Pot Smoking Neighbor
(WSVN) – He likes to sit in his backyard and relax, but can’t stand the smell of marijuana coming from a neighbor outside who, he says, is smoking pot. Can he stop someone from smoking in their own backyard? That’s why we have Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
William Johnson can tell you why you should treat every day like it’s your last.
William Johnson: “Because I almost died when I had my brain aneurysm. Now I just live life to the fullest, crack jokes, have a good time.”
When William had his aneurysm, doctors said he would not be here today if Cindy hadn’t been beside him that day.
William Johnson: “She actually saved my life, and I can never, ever repay her.”
One way they enjoy each other and their day is by sitting in their backyard with their dog, watching the birds and the squirrels.
William Johnson: “We go outside almost every evening, and we talk, shoot the breeze, might have an adult beverage, a Bud Light.”
William loved those moments, until…
William Johnson: “You smell pot. It’s got that distinct odor.”
William said one of his neighbors must enjoy pot as much as William and Cindy enjoy sitting peacefully in their backyard.
William Johnson: “It almost seems like every single night, every single day of the week, it’s in the air. You’re just smelling it all over the place.”
William is not a smoker. Not cigarettes, not marijuana, and he doesn’t want to have to smell someone else smoking either.
William Johnson: “I’m fed up with it, yeah, because I can’t even go outside and sit and relax and talk to my wife, without the linger of that crap in the air.”
William has several neighbors, so he isn’t sure which one is puffing away, but he’s sure he wants the smoke to go away.
William Johnson: “If they want to do it, why don’t they do it someplace like inside their house? Let them deal with it, not the rest of us.”
One neighbor likes to smoke pot. This neighbor doesn’t like to smell it.
William Johnson: “I’m up to here with it. I can’t take it no more. It’s just never ending, so help me, Howard.”
Well, Howard, legally, can you stop someone from smoking outside if the smoke drifts into your backyard?
Howard Finkelstein: “Marijuana smoking is no different legally than cigarette smoking, and whether you are inside your house or in your backyard, you have the right to enjoy your property. What that means is, if the smoke is excessive and it bothers you, it’s what the law calls a nuisance, and your neighbor has to stop or smoke inside.”
Turns out William is not the only one complaining about marijuana smoke floating into his yard.
The internet is filled with people from around the country wondering what they can do to stop their neighbors from puffing away.
The answer in South Florida?
Howard Finkelstein: “If William can determine which neighbor is smoking the marijuana outside, first ask them to go inside. If they won’t, and the pot is medical marijuana, you might have to ask a judge to issue an injunction to stop the nuisance smoker. If they are smoking it illegally, you can call the police, and they could be arrested.”
William said he is now going to find out which neighbor likes their marijuana in their backyard. When he does, he will ask them to stop. If they don’t, then, he says, he will call the police on them, because he’s tired of the smell.
William Johnson: “On and on and on and on. Where’s it gonna end? When is it gonna end?”
Now, while you have the right to not have excessive smoke blowing in your backyard, legally, your neighbor can still smoke in their backyard if it’s not a nuisance to others. In other words, if they smoke moderately, and if they love to puff away all the time, then they’ve got to do it indoors.
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Is There a Safer Way to Smoke Cannabis? How the Methods Stack Up
If you’re looking for the healthiest way to smoke cannabis, keep in mind that there’s no totally safe way to do so — even with the purest, most pesticide-free bud. Cannabis smoke contains most of the same toxins and carcinogens that make tobacco smoke harmful to your health.
There are, however, methods that may be slightly less harmful than others. Here’s a look at how different methods compare, plus some smoke-free alternatives to consider.
The dangers of smoke inhalation are well known, so it’s not surprising that a lot of folks assume vaping is the healthier alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
There’s mounting evidence that vaping can have serious health effects. Much of the concern comes from inhaling vitamin E acetate, a chemical additive found in many vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
However, this risk seems to apply only to vaping concentrates, not flower. A 2006 study suggests that vaping actual cannabis, not concentrate, is less harmful to your respiratory system than smoking. Still, research on vaping cannabis is pretty limited.
Lung health aside, there’s also a matter of potency. People who vape cannabis report experiencing stronger effects — regardless of the amount of THC in the product — than they do when smoking. This means a higher chance of overdoing it, or greening out, when vaping.
