Not all smoke is equal.Recent large studies have shown that, instead
of reducing forced expiratory volume in 1 s and forced vital capacity
(FVC), marijuana smoking is associated with increased FVC. The cause of this is
unclear, but acute bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis may
be relevant. Breathing smoldering plastic is not the same as
inhaling eucalyptus oil vapors, both are gases and particulate mixtures, but
very different results on the lungs and body. Science!
The link between marijuana and psychosis is established in my view and makes me
hesitate to legalize. CBD can be extracted from marijuana, and I would like
other chemicals extracted studied for health benefits. But ingesting or inhaling
a wild mix of herbal chemicals is not medicine, not in the sense of what we
expect from pharmaceutical-grade compounds.
Why smoke anything? Your lungs are a gift to be protected. The air we breathe is
hard enough on them.
When you think of it, igniting plant material and inhaling the products of
combustion sounds, on the surface, like a terrible idea. Regardless of the
plant. Pot, however, makes for some dandy snacks.