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What happens if you inhale burning weed?

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Dr. Charlene McEvoy
Pulmonology 36 years experience
Do you mean cannabis: Cannabis smoke contains many of the same noxious particles found in tobacco smoke sometimes in larger quantities. Marijuana smoke irritates the airways and is associated with cough, sputum production, wheezing, and bronchitis, as well as shortness of breath, sore throat, exacerbation of asthma, and exacerbation of cystic fibrosis.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
IT HARMS YOUR HEALTH: Marijuana smoke contains 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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Last updated Jun 30, 2017

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