Maybe a teeny, tiny bit, but nowhere near enough to make a difference.
Bongs offer a smoother toke because you don’t get the dry heat from smoking cannabis rolled in paper. Though it feels less harsh when you inhale, your lungs don’t know the difference.
Well, both still involve inhaling smoke, so there’s that. But if you had to choose the lesser of two evils, joints are probably the better option. This is because blunts are made with hollowed-out cigars, and cigars and their wrappers are highly toxic.
Even after removing all the tobacco from a cigar, cancer-causing toxins, such as nitrosamines, can remain. Plus, cigar wrappers are more porous than rolling papers, so the burning is less complete. This results in smoke with high concentrations of toxins.
Then there’s the matter of size. Blunts are a lot bigger than joints, and they hold way more pot. Smoking an entire blunt is like smoking roughly six joints.
Dabbing is supposed to give you a “cleaner” high, but what does that actually mean? Not much.
Budder — another name for dabs or marijuana concentrate — delivers a lot more THC than other weed products, often as much as 80 percent more.
Dabbing is still pretty new, so experts still don’t know the full impact.
There’s evidence that exposure to high THC may lead to long-term mental health effects, like psychosis. The risk of misuse and addiction is also higher when using high-THC products, especially for young people.
Plus, unless you have high-tech lab equipment and are trained in extraction, your dabs may be far from pure. Research shows that dabs can contain contaminants and residual solvents that can to neurotoxicity and cardiotoxicity.
Dabbing also has respiratory effects, even though you’re not technically “smoking.” There have been cases of people developing lung damage from dabbing.
The bad news? There’s no safe way to smoke cannabis. The good news? There are plenty of other ways to consume it.
Here are your main options:
- Edibles. Unlike smoking and vaping, ingesting cannabis won’t harm your lung health. The downside for some is that edibles take longer to kick in because they need to clear your digestive system before getting into your bloodstream. The upside is that the effects also hang around longer. You also have an endless variety to choose from, with everything from gummies to baked goods to cannabutter.
- Sublinguals. These are usually lumped together with edibles, but they’re not quite the same. Unlike edibles, you don’t actually swallow sublingual forms of cannabis, which include things like tinctures, films, and dissolvable tablets. Sublingual cannabis is placed under the tongue for absorption, and is absorbed through your mouth’s mucus membranes, so the effects are felt faster.
- Tinctures. Tinctures are made of alcohol-based cannabis extracts that come in bottles with droppers. You can add tinctures to drinks, but you can also get the effects faster by placing a few drops — depending on your desired dose — under your tongue.
- Topicals. Cannabis topicals are for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the cerebral effects. Creams, balms, and patches can be applied to the skin to relieve inflammation and pain. There’s also cannabis lubricant made for, well, sexy time.
- Suppositories. The idea of shoving cannabis up your butt (or vagina, depending on the product) may make you clench, but it’s definitely a thing. Most of the suppositories on the market are CBD-infused and used for therapeutic reasons, like pain or nausea relief, but some brands have upped their THC content for added effects.
If you’d still rather smoke your weed despite the risks, consider these harm-reduction tips to help make it a little safer:
- Don’t hold the inhale. Inhaling deeply and holding it in exposes your lungs to more tar per breath. Don’t be greedy; exhaling faster is better for you.
- Use rolling papers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rolling papers may seem like NBD, but some contain chemicals and flavorings that can be toxic.
- Stick to glass bongs and pipes. Plastic bongs can contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which have been linked to serious health effects, including cancer.
- Keep your stuff clean. Keep your bongs and pipes clean, and don’t roll your weed on dirty surfaces.
- Don’t share mouthpieces or pass joints. Sharing your stash is fine, but not your pipes, bongs, or joints. When you share these, you’re basically swapping spit with that person and putting yourself at risk for infections.
No matter how you dice it, there’s really no safe way to smoke cannabis, whether you prefer to roll one up or are partial to bongs. As cannabis becomes more popular, so do products that allow you to indulge without the smoke.
That said, if you’re partial to puffing and passing, a vaporizer that allows you to use flower, not concentrates, may be a less harmful option.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddleboard.You can smoke cannabis in a variety of ways, but is one safer or healthier than others? ]]>