Marijuana and Lung Health
Marijuana can be consumed in a variety of different ways and each method of consumption has a different affect on the body and the lungs. The most common way in which people use marijuana is by smoking it with bongs, pipes, blunts, joints as well as vaporizers. While it is becoming increasingly common to also consume weed through what are called “edibles” such as cookies, brownies, other baked goods or teas and other drinks that contain THC, this article focuses on the smoking of marijuana and how it relates to lung health.
While occasionally smoking marijuana may not have a significant impact on the health of you lungs it is still very important to remember that smoke, in whatever form whether its tobacco, marijuana or otherwise is going to contain many carcinogens and toxins that are bad for your lungs.
One of the main differences between smoking cigarettes and marijuana is that marijuana is typically smoked differently because it is inhaled more deeply and held in for longer than cigarette smoke. This can in turn lead to increased consumption of tar from smoking marijuana.
Smoking Marijuana and Your Lungs
Smoking marijuana on a frequent basis will clearly damage your lungs. This can lead to such symptoms as bronchitis, wheezing, shortness of breath, chronic coughing as well as damaging the lining of the large airways. According to Roland Lamarine, HSD, professor of public health at California State University, Chico. “Putting smoke in your lungs is not good for the lungs,”. He goes on to say that “There are still questions that aren’t answered about lung damage,”.
What Does this Mean for Medical Marijuana Use
Clearly there is still the need for further research to be able to fully understand the health effects, positive or negative of smoking marijuana. Like any other form of treatment, each person should weigh the pros and cons themselves as well as consult with a doctor about whether or not using marijuana for medical reasons if the right choice for them.
The Truth About Light Marijuana Use
One of the reasons why I started this site was to be a source of truthful and fact based information about using weed, whether that information was good or bad instead of being biased to one side. Which is why I am also including a segment in this article about how smoking weed has no negative effect in lung health. What’s that you ask? Well OK, let me clarify. According to research done at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia “Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,”. So basically what this means is that if you truly only do smoke pot on an occasional basis, one joint every 18.25 days or less on a non leap year to be precise, the negative side effects are nonexistent.
Smoke of any kind is obviously not going to be healthy for the lungs and chronic smoking of large amounts of marijuana can lead to negative health effects. There is the need for more empirical scientific research to be done to establish a factual basis from which an educated decision can be made. Ultimately each individual persons life and health is their own responsibility and what they choose to do is is their own right. It’s just that its always better to be fully informed about the pros and cons and make that decision from a well informed and factual basis rather instead of misinformation.