Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 8, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    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.


  • Zzzptm Dallas, TX
    April 7, 2019 4:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2019 3:13 p.m.

    Why smoke anything? Your lungs are a gift to be protected. The air we breathe is hard enough on them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2019 11:02 a.m.

    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.