Secondhand Cannabis Smoke: Debunking Common Myths

Cannabis awareness of the past, for whatever reason, has always been subject to myths and false information. These common myths get tossed around all the time by naysayers but have you ever seen any of them actually doing their research? Myths, stereotypes and misconceptions are all harmful to respectful cannabis consumers, making it increasingly important for these negative perceptions and stigmas to be put to an end.

This article, we’re tackling a couple myths surrounding secondhand smoke and its effect on bystanders and non-consumers alike. It’s time to learn some facts and truth about cannabis!

Can You Get a “Contact High” from Secondhand Cannabis Smoke?

For a long time marijuana consumers, and non-marijuana consumers for that matter, were left to wonder if those scenarios were even possible. Sometimes at a concert you might hear people saying that if people around you are smoking marijuana you might get high too. Even though most recreational cannabis users would love for this to be true, it is nearly impossible to become high from inhaling secondhand cannabis smoke.

In a recent study, non-cannabis consumers were exposed to marijuana smoke in the everyday setting of a coffee shop in the Netherlands. The non-consumers all showed minor traces of THC in their blood but not enough to fail a standard drug test. This study shows that in an everyday situation, if you happen to inhale secondhand cannabis smoke, you may have an incredibly small amount of THC in your system, but not nearly enough to feel its effects. Next time you attend a concert, don’t sweat it because you’re more likely to get backstage passes for free than get high from secondhand cannabis smoke.

If I Do Inhale Secondhand Cannabis Smoke, Can it Show Up in a Drug Test?

So, you have a drug test next week for a new job and you accidentally inhaled secondhand cannabis smoke while attending a music festival. You may be worried that because you inhaled the smoke you might fail the drug test, right? There’s actually very little to worry about.

Much like getting a contact high, the chances of having a trace of THC in your blood one week after inhaling secondhand cannabis smoke is incredibly slim. In another recent study, it was shown that it is possible to test positive after inhaling secondhand cannabis smoke, but only for approximately 30 minutes. Odds are you won’t fail your drug test for secondhand smoke. In all reality, the only way you are failing your drug test is if you manage to inhale a large quantity of secondhand cannabis smoke in the moments leading up to your test. What we’re getting at is that it would be very difficult to inhale enough secondhand marijuana smoke to fail a drug test, so don’t stress over it if you’re ever worried.

What Would I Have to Do to Feel Cannabis Effects from Secondhand Smoke?

As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, it’s highly (no pun intended) unlikely for you to experience a contact high from secondhand marijuana smoke. Since you may be curious what it would take to actually get high from secondhand consumption, and to prove just how extreme the scenario would have to be for it to happen, here is one scenario that could happen.

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    I dunno: before I had ever smoked weed I attended a concert at the small, enclosed Baltimore Civic Center (Edgar Winter Group) where the arena was marijuana fog, you could hardly see the stage. Going home afterward, I definitely felt “funny” – pretty sure I had a buzz, in retrospect.

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