We inhale weed deeper than cigarettes and hold it in longer, but smoking tobacco can cause cancer while smoking marijuana can help prevent it. How is this possible?
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, a global 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco. In honor of this anti-cig celebration we explain how the world’s most potent plant stacks up against tobacco.
Cigarettes Damage the Lungs
The smoke from cigarettes cause damaged cells in your lungs to multiply, this can lead to the development of tumors. The THC and CBD in marijuana has a therapeutic effect.
Tobacco Causes Tumors to Grow
Smoking weed puts 10 times the amount of tar in your lungs than cigarettes. That tar that gets absorbed into the lungs can cause cells to die prematurely.
Tumors begin to form when damaged cells are multiplied. Tobacco causes these damaged cells to multiply at a quicker rate, while THC and CBD offer a cascade of protective medicines.
THC and CBD: Anti-Inflammatory
Inhaling hot smoke causes inflammation of the respiratory system which damages cells. THC serves an an anti-inflammatory while tobacco exacerbates the damage.
Alternative Consumption Methods
The World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day back in 1987 as a way to encourage 24 hours of global tobacco cessation.
Over the past 20 years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
While medical professionals don’t recommend those with cancer smoke, there are other ways to receive the therapeutic benefits of the potent plant like tinctures, edibles, and CBD oils.
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