7 doctors weighed in:

I have had bronchitis for a week and i'm on meds. I smoke marijuana on occasion for my anxiety . Will it worsen my cold if i smoke?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Best avoid smoking

The effects of marijuana on the immune system are not fully known- smoking on occasion probably does not have a significant effect on immune function.
However, smoke is irritating to the lungs so i advise avoiding smoking when you have bronchitis. However, you can safely use marijuana for anxiety by using it orally as a tincture or in foods.

In brief: Best avoid smoking

The effects of marijuana on the immune system are not fully known- smoking on occasion probably does not have a significant effect on immune function.
However, smoke is irritating to the lungs so i advise avoiding smoking when you have bronchitis. However, you can safely use marijuana for anxiety by using it orally as a tincture or in foods.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
Thank
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bronchitis

Most certainly, due to the irritants in the smoke.

In brief: Bronchitis

Most certainly, due to the irritants in the smoke.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
Thank
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Worsens respiratory

Marijuan smoking, like any kind of smoking in which people inhale irritates the sensitive tissues of the lungs.
Irritation causes coughing which causes more irritation. Furthermore there are some studies suggesting it can stress your immune system. As far as anxiety goes, there are healthier and more legal ways to cope. See: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp.

In brief: Worsens respiratory

Marijuan smoking, like any kind of smoking in which people inhale irritates the sensitive tissues of the lungs.
Irritation causes coughing which causes more irritation. Furthermore there are some studies suggesting it can stress your immune system. As far as anxiety goes, there are healthier and more legal ways to cope. See: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Randy Baker
I fully agree there are healthier ways to cope (though not necessarily via pharmaceuticals) but medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Any smoke, (wood, tobacco, or marijuana, eg) will worsen bronchitis.

In brief: Yes

Any smoke, (wood, tobacco, or marijuana, eg) will worsen bronchitis.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors