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Marijuana Carcinogens Vs Tobacco Carcinogens
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does smoking marijuana cause cancer? I had thyroid cancer and would like to know if related. No tobacco. Can. It. Cause throat cancer.
Has anyone ever got smoking related cancer(lung, throat, oral, etc) from marijuana smoking and no tobacco smoking? I cant find any documented cases
No smoking gun: In individual patients, it is hard to pinpoint which carcinogenic exposure (if any) caused their cancer. Carcinogens usually don't leave a telltale sign on the cancer cell itself. We must then rely on statistical inferences from studies of large groups of people. Though less well studied than tobacco, studies estimate the risk of lung cancer is 2x higher in pot smokers. Car crashes also go up ~4x. ...Read more
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