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Discussion in 'Medical Discussion' started by DJ Colonel Corn, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. DJ Colonel Corn

    DJ Colonel Corn Herb Conniseur - 215 Legal

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    Hello vapers.

    I am a bit concerned about my vaping habits.

    I just got back from the doctor, and, after vaping ecigs and herb and hash oil, for about 2 months, my blood oxygen level was down to %90.

    I began vaping with the idea it was better for my lungs.

    Now I'm not so sure.

    While using combustion my oxygen level was always above %95....

    Any ideas out there ? Similar stories ? Observations ? I'd like to hear it.

    Thanks.
  2. chris 71

    chris 71 Active Member

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    hi there, that's interesting I had a similar experience happen to me. I had a girlfriend that was severely asthmatic I had taken her to the hospital like 7 times in one year sometimes she would be admitted for a couple days. anyway I spent a lot of time at the emerge and in the hospital with her .
    many times I would blow into the peak flow meter and take the little fingure thing and check out my oxygen level just out of curiosity after decades of smoking.
    and every time without fail I could blow that peak flow meter and smack it right to the end and my oxygen level was always 100 % in this same year I started to worry about my lungs after seeing her suffer with real emergencies. I started to think with all the abuse I had put my lungs through and also work related dust from drywall finishing that maybe one day I may pay a scary price and not beable to breath so good I mean its gotta catch up at some point.
    so anyway I got myself a mflb and thought it was great till I started to feel i was having trouble breathing.

    I read and resherched about water filtration so I mcgyverd a little setup to run the mflb through a bubbler
    .for a while that seemed to help, but the the hacking throat clearing thing started to happen again.
    so I took the next step and got a solo.
    i ran it through water as well for a while it was great but then the chest congestion and throat clearing thing came back again. in the mean time I had been back to the hospital with her again and to my surprise my oxygen levels wen I put the finger thingy on was like 95% and I could only blow the peak meter thing to around 650 or 700.
    anyway I also had not stopped smoking entirely I would sometimes vape for a week or two maybe even 3 but then somke a little just for a bit of a change.
    so I also read about how people that smoked for a long time went through this clearing out process as cilla awakened again and started to clear out the crap in the lungs. although im not soo sure this is true and wonder if the vaping also cause the cila to be parilized would be nice to know for sure .
    anyway im rambling what im trying to say is I have been vaping for 3 years now. I also have a extreame q

    I have had lung function test and they said I was pretty good. but another funny note since vaping for three years now I have also had three diferent chest xrays done and all say I have crohnic brohcitus wth COPD
    the funny thing is I had an xray done the year before I started vaping an no note was made as to COPD or cronic bronchitis so after three years trying to belive that vaping is better I cant say as I truly do belive it is.
    I mean when I look at the before and after material one would be hard pressed to not think it has to be better for you ,but we are still coating our brohonicial tubes with oil.
    and yes I know its not tar is essential oils but well ....all I know is that vaping feels smother while doing it but after a while with the hacking and coughing ..... I really have to say I don't think im really sure it is
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  3. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    While what you experienced could have been caused by all of your years of smoking, it does help to point out that even vapor needs to be put on the risk/reward scale as vapor is NOT totally innocuous.
  4. Seren

    Seren Away with the fairies

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    Hi @DJ Colonel Corn,

    Here's my :2c:, for what it's worth:

    Smoking involves the intake of carbon monoxide and cyanide. When your oxygen levels are measured using pulse oximetry, the device doesn't actually measure the level of oxygen in your blood, instead it measures the percentage of bound haemoglobin. Normally haemoglobin is bound to oxygen, so this is usually a good proxy. However, haemoglobin actually tends to bind more easily to carbon monoxide. So people with high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood stream, such as smokers, can have really healthy looking sats readings - but this may not be a true reflection of their oxygen levels. The presence of cyanide can also increase oxygen level readings on a pulse probe (although the reasoning behind this is different).

    Do you think it's possible that now that you're vaping you're getting true readings, whereas before your smoking was masking the real oxygen levels? If you were a heavy smoker I'm guessing this may possibly be the case.

