Marijuana Has No Nicotine So It Is Safe to Smoke
It is widely known that cigarette smoking is dangerous to one's health. In addition to nicotine, tobacco smoking causes more than 400 potentially harmful substances to pollute the lungs. With the know causes for lung cancer, low birth weight, emphysema, and heart disease, is there a legitimate concern on whether smoking medicinal marijuana may cause the same or worse issues?
The fact is marijuana does not contain nicotine which is good news. More info tells us that marijuana smoking sends four times the amount of tar to the lungs than a regular cigarette smoking. Smokers tend to smoke a lot more during any given day than marijuana smokers. Cigarettes packed tighter than joints so making an accurate comparison is challenging.
There are studies that suggest that marijuana smokers are more likely to end up with respiratory issues than non-smokers. This is actually common sense. But does marijuana cause more respiratory issues than tobacco smoke? This is not the fact and yet we are not sure yet. The truth is marijuana and tobacco smoke destroys the lining of the respiratory airways. The normal kinds of cells lining these airways have hair like projections which act to sweep the mucus toward the mouth. This is a very important role and smoking replaces these cells with once that are not able to sweep the mucus. So it needs to be coughed out. The chronic use of tobacco smoke damage enough and turn into cancer precursors. The cancerous precursor cells are also present in the bronchial lining of marijuana smokers too.
There is no definitive evidence that marijuana smoke leads to the development of cancer because of the smoke, but it can still be an important risk factor. Most of same cancer-causing compounds that exist in tobacco are the same as those in marijuana. People smoking in marijuana tend to inhale more deeply so potentially the lungs are more exposed to higher levels of these compounds.
In theory, marijuana has the same carcinogenic potential as tobacco smoking but in reality, it just has not been proven yet since 70% of marijuana users also smoke tobacco. So there no clear distinction on how to formulate whether or not the cause of the cancer is because of marijuana or because of smoking tobacco.
Since smoking marijuana has been shown to alleviate pain and suffering of many debilitating conditions, carcinogenic or not, the obvious choice is still to remove the pain at all costs. It may help with nausea and vomiting for cancer and HIV patients dramatically. And besides, smoking is not the only way to take in marijuana so smoking can also be avoided. You can mix if with food and at the same time vaporize it if you will.