Despite the controversy surrounded marijuana, medical experts suggest that smoking marijuana is less hazardous to public health than cigarettes.
Marijuana is not being approved by FDA however, has some notable advantages.
National health data shows that cigarette smoking has many dangerous chemicals, 43 carcinogens aiding addiction and cancer. In addition to it, cigarette contains formaldehyde a highly toxic chemical which has a long-term effect in our body.
Cigarette Vs. Marijuana
It's not a matter of surprise that cigarette smoking is responsible for the death of nearly 480,000 American every year as per a report of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lung cancer, heart disease, and many other health hazards are associated with smoking cigarette. Reportedly, the annual death rate brought on by cigarettes represents more fatality than the combined death of World War I and World War II.
In contrary, marijuana continues to gain legal status in states all across the nation for some medical importance. The cannabinoids in cannabis have some protective, anti-tumor effects in lung, breast, prostate, skin and many other forms of the disease.
Some Facts about Cigarette Smoking
- Smoking cigarette causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States every year.
- Contains over 4,800 chemicals; 69 of them are known to cause cancer.
- Each day around 4000 teens in the U.S. smoke cigarette for the first time whereas 1,000 starts on a daily basis.
- The average smoker spends $1,500 to $3,300 every year.
- It costs $333 billion per year as health-care expenses.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
- Around 15 billion cigarettes are smoked every day across the globe.
Some Facts about Marijuana
- Can be brewed as a tea, mixed in food or smoked through a water pipe.
- Is the third of the top five substances which is used for drug treatment facilities in the U.S.
- May cause damage to lungs, heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis, coughing and sneezing.
- The chances of heart attack increase up to fivefold in the first hour of smoking marijuana.
- There is little evidence for an increased risk of lung cancer for long-term cannabis smokers.
- The simple truth is that burning plant matter produces a lot of harmful chemicals regardless of which plant it is.
- At least 50 carcinogens present in tobacco smoke are also present in marijuana smoke.
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
1. Slows and Stops Cancer Cells from Spreading
Some studies have proved that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1.
Researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported that CBD prevents cancer cells from spreading.
2. Treats Glaucoma
Weed is often used to treat glaucoma. National Eye Institute reports that marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye hence prevents the eye from injuries and permanent loss of vision.
3. Prevent Alzheimers
The active ingredient present in marijuana called THC slows down the progress of Alzheimer's disease.
THC slows down the formation of amyloid plaques blocking the enzymes that make them. Amyloid plaques kill the brain cells leading to the disease.
4. Controls Epileptic Seizure
As per a study in 2003 marijuana use can control epileptic seizure. The experiment was performed in epileptic rats and the drug stopped the seizures in about 10 hours.
To some extent, THC also controls seizures by binding the brain cells responsible for controlling excitation and regulate relaxation.
5. Aids Parkinson's Disease
Recent studies from Israel indicated that smoking marijuana remarkably reduces pains and tremors for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease.
5. Helps With Crohn's Disease
Cannabis is very effective curing Crohn's disease. It is an inflammatory bowel disorder causing pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Smoking cannabis reduced Crohn's disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients involved in the study.
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