As legal and social barriers to marijuana fall, what will this mean for public health? What evidence exists about the effects of marijuana on pulmonary health, and what is unknown? Scientists at the American Thoracic Society 2018 International Conference, in San Diego, California, examined these questions Monday during a session on the effects of addiction on pulmonary health.
Smoking marijuana is still smoking, and Donald P. Taskin, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examined existing translation research on what the health system could expect if more Americans smoke marijuana legally. He noted that components of marijuana vs tobacco smoke are remarkably similar: 17.6 mg vs 20.2 mg of carbon monoxide and 228 mcg vs 198 mcg of ammonia, respectively, in the gas phase,