The notion of a secondary contact high has been around for ages, but is it something that really happens? If you are not familiar with the term, a secondary contact high describes the idea that you can get high just by being exposed, secondhand, to marijuana smoke.
In situations like this, someone who is not smoking can be concerned that the people who are smoking around them can affect them, inhibiting their perception and motor skills. Many people wonder if you can actually get high from being in the presence of marijuana smoke, or if it is directly blown in your face.
Is Getting a Contact High a Real Thing?
Research has shown us that there is a very low likelihood that you can actually get a contact high from being in the presence of marijuana smoke. The only studies that suggested getting a contact high may be possible were ones in extreme circumstances in which an excessive amount of smoke was blown directly into the face of the subject. In extreme cases like these, someone may get high and they could possibly fail a urine test.
What these studies have shown is that only trace amounts of THC are pushed back into the air when a smoker exhales. These studies showed that even if you were sitting in a small enclosed room with multiple people in your direct vicinity smoking marijuana, you still would not get high.
Can You Fail a Drug Test from Getting a Contact High?
The likelihood of failing a drug test from a contact high is possible, but again, there is a very low likelihood that this could happen. You would need to be exposed to a high volume of marijuana smoke, from multiple smokers, in an enclosed area for hours to get a noticeable amount of THC in your system.
Are There Negative Health Side Effects of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?
This is a question that studies are still trying to answer. As of now, we do not have any definitive evidence that shows that secondhand marijuana smoke can cause damage similar to that of secondhand smoke from cigarettes. The answer to this is something that is still being explored.
Other Options to Minimize Secondhand Marijuana Smoke
Thankfully, there are other options for consuming marijuana that totally eliminates secondhand smoke. Marijuana edibles and topical solutions are some other options you can safely consume around nonsmokers, which do not produce secondhand smoke. The best resource for these “smoke-producing” alternatives is your local dispensary.
Local dispensaries provide a robust selection of smokeless marijuana products. If you are interested in visiting a marijuana dispensary you will have your best experience there if you are a Certified Medical Marijuana Card Holder (MMJ). MMJ patients can select from the full venue of product offerings.
MedWell Health and Wellness Centers
1200 West Chestnut St. Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 866-566-9333 Fax: 774-223-7330