Is smoking joints, pipes, or bongs bad for my health?

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The smoke arising from combustion of plant material, from any source, contains lots of toxins and carcinogens. Smoking tobacco cigarettes, smoking cannabis, or sitting near a wood-fueled campfire will all lead to exposure to these substances, resulting in compromised cardiovascular function and other negative health outcomes. A review of the literature on the health effects of smoking cannabis suggests that cannabis smoke exposure is associated with negative cardiovascular effects and lung function abnormalities, but that the pattern of abnormalities is clearly different from those associated with tobacco smoke exposure.
That said, we do not recommend smoking cannabis, regardless of the delivery method. Instead, consider using a “vaporizer.” Vaping is the heating of cannabis without burning. The heat releases the active ingredients into a vapor that is then released into the air in a fine mist created by a vaporizer device. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created. Vaporizer products vary in size and functionality.
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Is Vaping Safe?

According to two recent survey studies, people who vape cannabis perceive it to have health benefits and find it to be safer and less harmful to their health than smoking, Furthermore, cannabis vaporizers are specifically designed for inhalation without harmful smoke toxins.

But what do researchers say? Does vaporizing reduce ingestion of potentially harmful toxins like tar, ammonia, and carcinogens found in cannabis smoke? While there is very little research on cannabis vaporizing, studies over the years have shown that vaporizing does produce fewer carcinogenic compounds than smoking marijuana because it is heated but not combusted. Although cannabis smoke is less toxic than cigarette smoke, inhalation of any combustion product is less than desirable. Any type of smoke still contains gases and particulates that can create lung irritation and respiratory problems. In fact, over 100 toxins and compounds are released when cannabis is burned.

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