In the US, the officials are trying to lower the number of people who smoke cigarettes. Paradoxically, the laws on marijuana are more and more permissive. According to a new study, the marijuana smoke can be even more dangerous that the smoke from regular cigarettes. This research showed that secondhand marijuana smoke has an impact on the arteries that is 3 times bigger than the one of regular cigarettes.
Is Marijuana Smoke Dangerous?
To conduct the study, the researchers tested both marijuana and cigarette smoke on mice. They observed that the secondhand smoke from tobacco expanded the arteries for half an hour until the body recovered. Meanwhile, secondhand marijuana smoke hindered the expanding of arteries for more than 90 minutes before the body recovered.
The researchers mentioned that most people think marijuana is safe because it is natural. Despite this fact, marijuana smoke still causes health problems, just like regular cigarettes do. What’s new is that even secondhand marijuana smoke has an impact on your health. While the health community focused on the secondhand cigarettes smoke, they were unaware about the effects of marijuana smoke.
Secondhand Smoke Damages Your Health Too
It is important to understand that secondhand smoke from any source has an impact on health. Even though the researchers were unable to show why secondhand marijuana smoke has this reaction on the body, it shows that it is better to avoid both marijuana and cigarettes smoke as much as possible.
The CDC mentioned that the cigarettes smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. From these, over 70 are known to cause cancer. Researchers mentioned that marijuana still needs to be tested before they can know for sure whether it is healthy, and if it doesn’t have any side-effects. Until we’ll have more information on this topic, it is better to avoid inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke if you want to avoid health problems.