Does Smoking Weed Affect Singing?
A countless number of celebrities in the entertainment industry are known to be both and smokers. To actors and singers, their voice is their livelihood, and nothing is more important to a singer than their voice. Some of the more famous, current – singers are Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and of course, many more musicians and entertainers.
Spoiler Alert-, has been proven to cause voice damage.
Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are both young. So, Frank Sinatra, voice changed throughout their career. has not yet likely affected their voice that much. However, many famous singers who smoked cigarettes, like
So, I was wondering if by(also, often cigarettes) are they setting themselves up for trouble down the road? Better yet, can smokers expect their voice to change over time?
This article will attempt to answer this question by addressing what is a smoker’s voice, does vocal cords and preventative measures to take to lessen any damage. – also hurt
What is Smoker’s Voice?
A smoker’s voice is when a voice because of , sounds strained, breathy, and hoarse. The will often feel strained and scratchy.
Potential Voice Complications Caused By
According to numerous resources, vocal cords. Please note, I said (Cigar, Pipe, , etc.) and not . , as it is not been able to be studied, has not been proven to cause . But, that does not mean that a smoker’s voice will not be affected. has been proven to negatively affect your
According to the Cleveland Clinic vocal cords, and straight to your lungs. This can lead to irritated vocal cords, chronic cough, accumulation, , and other negative problems. It ultimately can result in your vocal cords swelling, which can make it harder for your voice to reach the high notes that it once did before you smoked. first goes through your right by your
In short, hot vocal cords, which results in your vocal range being lessened. This effect will start out slow, at first, and will eventually be quite noticeable and can even be non-reversible. hits and swells up your
Second-Hand can also be damagign to your vocal cords as it can cause you to be more likely to get or propylene gycol.
and Your Voice
is legal, as a result, numerous studies have been done concerning and the human voice. As a result, these below complications have only been proven to occur with smokers.
Studies have shown that current and past smokers have around three times the chance to have voice problems than non-smokers. Further, can also raise the chance of polyps forming on your vocal cords. These polyps will result in your voice lowering and being .
has the potential to cause polypoid corditis. Polypoid corditis, which makes the swell up.
Vocal cords swelling will not be able to vibrate as well, which results, in a . Depending upon how badly you are affected, the swelling could be so severe that it will even narrow your ‘s airways. With Reinke fluid will start to accumulate in the lamina propria areas (“Reinke’s Space”)of your vocal cords. This area is what produces the ability of your voice to reach certain high notes. Ultimately, if left untreated, your voice quality will be adversely affected. For singers who rely on their voice to make their living, you can imagine how devastating a chronic can be.
Smoker’s Singing Voice
If you have read my other articles, like my article on -sniffing dogs, you’ll know that is illegal federally, very few medical studies have been done on . As a result, there have been no medical studies that prove whether or not can damage your vocal folds.
The following is from an organization specializing in recovery from voice problems where they state that “Anything”, could cause voice damage. However, has not been proven to negatively affect the voice, which acknowledges by WebMD.
Please note, I am not saying that pot doesn’t or does harm your vocal cords. I am saying that there have been no studies proving whether or not it can damage your vocal range.
As a result, I could not find any medical study concerning ‘ relationship with your voice. The only information that I could find were doctors guessing that since a can cause voice damage, could also cause voice damage.
Their reasoning is that is similar to because when you you are ingesting , down your , into your airways. As a result, since is similar to ; will cause you to get a smoker’s voice. According to these medical professionals, any substance will have an adverse effect on your voice.
Granted, to a non-scientist, without any medical background, the reasoning on why . So, I would not b surprised if it is true. may be harmful sounds reasonable, and it likely may be real. Personally, as a smoker, I sometimes get a
However, causation does not equal correlation. So, just because is similar to it does not necessarily mean that using will have the same impact or relationship on your voice as a .
Why May Not Be As Bad As
The only information that I could find was from a Doctor from the renowned Cleveland Clinic who stated that he saw more cases of smokers with polypoid corditis than pot smokers. He also acknowledged that there was no way of knowing if the afflicted only smoked . Also, more people cigarettes, so, are the Doctor’s observations simply because of the fact that he sees more smokers than those who ?
How Can You Prevent Smoker’s Voice
Other than stop , there are a few things that you can do to either eliminate or lessen the chance of you getting a voice. First of all, consume edibles if you want to have no danger of damaging your vocal cords.
The second choice, which will minimize problems is to vape. Renee Gupta, MD, a laryngologist, specialist, states that vaping (as it does not burn) will result in less damage. However, as vaping is new, few studies have been done on vaping’s long-term health effects.
Although there have been no peer-reviewed, medical studies on vocal cords as does. Of course, that damaging effect depends upon how much do you . If you only on special occasions it may not be an issue. But, if you like cigarettes, your voice will of course be more likely to be deeper. ‘s effect on the voice. From a non-scientific standpoint, it does seem logical that any substance, can result in your voice changing. So, I would not be surprised if can have a similar same effect on your
If you are worried, see a Doctor. (Preferably a specialist, like an ENT) Your doctor though will likely tell you to stop altogether. For what it is worth, (If you are not going to quit) as a non-doctor my only advice be to try to reduce your risks by either cutting down your , try vaping (don’t vape more though), or eat edibles.