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Cigarettes have been proven to be more dangerous than marijuana. Marijuana may also be an alleged safer substitute for cigarette smoking because effects of marijuana are slim in detrimental use versus smoking cigarettes states an influx of studies. Cigarettes contain 40,000 chemicals, 43 of the additive chemicals are proven to cause cancer, they are carcinogenics.
Formaldehyde, tar, the highly addictive nicotine and arsenic can be traced in one cigarette. Cigarettes are also inflammatory to the lungs, teeth, gums and heart. Gum disease anywhere from gingivitis to severe periodontal disease leading to tooth loss are correlated to prolonged cigarette use with or without moderation.
Marijuana, on the other hand, contains natural additives such as THC, assorted cannabanoids and 100 terpenoids found in other plants such as pine trees. Terpenoids are aromatic and flavinoids are also a natural ingredient in various types of marijuana. Flavinoids have been linked to being antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Adverse chemicals to the body in marijuana have not yet been discovered.
Medical marijuana helps suppress glaucoma, may boost the immune system, eases epileptic seizures, hinders cancer cells and causes many other beneficial effects. Certain concentrations of the flavinoids, cannabinoids and THC exclusively in the plant can be beneficial given the disease at hand.
However downsides to marijuana have not yet been proven solid. Most of the downsides are implying association versus a definitive cause and a concrete correlation. Marijuana studies have suggested that gray matter density in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens of the brain maybe a chain reaction to avid smokers. This means that the sensory in those areas creates a dependency on marijuana.
This was a subset study with only 20 users, aged 18 to 25 years, at different levels of usage and then non smokers within the same age range. The study may prevail due to MRI scanning the physical properties of the brain. Given such a tiny group, it is purely anecdotal.
Main stipulations of recreational marijuana is the perceptive effects. Hallucinations depending on the amount taken vary from person to person. Body weight can also determine the individuals’ adverse hallucinations.
Conclusive studies to the overall positive and negative effects of marijuana have yet to become beyond anecdotal. However, cigarettes tell a different tale of objective harm to the body. Proving that marijuana if legal in the state can be a better, less dangerous alternative to cigarettes.
Chances of lung cancer and cigarette smoking are in the 80 to 90 percent range for both men and women. Non smokers have a 20 to30 percent chance of getting lung cancer in their lifetime solely due to being around secondhand smokers. Almost 160,000 people die from smoking in a year.
Cigarette smoking can also lessen the chances of gum and bone loss repair surgeries and even preventive periodontal gum disease treatment. The chemicals in cigarettes serve as an inflammatory on gum tissue. Also, heart disease and the weakness of the lungs hinders efficient physical exercise.
While cohesive studies on cigarettes draw how they manifest deplorable health situations, marijuana has not had any objective and cohesive side effects. Shockingly enough, the bad side effects are predominately anecdotal depending on weight, the type of marijuana used and already existing health problems within the individual. Most studies are not even peer reviewed.
Additionally, cigarettes low in nicotine can still lead to health problems while sustaining addiction. The compare and contrast of marijuana versus cigarettes is circumstantial to scientific peer reviewed study with a large group of people, that way bias is not involved. More peer reviewed studies for cigarettes exists than for marijuana. That means possibly proving that marijuana may be less dangerous than cigarettes regardless of nicotine volumes.
By Jordan Davis
The Journal Of Neuroscience