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Could about six months of smoking weed cause emphysema?

Could about six months of smoking weed cause emphysema?

Not likely: Patients who develop COPD smoked for a long time or they were around people that are very heavy smokers. There are a few genetic disorders that cause people to develop COPD without much smoking, but a few months of marijuana should not cause copd. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Could smoking weed lead to emphysema?

Could smoking weed lead to emphysema?

Theoretically poss.: Any type of noxious stimuli can cause COPD if used long enough and you have a genetic predisopsition. One inhales deeper and may hold breath longer than usual. So in theory possible. Just like anything avoid the use of chemicals and stay healthy. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed give you emphysema?

Can smoking weed give you emphysema?

Unlikely: Chronic bronchitis has been described in habitual cannabis smokers, but since the volume of smoke daily is usually much smaller than that of cigarette smokers, emphysema is unlikely. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can smoking weed lead to emphysema?

Help plz! Can smoking weed lead to emphysema?

Very unlikely: VERY VERY heavy users of very potent marijuana (like ganja smokers in Jamaica who may smoke a half-ounce or more per day!!) can get bronchitis and emphysema, but it's hard to say because most of them also smoke cigarettes. Studies of long-term "social" smokers have not shown any changes in pulmonary function studies. Smoking is not the only cause of emphysema- alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

The smoke itself: Inhaling particles in the smoke itself may contribute to COPD exacerbations and will probably irritate your lungs just like tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed help people with copd?

Does smoking weed help people with copd?

No: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Smoking cigarettes causes copd, and cigarette smokers who also smoke marijuana make their COPD even worse. Researchers are still uncertain how much COPD is caused by marijuana-smoking if the smokers never smoke cigarettes (maybe there aren't enough "marijuana-only" smokers to do research on). ...Read more

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Can smoking cause emphysema from 3 pack years smoking at 23 years old?

Smoking: Long enough can cause emphysema. It has to be noted that not all smokers will develop emphysema but when it does happen it can be devastating. Not all smokers will develop lung cancer but when it does, cure is not readily available. So just think about that. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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