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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
NO: Marijuana smoke has bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing & ^ in sputum production.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Why does smoking weed cause you to cough but smoking cigarettes doesnt?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Particulates: Male asks why cigarettes do not arouse cough like "weed". Most cigarettes have filters that remove tars and particulates. Cannabis is smoked directly & is ladened with particulates which must be removed by the pulmonary toilet, which is the body's mechanism for helping the lungs clean. Cough is the engine that runs the pulmonary toilet.
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