2023.05.24 – 0874 – Marijuana And The VoiceWhile soft and hard drugs use is quite common in society, it’s even more prevalent in the entertainment business. It could be because of the amount of money some of the stars earn, the relaxing effects of some of the drugs or the social aspects.
So how do both these drugs affect your voice?
MarijuanaWhen it is inhaled the vapours of marijuana inevitably affect your mouth, throat and lungs. This commonly results in laryngitis: a tired, rough, raspy, or hoarse voice that could be the start of something more serious. The effort to produce a once-normal sound as swollen folds struggle to vibrate freely, puts extra strain on the folds which in turn causes more damage. Then comes the possibility of vocal nodules, polyps, scarring or a haemorrhage. Some of these injuries are irreversible. (There is no evidence that edible marijuana increased the risk of voice damage.)
Not all marijuana is 100% natural of course, and there are concerns about the synthetic variation (“spice” or “herbal incense”) sold legally in some countries, but largely unregulated. Like anything you inhale there are risks, not only from psychosis, tremors, convulsions or high blood pressure, but for the voice:· Vomiting – which will damage the pharynx· Laryngitis – a swelling of the folds, making them easier to be injured
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