    :shrug: :peace:
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  5. DJ Colonel Corn

    DJ Colonel Corn Herb Conniseur - 215 Legal

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    ... interesting.
    Yes I was a heavy smoker for many many years until getting COPD and switcing to vaping just a few months ago. I suppose , according to you, the readings were elevated due to the carbon monoxide....which is odd bcuz when I got h1n1 my oxy blood level went down to %75 and I was put into ICU Quarantine in the hospital 5 days. So apparently my readings were right at that poiint ? Does vapor also contain carbon monoxide, I thought it didn't.
    Medicine and its field are very confusing. So many contributing factors , it just gets more and more like we don't know anything and our instruments are giving us false readings, to me.

    Thank you for your input, and I'm gonna run this by my doc....
    Peace.
  6. Seren

    Seren Away with the fairies

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    Well, I'm just supposing that that could be the case - but I'm no doctor!

    The best measure of oxygen saturations is via arterial blood testing (this method is very accurate) - which you would have had in ICU. With regards to your levels dropping with swine flu - well, that's not surprising - as your lungs were probably consolidated as a result of the virus - and any consolidation on your lungs impairs your ability to absorb oxygen into your bloodstream, hence your need for intensive care. I'm pretty certain 75% would not have been your usual reading prior to infection - as you would not have been able to function normally with sats that low. But I wouldn't be surprised if your smoking notched your sats reading up by a couple of %.......... but as I say, I'm no doctor!


    EDIT: I'm also now wondering if hash oil can influence oxygen saturation levels - if it has been made using butane and hasn't be purified completely - but that is just me thinking out loud - it's not based on any facts that I've read.
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  7. chris 71

    chris 71 Active Member

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    that's interesting point you made Seren, in my case though it doesn't make sence.
    as the times when i was messuring 100% I was not smoking any Tabaco and there would have been some hours from the last time I had smoked cannabis maybe even a day . although I smoked almost daily it wasent constant all day and night use. I really seemed to have a drop in both my ability to get a good reading on the peak flow and my oxygen levels after starting vaping
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  8. Seren

    Seren Away with the fairies

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    The act of smoking herbs also produces carbon monoxide, even if no cigarettes are involved.

    I guess until more research is undertaken we won't know for sure the full effects of vaping. For me personally, I've only felt benefits from making the switch - I used to have a terrible smokers cough in the morning and was starting to find it more difficult to catch my breath when trekking up hill. Since switching to vaping I no longer have either of those problems. I guess everyone is different though.
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  9. DJ Colonel Corn

    DJ Colonel Corn Herb Conniseur - 215 Legal

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    .... interesting... we don't know if hashish binds to hemoglobin for sure.... um.. in response to your question, yes of course my normal level was not %75. As I said, my normal has always been between 95-98 , but since quitting cigs and combusting flowers & oil , it's now dropped to %89.
    Also, the oil I'm vaping is Winterized , and has absolutely no butane residue. Been on the same oil for a month. I personally know the cook, who takes great care with his oils.
    So, wonderful for all of you to contribute to the thread, looking forward to more input !
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  10. DJ Colonel Corn

    DJ Colonel Corn Herb Conniseur - 215 Legal

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    Just an update here folks...
    A week after my %89 reading, I came in at %95, and was happy.
    However just a few days ago its back down to %90.
    Stlll vaping.
  11. VaporsVaporizer

    VaporsVaporizer On the Stoop

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    If you're really concerned, you could always buy a portable Pulse Oximeter. I have one for home use since i have Lung issues. They aren't that expensive, about $25-40.
  12. Gnomebe

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    You've asked a good question. Vaping better than smoking but too much might be bad.
  13. Wizsteve

    Wizsteve Active Member

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    you all ever thought about using air purifiers(hepa ,charcoal, electric cell) and air sanitizers? (UV,Ozone,tio2 )

    your o2 levels would also be affected by the air quality in your home even pollen may play a part did you all check the pollen index ? i bet you find it was higher than it is now(spring time everything blooms)
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  14. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    I've been starting my day with a few drops of food-grade peroxide in a glass of distilled water (pre-coffee) as a substitute for prescription anti-fungals, I would think that this is very oxygenating for the blood.
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  15. syrupy

    syrupy CE works better than joint wax.

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    Korean ginseng has been known to increase oxygen absorption. Also if it were me, I might stick to edibles and tinctures and give the lungs a chance to heal more.
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