Smoking Marijuana Effects on Lungs

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We know them as grass, weed, or pot. Made from a hemp plant known as Cannabis sativa that originates from India, marijuana is one of the drugs used illegally in the States. Marijuana smoking is common in any age (even celebrities smoked it) and can affect negatively to your health, especially to your lungs. Read more to find out.

Usually marijuana is smoked in a pipe, as a cigarette, or in blunts (where the smokers mixed tobacco with marijuana to smoke). When smoking in blunts, the active ingredient contain in marijuana mixed with nicotine and other carcinogenic substances.

Marijuana plants have more than 400 chemicals; with 60 of them are cannabinoids, known as the chemicals that affect your brain with the main psychoactive chemical is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The amount of THC determines how potent its effects to your brain. As you smoke marijuana, THC affects your brain, creating an acute pain and anxiety feeling which disappear after few hours.

Numerous studies have shown that there are immense negative effects of smoking marijuana to your lungs. Marijuana smoke contains harmful carcinogens and can cause irritations to your lungs. In fact, it is 70% more carcinogenic than plain tobacco smoke and three times more tar than tobacco. Compared to tobacco smokers, marijuana smokers inhale the smoke deeply and holding their breath much longer and this can increase your lungs risk greatly exposed to toxic smoke.

Even you are not smoking marijuana regularly; it still can cause you to get unpleasant stinging sensation in your mouth and throat, which can lead to serious coughing.

Apart from possible addiction to marijuana, your lungs can get affected from chronic exposure to the smokes, where these harmful carcinogens affect the epithelial cells linings in your lungs, leading you to get lung cancer if not treated. Apart from cancer, a marijuana user also suffers from respiratory problems, just like tobacco smokers do such as severe coughing, increase phlegm production, recurrent chest illness, and increase risk of lung infections as well as blocking pathways in your lungs. To illustrate the severity of smoking marijuana affecting your lungs, recent study of 450 individuals shows that frequent marijuana smokers that are not tobacco smokers have more health related problems than nonsmokers.

With these negative health effects, would you still smoke marijuana?


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