I wasn’t going to post anything for a while. After all, I have to pay attention to my day job.
But did I really hear that our Provincial Government (Ontario) is planning to allow public vaping for drugs? Vaping, for those who don’t know, is using an e-cigarette to vaporize some chemical to allow it quickly into your lungs.
Nobody else? No, of course not.
No, what could go wrong, right?
If You Can Smell It, It’s Inside You
Did you know that? The olfactory system does require absorption of the chemical into the tissues of your nose, into the neural cells that sense the smell. Right beside those capillaries that absorb stuff so well.
Well, that makes sense (scents?) right. I mean, how are you supposed to smell stuff that does not ever penetrate your body in any way? You can’t.
Think of some guy over in the corner, striking one of those old sulphur tipped wooden matches. Imagine the room has no extra ventilation, that is, it is an average room. Like your living room. Just the routine vents.
How long before you smell the sulphur? Five, six seconds? Even that?
OK. Once you smell it, it’s in your cells.
What if you can’t smell it, because the chemicals don’t react in any way with the neural olfactory tissues. Like Carbon Monoxide, right. Odorless.
Yeah, kinda like that.
Lucky you thing you can’t smell it, because it might kill you. Wrong. It can and will kill you without you smelling a thing. Carbon monoxide is already a gas. It doesn’t need the cigarette to convert it. But marijuana, and narcotics, and crack cocaine, they all do.
So, back to the match, and think about this in terms of vaping. Vaping puts molecules of stuff into a vapor so it can be absorbed through the lungs.
Did you know that the lungs are the fastest way to get stuff into your body, especially into your brain? Makes sense right. I mean, that’s what oxygen is doing…getting into you quickly. If it doesn’t, you’re in trouble.
Inhalation is actually faster than intravenous injection, and is certainly closer, by the usual driving routes, to your brain.
If you take the surface area of all the alveoli in lungs (those little sponge like holes in the lungs that absorb oxygen) and lay them out flat, the surface area is the size of a tennis court.
That’s so it can absorb stuff quickly, which is why people smoke cigarettes, crack cocaine, marijuana. It gets to the brain directly, by bypassing the liver (which takes a shot at destroying anything you eat, but doesn’t get a chance with stuff you inhale, until it’s too late) and going straight from the lung to the brain. For those who know circulation, blood goes from the lungs, to the LEFT atrium, to the LEFT ventrcle, to the brain. takes maybe two seconds! Maybe three.
[By the way, does all the stuff you inhale get absorbed? If so, what risk to the guy beside you, apart from the stuff you don’t take into your lungs (like in the picture). Think of someone smoking. When they exhale after taking a drag, can you smell it? Yup. Heck, you can see it. Just like the guy in the picture.]
So, where is that sulphur smoke just seconds after the match is struck in the corner of the room.
In your brain.
What about the smell of baked bread. Mouth watering? It’s in your brain. What about burning leaves in fall? Nice eh. In your brain. What about cigarette smoke from the guy on the sidewalk passing you? In your brain.
Do you really want some person vaping marijuana in a public place like a restaurant, where, whether you smell it or not, because who of us knows what vaped marijuana smells like (not like burning pot I don’t think), it’s in your brain?
Stop this silly government action trying to allow other people to impose their habit, and their vaporized molecules on your brain. They want to do it in their own hermetically sealed home. Fine!
Just don’t do it to me.