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MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smoking marijuana once a week can cause coughing, wheezing and phlegm, all signs of chronic bronchitis, a new evidence review reports.

Pot smoking doubles a person’s risk of developing a regular hacking cough. It also triples the risk of coughing up phlegm and suffering from wheezy constricted breathing, researchers found.

“We know that smoke from tobacco and other entities — including burning wood in your fireplace — causes chronic bronchitis, so it’s not at all surprising they found chronic bronchitis in prior marijuana research,” said Dr. Norman Edelman, senior scientific adviser to the American Lung Association.

Edelman said he’s concerned that heavy marijuana use could lead to larger health problems for those who develop chronic bronchitis.

“You would worry about people being more susceptible to pneumonia, and of course, the end result of chronic bronchitis, if it persists long enough and is severe enough, is what we call COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” Edelman said.

About half of tobacco smokers get COPD, he said. “It will be interesting to see what percentage of regular marijuana smokers get COPD,” he added.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a group supporting reform of marijuana laws, said the study findings are “consistent with prior data.”

“It is hardly surprising that the habitual inhalation of combustive smoke may be associated with specific, though generally mild respiratory symptoms, like cough,” he said.

“However, unlike the inhalation of tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke exposure — even long-term — is not associated with the kind of serious respiratory effects that are often identified with long-term tobacco use, such as COPD, emphysema or lung cancer,” Armentano said.

About 13 percent of adults and 21 percent of young adults are believed to be regular pot users.

Marijuana legalization has led to the development of many alternatives to smoking pot, such as cannabis-infused edibles, oils and concentrates, Armentano said.

For the evidence review, researchers led by Dr. Mehrnaz Ghasemiesfe, from the San Francisco VA Medical Center, analyzed data from 22 studies of the effects of pot smoking on lung health.

Analysis of two prospective studies (ones that watch for outcomes such as disease development) found pot smoking associated with a doubled risk of cough and a nearly quadrupled risk of phlegm, the results showed.

Combined analysis of other studies revealed an increased risk of cough (4.3 times); phlegm (3.4 times); wheezing (2.8 times); and shortness of breath (1.5 times).

Some are concerned that as more U.S. states legalize pot, more people will develop lung problems.

“Because some of the worst effects of smoking take years to show effect, it took time until we had established clear and undeniable risks of cancer, heart disease and other major medical problems that were caused by smoking tobacco,” said Dr. Adam Lackey, chief of thoracic surgery at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.

“I worry that we are looking at a similar situation with marijuana,” he said. “People need to realize that we just don’t know yet what the long-term effect of marijuana smoking is. This study shows that marijuana smoking certainly isn’t totally benign.”

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At the same time, Edelman, the lung association adviser, doubts marijuana will be as harmful as tobacco, simply because it’s not smoked as much.

“My guess is that not many marijuana users smoke 20 joints a day, which would be equivalent to a pack a day for a cigarette smoker,” he said.

“I don’t think the smoke of marijuana is necessarily less toxic than the smoke of tobacco. It’s just that in general, people who use marijuana smoke fewer marijuana cigarettes than people who smoke tobacco,” Edelman said.

The new study was published July 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Smoking marijuana once a week can cause coughing, wheezing and phlegm, all signs of chronic bronchitis, a new evidence review reports.

Smoking with a lung infection/coughing up blood.

bamacheese
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I know that I shouldn’t smoke, I know this man.

I’ve never coughed up blood in my life before until today. It started with a sinus infection, then spread to my lungs. Now I’m coughing up blood in my mucus.

I’ve already stopped smoking, but do yall think it will be okay to vaporize tonight? Serious question.

Once again, I know what a doctor would tell me. He would say fuck no, drink water and rest and take your antibiotics. I really want some medicine right now, though, not to mention it was helping clear the mucus out of my lungs so much faster!! Thanks for any advice/suggestions/asshole comments.

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Blood in mucus. Sounds way worse than it probably is. Really when you have a stuffed up nose you tend to mouth breathe and of course the nose and throat are obviously connected. This will lead to irritation and constantly blowing your nose or hocking loogies will irritate the situation. I had a wisdom tooth that was causing me problems and I was sick then one day I woke up, felt some sort of phlem in my throat and when I spit it into the sink it was just blood. No mucus, only blood. I thought I was about to die. Never been so scared in my life.

FWIW I was sick about 2-3 weeks ago, I smoke cigs and bud, I drink and I also work construction(nasty dirty fucking construction sites that you go home and blow black boogers outta your nose) and while I did experience some blood in my mucus, I never got to worried.

It comes down to this. Are you scared for your life? Go to a doctor. If you are wondering if you can smoke some vape. then just go blaze already. Smart money says you arent going to die any time soon. And hey if you are gonna go, get high first so heaven is closer(if you believe in that).

PS – I have chronic bronchitis. IDGAF! Somethings gonna kill me some day. so whatever.

bamacheese
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Blood in mucus. Sounds way worse than it probably is. Really when you have a stuffed up nose you tend to mouth breathe and of course the nose and throat are obviously connected. This will lead to irritation and constantly blowing your nose or hocking loogies will irritate the situation. I had a wisdom tooth that was causing me problems and I was sick then one day I woke up, felt some sort of phlem in my throat and when I spit it into the sink it was just blood. No mucus, only blood. I thought I was about to die. Never been so scared in my life.

FWIW I was sick about 2-3 weeks ago, I smoke cigs and bud, I drink and I also work construction(nasty dirty fucking construction sites that you go home and blow black boogers outta your nose) and while I did experience some blood in my mucus, I never got to worried.

It comes down to this. Are you scared for your life? Go to a doctor. If you are wondering if you can smoke some vape. then just go blaze already. Smart money says you arent going to die any time soon. And hey if you are gonna go, get high first so heaven is closer(if you believe in that).

PS – I have chronic bronchitis. IDGAF! Somethings gonna kill me some day. so whatever.

Funny you mention that, this all actually stems from wisdom tooth surgery, where I had an upper molar removed as well. They cut into my sinuses. Got infected. Spread to my lungs. Now I’m here.

I’ve already seen the doc, people!! I have Amoxycillin, and am taking Sudafed and Guafenesin to help with it. I guess I’m just going to hold out as long as possible, and then hit my vape before bedtime . Carefully.

I know that I shouldn't smoke, I know this man. I've never coughed up blood in my life before until today….It started with a sinus infection, then… ]]>