Can Medical Marijuana Be Harmful To One’s Lungs?


Can Medical Marijuana Be Harmful To One’s Lungs?

Tobacco smoking can be harmful to your health. Tobacco smoking can cause over 400 harmful substances to be polluted the lungs, in addition to nicotine. There is real concern about whether medicinal marijuana smoking may lead to some of the same problems as lung cancer, emphysema and low birth weight.

Here are some facts. It is important to note that marijuana does not contain nicotine. The tar in marijuana smoke is four times as high as regular cigarettes. Cigarette smokers smoke more cigarettes per day than marijuana smokers. Also, cigarettes are smaller than joints so it is difficult to make a comparison.

Studies have shown that marijuana smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop respiratory problems. This is not surprising. But is marijuana more harmful than smoking? It isn’t known for certain.

It is well-known that smoking marijuana and tobacco smoke can damage the linings of the respiratory airways. Normal cells that line these airways have hair-like projections that sweep the mucus towards the mouth. This is an important function, and smoking replaces them with cells that are unable to sweep the mucus. It must be expelled. Some cells can become cancer precursors from chronic tobacco use. The bronchial linings, which are also a source of cancerous precursor cells, have also been found in marijuana smokers.

While there isn’t any conclusive evidence that marijuana smoking causes the development of lung cancer, it has been suggested in limited research.

Many of the same cancer-causing compounds found in tobacco are also present in marijuana. Inhaling marijuana is more intense than smoking tobacco so the potential for higher levels of these compounds in the lungs can be greater.

Although marijuana may have the same potential for cancer as tobacco smoking, it has not been proved to be true. It is difficult to separate the two groups and determine if one causes more cancer. Seventy percent also use marijuana.

The overall picture shows that medicinal marijuana can relieve pain and suffering in many conditions. It can be used to treat nausea and vomiting in patients with HIV and cancer. There are many other options for medicinal marijuana, including vaporizing or edibles.

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