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MARIJUANA

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I have just finished posting the below article on Facebook, and believe it to be significantly important enough to re-post it here, in my blog, so that I can share it with more readers:

It is almost impossible to ignore the efforts people are taking in this country (U.S.) to legalize Marijuana so I have been giving that subject a lot of thought. While I am 100% in favor of legalizing anything – any medicine,any drug, any food – that will ease a persons pain and help them to live a more comfortable life, as an ex-smoker of tobacco I began to wonder if smoking marijuana might have similar effects on ones lungs – and it does:
“Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung. Research shows that smoking marijuana causes chronic bronchitis and marijuana smoke has been shown to injure the cell linings of the large airways, which could explain why smoking marijuana leads to symptoms such as chronic cough, phlegm production, wheeze and acute bronchitis.4,9

Smoking marijuana has also been linked to cases of air pockets in between both lungs and between the lungs and the chest wall, as well as large air bubbles in the lungs among young to middle-aged adults, mostly heavy smokers of marijuana. However, it’s not possible to establish whether these occur more frequently among marijuana smokers than the general population.4

Smoking marijuana can harm more than just the lungs and respiratory system – it can also affect the immune system and the body’s ability to fight disease, especially for those whose immune systems are already weakened from immunosuppressive drugs or diseases, such as HIV infection.4,9

Smoking marijuana hurts the lungs’ first line of defense against infection by killing cells that help remove dust and germs as well as causing more mucus to be formed. In addition, it also suppresses the immune system. These effects could lead to an increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections among marijuana smokers, although there is no clear evidence of such actual infections being more common among marijuana smokers.4,9 However, frequent marijuana-only smokers have more healthcare visits for respiratory conditions compared to nonsmokers.” Consequently, I sincerely believe that the smoking of Marijuana should be restricted just for the relief of real, true, honest-to-goodness, medical issues! If you smoke – or plan to start smoking – Marijuana, please read this entire article:http://www.lung.org/…/smoki…/marijuana-and-lung-health.html…

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