Marijuana is worse than Cigarettes

Friday, February 6, 2009

Marijuana users suffering from the lungs more than regular smokers, researchers reported in a recent study. In fact, marijuana can cause more lung damage than 2.5 to five cigarettes. The researchers said that cannabis, the plant source of marijuana, was associated with a dose-related impairment of the large airways, causing airflow obstruction and hyperinflation. But unlike cigarette smoking, cannabis was rarely associated with macroscopic emphysema.Marijuana and Cigarettes

Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug worldwide. Long-term use of marijuana is known to cause chronic bronchitis and airflow obstruction, but the prevalence of macroscopic emphysema, the dose-response, and the dose equivalence of cannabis with tobacco had not been determined yet. In a study were investigated 339 adults, ages 18 to 70. They were recruited from the Wellington region and putted into four groups: cannabis only (75 people), tobacco only (92 people), combined cannabis and tobacco (91), and non-smokers of either substance (81).

At the end of this investigation was found the relationship between cannabis and reduced forced expiratory volume (FEV1), and increased lung capacity. For measures of airflow obstruction, one cannabis joint had a similar effect to 2.5 to five cigarettes, the researchers reported. Cannabis smoking was also associated with decreased lung density on high-resolution CT scans.

Wheezing was linked to both cannabis (OR 1.3) and tobacco smoking (OR 1.4), with no evidence of an interaction. Chest tightness was associated with cannabis (OR 1.4) but not with tobacco smoking (OR 1.1). Cough was associated with both cannabis (OR 1.5) and tobacco (1.9). Chronic bronchitis was likelier with cannabis than with tobacco use (OR 2.0 versus 1.6). On the other hand, macroscopic emphysema was seen in only those who smoked tobacco, either alone or in combination with cannabis.
This suggests that cannabis does not cause emphysema when smoked in sufficient quantities to cause airflow obstruction, hyperinflation, and chronic bronchitis, the researchers said.

Furthermore, the investigators said, cannabis smokers inhale more deeply, hold their breath longer, and this way lungs are very easy attacks by smoke.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

BULLSHYT

Anonymous said...

BULLSHI-ZITE

Anonymous said...

haha..i still think that weed is better for you than ciggs...but both are good.

Anonymous said...

What a lie i cant believe this shit marijuana has not killed one person ever tobacco kills 5 million people ever year bet this article is funded by the tobacco companies

Anonymous said...

What a lie i cant believe this shit marijuana has not killed one person ever tobacco kills 5 million people ever year bet this article is funded by the tobacco companies

upload562 said...

yey but it only takes 1 joint to get you fucked up and takes a pack of cigs to feel better

Anonymous said...

cigarettes are worses then weed! y would they give weed to people with cancer if its worse for u!!!! there are more medical uses in weed then cigs!! cigs give cancer!!!

Anonymous said...

My comment is not influenced by any side since I am not a smoker. This idiotic post represents a statement under a one person's opinion on how a person smokes. This post states a routine on how people smoke based on what this person seen or claims to have seen. Both Cigarettes and Cannabis are just as likely to to be inhaled at the same rate. Furthermore, Cannabis contains a widely known chemical called THC which opens up your lungs making it safer to breathe due to a more spaced lung. Cigarette chemicals condense bronchioles making it easier for the toxic filled smoke to burn aveoli.

Anonymous said...

i don't care what anybody says, i've smoked both before and i know that marijuana is not in any way shape or form better than cigarette.marijuana impairs judgement any time, while cigarettes don't.

Anonymous said...

do y'all think the world is stupid for not legalizin' marijuana? Those who smoke it try to defend it blindly to negate the important fact it impairs sense of judgement. Bring two people who've never smoked anythin' befor, let one smoke marijuana and the other smoke cigarette both of equal amount, it would shock you that the one that smoked marijuana wouldn't be able to jump a gutter while the cigarette man would.So, let's stop deceivin' the world about which is better.

Anonymous said...

You're all retarted. Inhaling any smoke into your lungs will increase your risks of lung failure or an early death. To actually argue the fact of what is worse for your lungs, tobacco or pot is like saying what is worse getting stabbed to death by a butcher knife or a steak knife. Both of them will kill you.

