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Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds
    #28062666 - 11/21/22 12:03 PM (7 days, 4 hours ago)

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/smoking-marijuana-harmful-lungs-smoking-cigarettes-study-finds/story?id=93283206

People who smoke marijuana were more likely to have certain types of lung damage than people who smoked cigarettes, according to a new study that reviewed lung scans of smokers. The researchers who led the study say their findings suggest smoking marijuana may be more harmful than people realize.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least one-fifth of Americans have tried marijuana at least once. With more states legalizing the drug, it has become the most commonly used drug that is still illegal at a federal level.

Some health effects, such as brain development issues, high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, have been studied. However, according to Dr. Albert Rizzo, lung doctor and chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, “We don’t know the long-term effects of marijuana as we do for the long-term effects of tobacco."

Researchers from Ottawa Hospital General in Canada compared approximately 150 lung scans from marijuana smokers, tobacco-only smokers and nonsmokers. The study found that rates of emphysema, airway inflammation and enlarged breast tissue were higher in marijuana than in tobacco smokers.

The scans showed that 75% of the marijuana smokers had emphysema. Slightly less than 70% of tobacco-only smokers had emphysema, while only 5% of nonsmokers had it.

“There are air sacs in your lungs that are getting bigger than they should. As they get bigger, they are less efficient than they should be for gas exchange,” Rizzo said. The condition is caused by long-term exposure to irritants such as smoke, leading to irreversible lung damage.

“Marijuana smokers had more emphysema, a disease that causes difficulty breathing, than heavy tobacco smokers and nonsmokers,” said Dr. Giselle Revah, study co-author and cardiothoracic radiologist.


“Marijuana smokers breathe in more deeply, and they hold their breath longer, before they exhale. You combine the irritating effect of longer exposure and deeper inhalation of these toxins," Rizzo said.

“Anything you inhale that could irritate the lungs would not be advisable, so I would recommend they stop,” Rizzo said. However, he recognizes that some users have medical necessity -- for those individuals, he recommends a discussion with your doctor, who may be able to convert you to another, safer form of the drug, such as an ingestible form.

“There is a public perception that marijuana is safe. This study signals that marijuana could be more harmful than people realize,” Revah said.

Alicia Zellmer, M.D., and Joy Liu, M.D., are resident physicians in Internal Medicine and members of the ABC News Medical Unit.


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: pablokabute]
    #28062858 - 11/21/22 04:51 PM (6 days, 23 hours ago)

Naaahhhh


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: TinManUnite] * 1
    #28063119 - 11/21/22 08:37 PM (6 days, 20 hours ago)

Key points here are this study was a retrospective of chest CT scans for 56 pot smokers, 57 non-smokers, and 33 tobacco smokers. That is an embarrassingly small representative sample.

The researchers simply state that lung irritants like smoke are harmful, and people who smoke cannabis are more likely to hold in smoke for a longer period of time than tobacco users.


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: Yukon Cornelius] * 1
    #28063133 - 11/21/22 08:44 PM (6 days, 20 hours ago)

If you have no satiety point, or don't make it humanely smooth, or don't allow yourself to recuperate between harsh breaths, it doesn't surprise me in the least that it would damage someone's lungs.

When I have it on hand, I use it in place of OTC's as a decongestant and anti-inflammatory, for instance, enhancing tricks to unclog your sinuses or loosen your neck. Compare to the grocery store sleep-aid with 10 or so syllables, that is not being stocked, right now.


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: TinManUnite]
    #28065545 - 11/23/22 12:15 PM (5 days, 4 hours ago)

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Naaahhhh




I wouldn't see why not, given the lack of filtration, all the facts referenced in the article, and tarry/heavy nature of cannabis smoke.

The caveat being most people don't smoke cannabis non-stop every waking hour of their lives.

It may not lead to lung cancer at the same rate as tobacco, but that doesn't mean it isn't harming your lungs.


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: pablokabute]
    #28069187 - 11/26/22 02:09 AM (2 days, 14 hours ago)

I still don't understand why more chronic users don't eat it instead. Easier to control. Lasts longer. Way cheaper, and avoids, well, smoking.


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Re: Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds [Re: superreggie]
    #28069345 - 11/26/22 04:08 AM (2 days, 12 hours ago)

I don't trust most of these studies. Big pharma always has a hand in the funding of these studies, and they have been largely discredited.

Eating it certainly is safer, but I've found it's a different experience, and my munchies become insatiable, literally. Still, I have some reclaimed oil that is going into edibles soon!


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