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Doctor insights on: Marijuana Carcinogens Vs Tobacco Carcinogens

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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

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 marijuana safer than tobacco smoke?

Is marijuana safer than tobacco smoke?

Depends: Any form of smoking may produce benzene derivatives, which are cacerogens. However, there are studies which estimate that cannabis smokers have less incidence of lung cancer than both cigarette smokers and non-smokers. My advice would be not to smoke, period. If you use cannabis as a legal treatment, there are other formulations available besides smoking; sativex, marinol, etc. ...Read more

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How do marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco effect the reproductive health?

How do marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco effect the reproductive health?

No surprise: Are you surprised if I say they all affect reproductive health in a bad way. Mild or even moderate alcohol use may have a negligible effect, but tobacco and marijuana are definitely harmful: the more you use, the worse the problem. ...Read more

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Is it true that smoking marijuana affects erections the same way smoking tobacco does?

Is it true that smoking marijuana affects erections the same way smoking tobacco does?

Yes: Marijuana and low testosterone: the two go hand in hand. Yes, marijuana is a "herb". Yes, marijuana is a "natural plant". However, none of that is going to change the fact that marijuana is a one way ticket to low testosterone, erectile dysfunction and fertility problems. The political debate regarding marijuana may be interesting, but the research shows it to be debilitating and harmful. ...Read more

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Why do some doctors say marijuana can cause cancer while other doctors say no it cant? Cant we get a definitive yes or no like we did with tobacco?

Why do some doctors say marijuana can cause cancer while other doctors say no it cant? Cant we get a definitive yes or no like we did with tobacco?

No: There is no evidence that marijuana causes cancer but there is also insufficient research on marijuana - primarily due to it still being classified by the U.S. Govt as Schedule 1 which limits research on it. Therefore, those who say it does cause cancer are not basing it on any research whatsoever but there haven't been long-term trials or registeries to entirely refute that either. ...Read more

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I have severe asthma, and I was wondering if being near tobacco/marijuana smoke could’ve taken me from a cold to bronchitis. Kids on my floor smoke.?

I have severe asthma, and I was wondering if being near tobacco/marijuana smoke could’ve taken me from a cold to bronchitis. Kids on my floor smoke.?

Asthma Exacerbation: You need an immediate in person exam to rule out asthma exacerbation. Studies show that patients managed with only a rescue inhaler can develop exacerbations related to allergens or seasonal allergies. If wheezing is detected on exam, steroids and nebulizer treatment can help you achieve comfort. Antibiotic coverage if indicated based on exam to cover upper respiratory infection, and full eval ...Read more

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Is marijuana and ecstasy less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco?

Is marijuana and ecstasy less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco?

Different dangers: Too little is known about ecstasy for anybody to say. Right or wrong, marijuana is illegal and poses dangers to you, from job loss to making it impossible for you to get an organ transplant to cure your alcoholic liver disease. That alcohol ruins the lives of abusers & their families is obvious, and tobacco is the great avoidable life-shortener of the world. How about "none of the above" for you? ...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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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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Would occasional marijuana use cause health problems just like tobacco would?

Would occasional marijuana use cause health problems just like tobacco would?

Much safer but...: Tobacco use dramatically increases risk of many cancers, heart disease, strokes & chronic lung disease. Marijuana hasn't been proven to increase risk of these (except regular use can increase lung disease) & in general is far safer than tobacco. However, regular use before age 18 is associated with long-term lowered IQ so I advise extreme caution re: use in adolescence. See http://bit. Ly/STxBwe ...Read more

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Is smoking organic marijuana as dangerous as smoking tobacco on the pancreas? Vapor a better choice?

Is smoking organic marijuana as dangerous as smoking tobacco on the pancreas? Vapor a better choice?

Why pancreas concern: I'd worry much more about my lungs, heart and brain if I was smoking anything because these are what are likely to go first and kill or impair you than your pancreas not working well will. And no, vapor is not a better choice. ...Read more

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Is a small dose of Methamphetamine safe (its clean) I've quit opiates tobacco, marijuana, benzo 11 days. Meth I'm taking 1 small dose in the morning.

NO: Not safe! You think it's clean, but unless it was manufactured in a commercial pharmacy with government oversight (or you made it yourself), you don't really know what you're getting. ...Read more

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I was a heavy smoker for 3 years or so. Mixing tobacco with marijuana. Have recently quit but spit up a lot of tar. Is this a good sign or bad one?

I was a heavy smoker for 3 years or so. Mixing tobacco with marijuana. Have recently quit but spit up a lot of tar. Is this a good sign or bad one?

Tar: cleaning out: It is a good sign. It is often difficult for actively smoking humans to clean up or clear out their lungs. It surprises some that in the early months after quitting smoking they cough more and often have more productive junk when they cough. But, as your lungs clear out this tar and other waste products you will get to a healthier ability to breath and the lungs can begin to heal. ...Read more

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How possible is it to have oral cancer at age 24? I don't do dip or tobacco barely drink I do smoke marijuana although I stopped a month ago.

How possible is it to have oral cancer at age 24? I don't do dip or tobacco barely drink I do smoke marijuana although I stopped a month ago.

Oral cancer: Yes, it's possible.
If you have a new sore or rough area that does not heal within 7-10 days it needs to be examined by your dentist or an oral surgeon.
In any case, if you are concerned about any area in your mouth, have it examined by your dentist. ...Read more

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On steroids and antibiotics for asthma. Smoked two hits of MJ earlier, and tightened me up. Does marijuana smoke constrict airways like tobacco?

Yes it does: Long‐term use of cannabis is known to cause chronic bronchitis and airflow obstruction. Remember polluted air has adverse on pulmonary function. No matter what you smoke it's not clean air. Instead of steroids learn causes of asthma and treat them. Please visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com to learn how to treat the cause ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana once or twice a month make my fractured scaphoid take longer to heal? I eat healthy, I don't smoke tobacco, im an athlete so fit

Will smoking marijuana once or twice a month make my fractured scaphoid take longer to heal? I eat healthy, I don't smoke tobacco, im an athlete so fit

May be not: Weed is not likely to delay bone healing but over time it will progressively mess up your head. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...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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I have to take a blood test for health insurance because im marked as a tobacco user when im not. I do smoke marijuana almost everyday. I have to take the test so they can remove tobacco use. Will thc show up in the test? I'm just nervous because the test

ToSmokeOrNotToSmoke: The chances of testing positive for THC, even after a break in use, are much higher (about a week) if you're a regular user as opposed to someone who smoked a few times in the past few days (2-3 days)in BLOOD. In urine, THC metabolites stick around much longer (up to 100 days depending on smoking habits)so make sure you're getting a blood test. I f not, maybe a bad flu is coming on that'll last 100 days? ...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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Smoking tobacco is major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What about vaping marijuana (not tobacco e-cigs), smoking it or edibles have same risk?

Smoking tobacco is major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What about vaping marijuana (not tobacco e-cigs), smoking it or edibles have same risk?

Probably okay: Nobody has shown these to risky for pancreatic cancer. Any use of nicotine is extremely dangerous as it is horribly addictive. Cannabis may make you goofy but that is your choice. Be aware of the law, whether or not it seems wise. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever got smoking related cancer (lung, throat, oral, etc) from marijuana smoking and no tobacco smoking? I cant find any documented cases

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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