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Hot Boxing

Definition – What does Hot Boxing mean?

Hot boxing is the act of smoking or vaporizing cannabis in an enclosed area such as a car, a cubicle, or a small room in order to maximize the psychactive effects of the marijuana.

When hot boxing, the smoke lingers in the small room, rather than being ventilated away, causing everyone in the room to become high, whether they are smoking or not.

Hot boxing is many a stoner’s favorite past time and most liked way to share the herb, but it is not always the best way to consume cannabis. Hot boxing is not recommended as a habitual experience as the smokers have a lack of oxygen, thus making it a hazard and not the healthiest way to smoke weed most of the time.

MaximumYield explains Hot Boxing

When hot boxing, the smokers breathe in the smoke in the air as well along with whatever it is being smoked out of. When hot boxing in confined places, the smoker is robbing his/ her brain of oxygen, leaving themselves with a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2). This adds to the effect of being high. Once the smoker comes out from hot boxing in an enclosed place out into fresh air, then the cannabis’s effects hits hard and the smoker becomes very high. This is almost the same thing as calm baking.

When hot boxing, it is important to note that the quantity of weed is important. One joint will not be sufficient to hot box an area. To fill the area with sufficient smoke will will require multiple joints. A joint of blunt is always preferred when hot boxing as the smoking methods usually create more smoke, thus creating the desired effects. The more the people, the easier it is to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of cannabis and smoke circulating in the hot boxing space.

The John Hopkins University School of Medicine conducted a study to break the debate, once and for all, if exposure to second hand weed makes a person higher or not. The study was conducted in 2015 and it did confirm that second hand cannabis made a person higher, in turn, suggesting that hot boxing is an effective method of getting very high due to enclosed places resulting in a lack of oxygen and the abundance of marijuana smoke. However, stoners will feel light headed during a hot box session. This is due to the fact that there will be a lack of oxygen intake to the brain and the amount of marijuana smoke being inhaled.

This definition explains the meaning of Hot Boxing and why it matters.

What is hotboxing with cannabis and does it work?

Hotboxing. It’s a common cannabis colloquialism that calls to mind a particular scene: You’re in a parked car sharing a joint with a friend; all the windows are rolled up and slowly but surely, the small enclosed space begins to fill with smoke.

Using a car is only one example of how people like to hotbox, but it’s certainly the most iconic. Perhaps it’s because of Cheech and Chong’s classic, comical hotboxing scene , or maybe it’s simply because a car is one of the easiest common spaces to hotbox.

Whatever the reason, it serves as an appropriate example of exactly what hotboxing is and how it’s done. Seems straightforward enough—but there’s more to know.

What does hotboxing mean?

Hotboxing refers to the act of smoking in a small, unventilated or minimally ventilated space. This could be a car, as previously mentioned, or it could be a bathroom, a shed, or any small enclosed space. The smoke becomes trapped as it is exhaled and fills the air, often creating big clouds of smoke that billow out of the space when exited.

Why do people hotbox?

The answer to this varies. For some, it may simply be a matter of convenience. It could be that the only appropriate place to smoke at the time is in a certain room, and people are trying to keep the smoke contained so it doesn’t smell up the rest of an area.

Other times, it can just be for fun, or the novelty of seeing how much smoke builds up by the time a joint is finished.

Most commonly, however, people hotbox to try and get more high. After all, it seems to make some sort of sense, doesn’t it? Surely sitting in a cloud of cannabis smoke is a good way to inhale and absorb more smoke and additional cannabinoids right? Let’s look at some research to answer this question.

Does hotboxing get you higher?

In 2015, researchers at John Hopkins University conducted a study on contact highs, and in doing so they studied the effects of hotboxing. In the first setting, six smokers and six nonsmokers entered a small, enclosed, unventilated space. The smokers were given 10 joints each, and proceeded to smoke over the course of an hour, effectively hotboxing the shared chamber. Researchers reported that, “the chamber was visibly very smoky during the unventilated session (became difficult to see through to the opposing wall clearly).”

Researchers did not find a difference in cannabinoid levels in smokers when they hotboxed and when they smoked in a normally ventilated room.

In the second setting, they repeated these conditions, with only one change: ventilation. As you can imagine, in the first setting, under these extreme conditions with no ventilation, the nonsmokers did in fact feel high after sitting in the hotboxed room. But what about the smokers? Did hotboxing get them any higher than usual?

Researchers compared the results of the same individual smokers who participated in both the first and second experiment. “Data from active smokers who participated in multiple sessions were analyzed together and are presented together because their levels of cannabinoid exposure did not significantly differ as a function of room ventilation,” they wrote.

Meaning? Researchers did not find a difference in cannabinoid levels in smokers when they hotboxed and when they smoked in a normally ventilated room.

When (and when not) to hotbox

So maybe hotboxing doesn’t necessarily get you higher, as research thus far seems to suggest, but that doesn’t mean smokers won’t still enjoy doing it. Just remember to be mindful of your surroundings—hotboxing a stationary car (that you don’t intend to drive after) is all well and good, but not if it puts you at risk of legal trouble.

And of course, be respectful. We all know cannabis has a rather potent smell, and hotboxing has a way of making that scent stick around for a while. As such, it’s probably best not to hotbox in rooms or spaces that belong to people who wouldn’t appreciate the activity.

Finally, keep in mind that oxygen is your friend—keep it at reasonable levels to avoid feeling lightheaded or woozy. If it starts to become too much, crack a window or step outside to take a breath of fresh air.

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