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Does marijuana cause lung cancer?

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We don’t yet know if marijuana is linked to higher odds of getting lung cancer. But the process does irritate your lungs -- which is why regular pot smokers are more likely to have an ongoing cough and to have lung-related health problems like chest colds and lung infections.

From: How Pot Affects Your Mind and Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws in 2018 Map.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What is marijuana?” “How does marijuana work?” “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?”

American Cancer Society: “Marijuana and Cancer.”

National Academies Press: “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.”

Mayo Clinic: “Marijuana,” “Medical marijuana.”

Harm Reduction Journal : “Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws in 2018 Map.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What is marijuana?” “How does marijuana work?” “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?”

American Cancer Society: “Marijuana and Cancer.”

National Academies Press: “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.”

Mayo Clinic: “Marijuana,” “Medical marijuana.”

Harm Reduction Journal : “Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 13, 2019

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