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Does the way you smoke marijuana cause more harm to the lungs?

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You usually inhale marijuana smoke deeply and hold it in, which gives the toxins more contact with your lung tissue and more chance to stick there.

And you generally a smoke a joint all the way to the end. Tar, the sticky stuff left after burning, has high levels of harmful substances, and it’s concentrated at the end of a joint.

SOURCES:

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Marijuana."

American Cancer Society: "Small Cell Lung Cancer Risk Factors."

University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute: “Learn About Marijuana.”

Chest : “Cannabis Smoking in 2015.”

NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine : “Effect of cannabis smoking on lung function and respiratory symptoms: a structured literature review.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 28, 2017

SOURCES:

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Marijuana."

American Cancer Society: "Small Cell Lung Cancer Risk Factors."

University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute: “Learn About Marijuana.”

Chest : “Cannabis Smoking in 2015.”

NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine : “Effect of cannabis smoking on lung function and respiratory symptoms: a structured literature review.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 28, 2017

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