Pulmonary Effects of Marijuana Inhalation

Megan L Howden; Matthew T Naughton

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Expert Rev Resp Med. 2011;5(1):87-92. 

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Five-year View

The use of marijuana has remained reasonably stable over recent years. The aim of the medical system should be to reduce marijuana smoking through increased education about the potential adverse effects. Harm minimization should be the aim, with constructive advice about methods to reduce the inhalation of toxic components in those patients unwilling to consider quitting. In particular, alternative methods of consumption or reduced depth and length of inhalation may reduce the potential for lung damage. While further studies would add to the weight of evidence about these adverse effects, the problems associated with obtaining accurate data will remain.

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