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Doctor insights on: Smoking Marijuana Vs Smoking Tobacco

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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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Marijuana (Definition)

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

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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Will smoking marijuana once or twice a month make my fractured scaphoid take longer to heal? I eat healthy, i dont 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 dont 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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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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How does smoking tobacco increase the chances of cancer?

How does smoking tobacco increase the chances of cancer?

Greatly. Both: To the smoker and those inhaling the sidestream smoke. It has carcinogens. It causes >90% lung cancer, associated with h&n, pancreas, bladder cancer. Also destructive lung disease and heard and vascular disease. Epidemiologists claim smoking to age 35 will cause death in 50% of those exercising the freedom to smoke. ...Read more

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Can the dentist tell if I have been smoking tobacco (pipe)?

Can the dentist tell if I have been smoking tobacco (pipe)?

Oh, yes! : As could your gp, or any other doctor that looked into your throat. Smoking tans the membranes in your oral cavity with a characteristic appearance. No confusing a smokers mouth! ...Read more

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How risky is smoking tobacco in a pipe?

How risky is smoking tobacco in a pipe?

DANGEROUS!: Tobacco, even smoking tobacco in a pipe is a known carcinogen and can cause cancer. There may or may not be less of a risk compared to cigarettes. Why take that chance? I suggest that you stop using it altogether! better safe than sorry. Oral cancer in on the rise! ...Read more

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What're the pros and cons of smoking tobacco?

What're the pros and cons of smoking tobacco?

Health effects: Smoking causes a host of diseases including lung cancer, bladder cancer, heart disease, blood vessel disease and chronic lung disease. In addition it diminishes the sense of smell and makes your breath smell bad. It is a major cause of house fires as well. The only good thing is that you smokers pay a lot of taxes and provide employment to those in the tobacco industry. ...Read more

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Can smoking tobacco make you very tired?

Can smoking tobacco make you very tired?

Unlikely: You probably are tired to begin with and use smoking as a way to ward this off. Smoking of course is extremely dangerous and if you smoke when tired, you run the risk of falling asleep and setting your dwelling on fire. Another good reason to quite altogether. ...Read more

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Smoking tobacco hurts the alveoli, does weed also do this?

Smoking tobacco hurts the alveoli, does weed also do this?

It's worse: Cigarette manufacturers have been developing low tar and nicotine brands for more than 1/2 a century. By contrast, mj users want the most potent mj. Mj has tars just like tobacco. One mj cigarette is thought to be as bad for your lungs as a pack of low tar and nicotine filtered tobacco cigarettes. You're still inhaling the smoke from burning leaves, after all. ...Read more

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What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

If it is not: Tobacco, it depends upon what is being burned and what is inhaled. The hookah passes the substasnce through water, and could abstract aqueous soluble products, but not lipophilic ones. One needs to read the label of active ingredients. If you don't know; don't do it. ...Read more

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The difference between just plain cigarettes and smoking tobacco out of a pipe? Any at all?

The difference between just plain cigarettes and smoking tobacco out of a pipe?  Any at all?

Few things: Generally pipe smokers buy loose tobacco so there may be less hidden carcinogens unless you roll your own cigarettes. Pipe smokers may or may not inhale as deeply but can inhale deeper. In general, you ask for trouble with both. ...Read more

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Is there a good reason why well informed and highly educated people continue smoking tobacco?

Is there a good reason why well informed and highly educated people continue smoking tobacco?

Addiction: Addictions don't care about how smart the person is, what they know or even how well informed they are about the dangers of what they are doing to themselves. Do cancers or " the flu" not happen just because someone may know alot about it? Some can quit with knowledge but many can't. They have to want to quit then get the proper treatment to help them with their disease process. It can be done. ...Read more

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Ganja (Definition)

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