowing large rings. If you are attempting to blow smoke rings with a cigarette, your best bet is to puff off of it quite a bit without inhaling, filling your mouth, at which point you can push small smoke rings out.

Cigars will provide a substantially better source of smoke than cigarettes, and the same applies to herbal sources of smoke, which are much less harsh on the lungs and are probably the ideal candidate for blowing smoke rings.

Spice up your O’ ring blowing techniques

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The velocity at which you exhale controls their speed. Beware that not all ring configurations will be stable, for example larger rings need to move slower to remain stable. Practice making different sizes of rings and you can do some fun tricks, for example blowing a large, slow moving ring then blowing a small fast moving one through the middle of it.

Blow your O’ rings away from faces

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Please – for the love of all that is good – do NOT blow your O’ rings in someone’s face. This is giving blowing O’ rings such a bad reputation. We’ve seen it on social media on more than one occasion.

People are venting about inconsiderate smokers that blow smoke into or at the person they are having a conversation with. Not only is second-hand smoke a real thing, it extremely offensive when someone blows it straight in your face. Turn your head and exhale in the other direction so you don’t offend people around you.

Just because you can blow O’ rings doesn’t mean you’re a celebrity

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Don’t act like you are better than all smokers just because you now know how to blow O’ rings. Remember that you used to be just like them and just because you learned this new trick, you are not superior.

While you might passionately try to teach your friends how to blow O’ rings, you won’t be able to make anyone practice enough to master the skill. Practicing blowing O’ rings is one of the main things you have to do to conquer the art.