Why Smokers Need Oxygen?
It’s widely known that smoking cigarettes and cigars significantly impact lung and circulatory function. But did you know that smoking cannabis and vaping can produce similar effects to cigarettes in terms of how the substance impacts the body’s oxygen supply? Even occasional use can inhibit the body’s ability to take in and use the oxygen needed for optimum cellular function. That’s why those who vape or smoke tobacco and marijuana need to learn how what they are choosing to inhale can affects the body, and how they can still get the oxygen their body needs to function at peak levels.
Chemicals 1, Oxygen 0
Burning tobacco or marijuana causes numerous harmful chemicals to enter your body. In the case of cigarettes, more than 7,000 chemicals are released every time you light up (What’s in a Cigarette?). By far the most dangerous of these is carbon monoxide. When this “silent killer” enters your lungs, it does so in place of the oxygen that would have entered. Not only that, but carbon monoxide successfully impersonates the oxygen molecule and attaches itself to red blood cells, preventing them from carrying the good stuff (oxygen) to various body tissues (Bryant).
While, overall, cannabis and vaping are considered safer than cigarettes – and, in some cases, are medical aids or prescriptions – cannabis and vaping have a similar depleting effect on your body’s oxygen levels as cigarettes. In fact, studies show that smoking marijuana can release far greater amounts of carbon monoxide than a similar amount of tobacco (Wu et al). And while e-cigarettes may be smoke-free, vaping releases nicotine into the lungs, which inhibits their ability to take in oxygen. In fact, a recent study has shown that even nicotine-free vaping can cause lung inflammation and loss of barrier function (Schweitzer et al).
How to Feed Oxygen-Starved Cells
In all of these cases, people who smoke and vape are significantly reducing the amount of oxygen their body can take in. Smoking a pack of cigarettes in a day can reduce your oxygen levels up to 15 percent (Bryant). These low levels can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, brain fog, coughing and wheezing that hinder physical performance and mental clarity. It can also lead to you breathing faster to get the oxygen you need as well as your heart pumping faster to deliver it throughout your body.
As a result, to enhance their overall well-being, more and more regular and occasional smokers and people who enjoy vaping are turning to portable oxygen canisters to get more O2 to their brain and body. Recreational oxygen canisters, like gO2 therapy, are designed to quickly restore your body’s depleted oxygen levels back to normal, healthy levels. gO2 therapy oxygen has found its place in the smokers, helping to restore energy, mental clarity and other vital functions (Moss et al) after a smoking session. By keeping these lightweight canisters on-hand, professional athletes and wellness-minded cannabis users alike can feel and perform better – whenever, where ever, whatever they are up to.
As you learn from an early age, oxygen is an essential component of life and living.
Humans, and of course even the dogs we love, breathe the oxygen available in ambient air to thrive and function. But what happens when your body does not get sufficient oxygen through the air you breathe? Or what happens when the air you’re breathing has been compromised or contaminated? Air pollution and cigarette smoking add additional toxins to the air that’s inhaled, so a smoker or someone living in a polluted city may not get optimal levels of oxygen on a regular basis. In addition to experiencing an on-going, long-term oxygen debt, the effects of sub-par oxygen levels are also experienced in the short-term (i.e., second-hand smoke, traveling to a city with poor air quality). In both long-term and short-term poor air quality scenarios, supplementing with portable oxygen like gO2 therapy can help mitigate some of the effects and problems associated with smoking and air pollution by helping restore depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels.
Smoking and Recreational Oxygen
There are several key ways in which using Elements Life™ recreational oxygen can help cigarette smokers:
• gO2 therapy provides a new ritual, or tangible habit alternative
• gO2 therapy helps break the addiction by clearing out carbon monoxide, which is a by-product of smoking that makes breaking the habit more difficult
• gO2 therapy provides the opportunity to give the body the optimal levels of oxygen a smoker needs – especially a smoker who is trying to quit the habit
One problem many smokers face when trying to quit is breaking the habits formed when smoking. Sometimes smoking cigarettes is rewarding because it is a social activity, and people enjoy the social or personal benefits of taking “a smoke break.” Some smokers turn to food (i.e., snacking), caffeine or other unhealthy substitutes to feel relief when the cravings hit. gO2 therapy provides a new, healthier ritual for smokers wanting to quit. Rather than lighting up a smoke, you can establish a new physical ritual: 1) Place the gO2 therapy oxygen canister to your mouth or nose, 2) Take a hit of pure oxygen, and 3) Repeat – breathing in and exhaling out, slowly and evenly – as many times as desired.
Additionally, studies have shown that a negative impact of cigarette smoking is the presence of carbon monoxide in the body. A by-product of smoking, the release of the carbon monoxide gas is toxic and even fatal in large quantities (Sen). While most smokers do not intake enough carbon monoxide to cause fatal problems, carbon monoxide from cigarettes does slow the function of the brain and shrink capillaries. According to William S. Maxfield, M.D., a board-certified physician in hyperbaric medicine, radiology, and nuclear medicine, this can affect several physical ailments, including fingertip swelling and weight gain (as the capillaries in the intestines stop the absorption of calories). Carbon monoxide levels drop to zero on the third day of smoking cessation, so the first few days of quitting can often be the most difficult. If a medically supervised, hard-shell hyperbaric oxygen treatment – which can help a smoker who is trying to quit speed up the removal of carbon dioxide – is not accessible, breathing gO2 therapy recreational oxygen can help clear the levels of carbon monoxide in the body. This physiological benefit paired with the new healthy ritual of breathing from an oxygen canister, offers smokers – trying to break what many consider the hardest habit on earth to overcome – a smart tool for success in mitigating the challenges of a smoking addiction.
As an added wellness bonus, oxygen helps to mitigate many of the breathing and energy problems associated with smoking, such as wheezing, shortness of breath and persistent coughing.
NOTE: gO2 therapy products are intended for recreational, intermittent use only, not to be used as medical nor life-saving products. Any person with any type of health or medical condition should consult their physician prior to use of gO2 therapy products.