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Is " smoking " marijuana with a vaporizer bad at all for your lungs? i have had a series of spontaneous pnuemothorax and have had vats done of both lungs. i have never smoked anything before but have really bad anxiety and insomnia and have tried everythi

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. David Weingarten answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

There is no definite answer to this. Certainly inhaling any foreign substance has the possibility of causing lung irritation. Smoking it is definitely worse because of the tar and smoke associated with it. Vaporizing it is another question. I would think that not as much smoke is created this way, but doesn't it have to be burnt to release the thc? There are better ways of treating anxiety. Maybe you should check with your doctor about this.

Answered Nov 6, 2020


Dr. Loki Skylizard answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important. Smokers have increased numbers of inflammatory cells. Studies in patients show degree of inflammation correlates with the extent of emphysematouslike changes (elcs).

Answered Oct 4, 2016


Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Bilateral pneumothorax is associated with an odd condition called eosinophilic granuloma, histiocytosis x or leterer-siwie disease. Seek information from an internist. Curious as to why you asked about hookah/bong-like marijuana devices if you have never smoked.

Answered Oct 29, 2014



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