Whether one smokes medical marijuana or non-medical marijuana, each substance emits smoke. According to the American Lung Association, the association is concerned about the impact on health that marijuana use has – especially on lung health. The association cautions “against smoking marijuana because of the risks it poses to the lungs,” the website explains.
Very Well Mind’s website (https://www.verywellmind.com/the-health-effects-of-marijuana-67788) also describes a number of negative health effects that medical marijuana can have. It identifies issues such as distorted perception, problems with memory and learning, loss of coordination, trouble thinking and problem solving, increased heart rate, and more. These types of issues can be alarming for those who are looking to keep themselves in good health.
Another issue is carcinogens. In a Business Insider article, Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative stated,
“When you combust any plant, you’re creating significantly more carcinogens.”
Carcinogens are substances that are capable of causing cancer. Given the above, health-conscious individuals may want to consider whether medical marijuana or recreational marijuana is good for them and their long-term health goals.