We have heard of many pros and cons about marijuana, including mind-altering, leading to other drugs, etc. However, I have not heard or read anything concerning cancer or dangers from secondhand marijuana smoke. Does this weed have the same effect as tobacco?
Even though we've never inhaled (or at least we can't remember if we did), we've wondered the same thing, G. So we went to the best source we could think of on this topic — the National Cancer Institute — to get an answer.
The answer we found on the institute's website is not totally clear-cut. Some studies have shown potential links between marijuana and cancer, while others have not. Here are a few of the studies cited by the institute:
Clearly, G, while there doesn't appear to be a strong link to cancer related solely to marijuana use, you're asking for trouble if you smoke cigarettes and pot. Then again, you're asking for trouble if you smoke only cigarettes.
There is a flip side to the health effects of marijuana: The institute also notes that marijuana is recommended by some physicians for cancer patients to help alleviate nausea and pain, stimulate appetite and improve sleep.
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