galaxy lungs2Common sense would suggest that smoking any combustion based product is typically bad for your health, so in that respect, smoking marijuana should be just as bad smoking tobacco cigarettes, right? Wrong. According to recently published data from the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, no negative changes in lung health were associated with inhaling one marijuana cigarette a day, for over a 20 year time period. After conducting one of the largest cross sectional analysis studies of its kind for cannabis users aged 18-49, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta concluded that those that inhaled combusted marijuana only correlated to FEV1(forced expiratory volume) decreases or issues with small airway diseases, and not with negative spirometry changes, as previously thought. What this means in case your scientific terminology isn't up to date, is that marijuana, unlike tobacco cigarettes and their well established negative effects on the lungs, does not have the same consequences to your physical body. Adding to this claim backed by data, researchers also concluded that exposure to marijuana smoke could be" associated with some protective lung effects among long term smokers of tobacco,"(Norml). Now, before you go stocking up on rolling papers and blunt wraps, its good to point out that people that used vaporizers during research, experienced even fewer problems with their lungs, compared to those that used combustion based products, so vaporizing your marijuana is still your best bet for your health. Although bronchitis like coughing, shortness of breath, and sore throat all increased with users who inhaled marijuana during the study; when compared to cigarettes, the effects were minimal. "In a large representative sample of U.S. adults, ongoing use of marijuana is associated with increased respiratory symptoms of bronchitis without a significant functional abnormality in spirometry, and cumulative marijuana use under 20 joint-years is not associated with significant effects on lung function," according to the study's author. "The pattern of marijuana's effects seems to be distinctly different when compared to that of tobacco use." What makes this study about marijuana use so interesting, is not only the fact that it shows explicit data supporting the claim that marijuana smoke isn't as deadly as tobacco smoke, but that it can be also be used as a treatment for medical conditions, even some associated from smoking cigarettes.
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