Why should Health Professionals not smoke marijuana?Watch
You can see that in the United States, certain states such as Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of marijuana. Perhaps there will be more to follow. Some provinces in Canada are also leading to a somewhat legalization (It feels like!).
I am not Pro-weed nor do I despise it; I think this is an interesting matter.
What's your take on this?
Should health professionals NOT smoke marijuana because of the reputation they must carry? Or is it because of health reasons? Or is there something else?
its a personal choice, and im sure they are smart enough to weigh up the pro's/cons and make their own logical decision.
PLus if you are an 80 year old who smokes it to relieve joint pain. Who cares? You don't have that long left anyway.
What lung conditions is cannabis linked to?
The report says that although cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug, there is surprisingly little research into its effects on lung health, with far less reseacrh into the effects of cannabis smoke than tobacco smoke. However, it says there is now research showing that the active component, THC, can suppress the immune system and that cannabis smokers may be at risk of:
- respiratory problems such as chronic coughing, wheezing, sputum production, acute bronchitis, airway obstruction
- infective lung conditions such as tuberculosis and Legionnaire’s disease
- pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
- lung cancer – one study, which was widely quoted in the papers, suggested that smoking just one cannabis cigarette a day for one year increases the risk of developing lung cancer by a similar amount to smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes for the same period. It concluded that 5% of lung cancers in those aged 55 or under may be caused by smoking cannabis.
However, the report points out that there is a lack of conclusive evidence as to the possible effect that smoking cannabis has on lung function and the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There is evidence that smoking cannabis with tobacco leads to a greater risk of COPD than smoking tobacco alone.'