Anonymous said...

this is bullshit weed don't kill u
lucy's kill u faster then weed? but i like both!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Umm this is scientific studies so how can it be not true

Anonymous said...

Not to mention they said "researchers" but never quoted where they got their information. There is no evidence in this thesis to prove anything they wrote.

Anonymous said...

well how ii see it weed is way better for you than cigz...whoever feels this way about weed and thinks its harmful must not have had a good blunt ....also if the weed is so bad for you why more and more doctors keep prescribing it to many patients ..... leave weed alone it never did anything bad or drastic to anyone ...

Jonathan said...

U mad marijuana Fags?

Anonymous said...

All of yall who are criticising this post are probally all pot heads and want marajuana leagal. This stuff on here is for real. i agree that smoking cigerettes are bad but marajauna is a lot worse.

Anonymous said...

All of yall who are criticising this post are probally all pot heads and want marajuana leagal. This stuff on here is for real. i agree that smoking cigerettes are bad but marajauna is a lot worse.

Anonymous said...

All of yall who are criticising this post are probally all pot heads and want marajuana leagal. This stuff on here is for real. i agree that smoking cigerettes are bad but marajauna is a lot worse.

Anonymous said...

They are both plants so can someone just give me an explanation as to why one is worse to smoke than the other? Is it additives, or frequency of smoking? This article was worthless.

Anonymous said...

Good friend of mine about 60 years old never smoked cigarettes in his life but smoked pot a few times a week for 30 years has throat cancer.

Anonymous said...

you're fucking dumb, go read a book because this is bull shit. i can't believe that people actually believe this, you misled asshole.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't think marijuana is bad at all but from looking at all of the comments after reading the article, most of the people who disagree that marijuana is worse than cigs has really bad spelling problems or grammar problems. Maybe it's from smoking too much weed? Thanks for reinforcing that smoking weed is worst than cigs lol.

Anonymous said...

It's all about numbers. Maybe a joint is 2.5-5 times worse for you than a cigarette. But this would mean that, in order to carry the same health risk as the average 30 cigarette a day smoker, you would need to smoke 6-12 joints per day. Even the most dedicated stoner would struggle to do this day after day after day. Yet, some people smoke MUCH more than 30 cigarettes per day! Indeed, the real issue here is addictiveness. Cigarettes are EXTREMELY addictive. And this tends to push cigarette consumption to levels which are MUCH more unhealthful than the typical level at which people tend to smoke marijuana

smokey666666 said...

are u serious?give me a break weed has never and i mean never caused a death.cigs kill millions every year.the only way garbage like this keeps circulating is from close minded idiots that believe everything they are told.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! This has to be backed by big tobacco companies

Anonymous said...

Ciggaretes effect more people because they are easily accessed and they are smoked more often. The reason they use wee in medical situations is because it relieves pain but that doesn't mean it's good for you

Anonymous said...

Use your brain.

Cigarettes are documented to be more harmful as far as the "smoke's damage to the lung" is concerned simple because people smoke more cigarettes than they do blunts, when they smoke.

Problematic smokers smoke an ENTIRE pack a day. Problematic pot heads, smoke maybe 1-2 full blunts a day. So, therefore the effects of the cigarette smoke is consolidated.

Use your brains before making comments.

Anonymous said...

Most people I know that smoke, smoke small amounts with water pipes. hmm.

Anonymous said...

Marijuana is more than twice as dangerous to your health. You have to add the mental/social problems it creates. Dont' do either. But certainly, demonizing cigarettes is a way to try to hide the fact you are addicted to pot and you want to hide that fact.

Anonymous said...

All these posts are just fucking stupid. Are any of you researchers? Scientists perhaps? No, so don't be calling this a lie when you know nothing. People abuse cigarretes more than anyone smokes weed in one day. Maybe thats why it kills over 5 million people mr. Scientist? Real smokers smoke. About 1-2 packs a day even more. When most marijuana users on average smoke probably a bowl-3 bowls a day. And that's not counting everyday. Also depends on how much they load into a "bowl". Most people dont have the money to smoke marijuana everyday like most people do w/ cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

Lol it is reversed what a crock