If you have been living under a rock, you may have heard of hotboxing – smoking marijuana in a small, closed space to maximize the effects of the drug. It’s popular among teenagers and young adults as it is believed that confined spaces can intensify the high from weed. It’s also a way for friends to get together and bond in a relaxing, stress-free environment. With the legalization of marijuana in some states, it has become even more popular among people of all ages.
Typically, hotboxing is done in cars, tents, or small rooms — anywhere that can be closed off and sealed off. People cram into the enclosed space and light up joints, bongs, and other devices to fill the air with smoke. Enthusiastic proponents claim that the dense cloud of smoke alone is enough to alter consciousness.
While hotboxing can be a fun and social experience, it has many negatives. First, secondhand smoke from the devices being smoked can have negative health impacts. Secondhand smoke contains harmful chemicals like tar and formaldehyde. It can be toxic to the lungs and respiratory system, which can lead to illness and even death.
Another issue with hotboxing is the fact that people can be caught in violation of state and/or federal laws regarding driving while under the influence of drugs. This is because marijuana can impair a person’s response speed, attention span, depth perception, peripheral vision, motor control, and decision-making abilities. It can also affect coordination and lead to impaired driving.