Study Shows Marijuana Smokers Exposed to Some of the Same Toxins in Tobacco Smoke

Marijuana smokers beware. You may be getting exposed to some of the same cancer-causing chemicals contained in tobacco smoke.

That comes from a new study published Monday in the journal EClinicalMedicine. It found elevated levels of the toxic compounds naphthalene, acrylamide, and acrylonitrile in people who only smoked marijuana. Those compounds have been linked to a number of ailments including cancer, liver disease, and neurological damage.

“Marijuana use is on the rise in the United States with a growing number of states legalizing it for medical and nonmedical purposes - including five additional states in the 2020 election," said senior author Dr. Dana Gabuzda, a principal investigator in cancer immunology and virology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, in a statement.

"The increase has renewed concerns about the potential health effects of marijuana smoke, which is known to contain some of the same toxic combustion products found in tobacco smoke.”

Read more at CNN.


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