Hotboxing, as the name suggests, involves smoking marijuana within a box to fill the space with smoke. It typically involves packing a lot of people into a tiny space, such a car, tent, or room, and blocking off any airflow points like dashboard vents and door gaps. The area fills with smoke as bongs, joints, and other smoking implements are hit and shared about. Hotboxing enthusiasts even assert that the dense cloud that emerges has the ability to alter consciousness on its own as a source of THC, so not everyone in attendance needs to smoke a joint in order to experience something.
Although hotboxing may appear to be a modern stoner idea, the practise has been used for thousands of years. Herodotus, a Greek author, described the Scythians—a nomadic warrior tribe—hotboxing in tent-like structures after burial rites; this is a much more macabre setting than merely smoking weed with pals.
Does Hotboxing Get You Higher?
The majority of people who have sat in a hotboxed car or tent will attest to the fact that inhaling secondhand cannabis smoke elevates everyone in the vicinity. Despite the anecdotal reports of hotboxers from throughout the world, the efficacy of the practise was mostly unknown until John Hopkins School of Medicine researchers got the chance to build up their own experimental hotbox.
Six smokers and six non-smokers were chosen by a lucky research team at the institution, who also recruited a lucky group of subjects. The participants endured two different types of exposure: ventilated and unventilated, while sitting in a temporary construction built of Plexiglas and aluminium support beams. The researchers gave each cannabis user 10 joints, each containing 1g of cannabis with a THC level of 11.3% (much lower than the majority of strains used in hotboxes in the real world), and instructed them to smoke as much as possible.
The non-smoking participants’ blood and urine had measurable quantities of cannabis after a 60-minute session, according to the researchers. The non-smoking participants also experienced perceived cognitive effects and displayed slight impairments when completing a task that measures working memory and psychomotor agility. The non-smokers, however, reported no significant subjective effects and performed better on the identical task when vented. The study’s conclusion is that hotboxing is effective, at least in “extreme, unventilated conditions”.