Breathe Easy: Tips to Prevent Coughing When Smoking Cannabis

Sep 10th, 2023 5:42PM

Greetings, cannabis community! Today, we'll be tackling a common issue among cannabis enthusiasts coughing when smoking. While it might seem like an inevitable part of the experience, there are ways to minimize this discomfort and enjoy your smoke sessions more. Let's dive in!

Why Do We Cough?

Coughing while smoking cannabis can be attributed to several factors. Inhaling too much smoke, using a hot pipe or bong, or consuming low-quality cannabis can all lead to a coughing fit. Additionally, THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis, can cause irritation when it hits the throat, leading to coughing.

Breathing Techniques

One of the simplest ways to prevent coughing is by practicing proper breathing techniques. Start by taking a slow, controlled inhale, filling only about 2/3 of your lungs with smoke. Hold for a moment, then exhale gently. This technique allows your lungs to acclimate to the smoke and reduces the likelihood of a coughing spell.

Cool Down the Smoke

Hot smoke is a common culprit of coughing. Using devices that cool down the smoke, such as a water pipe or bong, can help. These devices filter and cool the smoke before it enters your lungs, reducing throat irritation.

Choose Your Strain Wisely

Not all cannabis strains are created equal when it comes to coughing. Strains high in CBD tend to be smoother and less likely to induce coughing. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe your throat, making your smoking experience more comfortable.

The Consequences of Coughing

Chronic coughing from smoking cannabis could lead to throat irritation or difficulty breathing. It's important to listen to your body and adjust your smoking habits accordingly. If you find yourself coughing frequently, it might be time to explore other consumption methods like edibles or tinctures.


Coughing doesn't have to be part of your cannabis experience. By practicing proper breathing techniques, cooling your smoke, and choosing high-CBD strains, you can enjoy your smoke sessions without the discomfort that comes with coughing. Remember, the goal is not just to consume cannabis, but to do so in a way that is comfortable and enjoyable for you.

We hope these tips prove helpful in your future cannabis adventures. As always, we encourage responsible and informed consumption. Stay safe, and happy smoking! Let us know in the comments below if you have any other tips or tricks to prevent coughing while smoking cannabis. Let's continue to educate and support each other in our cannabis journey.

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