The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Comparing cannabis vs cigarettes on the lungs

    Professor Richard Beasley from the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand has studied the effects of marijuana on the lungs.

    For chronic users, smoking just 1 joint is as bad for the lungs as 2.5 to 5 cigarettes.

    First, the details.

    • Adults were recruited into 4 smoking groups.
    • Cannabis only
    • Tobacco only
    • Combined cannabis and tobacco
    • Non-smokers of either substance
    • Their respiratory status was assessed using high-resolution CT scanning, pulmonary function tests, and a respiratory and smoking questionnaire.

    And, the results taken from the Medscape review

    • Cannabis smoking was associated with an increased risk of wheeze, chest tightness, and cough.
    • Cannabis smokers had twice the risk of chronic bronchitis.
    • They had a 70% increased risk of asthma diagnosed after age 16 years.

    The bottom line?
    “Long-term cannabis smoking increases the risk of lung damage, causing both asthma and chronic bronchitis,” Dr. Beasley said.

    Smoking 1 cannabis joint causes as much damage to the lung as 2.5 to 5 tobacco cigarettes.

    12/15/07 09:18 JR

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