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What has more carcinogens: marijuana or tobacco?

What has more carcinogens: marijuana or tobacco?

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

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Carcinogen (Definition)

A carcinogen is any substance (including toxins, radiation) that causes cancer. Parenthetically, some carcinogens in other animals (eg rats/mice) may or may not ...Read more


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If marijuana has more carcinogens than cigarettes(as most doctors say) than why is it not definitively linked to cancer like tobacco is?

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 more

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Will smoking marijuana cause cancer/is it carcinogenic? If so, is it worse than smoking tobacco?

Will smoking marijuana cause cancer/is it carcinogenic? If so, is it worse than smoking tobacco?

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 more

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Is smoking marijuana less dangerous for you than smoking tobacco?

Is smoking marijuana less dangerous for you than smoking tobacco?

Both dangerous: Both are dangerous. Marijuana smoke has more carcinogens in it than regular cigarettes do, and people usually inhale and hold the smoke longer with it too. So exposure is very significant -- plus the unspecified additives and possible pesticides that no one really checks for. Alternatively, nicotine is highly addictive, and people usually smoke more regular cigarettes, more often. Neither is good. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana as bad for me as smoking tobacco?

Is smoking marijuana as bad for me as smoking tobacco?

Research is mixed: According to the national institute of drug abuse, marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogens than tobacco smoke. Also marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and hold smoke in their lungs longer. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana these can lead to more lung irritation and cancer. Other studies say mj is not linked to tobacco-related cancers (lung, colon, rectal, etc). ...Read more

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Does marijuana or tobacco do less damage to your lungs?

Does marijuana or tobacco do less damage to your lungs?

Depends: 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

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Does marijuana have more carcinogens than cigarettes?

Does marijuana have more carcinogens than cigarettes?

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

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Does smoke from marijuana vaporizers contain carcinogens?

Does smoke from marijuana vaporizers contain carcinogens?

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 more

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Will marijuana use, using a vaporizer (no smoke or combustion) affect pancreas, liver or kidney. I under tobacco smoke does, even marijuana smoke. But vaporizing eliminates all toxins. ?

Will marijuana use, using a vaporizer (no smoke or combustion) affect pancreas, liver or kidney. I under tobacco smoke does, even marijuana smoke. But vaporizing eliminates all toxins. ?

No.: Vaporizing merely eliminates smoke . A marijuana joint burns up to 2, 012 degrees fahrenheit (1.100 degree c) and in the process creates many harmful carcinogens. Smoke is the prime cause of lung cancer and other respiratory disorders but it doesn't eliminate all toxins. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever got lung cancer from smoking marijuana And never smoking tobacco? I cant find any documented cases no matter how hard i look

Marijuana contains: carcinogens, some in comparably higher levels than in cigarettes, so there is a theoretical risk. However, clinical studies have failed to demonstrate a clear association with lung cancer. ...Read more

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Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more


Ganja (Definition)

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