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Is Marijuana Bad For You Aside From The Tar And Carcinogens In Smoke
YES: Using marijuana distorts perceptions, impairs coordination, causes difficulty with thinking & problem solving, plus problems with learning/memory. In chronic users, marijuana's adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. So, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Numerous studies have shown that marijuana smoke contains carcinogens, and irritates the lungs. Marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do -- increasing lungs' exposure to carcinogenic smoke. Also there's dysregulation in pot smokers' lung epithelial cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A recent study by the british lung foundation found that just three cannabis joints a day cause the same damage as 20 cigarettes, and when cannabis and tobacco are smoked together, the effects are dramatically worse. They report that the tar from cannabis cigarettes contains 50% more cancer causing carcinogens than tobacco. ...Read more
Tobacco: It has been intensely studied, but the lack of studies does not mean there is no risk to inhaling weed, the risk is just less well known and less well proven. The demonizing of marijuana as an 'entry drug' may be true in those susceptible, but it also has led to difficulties studying its effects, . ...Read more
If marijuana has more carcinogens than cigarettes(as most doctors say) than why is it not definitively linked to cancer like tobacco is?
Says who?: We know less than we wish we did about cannabis, and we're simply not seeing cancer wards full of stoners despite the drug having been part of life in the US for decades. Much of the scare stuff we've been told during these decades is politics. Forgive me -- anybody who claims that "most doctors say" the stuff has "more carcinogens than tobacco" is simply lying to you for their own reasons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably Worse: A recent study by the british lung foundation found that just three cannabis joints a day cause the same damage as 20 cigarettes, and when cannabis and tobacco are smoked together, the effects are dramatically worse. They report that the tar from cannabis cigarettes contains 50% more cancer causing carcinogens than tobacco. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially: Unfiltered smoke contains chemicals that can promote the development of cancer, regardless of whether it is tobacco or marijuana. Putting a number on that risk is difficult because it depends what kinds of paper are used, and what additives are included when rolling these. This is just another reason to never use tobacco or marijuana. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You've probably heard the standard warnings about addiction, marijuana being a gateway drug, what smoking does to your lungs, what marijuana does to your memory etc. Please see: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana I hope this helps. Take good care of your health. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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